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Astronauts Hook Up Harmony in Lengthy Spacewalk 65

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the wish-i-could-afford-a-visit dept.
Tech.Luver writes "Astronauts spent seven hours in space to finish preparing the International Space Station for its next addition — Europe's first permanent space laboratory, the Columbus laboratory — which is sitting in the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis at Cape Canaveral, Florida launch pad — set to lift off on December 6."
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Astronauts Hook Up Harmony in Lengthy Spacewalk

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  • by rritterson (588983) on Sunday November 25, 2007 @01:39PM (#21472569)
    Apparently, the facebook tracking system is getting ridiculous. It's even following me to slashdot, and predicting that I dislike facebook tracking and sending me to an AP article about it.

    (If this was evidence editors don't RTFA before posting...) Or am I the only one to get an odd story when I click on the link?
  • by youthoftoday (975074) on Sunday November 25, 2007 @01:41PM (#21472593) Homepage Journal
    "Astronauts hook up"

    The first space kiss?
    • by Megane (129182) on Sunday November 25, 2007 @02:36PM (#21472975) Homepage

      Maybe the headline was supposed to be "Astronauts Hook Up Via eHarmony in Lengthy Spacewalk"?

      (also noting the headline grammar was bad too)

      • by djupedal (584558)
        "(also noting the headline grammar was bad too)"

        It appears the author was being lazy and decided to clip content from a caption, one that perhaps read as "IIS Astronauts Barney and Fred Hook Up the XYZ Panels connecting the coke machine Via eHarmony in Lengthy Spacewalk on Tuesday"

        So lazy, in fact, that all available editing energies were spent during clipping, leaving nothing to correct the bad grammar that resulted.
  • Good (Score:3, Funny)

    by John.P.Jones (601028) on Sunday November 25, 2007 @01:45PM (#21472635)
    Good, now they won't need to have all those extra remote control's floating around the ISS, Harmonies are great.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    It looks like a mis-post got promoted to the front page, and the corrected post is under related stories. Here is the link:
    http://techluver.com/2007/11/25/astronauts-hooks-up-module-in-lengthy-spacewalk/ [techluver.com]

    Looks like even the original story is missing that apostrophe :Astronaut's hooks up module in space.

    Ok ok, bad joke. :p
    • by djupedal (584558)
      Ok, so C.Taco comes in as anonymous, and tips a correction, pretending to be a 'Good Samaritan', then he quickly mods it up, so everyone can see it - not sure if this was what the board had in mind when they told Taco to 'improve transparency'.

      Why not just go and make the correction instead? Or is it true that the backend is so convoluted-ly broken that you can't, and we're just seeing another example of that particular Achilles heel?

      ...weak boys, very, very weak.
      • by PopeRatzo (965947) *
        um, you're whining.

        Just so you know.

        If you're gonna whine, it might be better to use email and send it directly to the person(s) who can do something about it. That way, you don't come across as such as douche.
        • Editorializing (sarcastically, to be precise), but to someone w/their pointy little head up their scab riddled ass, everything sounds like whining, I suppose.

          "it might be better to use email and send it directly to the person(s) who can do something about it."

          And you, my dear Pope, are 'list-momming' - acting out a police fantasy, in public no less (-10 points). Ouch. Coupled with a not-so obscure attempt to kiss up to management (+10) makes you a ...(wait for it)... Z E R O!. Let me be the first to t
          • by PopeRatzo (965947) *

            so don't be at all surprised to see your karma drop before the weekend is over.

            I wasn't trying to admin anything. Just pointing out that you were acting like a douche. Like so:

            Editorializing (sarcastically, to be precise), but to someone w/their pointy little head up their scab riddled ass, everything sounds like whining, I suppose.

            "it might be better to use email and send it directly to the person(s) who can do something about it."

            And you, my dear Pope, are 'list-momming' - acting out a police fantasy,

  • if this is our best, lord help us

    we should be building moonbase by now
    • by meringuoid (568297) on Sunday November 25, 2007 @05:53PM (#21474033)
      if this is our best, lord help us. we should be building moonbase by now

      What's wrong with a low orbit aluminium can? That's exactly what a space station should be. A moonbase would just be an aluminium can on the moon. Certainly we should have them by now, but at least we're back on the right track after the unfortunate spaceplane fad of the last 30-odd years.

      The problem with building a moon base isn't the components. We know how to build those. NASA can build them, so can the Europeans and the Japanese and above all so can the Russians. Launching them is easy too. Once in orbit it wouldn't be hard to send them on to the Moon - rendezvous with a separately launched booster stage and off you go. Getting down in one piece would be an interesting challenge, though.

      The big problem isn't so much in building a station as in maintaining one. ISS relies on frequent resupply rockets from Earth. That's Progress supply ships from Russia, small unmanned capsules crammed with equipment and consumables; these are soon to be replaced by European cargo ships of considerably greater capacity. There are plenty of rockets available to launch such large ships to ISS. There are no rockets available to launch them to the Moon.

      This is where we're getting back on track. You'll have heard of the new Constellation project: NASA are going back to basics with capsules launched on big dumb boosters. Orion spacecraft, launched on two Ares rockets - one small rocket intended for launching manned spacecraft to LEO, one big rocket intended for launching cargo to LEO. That cargo can itself be a rocket; dock the manned ship with that rocket, and you're off to the Moon. This is a much better way of doing things. Even if the Moon project comes to nothing, you're not left with an expensive monster like the Saturn V with few no non-lunar applications - you have a perfectly good lightweight man-rated lifter, and also the mother of all cargo rockets. With something like Ares V, ISS could have been built in a lot less time with far fewer launches.

  • From the articles other people have posted and this one [nasa.gov], there doesn't seem to be much to report other than they did some prep work. The shavings are still a problem, the moon is pretty, and they did some cooling systems work.
  • by ExportGuru (130832) on Sunday November 25, 2007 @02:53PM (#21473101)
    Shuttles launch from NASA Kennedy Space Center Launch Complexes 39A and 39B, and not from Cape Canaveral, a geographical feature separated from KSC on Merritt Island (mostly) by the Banana River lagoon. The launch complxes on Cape Canaveral and the "Skid Strip" there are part of the Cape Canaveral Air Forse Station. Let's get it right. NASA can use the credit for what it has and does at KSC. - I used to work at KSC and still live nearby on Merritt Island.
  • Astronauts? (Score:3, Funny)

    by achenaar (934663) on Sunday November 25, 2007 @04:24PM (#21473621)
    OK which is it:
    "Astronaut Hooks Up Harmony" or "Astronauts Hook Up Harmony"?
    It can't be both.
    Also, can you imagine the instruction pamphlets on those suckers?
    "Insert rod C in slot F adhesive adding after pressure applied good."
    • by danlock4 (1026420)

      OK which is it:
      "Astronaut Hooks Up Harmony" or "Astronauts Hook Up Harmony"?
      It can't be both.
      That's correct. However, TFA says (in both the article and the address) "Astronauts Hooks", so I guess it's both.
  • Do they expect that it will detach itself from the space station in search of a new world...appoint itself govorner of said new world, then return in shackles to be made prisoner by the spitefull europeans?
  • Sorry, the name "Harmony" means "perpetual joke vampire character on Buffy" to me.

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