Thursday, February 24, 2011
Question of the Week
Today at 4:50 pm, space shuttle Discovery will blast off on its final mission into space. On board Discovery are six astronauts, the Permanent Multipurpose Module which will become sort of a storage closet for the space station, and Robonaut 2, the first dextrous humanoid robot to go into space. Robonaut 2 will test his ability to operate in zero gravity and will eventually become an astronaut's helper.
If astronauts received frequent flyer miles while in space, how many would they receive on a typical shuttle mission?
Answer: The typical shuttle mission orbits the Earth 250 times - about 6.6 million frequent flyer miles!