New picture window for the space station


33 Responses to “New picture window for the space station”

  1. Anonymous says:

    In the NASA press release they describe one window in American (20 inches) and the new one in Metric (80 cm). That is incredibly stupid.

    No wonder NASA lost a Mars Orbiter in 1999 – One engineering team used American and one used Metric.

  2. artbot says:

    Dark Star reference – FTW!

  3. ChunkyMonkeyBrain says:

    sounds like the astronauts who do a spacewalk after the installation will get the first “dual moon” viewpoint while facing the station.

    do they carry a can of those Windex wipes on the mission?

  4. Phrosty says:

    Tranquility, humbug! I voted for Serenity.

  5. InsertFingerHere says:

    I can’t wait to see this thing open, it’s going to feel like such a new step in space for us.

    Best thing ever. Just put a couch there, let the cabin fill with the multicoloured glow of indicator lamps, and have a joint.

    I think I would like to die like that, actually.

  6. Takuan says:

    you…you didn’t vote for Colbert??!

  7. Anonymous says:

    About Goddamn time we had some cool looking spacecraft up there already.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s about time the ISS astronauts actually had a decent-sized window. I feel sorry for those poor guys, trapped inside a tin can for six months at a time. The cupola will really help.

  9. pentomino says:

    That’s the thing I didn’t believe in Apollo 13, where Lovell was being urged to get a look at the moon’s surface, and he says “I’ve seen it.”

  10. Joel Johnson says:

    That is well worth my tax dollars.

  11. bjacques says:

    And just the place to watch for the Phoenix Asteroids!

    (second, dangit!)

  12. Takuan says:

    what if they see something they aren’t supposed to see?

  13. Powerphail says:

    Smoking a bowl there would be intense.

  14. lava says:

    I’m loving those retractable window shields

  15. Takuan says:

    speaking of, is there a body of literature describing pharmaceutical experience in space and micro-gravity yet?

  16. Clemoh says:

    It looks like they reverse-engineered a TIE fighter cockpit.

  17. mdh says:

    is there a body of literature describing pharmaceutical experience in space and micro-gravity yet?

    Don’t Panic.

  18. Takuan says:

    useless without a towel.

  19. Chris S says:

    Another step towards the Total Perspective Vortex.

  20. Stefan Jones says:

    Also the perfect place for microgravity sex.

    As long as the ISS is not near any spy satellites.

    Or over Palomar.

  21. Anonymous says:

    That looks exactly like something that showed up on the “Moonlite Mile” anime… ¿Isn’t it a caption from the show?

  22. Mojave says:

    I have been following the progress of this cupola for years and cannot wait to finally see it in place. The views are going to be amazing!! I hope we can get a full time webcam streaming from there 24/7.

  23. Takuan says:

    so, what motion would be imparted to the station if the window-covers were rippled open and closed in following sequence?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Verry cool! Can I come up to play?

  25. minTphresh says:

    filled with awesome WIN!

  26. GregLondon says:

    TIE fighter, eh? Well, it does have solar panels. I wonder if it howls as it flies by you in space.

    It’s orbiting over your part of the planet right now. Go out on your porch and listen for the howl.


  27. Takuan says:

    @8 now that is a hell of a good idea! I think it should be demanded.

  28. Anonymous says:

    2 taikonauts, one cupola.

  29. Len Bonacci says:

    “Where’s Talby?”

    “He’s in the Cupola…”

  30. Ugly Canuck says:

    Talk about a room with a view!

  31. Anonymous says:

    NOw all they need is artificial gravity and to move the kitchen table in there and have some great dinners together.

  32. Anonymous says:

    That’s Ash’s cupola on the Nostromo.

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