Thursday, July 06, 2006


Space Worthy Bird Poop

Photo courtesy NASA/Sandy Joseph, Robert Murray
NASA scientists recently discovered something that bird owners have known for years: bird poop is tough. Tougher than a launch into space.

A recent Associated Press (AP) story reported that bird droppings on the wing of the Discovery shuttle remained despite being battered by 300,000 gallons of water during launch and a journey through the gaseous levels of the Earth's atmosphere and into space. The poop remains after pieces of the shuttle's exterior fall off.

Maybe this experience will encourage those rocket scientists to come up with supersonic strength bird poop remover?

The Discovery flight coordinator suspects that the during landing, when the shuttle's exterior could reach 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the poop will burn off, according to the AP report.

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