Orbital Origami

Alert reader Chuck sends the blog this important bit of science news. Can an origami shuttle fly from space to Earth? He notes that it’s eerily similar to the breakfast debate from March 5th. In fact, it may have settled it. If a 2 inch paper airplane will hit Mach 7 and encounter temperatures of over 400 degrees, there wouldn’t seem to be any chance that a snowflake would stay below freezing. The pressure concerns from the breakfast banter just make it’s survival all the more unlikely. So I think we can safely stick a fork in this one. It’s done.

But it might be worth submitting to MythBusters anyway. If for no other reason that to see them drop Buster from space or blow up a snowflake.

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