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Happy Birthday, Bill! 
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I just saw the notice on Facebook. Conga-ratulations!


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I can't see Facebook, but I heard from Tim Kyger, who said he had arranged for NASA to launch a shiny new rocket on Bill's birthday. Which was a nice thing to do. Happy birthday, Bill!

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beamjockey wrote:
I can't see Facebook, but I heard from Tim Kyger, who said he had arranged for NASA to launch a shiny new rocket on Bill's birthday. Which was a nice thing to do. Happy birthday, Bill!

So he told me. But, being Kyger, he arranged for the display to take place before I got out of bed.


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beamjockey wrote:
I can't see Facebook, but I heard from Tim Kyger, who said he had arranged for NASA to launch a shiny new rocket on Bill's birthday.


Speaking of which, what's up with the media claims of it being the largest rocket ever built? It's over 300 feet tall, but far less than the 365 feet of the Saturn V.


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Speaking of which, what's up with the media claims of it being the largest rocket ever built? It's over 300 feet tall, but far less than the 365 feet of the Saturn V.

The Saturn V proper, without the launch escape system perched on top, is slightly over 324 feet in length. The Ares I-X is apparently 327 feet tall. That may be what they're thinking about.

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Happy belated birthday wishes, Bill!

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DanHenderson wrote:
The Saturn V proper, without the launch escape system perched on top, is slightly over 324 feet in length. The Ares I-X is apparently 327 feet tall. That may be what they're thinking about.


Well, if you can't count arbitrary spikes on the tops of structures, the records for world's tallest buildings have to be substantially reordered...


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Especially if arbitrary "spikes" of buildings aren't counted any more. No, of course I don't mean that one; Canadians are known to bite when challenged on the (heh, heh) point.

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