Abandon Ship!

What’s I say? This is what happens when you put all your eggs in the Russian technology basket and the basket falls apart.

Space station could be abandoned in November

Astronauts may need to temporarily withdraw from the International Space Station before the end of this year if Russia is unable to resume manned flights of its Soyuz rocket after a failed cargo launch last week, according to the NASA official in charge of the outpost.

Despite a delivery of important logistics by the final space shuttle mission in July, safety concerns with landing Soyuz capsules in the middle of winter could force the space station to fly unmanned beginning in November, according to Michael Suffredini, NASA’s space station program manager.

“Logistically, we can support [operations] almost forever, but eventually if we don’t see the Soyuz spacecraft, we’ll probably going to unmanned ops before the end of the year,” Suffredini said in an interview Thursday, one day after Russia lost a Soyuz rocket with an automated Progress resupply ship bound for the space station.

See also:
Will the Space Station be Abandoned?
International Space Station might be abandoned in November
Cargo Craft Loss Prompts ISS Concerns
NASA Sets Space Station Status Update Briefing for Monday
Roscosmos smarting after Progress loss
ISS crew safe despite supply failure: Russia, US
Matt Reed: After Russian crash, turn to the F-150 of American rockets
Progress Fails To Make Progress

Okay, so the Russian rockets are turning out to be piles of junk. Why can’t we launch the Progress cargo ship or the manned Soyuz capsule on top of the highly successful, dependable workhorse, Delta IV or Atlas V rockets? Where’s that old fashioned American ingenuity?

/and what about SpaceX, they’re already planning a rendezvous mission to dock with the ISS later this year, why can’t resources be poured into that and the schedule moved up?

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HumptyDome Down!

Oh the snowmanity!

Metrodome roof collapses

The roof of the Metrodome collapsed early Sunday morning, following heavy snow over the weekend.

The collapse occurred around 5 a.m. after work crews, who had been using steam and hot water to melt snow off the roof, had been pulled off for safety concerns.

Experts on the Metrodome’s roof construction are arriving in Minneapolis to assess the situation and establish a timeline for fixing it.

See also:
Snowstorm brings down Metrodome roof
Minneapolis Metrodome roof deflates after heavy snow, NFL moves Vikings vs. Giants game to Monday in Detroit
Vikings-Giants to play in Detroit Monday night
Metrodome roof collapses under snow; NFL moves Giants/Vikings game to Detroit’s Ford Field Monday
Metrodome roof collapses in Midwest blizzard
Minn. Metrodome roof collapses in Midwest blizzard
Brett Favre: Metrodome collapse gives Vikings QB time to heal
Free Football In Detroit Tomorrow (If You Can Get There)
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Just Build The Damn Stadium!

And this is hardly the first time the HumptyDome roof has collapsed either. What a joke, building an inflatable dome in the Snowbelt.

/can we haz new stadium now?