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Old 04-26-2014, 10:35 AM   #181
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How to grow lettuce in outer space:

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Delivered by Space X's Dragon capsule. Man that Musk guy is really not going to be worrying about is SWR.
First crop in space. Lettuce be thankful.
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:52 PM   #183
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Elon Musk is looking for somebody who can 'repair' this footage of the Falcon 9 booster soft landing in the ocean. If you can get it to look better than the SpaceX techs, I assume you can claim to be a FOE.

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Amazingly, the Opportunity rover on Mars has logged its tenth Earth year of operation. Only about six Martian years. And it's surface was recently swept clean by a Martian wind so it is making plenty of power.

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Apparently, on May 29, SpaceX will show us a Dragon Mk2 spacecraft the features necessary to take astronauts into orbit and back to earth. Not a mock-up, but a space craft with hardware designed for flight. Certification for manned flight will take more time. But, no trampolines will be needed.
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Ready for your flight? I read somewhere (Nat Geo mag?) that the spaceport is in place in Truth or Consequences, NM. Branson's Virgin Galactic wants to start flights this year.


"Once they reach that suborbital altitude, passengers will experience weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. Then they will reenter the atmosphere and glide back to the runway. The price for the experience: $250,000."

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SpaceX introduced version 2 of their Dragon spacecraft.
Among the changes

Propulsive landing without parachutes (parachutes are a backup)
Landing legs for a land landing
New thruster rockets that can be used for landing as well as escaping a launch problem
Better head shield.
Seats for human beings!!!!
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If these thing fly who will want to ride on a Soyuz?

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Nyet, and that's my response whether they fly or not.
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The interior of the Falcon spacecraft is certainly different from what we are used to. The geek in me really wants to know about he tech that goes into it.


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Here's a video of a Spacex soft landing vehicle making a 1000 meter high flight and then soft landing back on its pad. Note the little paddles that pop out at about 1:10 to help guide the vehicle.

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Here's a video of a Spacex soft landing vehicle making a 1000 meter high flight and then soft landing back on its pad. Note the little paddles that pop out at about 1:10 to help guide the vehicle.

Those cows in the field were sure getting spooked by the rocket! About 2:30 into the video. I wonder where the test took place. Looks like Texas.
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Those cows in the field were sure getting spooked by the rocket! About 2:30 into the video. I wonder where the test took place. Looks like Texas.
Yep, outside McGregor, TX which is southwest of Waco: SpaceX's McGregor Test Site (Google Maps) - Virtual Globetrotting
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SpaceX launches ISS resupply missions from LC-40, where Titan IVs used to launch. It's always bitter sweet for me to see SpaceX Falcon 9 launches since I helped build and test the Titan IV launch complex, which has since been demolished.


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Those cows in the field were sure getting spooked by the rocket! About 2:30 into the video. I wonder where the test took place. Looks like Texas.

They have had a number of wide angle videos, and the cows near the launch site get a pretty good workout. I don't know if they makes their meat better or worse...
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Here are interesting photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft that has been orbiting Saturn for 10 years! My favorite is Saturn and it's rings backlit by the sun.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/...n-in-pictures/
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Love those photos.
In the one you mentioned, from 2006, the little dot on the left between the bright rings and the somewhat fainter ring is Earth.
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45 year ago today, a man took a giant leap.

I rather liked these photos of the mission.

Hard to believe that Neil won't be at the ceremonies.
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Amazing what a vision, political or otherwise, can lead to.
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Good News! Apparently "The Martian" is going to be made into a movie. Matt Damon will play Mark Watney.
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