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Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #1003: June 20, 2017, 10:59:10 AM »
I hate to think that we're the most intelligent life form in the universe.
You think Rizzo can find bullpen help on one of them?

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« Reply #1005: June 20, 2017, 12:14:28 PM »
Just what we need. An excuse to completely eff up the one we're on.


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Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #1006: September 15, 2017, 10:06:30 PM »
Cassini, the satellite circling Saturn, was running out of fuel so they ran it into the planet today.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/15/550709214/cassinis-saturn-mission-goes-out-in-a-blaze-of-glory

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Controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent a final command Friday morning to the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Not long after, accounting for the vast distance the message traveled, the order was received, putting the craft into a suicidal swan dive in which it plummeted into the ringed planet's atmosphere.

Flight Director Julie Webster called "loss of signal" at about 7:55 a.m. ET, followed by Project Manager Earl Maize announcing "end of mission" as the spacecraft began to break up in Saturn's atmosphere.

"Congratulations to you all," Maize announced to applause. "It's been an incredible mission, incredible spacecraft, and you're all an incredible team."

With Cassini running on empty and no gas station for about a billion miles, NASA decided to go out Thelma & Louise-style. But rather than careen into a canyon, the plucky probe took a final plunge into the object of its obsession.

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Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #1007: September 16, 2017, 06:07:16 AM »
Cassini, the satellite circling Saturn, was running out of fuel so they ran it into the planet today.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/15/550709214/cassinis-saturn-mission-goes-out-in-a-blaze-of-glory


So we've now attacked two other planets in our system. Sigh..  :)

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Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #1008: September 16, 2017, 11:16:27 AM »
So we've now attacked two other planets in our system. Sigh..  :)
nuke Saturn after we culturally appropriated the planet for a car and cycling team in the '90s.  But Saturn just says "pfff" to our puny nukes.


Actually, what NASA was saying is they did not want to run the risk of contaminating with man-made material either Titan or the moon with water by an uncontrolled crash.  literally I'm guessing this is less than a drop in the bucket compared to Saturn's size.

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« Reply #1009: September 18, 2017, 09:36:41 AM »
nuke Saturn after we culturally appropriated the planet for a car and cycling team in the '90s.  But Saturn just says "pfff" to our puny nukes.


Actually, what NASA was saying is they did not want to run the risk of contaminating with man-made material either Titan or the moon with water by an uncontrolled crash.  literally I'm guessing this is less than a drop in the bucket compared to Saturn's size.

Yeah, the idea was if we find life elsewhere in the solar system we want to make sure we didn't bring it ourselves.

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« Reply #1010: September 18, 2017, 09:56:58 PM »
My company is starting a guest speaker series whereby each quarter we bring in someone who is inspirational in a scientific arena.  First is fo, rmer astronaut Cady Coleman, who has a chemistry degree from MIT, PhD from U of Mass in polymer science and engineering, and has spent more than 6 months in the space station.  She's a flutist and played a duet with Ian Anderson while aloft.    :shock:

She only has 1 UFO sighting however, you'd think all that time in space she'd see a lot more than 1. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Coleman

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« Reply #1011: September 18, 2017, 10:33:52 PM »
My company is starting a guest speaker series whereby each quarter we bring in someone who is inspirational in a scientific arena.  First is fo, rmer astronaut Cady Coleman, who has a chemistry degree from MIT, PhD from U of Mass in polymer science and engineering, and has spent more than 6 months in the space station.  She's a flutist and played a duet with Ian Anderson while aloft.    :shock:

She only has 1 UFO sighting however, you'd think all that time in space she'd see a lot more than 1. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_Coleman

Was mitlen unavailable?   :shrug:

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« Reply #1013: September 19, 2017, 12:31:59 PM »
Was mitlen unavailable?   :shrug:

I volunteered but I may be on a mission.    I was an "astronaut" in the 70s.     Possibly some of the 80s as well but I can't remember.

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« Reply #1014: September 19, 2017, 12:35:23 PM »


Man, I could create a stir with a comment on that "argument from ignorance" piece.

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« Reply #1015: September 19, 2017, 03:36:17 PM »
Man, I could create a stir with a comment on that "argument from ignorance" piece.

that's the politics thread, right? :)

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« Reply #1016: September 19, 2017, 03:39:21 PM »
that's the politics thread, right? :)

No, but politics will work.     :)    I really enjoy listening to him.     Never fails  ...   gets me thinking.

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« Reply #1017: September 19, 2017, 04:47:28 PM »
No, but politics will work.     :)    I really enjoy listening to him.     Never fails  ...   gets me thinking.

Do you listen to his podcast (Startalk)?  It's definitely worth your time.

He'd make a heck of a President.

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« Reply #1018: September 19, 2017, 04:50:55 PM »
Do you listen to his podcast (Startalk)?  It's definitely worth your time.

He'd make a heck of a President.

Ummmmmm, I've never done/heard a podcast.      :couch:     Tyson makes me think about stuff that's interesting to me but I seldom explore without a stimulus.     Like Hawking exceptt his (SH) stuff can give me a headache.    :)

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« Reply #1019: September 19, 2017, 06:02:59 PM »
Ummmmmm, I've never done/heard a podcast.      :couch:     Tyson makes me think about stuff that's interesting to me but I seldom explore without a stimulus.     Like Hawking but his (SH) stuff can give me a headache.    :)

you can listen on-line via their web site:  https://www.startalkradio.net

Or if you have an apple phone, subscribe via the podcast app.  Startalk is pretty light-hearted, usually his co-host is a comedian.  Bill Nye is a frequent guest, and guest host.

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« Reply #1020: September 19, 2017, 06:04:59 PM »
Or if you have an apple phone...

mitlen has owned apples and phones...occasionally at the same time...

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« Reply #1021: September 19, 2017, 09:39:41 PM »
mitlen has owned apples and phones...occasionally at the same time...

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Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #1023: November 10, 2017, 05:01:06 PM »
Orbital Sciences putting up a big payload tomorrow out of Wallops, should be visible at about 7:38 am if any of you geezers are up already.

http://www.space.com/38748-rocket-launch-visible-from-us-east-coast-saturday.html?utm_source=notification


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« Reply #1024: December 11, 2017, 10:01:04 PM »