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Friday, May 06, 2005

Space Station Discontinuance

I find it ironic that News Analyst James Oberg says:

The international space station has flown for years with only an unofficial name, "Alpha." Now rarely used, and based on an obscure rationale, that name might at last have a worthy replacement, replete with honor and expressing what the 100-ton orbital outpost has truly exhibited: "Endurance."
Endurance. A worthy name for a basically worthless waste of time, talent, and money. A station that the United State may no longer support after 2010 (depending on both the design of the CEV and the politics at that time). I am not sure if this is his cockamamie name, or if NASA is actually considering changing the name.

That is like calling DEC's last version of the VAX, VAX Infinity.

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