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GordonD last won the day on September 7 2012

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About GordonD

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  • Birthday 23/03/1958

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    Real spacecraft, also the late-war Luftwaffe stuff

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  1. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 20 Ulf Merbold (1941) West Germany Selected 1978 (ESA Group 1) STS-9, 28 November - 8 December 1983 (10d 7h 47m) - Spacelab 1 STS-42, 22 - 30 November 1992 (8d 1h 14m) - International Microgravity Laboratory 1 Soyuz TM-20/Mir Visiting Flight 10, 3 October - 4 November 1994 (31d 12h 35m) - landed aboard Soyuz TM-19 Total flight time 49d 21h 36m Retired August 1998 James Buchli (1945) USA Selected 1978 (NASA Group 8 ) STS-51C, 24 - 27 January 1985 (3d 1h 34m) - Classified DoD mission; deployed a secret satellite STS-61A, 30 October - 6 November 1985 (7d 0h 44m) - German-financed Spacelab D-1 STS-29, 13 - 18 March 1989 (4d 23h 39m) - Deployed TDRS-D comsat to improve communications with manned spacecraft STS-48, 12 - 18 September 1991 (5d 8h 27m) - Deployed Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) Total flight time 20d 10h 24m Retired August 1992 Gary Payton (1948) Selected 1979 (Manned Spaceflight Engineer Group 1) STS-51C, 24 - 27 January 1985 (3d 1h 34m) - Classified DoD mission; deployed a secret satellite Retired August 1985 Brian Duffy (1953) USA Selected 1985 (NASA Group 11) STS-45, 24 March - 2 April 1992 (8d 22h 9m) - Carried Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications & Science (ATLAS-1) STS-57, 21 June - 1 July 1993 (9d 23h 44m) - First SPACEHAB mission; retrieved EURECA experiment platform (deployed August 1992) STS-72, 11 - 20 January 1996 (8d 22h 0m) - Retrieved Japanese Space Flyer Unit (launched by conventional rocket March 1995) STS-92, 11 - 24 October 2000 (12d 21h 42m) - Delivered Z1 Truss, Pressurized Mating Adapter and other equipment to the ISS Total flight time 40d 17h 35m Retired April 2001 Ilan Ramon (1954) Israel Selected 1997 STS-107, 16 January - 1 February 2003 (15d 22h 20m to loss of signal) - Carried US Microgravity Laboratory Killed when Orbiter Columbia broke up over Texas during re-entry David Staib (1955) USA Selected 1985 (Manned Spaceflight Engineer Group 3) Retired July 1988; no flights Information from Spacefacts website
  2. GordonD

    The world just got more ridiculous!

    What irritates me the most is that the article keeps referring to it as a 'toy'.
  3. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 19th Viktor Patsayev (1933) USSR Selected 1968 Soyuz 11/Salyut 1 Expedition 1, 6 - 29 June 1971 (23d 18h 21m) Killed when spacecraft accidentally decompressed during re-entry Ron Townsend (1948) USA Selected 1985 Candidate for WOSE-1 (USAF meteorological flight) but mission cancelled Retired 1986; no flights Heike Walpot (1960) West Germany Selected 1987 Candidate for Spacelab D-2 mission but not selected Retired 1993; no flights Was a member of the West German swimming team at the 1976 Olympic Games Married to astronaut Hans Schlegel Information from Spacefacts website
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 18th Vitali Zholobov (1937) USSR Selected 1963 Soyuz 21/Salyut 5 Expedition 1, 6 July - 24 August 1976 (49d 6h 23m) Retired January 1981 Information from Spacefacts website
  5. GordonD

    Short Jokes II The Sequel

    Alternative ending: After the guy asks "Can you help?" the doctor goes to the corner of the room and picks up a long pole with a hook on the end, Alarmed, the old guy says, "Doctor, you're not going to stick that thing up my bum, are you?" And the doctor replies, "No, I'm going to open the bloody window!"
  6. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 17th No astronaut birthdays today
  7. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 16th Taylor Wang (1940) USA Selected 1983 STS-51B, 29 April - 6 May 1985 (7d 0h 8m) - Spacelab 3 Retired May 1985 Michel Viso (1951) France Selected 1985 Candidate for STS-90 Eurolab Retired 1998; no flights Jeffrey Ashby (1954) USA Selected 1994 (NASA Group 15) STS-93, 23 - 28 July 1999 (4d 22h 49m) - Deployed Chandra X-ray Observatory (First flight with a female Shuttle commander) STS-100, 19 April - 1 May 2001 (11d 21h 30m) - Delivered Canadarm manipulator to the ISS STS-112, 7 - 18 October 2002 (10d 19h 58m) - Delivered S1 Truss and other equipment to the ISS Total flight time 27d 16h 17m Retired June 2008 Information from Spacefacts website
  8. GordonD

    Football World Cup

    Jacob Rees-Mogg wanders into one of the TV rooms at the Palace of Westminster and there's a match on TV. "Who's playing?" he asks. "Austria - Hungary," says someone. "Really?" says Jacob. "Against whom?"
  9. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 15th No astronaut birthdays today either.
  10. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 14th No astronaut birthdays today
  11. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 13th Lachlan MacLeay (1931) USA Selected 1965 (USAF MOL Group 1) Trained to fly the Manned Orbiting Laboratory but programme cancelled Retired 1969; no flights Information from Spacefacts website
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    It's the "Man Bites Dog" aspect. There's no story in a family going to see the film and enjoying it, but if you get some loon dressed as Han complaining that the seats in the Falcon were the wrong colour it gives the general public someone to laugh at. BTW stealing adapting something I saw in a Doctor Who book: Stamps were invented to pre-pay the delivery by mail of letters and parcels Coins were invented to formalise the barter system in the purchase of goods Railway locomotives were invented to haul passengers between two places The Star Wars films were made as entertainment, nothing more People find enjoyment in all four but only one group is mocked for it. Guess which one...
  13. GordonD

    Electric motor to spin prop- recommendations?

    Is there a reason nobody has mentioned the Airfix electric motor?
  14. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 12th Yuri Baturin (1949) Russia Selected 1997 Soyuz TM-28/Mir Visiting Flight 14, 13 - 25 August 1998 (11d 19h 39m) - landed aboard Soyuz TM-27 with Expedition 25 crew Soyuz TM-32/ISS Taxi Flight 1, 28 April - 6 May 2001 (7d 22h 4m) - landed aboard Soyuz TM-31. Carried first fare-paying space tourist Total flight time 19d 17h 43m Retired May 2009 Fernando Caldeiro (1958) USA (Born Argentina; US citizen) Selected 1996 (NASA Group 16) Died of a brain tumour 3 October 2009 Information from Spacefacts website
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 11th Anatoly Voronov (1930) USSR Selected 1963 Trained for the Soviet lunar landing programme; later backup on Soyuz 11 Retired May 1979; no flights Died 31 October 1993 after a long illness James van Hoften (1944) USA Selected 1978 (NASA Group 8 ) STS-41C, 6 - 13 April 1984 (6d 23h 40m) - Deployed LDEF; also retrieved, repaired and redeployed the malfunctioning Solar Max satellite STS-51I, 27 August - 3 September 1985 (7d 2h 17m) - Deployed two comsats; also retrieved, repaired and redeployed Syncom IV-3 which was stuck in a low orbit Total flight time 14d 1h 57m Retired August 1986 Information from Spacefacts website