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EPISODE #279

AIRED: 07-28-2020

#AngeloRant!! You thought Zack rants were a rare beast?? We get a call from our old friend Angelo, trucking down the highway, with a load on his back and a chip on his shoulder. He says he is tired of the BS, the dictators telling us to muzzle up, the maskovidiots. Angelo calls for REVOLUTION!! But not just any revolution…a LUDDITE Revolution!!

–NASA is using balloons again. Wait…NASA using BALLOONS?? Yeah, for a looking time now. we have 2 stories, one old, one new…but it all adds up to SSDD. Wait, that isn’t how you spell “satellite”. Or “satelloon”.
–Carried by a balloon the size of a football stadium, ASTHROS will use a cutting-edge telescope to observe wavelengths of light that aren’t visible from the ground. Work has begun on an ambitious new mission that will carry an 8.4-foot (2.5-meter) telescope high into the stratosphere on a balloon. Tentatively planned to launch in December 2023 from Antarctica, ASTHROS (short for Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High Spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeter-wavelengths) will spend about three weeks drifting on air currents above the icy southern ice wall.
–But this is not their first (admitted) satelloon, oh no!! The world’s first communication satellite was remarkably unsophisticated—a big silvery plastic balloon coated with aluminum, soaring roughly 1,000 miles above the earth. It carried no active communication components, no relays. Just two FM transmitters for telemetry purposes, powered by nickel-cadmium batteries charged by solar cells. The satellite achieved its purpose by passively reflecting any radio signal directed towards its large shiny surface. For eight years it relayed radio and television signals and made intercontinental telephone calls possible. The best part was—any individual with the right equipment could use the satellite at no cost. Project ECHO!
–We do NOT orbit the Sun…but the sun orbits a guy named Barry…or something…see the link below.
–MSTies unite!! Help a good cause and see a rare riff!! MST3K.com.
–Space lettuce…on Earth!!
–We get a call from Bri!!

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