Thursday, April 29, 2010

NASA does another keystone cops imitation

Huge NASA Science Balloon Crashes in Australian Outback

This story was updated at 6:32 p.m. EDT.

A huge NASA balloon loaded with a telescope painstakingly built to scan the sky at wavelengths invisible to the human eye crashed in the Australian outback Thursday, destroying the $2 million astronomy experiment and just missing nearby onlookers, according to Australian media reports.

In dramatic video released by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the giant 400-foot (121-meter) balloon is seen just beginning to lift its payload, then the telescope gondola appears to unexpectedly come loose from its carriage. The telescope crashes through a fence and overturns a nearby parked sport utility vehicle before finally stopping.

"No one was injured. A mishap investigation board is being convened," NASA officials said in a statement released late Thursday.

WTF?! These silly dipshits can't even launch a fucking balloon. And do you wonder why it's a crap shoot every time the shuttle launches?
Apollo was sooooo long ago. Are there really no techno-weenies left like the techno-weenies who put 12 men on the surface of the Moon and brought them all back alive?
The current NASA needs to be gutted from the top down. A whole new (or more accurately an "old") culture needs to be brought about so that we can get back to the achievement of exploration.


eamoore1978 said...

You know, I don't remember a single elementary education major I knew in college taking more than the required basic science class, and usually it was an incredibly basic class that was an easy A. They had to take math and English classes, and I never understood why they didn't have to take basic bio, chem and physics.

Herbert Weaver said...

Not to be too negative, but what's the point of all this space stuff anyway? It always reminds me of my dog peeing on stuff just to say 'hey, I was there'.

Maybe if the Teabaggers announced plans to set up a wingnut colony on Mars and start shipping out there, I could dig it.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Herb, What as the point of first crossing an ocean, traveling across some mountains, or moving out of Africa? Why explore at all?

Herbert Weaver said...


Would agree. If there was anything interesting out there. You can't equate migrating out of Africa or crossing oceans with spending billions to go sample gases on Mars or whatever. I've fallen asleep many times watching those space shows on Discovery. However exciting they try and make it sound, there's just nothing out there I'd wake up from a nap to hear about. Call me a space hater if you like, but it's just dark, cold and full o' nuthin'.