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Saturday, July 08, 2006

spacewalking? no way!

Drudge's current headline, complete with photo, links to this AP story, as if it's some sort of new scientific breakthrough here in the year of 2006.
Astronauts Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum climbed out of an airlock on the international space station Saturday, starting a spacewalk to fix the complex's rail transporter and test whether a boom can be used to make repairs to the space shuttle.

The 6 1/2-hour jaunt, which began as the space station passed over Asia 220 miles below, was to be the first spacewalk for Fossum and the fourth for Sellers.
Golly gee, you mean to tell me that men are actually floating around...in space...outside of the craft!? Let's increase NASA's budget...this is TOO COOL!

Men have been spacewalking since 1965, starting with cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov. This is what the space program has boiled down to...repeating events done decades ago, or performing worthless experiments in space that no company in it's right mind would even consider spending money on. And all the while, the compliant press (like Mr. Drudge) plays up every stupid event as if it's happening for the first time.

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