Category: Misc.

10 of the Most Dangerous Space Walks Ever

In honor of the release of Gravity, Popular Mechanics posted 10 of the Most Dangerous Space Walks Ever Done.  Here are just a three of tidbits…

#10. Hubble Repair: …Had anything gone wrong, the astronauts would have had no refuge or hope of rescue…

#9.  Gonna Need a Bigger Door:  In the early days of the space race, no one knew for sure what was required for space walks beyond a spacesuit. One thing that’s nice to have: a hatch that’s big enough to accommodate a suit that expands when no longer being squeezed by outside air pressure. In 1965, Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov almost paid for that oversight with his life when he couldn’t get back inside his Voskhod spacecraft after his historic first space walk…

#7: Sasha, I Don’t Think…: Decompression is a space station astronaut’s worst nightmare. The nightmare came true in 1997 when an out-of-control Progress cargo ship slammed into space station Mir, punching a hole in the module it struck. With alarms blaring, cosmonauts Michael Foale and Sasha Lazutkin had to use the only tool they had at hand—a kitchen knife…

Time Travel to the FUTURE is Possible

According to particle physicist Brian Cox time travel is possible, but only to the future.  

“Can you build a time machine?” said Professor Cox. “The answer is yes.”

There’s just one, tiny problem, Professor Cox says – if you can build a machine capable of time-travel, you can only travel into the future. You can’t come back.

Professor Cox explains how building a time machine to travel to the future is possible here and here.

Thanks to Brian Michael Bendis for the original link.

Behind the Scenes: Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

If you’ve ever been to any of the Disney Theme Parks, odds are your favorite ride is Pirates of the Caribbean.

Even if Pirates of the Caribbean is not your favorite, you probably liked the ride enough to really get a kick out of this behind-the-scenes making of video for Pirates of the Caribbean video.  It features interviews with the original artists, sculptors and animatronics-makers.

For those who want even more behind-the-scenes goodies for Pirates of the Caribbean, here’s part two!

Thanks and a hearty, Hi-Ho to Miss Cellania for the link.