> a Skylab mission that would prove critical to the success of the US's first crewed space station.
That has to be the first time Skylab has ever been described as a success.
Remember Skylab? How about SMEAT? Fifty years ago, a trio of US astronauts took part in 56-day simulation of a Skylab mission that would prove critical to the success of the US's first crewed space station. SMEAT (Skylab Medical Experiment Altitude Test) took place a year after Apollo 15 launched to the Moon. It was originally …
I don't get why all of a sudden it's a thing to bash Skylab.
The point of building such facilities was to learn from them, and mistakes / errors / failures are part of the learning exercise.
Shuttle had an extremely expensive collection of mistakes, errors and failures, which, if you are paying attention, learning from is an incredibly valuable source of information.
Feynmann's reports on Challenger should be mandatory reading for anyone entering engineering. Piper Alpha very important to understand too.
"I don't get why all of a sudden it's a thing to bash Skylab."
It's what today's kids do, haven't you noticed? It would seem that anything that happened prior to roughly 2008 was a useless waste of time, and therefor not worth learning about.
These things are cyclic. My Grand Daughter's generation seems to be actually showing an interest in science basics, so there's hope, but I fear the zoomers are a lost cause.
A Skylab article just as more (likely American) space junk falls on Australia!
The section from "Defecation in space was complicated by..." to "space diets, and to Skylab workloads" is something I've been pondering a lot over the past year.
I'd trade my best sexual experiences for a normal sized poo delivered in a normal manner, my best experiences now are in the bathroom not the bedroom. Considered a vacuum cleaner nozzle at one point but didn't want to risk a prolapse.
I grew to hate the US children's propaganda book, "Everybody Poops" - aye, lucky wee kids can. I've been ill for the last year, various symptoms that I assumed wrongly were a disease. A teenage looking A&E doctor diagnosed, "Weakness and weight loss - muscle loss due to malnutrition. Shooting pains in your legs - lower back injury. Constipation - that's just tough shit I'm afraid."
British doctors often become comedians.
She didn't prescribe anything to help so I went for Guinness and prunes, the natural remedy.
Shredded wheat. A bowl a day for breakfast. More effective than prunes.
If the doc genuinely said malnutrition and you're not paraphrasing then report that to your GP and ask for an appointment with a dietician. Bad diet and constipation are very much cause and effect but you know that, I'm sure. If you can't or won't cook properly for yourself then eat out at a proper restaurant each day but choose the healthy stuff.
Thanks for the advice AC,
Poverty is a very complicating factor. I haven't ate at a restaurant in over twenty years and doubt I ever will again - shredded wheat would be the equivalent to a meal out.
For decades I've eaten well. I grew some of my best food at an allotment until I was too weak to walk there recently. I'd look down at my big belly so didn't consider malnutrition until an old friend called me emaciated so I weighed myself. I am both round and skinny, the worst combination.
I've stopped getting worse and am very slowly getting better. I've got two poverty cheques from the council / Scottish government that I haven't been able to cash, now to be sent to my phone which will help greatly. First purchase, spectacles that work! I recently got a magnifying glass and found I've been taking the wrong pills for months. I'm sure you'd advise me to take the correct medication. I see the escape route but feel / am besieged on all sides. My problems are legion and my allies are, well, wishing me well.
Previous AC here.
The magnifying glass comment made me smile: it's so easy to think you're doing something right, keep doing it and never stop to re-check. At least you found out. And taking the right medication will help. (The big advantage of taking homeopathic dilutions: you can't get the dose wrong and it doesn't matter which you take!) :-)
Big belly and emaciated - presumably because the stomach muscles have wasted away? That is serious. So what stopped you from eating: physical illness or mental like anorexia? I don't really want to know the answer, just know that you know the answer so you know what you need to do to stick with the recovery.
Not much comfort, I know, but recoveries always seem endless, until suddenly they're over.
More of this, but with photos - or it didn't happen!
I'd love to see a The Register channel on cable TV to record this for posterity. There's a fair chance future Britons wouldn't be able to read text beyond emojis, and video is their only record of how they got there is El Reg TV.
How bad could it be? It'd certainly be better than 99% of the Freeview channels. It'd be more informative than BBC Click. Remember BBC Open University after midnight? I'd sit there for hours watching stuff I didn't understand just because it was interesting.