tube technology and EMP
kapteynr at cboe.com
Thu Apr 21 18:07:47 CDT 2005
> Randy McLaughlin <cctalk at randy482.com> wrote:
> I don't remember all the details but I read that while NASA always tried to
> solve problems with $ and technology.
> The Russians used something better: thought. The biggest problems were
> heat and pressure. Solid state devices shut down when heated. The
> spacecraft was open on the flight to Venus and sealed up before landing.
> This kept the insides under vacuum which slowed down heat transference.
> Smart, very smart.
Reminds me of joke I was told when I visited my relatives in Canada:
"One of the first big problems of manned space flight was that ball-point pens
would not work reliably in zero gravity.
NASA started a huge research project and after more than a year the 'space pen'
This was a ball point pen that could write upside down and in zero gravity.
(BTW: These pens were sold to the public and widely advertised when I was a kid)
The russian cosmonauts, on the other hand, simply used a pencil :-)
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