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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF)-panels

Pretty interesting panels off a LDEF. Gives me a bunch of ideas. What do you know science is good for something.

From the nonist: Deployed into space in 1984, it orbited the Earth for five and a half years with nothing expected of it other than to float there, getting battered about by whatever the great black yonder saw fit to throw at it. You see, every inch of its outside surface was covered with Science. 57 separate experiments, mounted in 86 trays, involving the participation of “more than 200 principal investigators from 33 private companies, 21 universities, seven NASA centers, nine Department of Defense laboratories and eight foreign countries.” Its purpose was to study the effects of space on a multitude of materials. Its name is the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) and I am deeply in love with it.

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