#197 – What Good is a Space Science Degree?

This is one of my oldest and most dearly held cards. I kept waiting for the right day to send it. Today was that day.

#197 - What Good is a Space Science Degree for?
#197 - back
sent from: London, UK. destination: Munich, Germany

One of the conundrums I’m trying to solve is how to simulate clothes in space. We can’t do actual tests in space (shame), so we have to scrutinise footage from NASA of space walks and try to reverse engineer what’s happening. Freefall (so no visible effect of gravity), fine. No external air pressure, hmm ok. Temperature? Someone said that because there’s no medium to transfer the heat that the clothes would not lose or gain heat and therefore be unaffected. But if there’s no medium to transfer the heat, how does it reach us on Earth? As a former phycisist (who can’t spell physicist), a space scientist no less, I find the whole thing a little embarrassing, my inability to figure it out. Let’s do a rundown of my current space knowledge: no-one can hear you scream, and if there’s a bright part of the galaxy, Tatooine is the planet that is farthest from there. See, it wasn’t all for nothing.

I’m pretty ashamed of myself, I should have remembered that one. Everyone knows that the right quote is “if there’s a bright center to the universe, you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from.”

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