Seamstresses Stitch a Sun-Shade for Skylab
Two seamstresses stitch together a sun-shade for the Skylab Orbital Workshop, the first United States Experimental space station in orbit, which lost its thermal protection shield during the launch on May 14, 1973. Without the heat shield, the temperature inside the Orbital Workshop became dangerously high, rendering the workshop uninhabitable and threatening the interior insulation and adhesive with deterioration. Marshall Space Flight Center engineers and scientists worked to develop an emergency repair procedure. The Skylab crew and the repair kits were launched just 11 days after the incident. The crew successfully deployed the twin-pole sail parasol sun-shade during their extravehicular activity the next day.
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Their future’s so bright, they had to sew shades.
See, to me it makes sense to be in a city, seeing as it’s typically a fairly enclosed space. Like a forest. Ditto on an island, because it’s a high place which you can stand on top of, surrounded by a load of flat watery surface.
On the other hand, the time ones are just ludicrous…
It seems to me that there is a perceived magnitude of various amounts of time that have steered humans to treat them as tangible in 3D space.
While traveling the timescape at the typical perceived rate, you arrive at a moment, travel briefly on the surface of a day, and enter into an extended journey through a month.
When our perception of time is altered, so are our 3D references to it. We can become “lost in the moment” or look back over the years.
And there are almost constantly 5 or 6 men up there.
My perception is that there are rarely more than 3 people off planet for any significant amount of time. They double up during crew overlaps, and other non ISS missions are fairly short lived. The days of lofting a 7 person Shuttle crew in one vessel, are over.
There currently are “6” people off planet, and one of those is a woman.
The following site shows who is off planet.
This wiki page shows an outdated graph of people in space, over time.
Statistics are great at providing whatever support is needed for a given argument. We could state that there were 6 people in space for October, even though the number wasn’t at 6 for all of October. We could average the number for October (4.5?). We could do a weighted average of “Person-Days” in space for the entire month… and on and on.
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