Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Hollywood Science



I heard about the plan by NASA to use Hollywood Stunt Pilots to execute a daring mid-air retrieval of the Genesis solar probe, that has been gathering particles from the solar wind for the last couple of years. They wanted to snag it's parachute in mid-air, because if it hit the ground it risked all the samples getting smashed and contaminated. I checked excitedly a few moments ago to see what had happened. The parachute failed to deploy. Oops!

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