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Old 03-17-2008, 04:07 PM
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Leaving an iPod on the Dashboard is Risky



The iPods have to be modified to use space flight-approved alkaline AA batteries, though. Li-ion batteries are currently not approved for space, surely due to the possible safety issues with Li-ion batteries; the last thing Apple needs is PR about an iPod exploding on the Space Shuttle. But at least Shuttle astronauts can use iPods at all—they aren't approved for use on the International Space Station.

Make you wonder about their playlists:

Can you hear me Major Tom . . .

On a clear day, you can see forever . . .

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Old 03-17-2008, 04:16 PM
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is the shuttle ipod integrated?
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:18 PM
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:25 PM
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Maybe they're using a cassette adapter.

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Old 03-17-2008, 04:29 PM
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I bought one of those. It doesn't seem to work in the Benz for some reason.
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Do I need to worry about an I-pod exploding in my starship?
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Do I need to worry about an I-pod exploding in my starship?
Nope, the computer will automatically snuff out the fire or place a forcefield around it to contain it.
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:35 PM
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The iPods have to be modified to use space flight-approved alkaline AA batteries, though. Li-ion batteries are currently not approved for space, surely due to the possible safety issues with Li-ion batteries; the last thing Apple needs is PR about an iPod exploding on the Space Shuttle. But at least Shuttle astronauts can use iPods at all—they aren't approved for use on the International Space Station.

Make you wonder about their playlists:

Can you hear me Major Tom . . .

On a clear day, you can see forever . . .
I remember in 2002, one of the astronauts on the Challenger? sent a picture of Weezer's Blue album back from space. I thought "Man that astronaut has good taste."
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Mine actually got scrambled because I left it in my car. I guess it doesnt take too kindly to interior temperatures in the summer.
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I wonder how much that cost the US taxpayer? Bet its a $100k Ipod.
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I wonder how much that cost the US taxpayer? Bet its a $100k Ipod.
NASA's "Doing More With Less" is still ongoing . . . they remove the lithium battery pack and simply use a Belkin AA external battery pack. $70, batteries not included. Gives about 10 hours per 4 batteries.

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I remember in 2002, one of the astronauts on the Challenger?
Challenger went down January 28, 1986.
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I remember in 2002, one of the astronauts on the Challenger? sent a picture of Weezer's Blue album back from space. I thought "Man that astronaut has good taste."
i'll bet christa mcauliffe had an advance model of the ipod on the challenger in '86. one with lithium batteries. you see where that got her.
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NASA's "Doing More With Less" is still ongoing . . . they remove the lithium battery pack and simply use a Belkin AA external battery pack. $70, batteries not included. Gives about 10 hours per 4 batteries.

Amazing, I didn't think anything the government did was cheap! What a cool system the entire government should adopt it!
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:09 PM
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i'll bet christa mcauliffe had an advance model of the ipod on the challenger in '86. one with lithium batteries. you see where that got her.
iPods were first marketed in October 2001 . . . what an incredibly poor attempt at a humor reference.

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