Friday, June 4th, 2010
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Rocket Launch At 11:00 This Morning


Want to watch a rocket blast off? Just come back to my apartment with me. No, you don't have to. Thanks to this live feed from Cape Canaveral, you can see a massive cluster of nine Merlin 1C engines launch the 141-foot-tall, 333 ton Falcon 9 rocket with it's Dragon freighter nose capsule (man, the aerospace industry must employ more former D&D players than any other profession) 155 miles into the atmosphere right from the comfort of your own workplace. The Falcon is built to delivery cargo and one day even astronauts to the International Space Station, but today's mission is just to collect data on the ascent. "We're on track to go to T-Zero at 11am eastern time," says Elon Musk, the CEO and chief designer at SpaceX, the company that made the rocket. "We're all systems green." Psyched!

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Art Yucko (#1,321)

…this is someone's idea of an apolcalypse life-raft? try a little harder, entrepeneurds. boat's already sinking and i have oil-rings around my knees.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

*apoca -commence wrist slitting-

HiredGoons (#603)

This reminds me of shrooming in college :)

Dave Bry (#422)

"So now what do we do?"

"Now, we wait."

Flashman (#418)

"Are you feeling it yet dude?"

HiredGoons (#603)

God, the NASA channel and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Organisation, I hope. The Enola Gay is ready for liftoff.

HiredGoons (#603)

Enola Gay may be my favorite song. EVER.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

I remember being locked in the Dorm Room, shrooming my ponytail off with the Wolfgang Press blasting on my headphones. At some point, I came out of the wormhole and put This Mortal Coil on and then shit took an epic turn. I wish I knew what I did with that sketchbook. (Not really.)

KarenUhOh (#19)

Google alternates between asking me to earn an aerospace degree online, and shaving close by gliding with Fusion.

Flashman (#418)

Oh, the humanity!

KenWheaton (#401)

Well, I'll say this much. An hour and fifteen minutes and it still hasn't gone off yet. That's pretty impressive staying power.

Dave Bry (#422)

Please remind me never to invite anyone back to my apartment ever again.

saythatscool (#101)

Can I use your bathroom? I need to shoot up.

Flashman (#418)

Rocket launch? Well I think it's gonna be a long long time.

KarenUhOh (#19)

You may be ready, but I fell asleep watching TV.

KarenUhOh (#19)

God, how drearily familiar.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Come on, people, this isn't rocket science.

myfanwy (#1,124)

It's rocket surgery!

KarenUhOh (#19)

Good lord, they're still yacking.

Here's a guy on the podium insisting that NASA send William Shatner into orbit to dock with Foxy Brown and recover her lost Tang.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Jesus. How do you turn this thing off??

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