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That treacherous telescope

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The Atlantis astronauts have captured the Hubble Space Telescope, grabbing the orbiting observatory early this afternoon for the first time since 2002. Astronaut Megan McArthur caught the school bus-sized telescope with the space shuttle’s robot arm. The crew now faces five days of treacherous telescope repairs to the 19-year-old Hubble. – from Newser

I like how they describe the repair job as treacherous.  In reality, it’s 3 bookish astronauts using space tools to tweak a couple of knobs.  Using the word treacherous makes it danger fraught!  I like this.  Using treacherous, I’m picturing alien hieroglyphics written over control panels and they’ve got to figure them out before the countdown goes off.  Maybe a few traps and an awakening of some long dormant evil!!  Makes you want to sign up to be an astronaut eh?


Written by arnold

May 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

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  1. I actually heard a special about this on NPR yesterday. Not only is it actually treacherous, it’s apparently very physically and mentally demanding. They’re working with like 116 different tools — some just invented for this very task — trying to adjust a control panel that was never meant for such adjustments. They likened it to dropping a new Saab engine in an 84 Ford pickup. With giant gloves on.

    Oh, and did we mention THEY’RE HURTLING THROUGH SPACE?!?! Star Trek has numbed you to the truly treacherous.

    the kyle

    May 13, 2009 at 10:07 pm

  2. There’s no gravity, how can it possibly be physically demanding?

    And Arnold, no more Star Gate SG-1 before bed anymore.


    May 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

  3. Kyle….here’s an equation for you: Difficult does not equal Treacherous.

    Maybe this will help:

    Treacherous: Exhibiting treachery; Deceitful; inclined to betray.

    And Dustin. I hope you’re joking about that Star Gate SG-1 comment. You saying I’m some kind of nerd? I only watched Stargate Atlantis!


    May 15, 2009 at 2:06 pm

  4. I said…HURTLING THROUGH OUTER SPACE!!! Geez, what does it take to impress you.

    The Kyle

    May 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    • If you’re in the back seat of a car traveling 65 mph, you can easily manage a game of travel checkers because everything in the back seat, you, your friend, your game, are all going the exact same speed. Same as you were playing in park. So am I impressed? Nah. There’d have to be danger of being impaled by a random meteorite or micro black hole for me to be impressed.


      May 16, 2009 at 7:52 am

  5. um, except there’s atmosphere and solid land outside of my car window. and, oh yeah, i’m on earth instead of in OUTER SPACE!!!
    (still not convinced? name one space movie where someone doesn’t die. pure treachery.)

    the kyle

    May 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm

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