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01/29/2009 12:38 AM ID: 76618 Permalink   

Five Thousand Degree Icicles


NASA's Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine, also known as CeCe, has reached new technological heights in cooling technology. Cooling, of course, allows an engine to run more efficiently and with a much lower chance of engine failure.

The engine is able to utilize liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, which creates a vapor. When the vapor exits from the burning oxygen and touches the rim of the cryogenic rim, it turns to ice.

This technology is the first of its kind to allow a space shuttle to run as high as 108 percent power, and lower its power all the way down to 8 percent. This will allow for smoother moon landings and allow more cargo on trips.

    WebReporter: mrmarler Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
  Unless i missed an episode  
" This will allow for smoother moon landings..."

they only did go on the moon in 1969,if they returned to it i missed it.
  by: Korzen   01/29/2009 01:54 AM     
  Ice Sickles?  
Are they making scythes out of ice, or do you mean icicles?
  by: StarShadow     01/29/2009 02:20 AM     
  That's cool  
I would think though that that would be a potential problem in space. With the extreme low and high temps in space and the zero gravity I could see this becoming an issue.
  by: aaxel21   01/29/2009 02:34 AM     
Personally, Id prefer something more along the lines of an ice katana. But I guess we can't be too picky when it comes to randomly formed ice weaponry.
  by: opinionated   01/29/2009 02:50 AM     
lol, good call
  by: m.i.a.elite     01/29/2009 03:17 AM     
awesome. and yes i spelled it wrong lol. my stories suck today!
  by: mrmarler     01/29/2009 03:48 AM     
they kinda did go to the moon again buddy. you just probably forgot to tivo it
  by: vewdew   01/29/2009 03:59 AM     
But will it cool my apartment if the A/C is broken? That's the only relevant fact of this story to me.

And they do not answer it.
  by: Big Bird     01/29/2009 04:47 AM     
I bet this will get my CPU overclocked a few more Ghz...
  by: brianwcu     01/29/2009 05:53 AM     
  @Korzen, mrmarler  
Unmanned landings (USSR): 1959, twice in 1966
Unmanned landings (USA): 1964 and twice in 1965
Manned landings (USA): twice in 1969, twice in 1971 and twice in 1972

Sorry but the source doesn't say anything about the space shuttle.
  by: jamesmc   01/29/2009 06:30 AM     
-space shuttle but icouldn't imagine what else it would be used for. space pods?
  by: mrmarler     01/29/2009 10:52 AM     
  Talk about  
freeze the balls off a brass monkey.
  by: Blackwidow   01/29/2009 12:08 PM     
UK's Orbital UFO "welcome center (a.k.a. death star)"
  by: coteyr2   01/29/2009 02:16 PM     
It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the problem. The best storage method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.

Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate with 16 round indentations, called, for reasons unknown, a Monkey. But if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make them of brass - hence, Brass Monkeys.

Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey.

Thus, it was quite literally, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. And all this time, you
thought that was just a vulgar expression, didn't you?
  by: VermiciousG     01/29/2009 04:05 PM     
  @ VermiciousG  
Thanks for that, that might be the most positive thing on short news today! :)
  by: Trevelyan   01/29/2009 04:23 PM     
  Except that it's wrong  
  by: catalyst   01/30/2009 11:37 PM     
  I know  
No sailor in their right mind would keep a deck hazzard like that on deck. It's just one of those e-mail jokes my dad sent me.
  by: VermiciousG     01/31/2009 01:35 AM     
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