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Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Thanks to Boots & Sabers for pointing out this article in the Journal today:
Do you honestly think that a city that is mired in snow and freezing temperatures for four or more months out of the year will be attractive for a space port? Does nobody remember the reason why the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up? They tried to launch when it was too cold, the O-Rings cracked in the cold, hot gases leaked out and exploded. And that was in Florida. Improvements in technology aside, most people who would invest billions of dollars in a space venture are not going to take a risk on a northern city with that sort of history. And to be honest, I don't think there have been enough technology improvements (if any) to counter cold weather problems anyway. Stop wasting taxpayer dollars on your foolish dreams.
Update: Searchlight Crusade has an even better reason why Sheboygan would make a terrible space port. I'll let you read the details at his blog... but it basically boils down to the fact that Florida, because its closer to the equator, actually spins faster than Wisconsin, and therefore it takes significantly less fuel to get a rocket into orbit because it has a better initial assist. This is what happens when politicians try to make decisions that are better left to technical experts. How else do you explain Mission Control being located in Houston, TX when everything else was in Florida?
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