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DeltAlum
12-20-2004, 04:08 PM
Here's one way to lose weight...

Updated: 01:34 PM EST
Space Station Starved for Service

By Traci Watson, USA TODAY


More Than Just Tang




Michael Stravato, AP


"Sure, this package of freeze-dried shrimp fried rice looks tasty, but will it last five years in space? If NASA wants to go to Mars, that's the challenge its scientists have to face."


Food is so scarce aboard the International Space Station that the two-member crew might have to leave as early as New Year's Day if something goes wrong with a robotic space pod from Russia that is scheduled to deliver more than three months' worth of meals on Saturday.

It's unlikely that the crew will have to abandon ship. Such pods have made scores of flights with little trouble.

But the possibility that American Leroy Chiao and Russian Salizhan Sharipov might need to leave is a reminder of how the space station continues to suffer from the disaster that grounded the space shuttle fleet nearly two years ago.

Sometimes it seems that Murphy's Law has displaced the laws of physics aboard the space station, which orbits 220 miles above Earth. The station was supposed to be an engineering marvel; lately, it has been a big headache.

To stretch food supplies, NASA has asked the crew to eat less. Meanwhile, trash is piling up. The main machine for generating oxygen has failed repeatedly during the past year."

AlphaSigOU
12-20-2004, 05:32 PM
Hasn't NASA already learned that "faster, better, cheaper" just doesn't quite work?

Paraphrasing Dean Wormer from National Lampoon's Animal House:

"Faster, better, cheaper is no way to explore space, son."

DeltAlum
12-20-2004, 05:34 PM
Originally posted by AlphaSigOU
Hasn't NASA already learned that "faster, better, cheaper" just doesn't quite work?

Paraphrasing Dean Wormer from National Lampoon's Animal House:

"Faster, better, cheaper is no way to explore space, son."
I always heard that, if you try hard enough, you can have any two of the three.