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« Reply #1275: October 02, 2020, 07:48:59 PM »
I just have to say - as an old guy who begged his father to let him stay up late to watch Apollo coverage, that SpaceX and Elon do not get enough credit.

Those booster that are going up now actually land and get reused over and over. They catch the payload shields in nets, and reuse them. I know you all know this, but man. Three attempted launches in one week.  It's just unreal.

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« Reply #1276: October 02, 2020, 07:55:59 PM »
9:16 wallops launch tonight and 9:43 space-x from cape canaveral.

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« Reply #1277: October 02, 2020, 08:14:52 PM »
Any UFO stories?

If he's got 'em, he can't share 'em. He does do a lot of photography of extraterrestrial bodies if that counts?  :)

His photos typically make the front page of spaceweather.gov three or four times a year. He's retired, but civilians are allowed to and encouraged to submit shots.

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« Reply #1278: October 02, 2020, 09:24:39 PM »
Antares launched. Your move space-x. We could barely see the rocket.

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« Reply #1279: October 02, 2020, 10:04:59 PM »
Space-X aborts 2 seconds before lift-off.


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« Reply #1281: October 20, 2020, 04:36:24 PM »
NASA is live streaming its attempt to land on an asteroid and collect a sample to bring back to earth.  Touchdown is scheduled for 5 PM today:

https://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-s-osiris-rex-is-about-to-land-on-asteroid-bennu-to-take-samples

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« Reply #1282: November 14, 2020, 06:46:09 PM »
SpaceX dragon with four astronauts launches tomorrow at 7:27am.  50/50 chance of launch due to weather

https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/11/08/falcon-9-crew-1-preps-mission-status-center/

Correction: PM, not AM

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« Reply #1283: November 15, 2020, 10:39:24 PM »
Launch went perfect but there’s a problem with propellant line heaters. Three of four are currently disabled and they need to have a least two functioning. SpaceX says it’s not time sensitive and they are working the issue.

- FIXED!

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« Reply #1284: December 08, 2020, 06:34:51 PM »
SpaceX Starship test launch at 6:38 PM EST

https://www.spacex.com/vehicles/starship/index.html

Aborted at 1.3 seconds before launch.


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« Reply #1286: December 08, 2020, 06:46:00 PM »
SpaceX Starship test launch at 6:38 PM EST

https://www.spacex.com/vehicles/starship/index.html

Aborted at 1.3 seconds before launch.

Jesus Christ, how big is that thing???


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« Reply #1287: December 08, 2020, 06:48:07 PM »
Jesus Christ, how big is that thing???



160', so less than half the height of Apollo (363').


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« Reply #1288: December 08, 2020, 06:49:21 PM »
160', so less than half the height of Apollo (363').

Oh, I caught that brief image of it from far away and misjudged the scale badly.

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« Reply #1289: December 09, 2020, 01:28:23 PM »
Oh, I caught that brief image of it from far away and misjudged the scale badly.

I mean, it's still half the size of a football field. That's a pretty respectable size in my book.

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« Reply #1290: December 09, 2020, 02:00:17 PM »
Look guys, it's not about the size  :hysterical:

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« Reply #1291: December 09, 2020, 02:06:44 PM »
Oh, I caught that brief image of it from far away and misjudged the scale badly.


so that's just the upper stage.  When attached to the lower stage, the rocket will be almost 400' tall.

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« Reply #1292: December 09, 2020, 04:25:02 PM »
Starship launch - Take 2 - scheduled for 5:40 PM eastern


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« Reply #1293: December 09, 2020, 05:53:20 PM »
The launch went perfectly well, the landing, not so well....


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« Reply #1294: December 10, 2020, 01:26:28 PM »
The launch went perfectly well, the landing, not so well....

I think that was what they predicted. It was pretty astonishing to watch them try to glide that in and then land it on it's tail.

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« Reply #1295: December 10, 2020, 01:34:37 PM »
I think that was what they predicted. It was pretty astonishing to watch them try to glide that in and then land it on it's tail.

They had a fuel pressure issue. The launch and return were the goals. A successful landing would have been a bonus. 

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« Reply #1296: December 10, 2020, 02:17:36 PM »
SpaceX Starship test launch at 6:38 PM EST

https://www.spacex.com/vehicles/starship/index.html

Aborted at 1.3 seconds before launch.
What can you expect in Texas?
I thought Texas gives all kinds of hassles if you try to abort?

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« Reply #1297: December 10, 2020, 04:44:11 PM »
I thought Texas gives all kinds of hassles if you try to abort?

:hysterical:

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« Reply #1298: December 21, 2020, 03:10:47 PM »

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« Reply #1299: December 21, 2020, 03:39:46 PM »
Discovery of aliens in 2021 would certainly be a way to top 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/18/scientists-looking-for-aliens-investigate-radio-beam-from-nearby-star
alien intervention with mind-controlling beams would explain a lot this year.