Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hot Russian Chicks from Florida

Ok, I stretched the truth a bit. It's really only one Russian Chick and she came to me from Florida, but she's not from Florida. I'll let you decide if she's hot.

This was one of the cool, yet odd, packs of cards the Collective Troll sent over in his last package.

This is a Space Shots Series 3 pack. It has 8 cards, but I only scanned my three favorites.




It would appear from the pack design, that the US and USSR were space buddies.


This is the crew of Gemini 4, James McDivitt and Edward White. Gemini 4 was in space from June 3-June 7, 1965 and is most notable for the first spacewalk, or Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA), by an American. White spent 22 minutes tethered to the outside of the craft and when ordered by Houston to re-enter the craft, called it the "saddest moment of my life." I can only imagine.


The interesting thing about this card is that it refers to a big fancy Science Experiment. Isn't that what every space mission is? Well, that and super secret spy stuff.

"In 1984, millions of tomato seeds were sent into space aboard Challenger Shuttle Mission STS-41C, as part of NASA's Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) project. LDEF carried dozens of experiments from many different disciplines. The purpose of Park Seed's part of the experiment was to observe the effects of deep space on seeds. The cargo remained in Earth orbit for 5 years until 1989, when Columbia Shuttle Mission STS-32 retrieved the LDEF, and the seeds were returned to Earth. They were then distributed for use in science experiments. Ultimately, 132,000 experimental kits were sent to 64,000 teachers in more than 40,000 schools, involving more than 3 million students, throughout the United States and 30 foreign countries - one of the largest science experiments ever.
Participating students from elementary schools, high schools, and colleges were given at least 50 flight seeds and 50 control seeds (i.e., seeds that never left Earth). Students designed their own experiments and participated in testing their own hypotheses, making decisions, and collecting data. Students prepared detailed reports about their observations, and those results were compiled and published in 1991 by NASA's Educational Affairs Division as SEEDS: A Celebration of Science.
(In case you are wondering, the space seeds did not grow into mutant killer tomatoes. As it turns out, space is a terrific place to store your seeds-it's nice and dry, and cold enough to keep the seeds dormant. On the down side, though, getting to a space station is pretty inconvenient when you want to pick up a few seeds for your garden!)" This tidbit of info is courtesy of Parkseed.com.



Here is the Hot Russian Chick.

Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya was the second woman in space and the first to complete a spacewalk, or EVA. According to Wiki, she was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union title twice, has an asteroid named after her and set all manner of flying and parachuting records.


Here's a shot of Svetlana sans helmet. As for the hot factor, I'll let you decide.

Troll, thank you for a very cool package of cards!

4 comments:

  1. Those cards are sweet. I'm a NASA guy, so I love anything that combines space and cards.

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  2. Wicked...I'm spoken for. I'll have to leave her for one of my single readers.

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  3. Heh, wicked's always been a funny guy.

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