Comparison for how much Zoobee has grown from Feb to May!
Zoobie ate and I’m so proud.
Don’t ask why, even I think it’s a bit silly. I wanted to get pictures, but I pretty much blinked and missed her strike.
First feed tomorrow!
Tomorrow I’m going to get Zoobie a couple baby crickets to eat. I’ve read that pinhead crickets would be too small for her. I’ll just offer one at a time in case she doesn’t want to eat.
Ricky is hilarious, fascinated that Zoobie will move to be facing the space heater (a plenty safe distance away) even if he rotates her condiment cup to face away from it. I don’t know why she wouldn’t, but I’m glad he’s so interested.
In the early years of space flight, both Russians and Americans used pencils in space. Unfortunately, pencil lead is made of graphite, a highly conductive material. Snapped graphite leads and particles in zero gravity are hugely problematic, as they will get sucked into the air ventilation or electronic equipment, easily causing shorts or fires in the pure oxygen environment of a capsule.
After the fire in Apollo 1 which killed all the astronauts on board, NASA required a writing instrument that wasn’t a fire hazard. Fisher spent over a million dollars (of his own money) creating a pressurized ball point pen, which NASA bought at $2.95 each. The Russian space program also switched over from pencils shortly after.
40 years later snide morons on the internet still snigger about it, because snide morons on the internet never know what they are talking about.