Author Topic: Space. The Final Frontier.  (Read 10246 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Nathan

  • Global Moderator
  • ****
  • Posts: 10456
  • Wow. Such warnings. Very baseball. Moderator Doge.
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #400: January 10, 2013, 05:55:17 PM »
I guess my comet joke was too subtle

:couch:

'cause comets are ice?

Offline imref

  • Posts: 15262
  • In Matt We Trust!
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #401: January 11, 2013, 10:26:07 PM »
The White House rejects a petition to build the death star:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/isnt-petition-response-youre-looking

Offline The Chief

  • Posts: 29978
  • Very 2014. Wow.
    • http://www.wnff.net
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #402: January 23, 2013, 11:27:22 AM »

Offline mitlen

  • Posts: 20426
  • We had 'em all the way.
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #403: January 23, 2013, 11:43:33 AM »
I was out on the deck on the 21st (night) waiting for the dog to do his business and noticed the Jupiter/Moon proximity.   Nice   ...

Offline HalfSmokes

  • Posts: 13659
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #404: January 23, 2013, 11:51:42 AM »
this seems really cool

Phoenix Program Demonstration of Latest Advances


http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/22/darpa-touts-progress-on-phoenix-program-to-salvage-dead-satellit/

Offline cmdterps44

  • Posts: 15352
  • Future
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #405: January 23, 2013, 12:00:05 PM »
I was out on the deck on the 21st (night) waiting for the dog to do his business and noticed the Jupiter/Moon proximity.   Nice   ...

Yah it was cool looking.


Even though we'd be completely used to it if it exited, I wish we had some gas giant in really close proximity to us or rings or some cool visual effect in the sky.

Offline Slateman

  • Posts: 15895
  • #FREERENDON
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #406: February 01, 2013, 10:29:52 AM »

Offline JCA-CrystalCity

  • Global Moderator
  • ****
  • Posts: 15920
  • Platoon - not just a movie, a baseball obsession
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #407: February 01, 2013, 10:36:35 AM »
10 years.  RIP.

Offline Coladar

  • Posts: 2808
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #408: February 06, 2013, 08:26:35 PM »
Popped in for more on ISON: http://m.upi.com/story/UPI-56201360195462/

Quote

ASADENA, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- NASA says one of its spacecraft has captured an image of a comet some scientists predict could provide the cosmic "light-show" of the century late this year.

The image of the comet ISON, appearing as a bright, fuzzy ball of light moving against a star-filled background, was snapped by the space agency's Deep Impact probe from a distance of about 493 million miles, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said Wednesday.

"This is the fourth comet on which we have performed science observations and the farthest point from Earth from which we've tried to transmit data on a comet," Tim Larson, Deep Impact project manager at JPL, said.

ISON was discovered on Sept. 21, 2012, by two Russian astronomers, and NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office, based at JPL, has plotted its orbit and determined the comet is more than likely making it first-ever sweep through the inner solar system.

This suggests the comet's pristine surface has a higher probability of being laden with volatile material waiting the sun's energy to heat up and boil off, creating a comet "tail" that may provide a spectacular site from Earth as ISON passes close to the sun in November.


Now I hate to put high expectations- its one of astronomy's greatest downfalls, hyping things then getting the general public in a frenzy, only to be disappointed and ask 'why are we spending our money on this crap?' 

That said, this was the first I'd seen of the 'first pass into the inner solar system, pristine surface covered in volatiles.' They'd been heralding this solely because of its orbit bringing it closer to the sun than all but the most legendary comets. Combine that with a surface covered in ice and the like, on what was already a relatively large object, frozen since the sun was born billions of years ago? This may well turn out to be the most stunning comet in recorded human history - millennia. It could defy even the grandest of displays... It certainly sounds like the odds are stacking up in favor of an unprecedented tail, brightness and size. Saying that, it'll be a dud, but the end of the year can't arrive fast enough for me.

Offline cmdterps44

  • Posts: 15352
  • Future
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #409: February 06, 2013, 08:28:05 PM »
I hope it looks something like this:


Offline CALSGR8

  • Posts: 10956
  • Be Loud * Be Proud * Be Positive
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #410: February 06, 2013, 08:56:42 PM »
I saw a bus that said Starfleet Transportation on it. I had to laugh when I saw it.


Offline mitlen

  • Posts: 20426
  • We had 'em all the way.


Offline hammondsnats

  • Posts: 37330
  • LAC 8)
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #414: February 15, 2013, 12:44:38 PM »
nothing to do with the asteroid, btw ... just one f'n weird coincidence. 

Offline mitlen

  • Posts: 20426
  • We had 'em all the way.
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #415: February 15, 2013, 01:07:10 PM »
nothing to do with the asteroid, btw ... just one f'n weird coincidence. 

After all, we don't want a run on toilet paper.   :)

Offline hammondsnats

  • Posts: 37330
  • LAC 8)
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #416: February 15, 2013, 01:17:57 PM »
Should have clarified that.   I figured most folks would know the difference between a meteor and an asteroid (size matters).   After all, we don't want a run on toilet paper.   :)

NASA spokesman Steve Cole told CNN that scientists had determined that the Russian meteor was on a very different trajectory from the asteroid.

"They are completely unrelated objects -- it's a strange coincidence they are happening at the same time," he said.

"This kind of object does fall fairly frequently, but when they fall into the ocean or desert, there is no impact on people -- so this one is unusual in the sense that it's come over a populated area."

Offline JCA-CrystalCity

  • Global Moderator
  • ****
  • Posts: 15920
  • Platoon - not just a movie, a baseball obsession
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #417: February 15, 2013, 01:25:52 PM »
So the Mayans were off by a couple of months.  :panic:

Offline Slateman

  • Posts: 15895
  • #FREERENDON
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #418: February 15, 2013, 01:54:08 PM »
WE'RE ALL GONNA freakING DIE!!!!!!

Offline mitlen

  • Posts: 20426
  • We had 'em all the way.
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #419: February 15, 2013, 02:05:46 PM »
WE'RE ALL GONNA freakING DIE!!!!!!

...  and it's one, two, three   ...

Offline Slateman

  • Posts: 15895
  • #FREERENDON
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #420: February 15, 2013, 02:28:36 PM »
Do you guys see what happens when you put restrictions on my right to bear arms? If I had a nuclear grenade launcher, this wouldn't happen

Offline hammondsnats

  • Posts: 37330
  • LAC 8)
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #421: February 15, 2013, 03:21:54 PM »
i'm sure people blame Bush for the crap that happened earlier today. 


Offline Minty Fresh

  • Posts: 15859
  • We're here....
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #423: February 15, 2013, 03:27:28 PM »
i'm sure people blame Bush for the crap that happened earlier today.

Not true. Earlier today Gingrich blamed Obama, Santorum blamed the media and Bachmann blamed gay people.

Offline hammondsnats

  • Posts: 37330
  • LAC 8)
Re: Space. The Final Frontier.
« Reply #424: February 15, 2013, 03:28:02 PM »
Not true. Earlier today Gingrich blamed Obama, Santorum blamed the media and Bachmann blamed gay people.

yeah b/c i listen to those guys.