Thursday, May 08, 2003

I'm awfully rushed this morning, so here's a quickie on those awkward little practicalities of manned space flight:

In 1976, a Soyuz spacecraft came down in a freezing squall and splashed into a lake; the crew spent the night bobbing in the capsule.

Eleven years before that, two cosmonauts overshot their touchdown site by 2,000 miles and found themselves deep in a forest with hungry wolves. That's when Russian space officials decided to pack a sawed-off shotgun aboard every spacecraft.

And remember, always know where your towel is.

(Via... drattit. Lost the pointer).


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