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December 27, 2016

Gridsphere

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From Wikipedia:

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OV1-8 Passive Communication Satallite (PASCOMSAT) Gridsphere. To reduce the effects of solar pressure and space drag, the USAF contracted with the Goodyear Aerospace Corp. for construction of a 30-foot diameter grid-sphere balloon. It was made of a soft aluminum wire grid embedded in a special plastic designed to dissolve in space under the sun's strong ultraviolet rays. On July 13, 1966, the USAF grid-sphere payload was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California atop an Atlas booster. It went into orbit 620 miles above the earth and was automatically inflated with helium. The plastic covering soon dissolved, leaving a 30-foot diameter open aluminum structure orbiting the earth. Tests indicated that the satellite would remain in orbit for at least 11 years and that it had a reflective power five times greater than that of a solid sphere. 

December 27, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rolling Fork (who doesn't like to play with their food?)

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Where was this fork when I was a kid?

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How many times have you found your kids or even yourself struggling to get spaghetti on the fork? Struggle no more!

Introducing the fun and practical rolling fork, featuring a turnable handle that rotates the fork and twists spaghetti noodles around it.

Wood and stainless steel.

7.5" long.

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Pink: $9.95 (spaghetti not included).

Blue: $10.95 (ditto).

December 27, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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