WTF Happened to The Discovery Channel

It wasn’t that long ago when you could turn to the Discovery Channel to find all sorts of interesting and gasp, educational documentaries. Now everytime I turn it on they have Monster Garage, Monster House, Monster Truck etc. I think the same thing happened to The Learning Channel (although it was way before I got that channel) when they used to have science shows and then gave up and just started airing shows about redecorating your house. Sigh, I still have the history channel left and a random showing of NOVA on PBS before I just pull an Elvis and shoot the damn tv.

LBJ & the Helium Filled Astronaut

This is truly a gem!

The Navy was experimenting with sending divers to deeper and deeper depths for longer and longer periods of time. One of these divers- the former astronaut Scott Carpenter- has just set a world record: he’s spent thirty days in the ocean at a depth of 200 feet.

A pre-arranged phone call to the White House is planned. The idea is to have President Lyndon Johnson offer Commander Carpenter a formal congratulation. This is a purely ceremonial call. It should be cut-and-dried. But there’s a bizarre problem. Commander Carpenter is no longer underwater; he’s in a decompression chamber. He’s breathing air in which nitrogen- the gas which can give people the bends- has been replaced by helium. Helium is harmless, but it distorts the voice. When he speaks, Commander Carpenter sounds like Mickey Mouse.

Lunar Photo of the Day

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LPOD has a smaller canvas than the entire universe, but it concerns the most visible and most accessible part of the extra-terrestrial universe. Some might question if there is enough material, both visual and scientific, to support a daily LPOD. We believe the answer is a resounding YES! There are hundreds of thousands to millions of spacecraft images, from Ranger and Luna to Apollo, Clementine and Lunar Prospector. Earth-based observers have drawn many thousands of sketches and maps during the nearly 400 years following Galileo and Harriot. And since the advent of lunar photography in the 1850s, uncounted photos have been acquired. Also, there are books, scientists, astronauts, telescopes and spacecraft that have been critical to our learning about the Moon – they deserve LPODs too!