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Post SpaceShipOne makes us old guys look good!   Posted on: Fri May 14, 2004 12:24 pm
From the CNN story today (5-14-04) about SpaceShipOne's 3rd powered flight:

"...There was tremendous acceleration. We went very, very fast, and I went straight up" for two minutes, said 62-year-old pilot Mike Melvill, who floated weightlessly as he leveled out at 212,000 feet. ..."

(see http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/05/13/private.space.ship/index.html)

Darn, cotton pickin' RIGHT. Go gray! :D

Us old dudes wanna fly spaceships, too... and have for a good deal longer then them young NASA whippersnappers.

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Post    Posted on: Fri May 14, 2004 11:03 pm
Not gunna wait 'Till I am 60 though.... dang....

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Post Re: SpaceShipOne makes us old guys look good!   Posted on: Sat May 15, 2004 4:23 am
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Us old dudes wanna fly spaceships, too... and have for a good deal longer then them young NASA whippersnappers.

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Umm, I'm okay with the old gezzers (Just kidding, is senior citizens politically correct [Better question, who cares]) wanting to fly into space, but I don't understand the young NASA whippersnappers part. First, nobody would ever say the word whippersnapper unless they were trying to embarras themselves, and second, the youngest astronaut working for NASA is, what, 38? Sorry, but that ain't young, not by my standards. I'm gonna want to get up there as soon as I get my Ph.D, I don't want to wait an additional ten years! But, that's the advantage of becoming a start-up rocket company president, it's part of the job. :D

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Post Whippersnapper is a perfectly good word   Posted on: Sat May 15, 2004 12:02 pm
Senior, Senior :) , 'whippersnapper' is a perfectly good word. It means "someone who is cheeky and presumptuous." After one passes 50, that pretty much describes everyone BELOW 50 :lol: .

It is also a drink: 1/4 cup rum, 1/2 cup Fresca, ice cubes. Drink enough of those at any age and you'll be in orbit without leaving the ground.

But take none of that seriously... my first post was simply humorous, celebrating the fact that the SSO pilot was over 60.

And, yep, one should do what one desires greatly at any age. I commend your goal of becoming a rocket company president. You'll never get ahead working for someone else. I started my own company 25 years ago (publishing) and it's nice to now be in a position of some independence.

The one really big firm I worked for in my younger days was called NASA. We had nice big rockets then (this was in the 1970s during the Apollo moon program). They would not let me personally play with them, alas. Dang old geezers!

Age, to paraphrase Einstein, is simply relative. At least if your relative is a young whippersnapper. ... but there can be old whippersnappers, too. It's a non age discriminatory condition.

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Post Divulging of age   Posted on: Sat May 15, 2004 12:04 pm
By the way, I am not over 60 but a mere youngish 58. It's not a bad age to be.

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Post Re: Divulging of age   Posted on: Sun May 16, 2004 5:46 pm
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By the way, I am not over 60 but a mere youngish 58. It's not a bad age to be.

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There is no such thing as a bad age to be; just people who can't accept reality. Proud to be alive, mate.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Jul 14, 2004 9:18 pm
i love the engineering mantra... that is going on my list of favorite sayings... thanks

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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 15, 2004 7:55 pm
Feh, Mike Melvill's just a kid! John Young is an associate director of Johnson Space Center and on the astronaut active list at the age of 73 8)

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/young.html


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Post Well, u old fellas do need your hobbies in retirement, he he   Posted on: Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:21 am
Thou face it, within the next 100 years space flight will become as common as driving a car, or plane travel.

Space Cowboy, your right, except for if you are too young for something. Like beer.

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Post Re: Well, u old fellas do need your hobbies in retirement, h   Posted on: Sun Aug 01, 2004 6:47 pm
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Thou face it, within the next 100 years space flight will become as common as driving a car, or plane travel.

Space Cowboy, your right, except for if you are too young for something. Like beer.

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My favorite instance of this: here in Florida, I can drive a car at 16. I can buy a gun (up to and including a surplus tank, if I had the money and got the right paperwork filed) at 18. However, I can't legally drink, carry a concealed weapon, or operate a motorcycle until I'm 21.

Guess they want you to get to be a good aim before they let you ride drunk on your motorcycle shooting out the streetlights. :D

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Post    Posted on: Wed Aug 11, 2004 3:04 pm
eraurocktchick87 wrote:
i love the engineering mantra... that is going on my list of favorite sayings... thanks


I have another one that applies to NASA especially:
Faster, better cheaper/Goes right to the 5hitter :)

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Post    Posted on: Wed Aug 11, 2004 5:49 pm
109Ace wrote:
I have another one that applies to NASA especially:
Faster, better cheaper/Goes right to the 5hitter :)


Amen to that.

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