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post Apr 17, 2012 -> 10:16 PM
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QUOTE (kjshoe04 @ Apr 17, 2012 -> 11:05 PM) *
I know he's pretty young but still seems weird to have any friends that are just turning 16 when you're in college. Glad to hear she's alright though.


I'm 19, but last year I had Freshman drama second semester last year because it was the only drama class that fit into my schedule because of symphonic band. A few of the girls from that class really looked up to me and told me I was like their older brother. That and at my HS, it wasn't odd for seniors and freshman to get a long a lot, due to siblings, friends siblings, and seniors generally took a mentorish wing for freshman.
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post Apr 18, 2012 -> 07:48 AM
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Amazing

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/05/...-crying-in-rage

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Cosmonaut Crashed Into Earth 'Crying In Rage'
by Robert Krulwich

Editor's Note: We received many comments on this post. Krulwich responds in a separate post.

So there's a cosmonaut up in space, circling the globe, convinced he will never make it back to Earth; he's on the phone with Alexei Kosygin then a high official of the Soviet Union who is crying because he, too, thinks the cosmonaut will die.

The space vehicle is shoddily constructed, running dangerously low on fuel; its parachutes though no one knows this won't work and the cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, is about to, literally, crash full speed into Earth, his body turning molten on impact. As he heads to his doom, U.S. listening posts in Turkey hear him crying in rage, "cursing the people who had put him inside a botched spaceship."

This extraordinarily intimate account of the 1967 death of a Russian cosmonaut appears in a new book, Starman, by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, to be published next month. The authors base their narrative principally on revelations from a KGB officer, Venyamin Ivanovich Russayev, and previous reporting by Yaroslav Golovanov in Pravda. This version if it's true is beyond shocking.

Starman tells the story of a friendship between two cosmonauts, Vladimir Kamarov and Soviet hero Yuri Gagarin, the first human to reach outer space. The two men were close; they socialized, hunted and drank together.

In 1967, both men were assigned to the same Earth-orbiting mission, and both knew the space capsule was not safe to fly. Komarov told friends he knew he would probably die. But he wouldn't back out because he didn't want Gagarin to die. Gagarin would have been his replacement.

The story begins around 1967, when Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Union, decided to stage a spectacular midspace rendezvous between two Soviet spaceships.

The plan was to launch a capsule, the Soyuz 1, with Komarov inside. The next day, a second vehicle would take off, with two additional cosmonauts; the two vehicles would meet, dock, Komarov would crawl from one vehicle to the other, exchanging places with a colleague, and come home in the second ship. It would be, Brezhnev hoped, a Soviet triumph on the 50th anniversary of the Communist revolution. Brezhnev made it very clear he wanted this to happen.

The problem was Gagarin. Already a Soviet hero, the first man ever in space, he and some senior technicians had inspected the Soyuz 1 and had found 203 structural problems serious problems that would make this machine dangerous to navigate in space. The mission, Gagarin suggested, should be postponed.

He'll die instead of me. We've got to take care of him.

- Komarov talking about Gagarin

The question was: Who would tell Brezhnev? Gagarin wrote a 10-page memo and gave it to his best friend in the KGB, Venyamin Russayev, but nobody dared send it up the chain of command. Everyone who saw that memo, including Russayev, was demoted, fired or sent to diplomatic Siberia. With less than a month to go before the launch, Komarov realized postponement was not an option. He met with Russayev, the now-demoted KGB agent, and said, "I'm not going to make it back from this flight."

Russayev asked, Why not refuse? According to the authors, Komarov answered: "If I don't make this flight, they'll send the backup pilot instead." That was Yuri Gagarin. Vladimir Komarov couldn't do that to his friend. "That's Yura," the book quotes him saying, "and he'll die instead of me. We've got to take care of him." Komarov then burst into tears.

On launch day, April 23, 1967, a Russian journalist, Yaroslav Golovanov, reported that Gagarin showed up at the launch site and demanded to be put into a spacesuit, though no one was expecting him to fly. Golovanov called this behavior "a sudden caprice," though afterward some observers thought Gagarin was trying to muscle onto the flight to save his friend. The Soyuz left Earth with Komarov on board.

Once the Soyuz began to orbit the Earth, the failures began. Antennas didn't open properly. Power was compromised. Navigation proved difficult. The next day's launch had to be canceled. And worse, Komarov's chances for a safe return to Earth were dwindling fast.

All the while, U.S. intelligence was listening in. The National Security Agency had a facility at an Air Force base near Istanbul. Previous reports said that U.S. listeners knew something was wrong but couldn't make out the words. In this account, an NSA analyst, identified in the book as Perry Fellwock, described overhearing Komarov tell ground control officials he knew he was about to die. Fellwock described how Soviet premier Alexei Kosygin called on a video phone to tell him he was a hero. Komarov's wife was also on the call to talk about what to say to their children. Kosygin was crying.

When the capsule began its descent and the parachutes failed to open, the book describes how American intelligence "picked up [Komarov's] cries of rage as he plunged to his death."
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post Apr 18, 2012 -> 08:09 AM
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what a horrible thing to know your death is coming like that, and to also know that the stubborness of your own government will deliver you to that death.
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post Apr 18, 2012 -> 08:16 AM
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QUOTE (KyYlE23 @ Apr 18, 2012 -> 10:09 AM) *
what a horrible thing to know your death is coming like that, and to also know that the stubborness of your own government will deliver you to that death.

It's not exactly the same thing, but there is a similar story from the Apollo 1 fire involving a lemon.
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Although they did not have a hand in the basic design process, Grissom and his crew were able to exert some influence on Spacecraft 012 which was scheduled for an October 1966 launch. "He and Ed White and Roger Chaffee, along with their supporting staff of engineers and technicians, participated directly in the progressive design and manufacturing reviews and inspections as Spacecraft 012 neared completion. Some of the things Gus saw he did not like." (51)

As the pressure mounted and dissatisfaction grew, Grissom, for the first time, began to bring his work problems home. "When he was home he normally did not want to be with the space program. He would rather be just messing around with the kids. But now he was uptight about it." (52)

The arrival of Spacecraft 012 to the Cape only brought more problems. It soon became obvious that many designated engineering changes were incomplete. The environmental control unit leaked like a sieve and needed to be removed from the module. As a result, the launch schedule was delayed by several weeks. The Apollo simulator which was used for training purposes had its own set of problems and was not in any better shape than the actual spacecraft itself. According to Astronaut Walter Cunningham, "We knew that the spacecraft was, you know, in poor shape relative to what it ought to be. We felt like we could fly it, but let's face it, it just wasn't as good as it should have been for the job of flying the first manned Apollo mission." (53) Nonetheless, the crew made do with what they had and by mid January of 1967, preparations were being made for the final preflight tests of Spacecraft 012.

On January 22, 1967, Grissom made a brief stop at home before returning to the Cape. A citrus tree grew in their backyard with lemons on it as big as grapefruits. Gus yanked the largest lemon he could find off of the tree. Betty had no idea what he was up to and asked what he planned to do with the lemon. " 'I'm going to hang it on that spacecraft,' Gus said grimly and kissed her goodbye." (54) Betty knew that Gus would be unable to return home before the crew conducted the plugs out test on January 27, 1967. What she did not know was that January 22 would be "the last time he was here at the house". (55)
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post Apr 18, 2012 -> 10:25 AM
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I know there's plenty of stuff online, but I'd rather hear from someone that's had good success -

Has anyone fixed a hole in a leather couch? What's the best place to get materials/best method to follow/can you do it by yourself?
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post Apr 18, 2012 -> 10:29 AM
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QUOTE (IlliniKrush @ Apr 18, 2012 -> 11:25 AM) *
I know there's plenty of stuff online, but I'd rather hear from someone that's had good success -

Has anyone fixed a hole in a leather couch? What's the best place to get materials/best method to follow/can you do it by yourself?

This sounds like it might have come out of the pet thread...
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post Apr 18, 2012 -> 10:32 AM
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You got it
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post Apr 18, 2012 -> 12:06 PM
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Great marketing:

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post Apr 18, 2012 -> 12:30 PM
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QUOTE (Jenksismyb**** @ Apr 18, 2012 -> 01:06 PM) *
Great marketing:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/316AzLYfAzw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

That was awesome.
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post Apr 18, 2012 -> 10:51 PM
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QUOTE (bigruss22 @ Apr 18, 2012 -> 01:30 PM) *
That was awesome.


Whoever came up with that should be promoted.
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post Apr 19, 2012 -> 05:46 AM
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I need to stay off news sites before having caffeine in the morning. I just misread a headline of "India tests long-range missile" as "Indiana tests long-range missile" and thought, "Wow, that's freakin' awesome!"
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post Apr 19, 2012 -> 06:49 AM
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QUOTE (HickoryHuskers @ Apr 19, 2012 -> 06:46 AM) *
I need to stay off news sites before having caffeine in the morning. I just misread a headline of "India tests long-range missile" as "Indiana tests long-range missile" and thought, "Wow, that's freakin' awesome!"


Wait until we invade Kentucky!
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post Apr 19, 2012 -> 06:51 AM
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QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Apr 19, 2012 -> 08:49 AM) *
Wait until we invade Kentucky!

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One of the big news items of the past year concerned the fact that China, which we called "Red China," exploded a nuclear bomb, which we called a device. Then Indonesia announced that it was going to have one soon, and proliferation became the word of the day. Here's a song about that:

First we got the bomb, and that was good,
'Cause we love peace and motherhood.
Then Russia got the bomb, but that's okay,
'Cause the balance of power's maintained that way.
Who's next?

France got the bomb, but don't you grieve,
'Cause they're on our side (I believe).
China got the bomb, but have no fears,
They can't wipe us out for at least five years.
Who's next?

Then Indonesia claimed that they
Were gonna get one any day.
South Africa wants two, that's right:
One for the black and one for the white.
Who's next?

Egypt's gonna get one too,
Just to use on you know who.
So Israel's getting tense.
Wants one in self defense.
"The Lord's our shepherd," says the psalm,
But just in case, we better get a bomb.
Who's next?

Luxembourg is next to go,
And (who knows?) maybe Monaco.
We'll try to stay serene and calm
When Alabama gets the bomb.
Who's next?
Who's next?
Who's next?
Who's next?
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post Apr 20, 2012 -> 04:26 PM
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Dont hate me.
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