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52 minutes after #Apollo13 launched, Swigert had "all balls." This is why.
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And yes, guys, that's a very agile Pete weaving around my desk in the background!
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Having worked in the government and finance sectors in the UK, I think I can safely say the government-funded astronauts will likely be teetotallers for the foreseeable future.  Commercial stations are likely to be a different story.  NASA & ESA are still likely to discourage their employees from indulging when aboard a private station, but Joe Public can probably expect a tipple on arrival, wine with meals and maybe even a night cap.

Only time will tell, but I wonder if Robert Bigelow already has an idea of how this will work...?
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My #Apollo13 live tweet starts today at 2:13 EDT! Here's a little of what to expect.
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+Jim Gorycki, I think Amy has already done a video on the curious concoction of creatures sent up in the early Soviet flight tests.  If I recall correctly, it was a prototype spacesuit filled with mice, lizards and perhaps even a tortoise.  It was to test if the life support systems in the suit could keep animals alive, so I suppose each critter was selected for a specific weakness which would show up a failing of one element of the suit?
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+Amy Shira Teitel I'd actually like to do a mini-series on cable about Gemini. I grew up watching the launches and my uncle Roy engineered something in the craft before switching to the launch gantry of Apollo (that swing-arm system that would swing at different rates for vehicle and gantry was his baby...)
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Quick note, guys. Frank O'Brien who wrote "The Apollo Guidance Computer" pointed out a little error on my part. Gimbal lock on Apollo was possible with the inner and outer gimbal lying on the same plane, the gimbal mounted on the central platform and the one mounted to the spacecraft. Those are the two you really don't want to line up!
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I don't know for sure +marc strong, but I would imagine modern spacecraft use something akin to the electronic accelerometers and gyroscopes in your smartphone (albeit beefed up and rad. hardened to survive the space environment).  There's also likely to be multiple redundant duplicates to ensure reliability.
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Although I do drink fizzy drinks, I certainly wouldn't miss them.  As long as they can work out how to make a decent cup of tea up there, I'll be happy!  I'm okay with beer too, as I only drink ales which aren't very gassy.
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What's the deal with sounding rockets? They don't sound different than other rockets... 
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UUUURPPP... Excuse me! Great post.
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Just to hop in on the discussion of Kepler being broken. It's only sort of broken. It was launched with four reaction wheels, two of which are broken, which means it can't focus like it's designed to. But it was reborn as the K2 mission and it's still doing awesome science! 

I did a video about how reaction wheels work this week for anyone curious to know more: https://youtu.be/EXnqTtZ5pW0

And also an article on the K2 mission: http://nerdist.com/kepler-is-reborn-and-finding-exoplanets-again/
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+Jim Gorycki No jupiter didn't get a chance to become a star because the sun already became one.
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I'm a writer and blogger - I blog at Vintage Space, study spaceflight history, and freelance whenever possible. I'm a space writer (aspiring to make that my professional title, somehow) because I love it. I finished a Master's degree in 2010 and realized that I don't like academic history and I don't want to be an academic historian. I've always wanted to write books and bring space science to the public in a way that's fun and accessible. 

I've been forging my own path for the last year. 

You can expect largely space-related posts from me: neat photos and archive movies from the early space age, cool articles, and a stream of updates from my blog. 

I moonlight as a personal trainer, but it's highly unlikely I'll be posting fitness tips. Unless they come from astronaut training logs. 

I'm also a Canadian currently living in the US, which has really brought out my accent, eh?

I write for a number of outlets, but the opinions on my page are strictly my own.
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