Monday, March 5, 2018

When is it not rocket surgery?

What is the rocket science news of 2018?  The expression "It isn't rocket science" made its way into our lives in the 20th century. Supposedly this expression came about in the 1980s with football reporting. "Coaching football is not rocket science and it's not brain surgery.  It's a game, nothing more."  Prior to the 1980s brain surgery was the occupation that simple tasks were said not to be.  Before that it was 'as easy as pie' or 'as easy as falling off a log'. Did you know that George Bush mixed things up and said "it's not rocket surgery".

So back to rocket science itself:  the world's most powerful rocket launched on February 6th 2018.  Its name was Flacon Heavy, and it went up fine, but it seems that it didn't land successfully - something happened to the core rocket booster.  
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is estimated to cost $90m per launch; Nasa’s planned SLS rocket, a comparable system, is expected to cost about $1bn per flight.  

The picture of Elon Musk's dummy astronaut orbiting Earth in a Tesla is stunning to me.  You can see the time-lapse HERE.   On the dashboard is the sign DON'T PANIC - a humorous moment if you remember the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 

People want to know if we will  get more snow in March.  It's not rocket science to figure that one out.  Here's Baxter looking at you.

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