Friday, July 9, 2010

Man Made Sunset


NPR posted this story of A Very Scary Fireworks Show on July 1st as Americans looked skyward for some rather more terrestrial pyrotechnics. As I watched the clip and heard the explanation, I was reminded more of the Northern Lights than of fireworks. I find most space stuff fascinating but the scientific value of this seems slim at best. What would happen if we blew up one of these babies in space? It might be proof of the folly of men or that there just wasn't a lady in the room to say something like, "I'm not sure this is a valid exercise". Then again, maybe if there was a woman nearby, all those nuclear geeks would've just upped the ante and been all, "oh, yeah, watch me! I'm going to smash one of these rockets into the Moon!"

Oh wait… they just did that right?



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