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  1. GordonD

    The world just got more ridiculous!

    What irritates me the most is that the article keeps referring to it as a 'toy'.
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    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
  3. June 1st Georgi Dobrovolsky (1928) USSR Selected 1963 Soyuz 11/Salyut 1 Expedition 1, 6 - 29 June 1971 (23d 18h 21m) Killed when spacecraft accidentally decompressed during re-entry Gennadi Manakov (1950) USSR Selected 1985 Soyuz TM-10/Mir Expedition 7, 1 August - 10 December 1990 (130d 20h 35m) Soyuz TM-16/Mir Expedition 13, 24 January - 22 July 1993 (179d 0h 43m) Assigned to Soyuz TM-24/Mir Expedition 22 but grounded due to a heart condition five days before launch Total flight time 309d 21h 18m Retired December 1996 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
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    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!"
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 17th No astronaut birthdays today
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    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
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    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?"
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 15th No astronaut birthdays today either.
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 14th No astronaut birthdays today
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    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...
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    Electric motor to spin prop- recommendations?

    Is there a reason nobody has mentioned the Airfix electric motor?
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    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
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 10th Jim McDivitt (1929) - USA Selected 1962 (NASA Group 2) Gemini IV, 3 - 7 June 1965 (4d 1h 56m) - First American EVA (performed by Ed White) Apollo 9, 3 - 13 March 1969 (10d 1h 0m) - First flight of the complete Apollo spacecraft, including the LM, in Earth orbit Total flight time 14d 2h 56m Retired June 1972 Nikolai Chub (1984) Russia Selected 2012 On active status; no flights yet Information from Spacefacts website
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 9th No astronaut birthdays today
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    You got my six!

    The ISS is back to full strength after Soyuz MS-09 docked just after 1pm today UTC. The new arrivals are Sergei Propokyev of Russia, Alexander Gerst of Germany and Serena Auñón-Chancellor of the USA. Gerst has flown before: he spent 165 days in orbit on ISS Expeditions 40/41 but the other two are rookies. Feustel, Artemyev and Arnold are due to return to Earth at the beginning of October.
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 8th Valeri Yazdovsky (1930) USSR Selected 1968 Assigned to Soyuz 13 but prime crew was dropped because of personal differences Retired July 1982; no flights Died 10 November 2012 Bruce McCandless (1937) USA Selected 1966 (NASA Group 5) CAPCOM during the Apollo 11 Moon walk STS-41B, 3 - 11 February 1984 (7d 23h 15m) - Carried out the first test of the Manned Manoeuvring Unit (first untethered EVA) STS-31, 24 - 29 April 1990 (5d 1h 16m) - Deployed the Hubble Space Telescope Total flight time 13d 0h 31m Retired August 1990 Died 21 December 2017 Aleksandr Skvortsov Sr. (1942) USSR Selected 1965 Retired for medical reasons 1968; no flights Father of cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov Jr. Stanley Love (1965) USA Selected 1998 (NASA Group 17) STS-122, 7 - 20 February 2008 (12d 18h 21m) - Delivered ESA's Columbus Module to the ISS; also partial crew exchange (Eyharts up; Tani down) Retired November 2011 Information from Spacefacts website
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    Just back from seeing it and I really enjoyed it. Not a spoiler to say I loved when the original music came up when Chewbacca got into the co-pilot's seat aboard the Falcon.
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 7th Anne McClain (1979) USA Selected 2013 (NASA Group 21) Backup for Soyuz MS-09/ISS Expedition 56, launched 6 June 2018 Currently assigned to Soyuz MS-11/ISS Expedition 58, due for launch December 2018 Information from Spacefacts website
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    Astronaut Birthdays for June

    June 6th Dave Scott (1932) USA Selected 1963 (NASA Group 3) Gemini VIII, 16 - 17 March 1966 (10h 41m) - First orbital docking; mission aborted when spacecraft began spinning uncontrollably due to a stuck thruster Apollo 9, 3 - 13 March 1969 (10d 1h 0m) - First flight of the complete Apollo spacecraft, including the LM, in Earth orbit Apollo 15, 26 July - 7 August 1971 - Seventh man on the Moon; fourth landing. First of the J-series missions with extended scientific programme including the LRV Total flight time 22d 18h 53m Retired October 1977 At the time of writing one of only four remaining Moon walkers Drew Gaffney (1946) USA Selected 1984 STS-40, 5 - 14 June 1991 (9d 2h 14m) - Spacelab Life Sciences 1 Retired June 1991 Jay Buckey (1956) USA Selected 1991 STS-90, 17 April - 3 May 1998 (15d 21h 50m) - Neurolab (final Spacelab mission) Retired May 1998 Information from Spacefacts website
  23. First photo, top left - It's the Enterprise-C!
  24. Those are the ones without tails, right? After all, we've all heard about docking in space...