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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for Aug. 5, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the July 29, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "A body (shop) in space." TechRepublic member bsandey was a little bent out of shape about my account of some "failed" repairs to a certain moon rover involving the most potent fix-it material in the universe.

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This week's quibble comes from the July 29, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "A body (shop) in space." TechRepublic member bsandey was a little bent out of shape about my account of some "failed" repairs to a certain moon rover involving the most potent fix-it material in the universe:

"They did get the duct tape to work for a short time (about 4 hours) on their first venture in the Moonbuggy. But, it did eventually fall off, and they had to make several stops to dust off. And, it was not Cernan and Schmitt that came up with the idea of using the duct tape to form a new fender from maps. It was mission control that came up with the idea while the astronauts were sleeping."

As bsandey's attached link reminds us, duct tape and moon rovers have a long and storied history, and it was wrong of me to impugn that relationship. Thanks for the quibble, and keep 'em coming!

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