Seen here after things took a turn for the worse (worst?), NASA’s new Morpheus Lander ends its life on a test launchpad. Things start off smooth enough (it goes up), but then it falls on its side and catches fire. Worthwhile explosion at 1:52 and 2:12. Some more info so you can impress a date and, I dunno, maybe score a kiss:
As streamed live by NASA, on 8/9/2012 at the Kennedy Space Center, the Project Morpheus lander attempted its first free-flight test. However shortly into the test a hardware component failure caused the craft to flip over and crash down in flames, followed by several explosions.
Project Morpheus is a prototype “green” lander that is relatively inexpensive and more fuel efficient than previous lander designs. Project Morpheus has cost $ 7 million over 2.5 years, inexpensive for a NASA project, due to “lean development” practices.
Listen NASA, I’m all for doing things inexpensively, but if your new ,cheap lunar landers just crash and explode they’re like, not that good of a deal, you know? Imagine you’re at Best Buy and they’re selling 55″ flatscreens for $ 150. You buy one, but when you get it home, it doesn’t turn on. Now how good of a deal was it? Food for thought.
Hit the jump for the sadness. Boom-booms at 1:52 and 2:12.
This is a shot of a nuclear explosion less than a millisecond after detonation, taken using a magical camera. Well, it’s not really magic, I just don’t understand how it works so that MAKES it magic. Same goes for magnets and microwaves. It’s all little wizards as far as I’m concerned. *banging on microwave* WAKE UP — WAKE UP AND DO YOUR LITTLE SPELLS ON MY HOT POCKET.
It was captured less than 1 millisecond after the detonation using a rapatronic camera, which is capable of exposure times as brief as 10 nanoseconds (one nanosecond is one billionth of a second). The photograph was shot from roughly 7 miles away during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada (1952). The fireball is roughly 20 meters in diameter, and three times hotter than the surface of the sun.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? “Yeah — WHY THE F*CK DOES IT HAVE LEGS?” Right?! I hate to yell government conspiracy, but I just did and now everyone at Starbucks is staring at me. YOU’RE ALL SHEEP, YOU HEAR ME — SHEEP! Also, did somebody die in the bathroom? Because I’m about to piss myself. “Looks like you did already.” *looking down* That’s from earlier — it’s almost dry.
Thanks to Darkmorcel, who informed me a picture of a nuclear explosion a second BEFORE detonation is just a picture of a nuclear bomb. The more you know.
This is a picture of a $ 3-million, 328-foot wind turbine in North Ayrshire, Scotland trying to cope with hurricane winds. Obviously, it coped poorly. Like me in high school getting called a dork all the time. Which brings up an important topic: bullying. Listen up kids, I want you to remember this: no matter what mean things kids might say to you in school (and they’ll try to say the worst), just know that in six to ten years they’ll ask to be your friend on Facebook and you’ll look through their pictures and see they’re fat as shit and living in squalor with like three ugly babies. Trust me. You know what I’m talking about, Angela W.! You called me a four-eyed freak sophomore year and now look at you — breathing heavy with two cross-eyed kids from some redneck!
Wind turbine can’t keep up; explodes into flames [dvice]
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UPDATED – What appears to be a fire or explosion engulfed one of the buildings at the Foxconn Factory in Chengdu, China. Foxconn is reporting two casualties and 16 hurt and the damage does look severe and quite thorough. MICGadget reported that “10 fire engines, ambulances and 10 police cars” arrived on the scene. Reports state that a few floors in Building A5 (apparently part of the iPad 2 production line) were affected and that the explosion was caused by light dust igniting in one of the manufacturing rooms.
What could have happened? Well, as we learned from the Mythbusters, any aerated, flammable substance can potentially explode given the right mix of heat and propellant. The resulting explosions, especially in a factory that is probably producing clouds of aluminium and plastic dust on a daily basis, could be quite dangerous.
As of 21:00 Chengdu time, six men and one woman were sent to the Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital. There were two fatalities and injuries to 16 others.
Foxconn released an official statement on the accident:
We can confirm that at approximately 7 pm on May 20, there was an explosion at our Chengdu campus. At this point, we can also confirm that there were two fatalities with injuries to 16 other employees. We are working with medical officials to provide treatment to the injured employees and we are working with government and law enforcement officials to contact the families of all employees affected by this tragedy.
The situation has been brought under control by the fire department and the cause of this explosion is being investigated by local police officials. Foxconn is cooperating fully with that investigation.
Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the completion of the investigation. The safety of our employees is our highest priority and we will do whatever is required to determine and address the cause of this tragic accident.
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This is a totes magotes bummer: according to theories posited by the author of this piece, Terrance Aym, and backed up by data from geo-chemists like Northwestern University’s Gregory Ryskin, the BP oil spill could release massive amounts of methane gas and, as an end result, blow out the entire seabed, leading to “massive venting” and large fissures in the sea bottom. This, in turn, would kill us all just as other mass extinctions wiped out life on earth during similar ruptures 251 million years ago and 55 million years ago.
In short, here’s what’s up:
The bottom line: BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling operation may have triggered an irreversible, cascading geological Apocalypse that will culminate with the first mass extinction of life on Earth in many millions of years.
Here’s a video from Mega Disasters, which is all kinds of fun:
Basically the sea floor explodes and clouds of methane-infused water start floating over the land. These catch fire and explode quite suddenly, unleashing a massive fireball, killing everything in its path. Sea levels will rise and fall, entire ecosystems will collapse, and we’ll be left with the bill. All because we wanted to fill up on unleaded.
Will this really happen? It seems that Ayn is positing based on previous explosions that the BP deepwater drill could create a catastrophic eruption. This does not mean that the Gulf will explode in a ball of fire, but it does give one pause. It sounds almost like the explosions that rocked the world in The Road and if we know anything about apocalyptic fiction, it almost never comes true.
Anyway, sorry for harshing on your buzz. There’s a picture of a kitten up there if you need it.
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