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Author Topic: Nasa to build gigantic roller coaster for astronauts  (Read 2271 times)

Josh

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Nasa to build gigantic roller coaster for astronauts
« on: October 08, 2007, 01:08:52 PM »
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Let's hope that nothing ever goes wrong while astronauts are preparing to launch on their Ares 1 rocket - the new vehicle that will replace the space shuttle. But if there is a problem, and the astronauts need to escape right now, they'll have a fun ride down - on the 3rd tallest roller coaster in the world. It's called the Orion Emergency Egress System, but really, it's a roller coaster, designed to get the astronauts away from the vehicle and into a protective bunker in moments.

Take a good look at the image that goes along with this story. See the bright yellow rails over on the right hand side of the image, dropping straight down from the gray platform. That's the escape system. You'll note it goes straight down.

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Re: Nasa to build gigantic roller coaster for astronauts
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007, 02:47:01 AM »
Lucky bastards.  ;D
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Re: Nasa to build gigantic roller coaster for astronauts
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 04:11:02 AM »
Yeah - lucky b....

Having said that if they need to use it for real they won't be feeling lucky!

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Re: Nasa to build gigantic roller coaster for astronauts
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 07:11:42 AM »
There's something poetic about alarms going off, emergency strobes, and six astronauts rolling downhill, lap-bar in place, arms held above their heads...