26. März 2009

The greatest technical achievement

I have never posted a Youtube video, but this is really magnificent.

A flyby of the the Orbiter Discovery at the ISS in full light. The sun is in the back of the camera and you can see the shadow of Discovery moving over the solar panels. This is the first non-computer generated movie of such a flyby with ISS in its final size with full solar panel equipment. The ISS is about the size of 2 soccer fields.

The completion of the ISS is the greatest achievement of modern technical engineering and at 100 Milliarden Euro it is one of the biggest wastes of money. But the money, that could save all children of the planet, is only a minor expense in times of war and economic stimulus packages.

Whatever the price tag, the ISS is the queen of human engineering projects.

(Honorable mention in the categories engineering and GDP usage at their time: the pyramids, the great wall, the grand canal, and the Qin Shi Huang mausoleum)

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