A friend of mine once served as her escort at an official function (not a convention) and apparently she made a comment about being somewhat of a swinger in the 1960s. She also—I think this is in David Gerrold's book—had topless publicity photos to be sent to soldiers in Vietnam. She wasn't a prude. » 9/16/14 4:55pm Today 4:55pm

I just saw that scene over the weekend, and at the risk of being _that guy_, I could figure out a way for this to happen: T-Rex gets loose, kills everybody on deck. Somebody comes up with the idea of luring it into the cargo hold as bait, and goes in there and gets eaten. T-Rex follows and wounded deckhand seals the… » 9/02/14 3:52pm 9/02/14 3:52pm

I know John Grant, who was the co-chair of the Curiosity site selection team. He has given a few talks about how they selected the potential sites. It was a very iterative process, balancing out multiple science requirements as well as the criteria for the lander. When the launch got delayed from 2009 to 2011 they… » 8/17/14 12:32pm 8/17/14 12:32pm

For one of my projects (it dealt with astronaut training), the NASA ISS people showed us a flow chart for all the logistics and crew rotation missions over the next several years. It was just crazy, like running an airport. They have to do a tremendous amount of planning to make sure that everything gets where it is… » 8/13/14 5:12pm 8/13/14 5:12pm