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July 11, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Where’s the boom?

Two frightened men. 1922 Dawn of Revenge. (USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Was that it? You think that was it? Think it’s over?(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

We were promised a boom. 

A BIG one. 

They warned us for days.

(“Thundershirt the dogs! Stuff cotton in kids’ ears! Prepare now. It’s coming!”)

First predictions were it would happen between 8 -12 noon. Then the windowed narrowed: 11:00a.m.- 12:00

(“It’s gonna be a BIG one. Will reverberate throughout the area. Warning! Warning!”)

(“Secure the china cabinet! Tie down small potted plants! Crate the cat! It will be explosive!”)

They even took great pains to especially warn the neighborhoods where most of the former/current astronauts have/had homes.

Seriously, I know many those guys are elderly now, but they have seen and put up with so much out of this world weirdness, this will shake them?

(“Beware. Traffic will be disrupted! It’s coming. And it’s gonna be BIG”)

I got busy and forgot.

Wait. It’s 2:00pm on Saturday.

The boom! Where’s the boom?

Molly Malamute with the hyper-hearing didn’t even turn over – or run to the door barking “‘Fight or flee. Let’s make a break for it” as she does for the smoke alarm.

Even the afternoon news anchors were disappointed.

Where’s the boom? Burst into another dimension?

Here’s the deal.  Out of this world things do occur around here.

NASA is pretty much directly across the lake from us.

If you were a star MLB pitcher, you could probably hit the complex with a rock.

NASA’s space engineers are working on living/working quarters for the moon and colonies beyond:

  • There’s a giant water tank for practice working without gravity (Sometimes leased out for music videos/movies. NASA has to look around for cash once in a while. Not sure if it’s available for oligarchs/the elites’ kid’s parties yet… )
  • Mars Rovers constructed here practice in deserts
  • The Energy Systems Test Activity area is where the Engineering Directive decided run an internal pressure test with their inflatable lunar habitat module prototype…”weather permitting”.

Basically the habitat is a giant bouncy house or balloon.

They really need to know how much pressure it takes to blow it up – “Burst tests” are crucial for making decisions about material selection, component geometry, and other design elements – Looking for ones that are the weak and leak points when under pressure. 

Think of it like a controlled prairie fire done to prevent future disasters. As exploring space is hazardous, sensible to limit what risks you can.

Cover of Comic book with Buck Rogers. 1954 Frank Frazewtta art (USPD.pub.date, artist life/Commins.wikimedia.org)

Looks like there was a pressure leak here. Probably due to a low bid testing contractor during the design phase…(USPD/Commins.wikimedia.org)

So a huge explosive BOOM sound was expected as the engineers planned on totally pressuring it up until “That she blows!”.

We were warned “louder than a jackhammer or a rock concert” (? Really? Those require such a warning?….Anyone told rock performers and their lawyers?)

Only, nope. Nada. Nunca.

Not having much luck finding out what rings true abut what happened.

Was there just a sputter and a slow whistling balloon-style leak?

Has the area noise level gotten so loud with development that no one noticed one little addition? 

Was the test canceled?  And if so why? (I mean, after all the warning drama…)

Vintage Bathing Beauties with hats in a row at beach (USPD, pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimediaa.org)

This would distract anyone. Warnings probably needed.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Maybe it was the dear factor. The specially designed, noise canceling headsets hadn’t arrived.

No doubt the NASA game warden deer whisperer had to negotiate with PETA representing the NASA indigenous deer herd who “share” the grassy campus with spaced out humans.

The potential of species disturbing, ear shattering, hoof startling news of a BIG BOOM might have set all them all to vibrating. (Think of the fawns and pregnant deer moms birthing animals!)

If NASA can put a human in space, they can surely develop sound protection for deer…. 

Actually it was probably that “weather permitting”: the excessive heat factor. 

The plan was probably a low pressure test:  slowly increasing pressure and looking for the “breaking point(s)”.

Excessive heat like we are having (100+ F. Temps) produces its’ own pressure increases at an unknown/uncontrolled rate – like hot tires increase tire pressure/inflate more in summer. Added/uncontrolled variables interfere with accuracy.

Hotties always create problems.

Policeman measuring skirt length at beach boardwalk (1898. USPDS pub.date, artist life, LoC/Commons.wikimedia.org)

See what I mean. Exploring new heights is always risky. (1898. USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Anyway, boom or bust, only big bang theories here

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Here’s a couple of articles: 

“NASA expects July 9 Pressure Test to be loud” (JSC/NASA.gov)

And for those who just want to crawl under a rock during this heat wave (Broke a 1919 record yesterday), here’s something / some place cool. Video, so you can watch it go! “Lone Star Flight Museum receives NASA Shuttle Mission Simulator Motion Base”  They walked it over like a giant dog. A bit of unassuming history that’s quietly been around since 1970. “The Motion base, displayed here, included the forward portion of the cockpit mounted on a hydraulically powered full motion system. It was used mostly for ascent and entry/landing training.”

NASA’s instructions on “How to Build a Satellite”. Hey, it’s summer. Best time for sky high dreams. (includes 2 Videos that are fair game for this challenge)

Educator's Guide/NASA/JPL Edu(USPD. gov product)

Well, you start like this. Hey, you got the rest of the summer to figure it out. Be the first on your block. Amaze your friends. (NASA/JPL Edu/USPD. gov product)

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  1. shoreacres / Jul 11 2022 6:37 am

    I put off a visit to the farmers’ market on Nasa Road I because of all the hype. Well, so it goes. It did occur to me this morning that there’s a parallel between this non-event and many others. Hurricanes come to mind. Information is good; over-hyping a situation is usually counter-productive. If nothing happens, people begin paying less and less attention to Chicken Little.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 11 2022 9:56 am

      Gads they were making such a big deal over it… (inset laughs here) I think you are right – they are practicing up for Hurricane season (“A low – a low – MAY form in the gulf BY NEXT WEEKEND!!!” already drooling for it….) Thanks for risking the sonic sounds here!

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Jul 11 2022 7:50 am

    Well, that’s good for the critters.

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  3. SusanR / Jul 11 2022 10:58 am

    Better than a tremendous boom with no warning, I suppose. But shoreacres is right about the overhyping. A simple hype will do.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 11 2022 2:55 pm

      Considering how many grew up with unannounced sonic booms, this frenzy seems a little silly.
      Besides if we heard a loud boom without context, most around here would shrug and say, “sounds like a plant has a problem. Which way is the wind blowing?” HaHa
      Thanks for crashing in with a comment

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  4. walkingoffthechessboard / Jul 11 2022 3:39 pm

    Sending cool thoughts your way. I guess it was nice to at least alert everyone a BOOM might be forthcoming but as you noted, what about all the ones that never came with a heads-up???

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2022 12:31 pm

      Good question – must be the New Age overly consideration/afraid of lawsuits/ overly sensitive society?Thanks for commenting on the boom-booms!

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  5. Helen Devries / Jul 11 2022 3:48 pm

    Did someone lose the pin?

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  6. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Jul 11 2022 6:06 pm

    Before reading it through, thought you may have found evidence that Marvin the Martian & Bugs Bunny were somehow involved….

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2022 12:34 pm

      Somehow I get the feeling that those 2 walked over to get a job with one of the private space firm contractors. ….leaving Wiley Coyote and Roadrunner here? Thanks for blasting over with a chuckle

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  7. Curt Mekemson / Jul 12 2022 9:12 am

    Have to agree. One can only cry big, bad wolf so many times. May be better to say: “There may be a big boom, but who in the hell knows. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.” There, all bases are covered. –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2022 12:37 pm

      Well there’s the NYC mayor echoing with “What to do if a nuclear bomb attack happens” ….
      Maybe it’s all part of the plan as you say…”don’t blame us…”
      Really good to hear from you. hope things are going well – a bit off the blog trail currently, but cheered to see old friends. Thanks for checking in and not blowing it all up/off!

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      • Curt Mekemson / Jul 15 2022 12:55 pm

        I’ve been off the trail myself, Karen, but I am finally back to once a week, on Fridays. And trying to get back into the rhythm of reading blogs. We just came back from a river cruise up the Rhine. Some fun! I’ve been reading about the Texas weather. Not good. –Curt

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2022 3:27 pm

          Cool trip! I’ve heard those river cruises are fabulous and it’s on my list to do. Once aa week is seems the thing to do right now. Hope yours have pictures! Thanks for cruising this way

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          • Curt Mekemson / Jul 16 2022 3:34 pm

            Lots of photos, Karen. Peggy and I are sold on river cruising as one way of traveling. The Nile is up next. The trips are on the pricy side but it is a neat way to get to see some areas I might never get to otherwise.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2022 10:23 am

            The idea of not having to pack and unpack and constantly be changing accommodations is a big incentive – less hassling with the day to day stuff and more relaxed, stress free adventuring. Sounds like the best way to go now – backpacking overland in assorted countries just not was attractive as it used to. Always encourage the younger set to “Go Now while you can live on sandwiches, water, and smiles. Those early roughing it/penniless adventures worth it all later on? Hasta later and onward

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          • Curt Mekemson / Jul 20 2022 1:39 pm

            River cruising has the benefit of ocean cruising without the crowds or the impact that dropping thousands of people into small communities. It is more expensive.
            I still love traveling but my sense of humor about the hassles isn’t what it once was. 🙂 Thanks. –Curt

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  8. The Coastal Crone / Jul 13 2022 1:33 pm

    There may have been a boom down at Boca Chica as something went wrong with a Space X launch. They probably closed the beach again. Don’t think anyone was hurt.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2022 12:39 pm

      Yep, heard Musk even said “that was’t good. Fingers crossed it all gets together and working. (Alway wondered just how much disruption his operation ws doing down there.) Stay cool and thanks for lighting up the comment pile here

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