Tastes Like Chicken
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
_Repairing a radiation damaged spacecraft orbitting Jupiter from Earth
After the other objectives had been achieved by the Galileo craft, flight controllers decided to push it well beyond the environmental extremes it was designed to withstand on the chance that the craft would survive the radiation assault a close swoop in to the planet would bring, letting them collect scientific data otherwise unavailable.
The spacecraft automatically shut down all of its instruments in response to the high radiation. Most were successfully reactivated 10 days later but the tape device refused to respond to commands.Goddamn that's cool. How fucking great do you think the guy that figured that out felt?
UPDATE: The Washington Post takes a look at back at the Galileo mission's 13 year history of achievement, problem solving and knowledge gathering, including the only pictures taken of the aftermath of comet fragments striking Jupiter in 1993.
Monday, December 16, 2002
_Music CD sales are down because the industry made fewer to sell
Research by George Zieman gives the true reason for falling CD sales: the major labels have slashed production by 25 per cent in the past two years, he argues.Got that? They released 25% fewer different albums, but sales only dropped 10%. Fuck the RIAA, and the MPAA they rode in on.