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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2018, 07:53:14 am »
And on that positive note, the launch took me back to 4th grade where we took time out of the school day to watch the launch activities.   Good to see a rocket (US) of size take off from Kennedy again. 

What's also interesting to me is the naming of the Falcon 9 using the word 'heavy'.   Back in the 50's the AF used that term on the big boy recon and bomber wings.   For instance, my dad was a crew chief at Ellsworth AFB on the RB-36.   28th SRW, Heavy.  SRW for you youngsters is Strategic Reconnaissance Wing.


I really don't care where Elon gets his money from.  I'm glad my taxes helped support his efforts in space, cars, and solar technology.   At least he's got something to show for it, unlike NASA at the moment who's still piddling with the Mars effort.  I do agree that we should start using the Moon for bases, industrial mining and cheese (not necessarily in that order).


I'm also wondering why we haven't developed the technology to build the rockets in space or the moon where they don't require as much fuel to head to their destinations.

you still need to get all the components (including the fuel) up there so that in itself requires fuel.....
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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2018, 08:29:29 am »
The center core was only able to relight one of the three engines necessary to land, and so it hit the water at 300 miles per hour about 300 feet from the drone ship. As a result, two engines on the drone ship were taken out when it crashed, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a press call after the rocket launch. “[It] was enough to take out two thrusters and shower the deck with shrapnel,” he said.

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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2018, 09:32:54 am »
you still need to get all the components (including the fuel) up there so that in itself requires fuel.....


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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2018, 09:47:45 am »
And screw Mars...we should be industrializing the moon. Supposedly has ice/water which means O2. It's out of the Earths gravity strongest well. yada yada yada

gPink, Could you retype the highlighted part in english better word choices?

Overall I agree with most of you, send only unmanned probes to Mars, and let's develop the moon.

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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2018, 01:28:38 am »
watch/listen to this, make sure you use headphones!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImoQqNyRL8Y&feature=em-subs_digest
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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2018, 01:30:28 am »
And on that positive note, the launch took me back to 4th grade where we took time out of the school day to watch the launch activities.   Good to see a rocket (US) of size take off from Kennedy again. 

What's also interesting to me is the naming of the Falcon 9 using the word 'heavy'.   Back in the 50's the AF used that term on the big boy recon and bomber wings.   For instance, my dad was a crew chief at Ellsworth AFB on the RB-36.   28th SRW, Heavy.  SRW for you youngsters is Strategic Reconnaissance Wing.


I really don't care where Elon gets his money from.  I'm glad my taxes helped support his efforts in space, cars, and solar technology.   At least he's got something to show for it, unlike NASA at the moment who's still piddling with the Mars effort.  I do agree that we should start using the Moon for bases, industrial mining and cheese (not necessarily in that order).


I'm also wondering why we haven't developed the technology to build the rockets in space or the moon where they don't require as much fuel to head to their destinations.



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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2018, 04:27:09 am »
Damn Gary, you're just a fucking ray of sunshine ain't ya?
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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2018, 04:59:13 am »
Sorry, bad day.
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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2018, 05:07:40 am »
And for those extra special months where we get two full moons, blue cheese is served.
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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2018, 06:04:23 am »
And for those extra special months where we get two full moons, blue cheese is served.

But what if it's also a blood moon? Is the blue cheese served with side of blood pudding?  :o

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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2018, 06:05:43 am »
We'll hold off on the pudding..

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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2018, 07:32:08 am »
We'll hold off on the pudding..

idf it's a blood moon than black pudding would be appropriate :)
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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2018, 05:53:22 am »
Tesla in space!

Here's the latest pic of the world's fastest car (8,300mph).

click to zoom


At the time, the car was 493,000 km (306,000) away, not far beyond the orbit of the Moon, receding from Earth about 3.7 km/s (8,300 mph). Reflecting sunlight, it shone about as brightly as a 16th magnitude star.
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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2018, 05:57:11 am »
Interesting. Which telescope was used to take that pic?

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Re: Congrats to SpaceX!
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2018, 06:28:34 am »
Interesting. Which telescope was used to take that pic?


Sorry, here's the info.

http://spaceweather.com/

AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS PHOTOGRAPH ROADSTER IN SPACE: It's official. Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster is a spacecraft. NASA is now listing the electric car in its database of celestial objects with an ephemeris for tracking it available on JPL's Horizons web site.

Using that ephemeris, along with a remote-controlled telescope in Siding Spring, Australia, amateur astronomer Adriano Valvasori photographed the Roadster on Feb. 8th. It is the faint speck circled in red:

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