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Old 03-19-2016, 05:43 PM   #421
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Pretty cool story about two Russian emigres to Canada competing for the Google Lunar X Prize..

Vancouver father and son have their eyes on the Google Lunar XPRIZE - The Globe and Mail

There is apparently a documentary as well about them and the other teams. It'll be on Youtube this Thursday (called "Moon Shot")
This documentary series is now live on YouTube and is really cool. 10 episodes, each focusing on a different team from around the world trying to win the Lunar X Prize... awesome stuff.

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Old 03-23-2016, 08:01 PM   #422
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Here are the latest pictures from Ceres Those mysterious bright spots on Ceres? NASA finally got a close-up look. - Vox. Obviously, as anyone can see in the second picture, a long ago civilization built a dome as a last ditch survival effort and eventually the dome cracked and the atmosphere escaped and froze. Mystery? well not really duh!
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Here's a simulation of the calming noises aboard a starship.

Ultimate SciFi Spaceship Soundscape | Interactive & Free
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Old 04-02-2016, 05:36 PM   #424
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For those who have been following the new ninth planet hunt:

https://www.newscientist.com/article...nment-emerges/

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... Such an alignment suggests that some unseen planet – 10 times as massive as Earth and four times its size – is shepherding them. While the culprit has still not officially been discovered, Batygin and Brown argued that the chance this was a random occurrence was as low as 0.007 per cent
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The CRS-8 launch is now being broadcast live.

http://livestream.com/accounts/142499/crs8

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I have to say that SpaceX has put an end to the idea that engineers are nerdy, unattractive and socially inept people (not that they ever were in reality). What a great group of intelligent young people! They give me hope.
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They did it! A successful landing on the drone ship out in the ocean!!
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Very nice.

Excellent video too.
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Very nice.

Excellent video too.
Yes, the video was great. I was on the edge of my seat as the booster came down. An amazing accomplishment.
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WOW..... just WOW!!!!


It is interesting that I now have a nephew that works for a rival rocket company... hope to get some info on what he does at some time....
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When it first entered the frame I thought for sure it was a failure.
I thought it was way to fast and too far off vertical.

Absolutely amazing and very cool to watch!
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I am always amazed and thrilled when any of the space craft/rockets are launched. Stupid but I keep my fingers crossed for luck.
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The CRS-8 launch is now being broadcast live.

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I have to say that SpaceX has put an end to the idea that engineers are nerdy, unattractive and socially inept people (not that they ever were in reality). What a great group of intelligent young people! They give me hope.
I was thinking the same thing, a pretty woman and two very good looking guys,were the main announcers. If any organization can make being an engineer cool it is Spacex. I loved how they made a point of talking about it is ok if it ends up in a big fiery ball of flame, we still get valuable data.

I thought it probably was going to be ok when it made an almost 20 degree correction to vertical about 30' above the drone ship.

SpaceX launches are the ultimate in reality TV!
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That about says it all. Wow indeed!
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I was thinking the same thing, a pretty woman and two very good looking guys,were the main announcers. If any organization can make being an engineer cool it is Spacex. I loved how they made a point of talking about it is ok if it ends up in a big fiery ball of flame, we still get valuable data.



I thought it probably was going to be ok when it made an almost 20 degree correction to vertical about 30' above the drone ship.



SpaceX launches are the ultimate in reality TV!

+1

Very exciting. I'm too old to want to work for a guy like Elon. He's high energy and i am no longer. But love what is happening at Spacex. Hope for the future indeed!

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+1.

I admire the guy (pretty much the only one) and much respect for the entire team that's working for him.

But I wouldn't want to be him or work for him.
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I admire the guy (pretty much the only one) and much respect for the entire team that's working for him.

But I wouldn't want to be him or work for him.
DD's best friend's SO works for him. He is a 20-something engineer. Incredibly long hours from what I hear.
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DD's best friend's SO works for him. He is a 20-something engineer. Incredibly long hours from what I hear.
My friend's son is an early 30's engineer with Tesla. He was one of the first few hundred employees there and now is in charge of the battery system for Model III. Dad pumps him for information, but smart son keeps his mouth shut

He did share this story with his dad about Elon. A few weeks ago they had a big design review on the battery system. The Telsa motto is "no unnecessary grams, no wasted millimeters" (A motto which sounds more like something a rocket ship company would worry about than a car company, but that is Elon). The motto was something, Elon told my friend in the 2nd of the three interview he had with him. (My friend has a Master in mechanical engineer from Stanford, a top notch athlete, very personable and probably could get a job at any company in the Valley within 30 minutes of interviewing except at Tesla)

In the few hours between the finalized the powerpoint and the presentation, the team discovered there was some unused space in the drawings. During the review, he showed the slide, and told Elon, "Stop, I know what you are going to say, this is last night design, here is this morning design, see no white space." He said he got a laugh out of Elon, which made his month.
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This could be very interesting:
Thank heavens for SpaceX and Musk.

I visited Kennedy Space Center a couple of years ago and it was pretty depressing. That's the departure hub for NASA's manned space programs but instead of feeling futuristic the visitor center was almost entirely a tribute to 40+ year old accomplishments.

Glad to see someone stepping up and pushing forward. It's long past time we got out there again.
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Thank heavens for SpaceX and Musk.

I visited Kennedy Space Center a couple of years ago and it was pretty depressing. That's the departure hub for NASA's manned space programs but instead of feeling futuristic the visitor center was almost entirely a tribute to 40+ year old accomplishments.

Glad to see someone stepping up and pushing forward. It's long past time we got out there again.
Amen.

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