Why is there only an up and down on Earth and not out in space? 

There’s no gravity in space. On a planet like ours, down is always toward the center of gravity.  Up is always the opposite of the center of gravity. Drop a ball, it goes down. Up is the opposite.

In space if you let go of a ball it stays where you let go of it (as long as you weren’t moving your hand, that is.)

Your personal sense of up and down is caused by your inner ear. In space, however, sometimes people feel sick because it feels like they’re falling all the time (and in fact, when in orbit you are falling all the time).

Space Shuttle and the Horses Ass

Did you know…. The gauge for the U.S. railways is 4 feet eight and a half inches. That’s a weird number. It also, as we shall see, has relevance to the now retired U.S. Space Shuttle program and the horses ass. This post was copied from a Facebook page.

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Why was that railway gauge used for train tracks in America? Well, because that‘s the way they built them in England, and English engineers designed the first US railroads.

Why did the English build them like that?
Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the wagon tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.

So, why did ‘they’ use that gauge then?
Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that same wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?
Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break more often on some of the old, long distance roads in England . You see, that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads?
Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And what about the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match or run the risk of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome , they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder ‘What horse’s ass came up with this?’, you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses’ asses.)

Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah . The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature, of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system, was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass. And you thought being a horse’s ass wasn’t important? Ancient horse’s asses control almost everything and….

CURRENT Horses Asses are controlling everything else.

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.

If NASA says that we simply cannot go any further than low Earth orbit, which is 0-1,243 miles high above Earth, then how could we have led mankind to the Moon since it is about 228,841 miles away from the Earth?

Oh you flat earth people never give up. NASA doesn’t say nothing can go above low Earth orbit. We just launched a satellite that is now way above low Earth orbit.

To orbit Earth there has to be very little atmospheric drag. Even at 250 miles, way higher than Mount Everest where the air is already very thin, there is still, although slight, some drag by the sparsely populated air molecules at that altitude. That’s where the ISS is orbiting. Every once in awhile the ISS needs a boost to stay up there because it tends, over a long period of time, to slow down due to the atmospheric drag. That’s why it’s called low Earth orbit.

We do, however, have many, many objects that are much higher than low Earth orbit. This includes the new GOES satellite that was just launched the other day and placed in geostationary orbit 22,236 miles above Earth. That’s where your Dish Network, DirectTV and Sirius/XM Radio satellites are as well. Here is a photo taken of Earth from that altitude, where you can clearly see the earth is spherical.

What kind of emergencies do they experience at international space station?

A paint chip traveling a relative speed of 34,000 mph chipped the glass on the ISS. Sometimes known debris causes them to move the station and for the astronauts to take shelter, but small stuff like paint chips are unpredictable. These are the main problems.