[time-nuts] OT NASA Research

SAIDJACK at aol.com SAIDJACK at aol.com
Mon Aug 16 21:47:07 UTC 2010

Off topic.
Some time ago we talked about what would happen if a  legally-flown 4lbs 
weather balloon was being hit by an airplane.. I  think this is a similar, 
albeit somewhat more funny story, but it does show what  would happen due to 
the momentum during such an impact, keeping in  mind that they were "only" 
simulating the speed of a train, not an  airplane:


Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist!!  (True  Story)
Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch  standard 4 pound 
dead chickens at the windshields of airliners,  military jets and the space 
shuttle, all traveling at maximum  velocity.  
The idea is  to test the strength of the windshields by simulating the  
frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl  .

After hearing about the gun, British engineers were  eager to test it on 
the windshields of their new high speed  trains.  Arrangements were made for a 
gun to be sent to the  British  engineers.  
When the gun  was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled 
out of  the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof  shield, smashed it to  
smithereens, blasted through the control  console, snapped the  engineer's
back-rest in two, and embedded itself in  the back  wall of the cabin, like 
an arrow shot from a bow.

The   horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment,  
along with the designs of the windshield and begged the US  scientists  for 

You're gonna love this  ...

NASA responded  with a one-line memo  --

"Defrost the  chicken." 
(True Story)

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