Thursday, August 19, 2010

Space Station Kia UnBuckle Synchronicity

So my friend and I jump into my Kia to head to the Quickstop for some fine stogies. The radio is on NPR and there is a story about problems with the cooling system on the International Space Station. After driving about a block, my seat belt comes unbuckled to which my friend says, "That's not a very good feature - a seatbelt that unbuckles itself." As I was re-buckling, the commentator on the radio describing the repair that was planned for the space station said the astronauts would need to "unbuckle" some component. My friend said, "Did he just say 'unbuckle'?" to which the commentator used the word "unbuckle" again.

The International Space Station is the largest structure ever built in space. Its backbone-like main truss is as long as a football field and the station can clearly be seen from Earth by the naked eye, sometimes rivaling the planet Venus in brightness. Today, the space station is home to crews of up to six astronauts representing five different space agencies and 15 countries that built it. Construction on the $100 billion International Space Station began in 1998 and is expected to be completed by mid-2011. looks at the space station from the inside out to take a close look at the orbiting lab.


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