Comments for en-gb 30 Mon 02 Mar 2015 08:06:44 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at David G If I spend millions to design, develop and produce a sledgehammer in order to crack a nut it would not be strictly correct to say that I had wasted the money - after all I would have been able to eat the nut.The fact remains that if I had put the money into developing a range of machines that could crack all kinds of nuts at the rate of thousands of nuts per hour the money might have been better spent… Mon 08 Feb 2010 10:04:07 GMT+1 beechy Hm I see what you're saying David, potentially a lot more beneficial science could have been carried out with that money. But I don't personally feel it has been a waste. Also this $100 billion should really be put in context with the recent $3 trillion bank bail-out and stimulus packages spent in the US alone (, and also with the $1 trillion dollars spent on the Iraq/Afghanistan wars (, just think how much science could have been done with that money. That's what I find depessing. Sun 07 Feb 2010 10:19:48 GMT+1 David G I suppose it will be nice for the astronauts to be able to look out of their newly installed window at the $100 billion white elephant in which they are riding. (For a breakdown of costs see: ).While they are admiring the view of the earth they might wonder how any science done on the ISS could possibly justify the cost - but it will only take them a fraction of second to conclude that this is impossible.They might turn to thinking about all the science that could have been done on earth with $100,000,000,000 but they probably won't because this would be too depressing… Sun 07 Feb 2010 04:33:18 GMT+1 John Of all the modules up there, and all the science and construction that has gone on with the ISS, the Cupola is the most important feature!. The Cupola is the gold medal prize winning view of Earth for the astronauts that spent there whole lives wanting to travel to space.Its going to be beautiful, i think Arthur C. Clarke would have been proud to see this module installed on the ISS. If i was up there, i would want to eat, sleep and work inside that Cupola. Its the stuff of dreams, this is science fiction becoming reality!Wish i could be there to look out that window. The view would almost be worth the 20 million dollars. John. Sun 07 Feb 2010 03:43:33 GMT+1 Jonathan Amos @curiousman: I'll have a word with our search team. You've probably noticed they've made a number of changes to the engine recently. You will start to see more and more themed result pages appearing when you make a search. @MicroCosm: When the modules are launched, they do not always fly with all the equipment they will eventually host. Node 3, for example, will have a lot gear brought into it that is already on station, such as the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems and the famous Colbert treadmill. Sat 06 Feb 2010 20:44:20 GMT+1 Macin Tosh how does its mass change from "launch mass 1805kg" to "on orbit mass 1880kg"? Sat 06 Feb 2010 18:07:13 GMT+1 curiousman Hi JonathanCould you get the web team who does your BBC search angine to ensure when I type "spaceman" in the BBC search box it comes up with your blog site. It doesn't mention it at present. Even typing in "Jonathan Amos" doesn't seem to bring you to the fore!Ta Sat 06 Feb 2010 16:55:01 GMT+1 Jonathan Amos Thanks Pp, Mark, James. I've removed the graphic and asked the team to fix it and pop it back in. Cheers, I'm indebted. Sat 06 Feb 2010 16:45:47 GMT+1 BeyondThePale "And if you're wondering: yes, they can be replaced if needed. That would be some glazing job, though."If Autoglass do it, do you get it free on fully-comp? Sat 06 Feb 2010 13:46:04 GMT+1 Gabriel Oaks Astronauts were perplexed by the knocking on the module hatch.Yes, the replacement-windows salesman had decided to call.... Sat 06 Feb 2010 13:08:29 GMT+1 Mark You've also got the vacuum/ambient gaps backwards. Sat 06 Feb 2010 13:06:12 GMT+1 Larry Hermann Saturday morning - 52 miles from shuttle launch. Am keeping my fingers crossed that we have cloudless weather [like we have this morning] tomorrow... I stand in the street in front of my house and look SE from here to watch the launch. It's really spectacular... with a 300 ft tongue of flame out the back as the boosters do their job.LH Sat 06 Feb 2010 12:50:55 GMT+1 James Makepeace I have no idea where the graphics came from showing a section through this window for the ISS, but it seems unlike the BBC to allow not one but TWO spelling mistakes in such close proximity (or even at all !)Tyy looking up "presure" and "redundent" in the Oxford English Dictionary !!!Come on BBC ... you can do better than that !!!!! Sat 06 Feb 2010 12:33:23 GMT+1 Pp "redundent"? English is not my first language but perhaps you meant "redundant" Jonathan Amos? Sat 06 Feb 2010 12:20:25 GMT+1 The Realist Well it's nice to see they are giving something to people that risk their lives who go up there. It would be nice for the agencies to send up the former residents of ISS as well to give them a chance to see Cupula forst hand. I am sure they can still contribute to science during a short stay. Sat 06 Feb 2010 09:47:19 GMT+1