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gasbag

A person who speaks at too great a length, saying little of value and often with an air of pretentious authority. Ah, quit prattling on about the government, you old gasbag! You don't know the first thing about politics.

gasbag

n. a braggart. What’s the old gasbag going on about now?
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Just before impact, retrorockets will apply braking, a system of gas bags will inflate, and the lander will bounce to a stop at the mouth of the ancient outflow channel Ares Vallis, not far from the Viking 1 lander in Chryse Planitia.
We estimate that a lab employing gas bags can generate up to several hundred pounds of hazardous waste per year as it grows bacterial cultures," said Pappas.
In the first year of operation, it probably saved us around $8,000 over gas bags," said Frank Hollis of Hackensack Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Worse scenarios are that the craft burned up in the atmosphere,or the chutes or gas bags failed.
Twelve hours after the voyage began, he was discovered, having become overcome by leaking hydrogen from the gas bags.
I hides in the rigging, between gas bags 6 and 7 at the stern of the ship.
feet above Mars, gas bags should have inflated to create a six-foot balloon to soften the impact.
Mars Express went into orbit around Mars early on Christmas Day - about the same time that the British-built Beagle was supposed to land north of the Martian equator, its impact softened by gas bags and parachutes.
Protected by three inflatable gas bags, the lander is expected to bounce down like a beach ball, coming to rest at precisely 2.
7 minutes its speed had to be reduced to 36mph before three large gas bags inflated to surround the tiny craft in a protective cocoon.
The gas bags were supposed to rapidly inflate about 30 to 40 seconds after the main parachute was deployed.
Even so,Beagle 2 will hit the ground at 36 mph and bounce 12 times before cutting free from the gas bags.
Don added: "These balloons are not just gas bags anymore.
Don added: "These balloons are quite complex structures and are not just gas bags anymore.