[rescue] Space Shuttle Main Engine

Carl R. Friend crfriend at rcn.com
Mon Jan 18 14:42:17 CST 2010

    On Sun, 17 Jan 2010, Sandwich Maker wrote:

> yes, 'jet' has come to be shorthand for 'jet engine', 'jet
> propulsion', etc...  but even rockets emit a jet of high-velocity
> exhaust.

    Point taken.  {thwacks head with large tome}

> yup.  at that time the very turbulent cryo fragged anything they
> could stick in the stream, so they gave up and went back to estimation
> based on indirect measurements and inferences.

    In this case, it looks like they were actually pretty close to
right.  The SSMEs are remarkably reliable, and even if one quits on
the way up, the others just get to burn a bit longer.

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