There goes the cosmic neighbourhood
Tuesday April 08th 2008, 10:20 pm

The good news: South Korea have successfully launched their first astronaut into orbit

The bad news: The rocket is a Hyundai, gearbox went out after 50,000km

The result: Capsule was torched for the insurance, burned out hulk now in orbit around moon

Kidding, the South Korean astronaut went up on a Russian Soyuz, from Baikonur as usual.

Unfortunately, the Russians STILL have no sense of style.

bizarro space shuttle

The Buran 002 space shuttle is to the real deal what Superman is to Bizarro… Everything swoopy in the (still rather lumpy) US space shuttle is blockish and weird in the Buran. I actually thought this was a spoof- perhaps a city bus in space shuttle camouflage…

Stranger yet is the copy of the US layout now that the US shuttle program is wrapping up and returning to a vertically stacked rocket configuration for human spaceflight as the side mounted fuel tank seems to get a little bit explodey and loss-of-foamish causing poor flying characters occasionally.

Time marches on…


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Is that an occy strap holding the paintrollers on the back?

Comment by suki 04.10.08 @ 6:37 am

Why yes- yes it is!

Well spotted, Suki. 😉

Comment by weez 04.10.08 @ 7:00 am

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