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Old 07-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Skylab launch weight, according to NASA: "about 100 tons." Thanks for the precision, NASA. Some of us non-eggheads are pretty smart, go ahead and hit us with hard data, we can take it.

That said, it's hard to find curb weights for 40-year-old cars, so the weight I'm using is for a Buick Skylark, since it's from the bread and butter "intermediate" size range and I could find a weight for it: 3491lbs.

100 t= 200,000 / 3491 = 57.29 Buicks. Call it 57, and a horse blanket in the trunk of each one. Gonna need insulation, it can get cold/hot in space.

57 Buicks x 867mpg = 49,419 miles per gallon per Buick.

That's pretty good, no matter how you slice it.

But if Heavy Metal has taught us anything, we're actually going to need Corvettes
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