bat in space

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This free tail bat was hanging on to space shuttle Discovery as
the countdown proceeded. Photo credit: NASA

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The bat was seen on the external tank as the shuttle cleared the
launch tower at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Photo credit: NASA

A bat that was clinging to space shuttle Discovery’s external
fuel tank during the countdown to launch the STS-119 mission
remained with the spacecraft as it cleared the tower, analysts
at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center concluded.

Based on images and video, a wildlife expert who provides
support to the center said the small creature was a free tail bat
that likely had a broken left wing and some problem with its
right shoulder or wrist. The animal likely perished quickly
during Discovery’s climb into orbit.

Because the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge coexists
inside Kennedy Space Center, the launch pads have a number
of measures available, including warning sirens, to deter birds
and other creatures from getting too close. The launch team
also uses radar to watch for birds before a shuttle liftoff.

Nevertheless, the bat stayed in place and it was seen changing
positions from time to time.

Launch controllers spotted the bat after it had clawed onto the
foam of the external tank as Discovery stood at Launch Pad 39A.
The temperature never dropped below 60 degrees at that part
of the tank, and infrared cameras showed that the bat was 70
degrees through launch.

The final inspection team that surveys the outside of the shuttle
and tank for signs of ice buildup observed the small bat, hoping
it would wake up and fly away before the shuttle engines ignited.

It was not the first bat to land on a shuttle during a countdown.
Previously, one of the winged creatures landed on the tank during
the countdown to launch shuttle Columbia on its STS-90 mission
in 1998.

Steven Siceloff
NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center


unscheduled pit stop for Atlantis

(AP Photo/Thierry Legault, NASA)

The shuttle Atlantis is making an unscheduled landing on
the Sun tomorrow to fix some dents in the hull caused by
the Hubble Space Telescope when they accidentally ran into
it late last week. Houston’s Mission Control said, ” what the hell,
they are close enough, they might as well”, earlier this morning.
Houston also said, “serves em right for running into the HST in
the first place!”

Shuttle Pilot Greg Johnson said, ” If those knotheads back in
Florida had fixed the brakes like they were supposed to, we
wouldn’t have run into the damn thing!” Shuttle Commander
Scott Altman was overheard asking the crew if they thought
he was on Mission Control’s shit list now. Some of the mission
specialists just hope there’s a dent pro up there somewhere.

But really…

This photo provided by NASA taken from the ground using a
telescope with a solar filter shows the NASA space shuttle
Atlantis in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009,
from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew
of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope.
( If you look closely you can barely see the dent)


The nonexistent energy crisis

Take an hour or so and watch these eight segments from
Lindsey Williams. It will sober you right up. I believe this
guy is stating the truth with regard to oil, money, the future
of our nation and the direction the world is going. I urge
you to watch, listen and make up your own mind. It certainly
makes sense. While you watch this lecture, Keep in mind
this was taped a little over two years ago and his predictions
back then came true. No he isn’t a prophet but you can bet
your ass that someone is making a profit. Based on this guy’s
“predictions” the fate of our nation doesn’t really look all
that good.

If you’de rather watch it on then click the
link below.

Lindsey Williams 1 of 8


new Montana firearm legislation

by Ernest Hancock Freedom’s Phoenix May 4, 2009

Executive Summary – The USA state of Montana has signed into power a
revolutionary gun law. I mean REVOLUTIONARY.

The State of Montana has defied the federal government and their gun
laws. This will prompt a showdown between the federal government and
the State of Montana . The federal government fears citizens owning
guns. They try to curtail what types of guns they can own. The gun
control laws all have one common goal – confiscation of privately
owned firearms.

Montana has gone beyond drawing a line in the sand. They have
challenged the Federal Government. The fed now either takes them on
and risks them saying the federal agents have no right to violate
their state gun laws and arrest the federal agents that try to
enforce the federal firearms acts. This will be a world-class event
to watch. Montana could go to voting for secession from the union,
which is really throwing the gauntlet in Obamas face. If the federal
government does nothing they lose face. Gotta love it.

Important Points – If guns and ammunition are manufactured inside
the State of Montana for sale and use inside that state then the
federal firearms laws have no applicability since the federal
government only has the power to control commerce across state
lines. Montana has the law on their side. Since when did the USA
start following their own laws especially the constitution of the
USA , the very document that empowers the USA .

Silencers made in Montana and sold in Montana would be fully legal
and not registered. As a note silencers were first used before the
007 movies as a device to enable one to hunt without disturbing
neighbors and scaring game. They were also useful as devices to
control noise when practicing so as to not disturb the neighbors.

Silencers work best with a bolt-action rifle. There is a long barrel
and the chamber is closed tight so as to direct all the gases though
the silencer at the tip of the barrel. Semi-auto pistols and
revolvers do not really muffle the sound very well except on the
silver screen. The revolvers bleed gas out with the sound all over
the place. The semi-auto pistols bleed the gases out when the slide
recoils back.

Silencers are maybe nice for snipers picking off enemy soldiers even
though they reduce velocity but not very practical for hit men
shooting pistols in crowded places. Silencers were useful tools for
gun enthusiasts and hunters.

There would be no firearm registration, serial numbers, criminal
records check, waiting periods or paperwork required. So in a short
period of time there would be millions and millions of unregistered
untraceable guns in Montana . Way to go Montana .

Discussion – Let us see what Obama does. If he hits Montana hard
they will probably vote to secede from the USA . The governor of
Texas has already been refusing Federal money because he does not
want to agree to the conditions that go with it and he has been
saying secession is a right they have as sort of a threat. Things
are no longer the same with the USA . Do not be deceived by Obama
acting as if all is the same, it is not.

Utah is eyeing Montana’s new gun law…


what the?

How would you like to be a lightning photographer and
see this during your next exposure? HOLY CRAP!
There’s an unexpected adrenaline rush.

Alright, thanks to Namrepus221, the skinny on the top photo
has been revealed. Apparently someone with photoshop added
an oil rig to the original real photo of a lightning illuminated
tornado making it’s way through Florida on 6-15-91. Fortunately
the original premis of the post remains intact. HOLY CRAP!


up yours buddy

A city councilman in Utah , Mark Easton, had a beautiful view
of the east mountains, until a new neighbor purchased the lot
below his house and built a new home.

The new home was 18 inches higher than the ordinances would
allow, so Mark Easton, mad about his lost view, went to the city
to make sure they enforced the lower roof line ordinance. The
new neighbor had to drop the roof line, at great expense.

Recently, Mark Easton called the city, and informed them that
his new neighbor had installed some vents on the side of his
home. Mark didn’t like the look of these vents and asked the city
to investigate. When they went to Mark’s home to see the vent
view, this is what they found…

Sometimes being a prick doesn’t pay.