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Old 05-28-2016, 04:07 PM   #461
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Great video of the May 27 booster landing.

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So, is your daughter or granddaughter going to be an astronaut?

Half of NASA's Newest Astronaut Class Are Women | Smart News | Smithsonian
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A successful launch, but booster recovery is still not guaranteed. :-)

SpaceX’s landing streak comes to an end as Falcon 9 breaks apart during touch down | The Verge
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As Mr. Musk has tweeted, you wouldn't want to ride to Mars in a dragon capsule since the inside is about the size of an SUV. But, getting it to Mars and successfully landing it would be an accomplishment.

I would love to see an advanced propulsion systems that could cut the time of the trip down to say 4-6 weeks. Granted, that is not an easy task, but a quicker trip would makes things safer and easier: less food, water, air to carry, less exposure to solar radiation, easier to get somebody back quickly if needed, etc.
4 to 6 weeks? Yes, that would be fast by our current standards but how about 4 to 6 hours? Impossible I hear someone say, well, so was landing on the moon. But we did it.
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Just back from Spacefest VII. Had a great time and met lots of astronauts, flight directors, controllers, writers, etc. Had meals with Glynn Lunney and Gerry Griffin. Another highlight was having Jim Lovell sign my photo of Earthrise.


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The Blue Origin rocket's shape looks very uh, suspicious to me. Maybe Bezos is trying to send a message to Larry Ellison? I'm not an engineer, but it doesn't look very aerodynamic.
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Some real fireworks today! Although they will be a bit far away.

What Time Does NASA’s Juno Enter Orbit Around Jupiter? Schedule | Heavy.com

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Although broadcasts for Juno will start earlier, the big moment for the Juno spacecraft will be happening at approximately 11:18 p.m. Eastern, when Juno’s 35-minute main engine burn to enter Jupiter’s orbit begins. The capture into orbit is expected to happen at 11:38 p.m. Eastern.
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Juno is in orbit around Jupiter.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/...tens-of-miles/

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Traveling at a speed of 165,000mph toward a swirling gas giant Monday night, the Juno spacecraft would have no second chances. Had its Leros 1b engine burned too long, Jupiter would have swallowed Juno into its gaseous maw. If the British-made engine burned too short, the spacecraft would have zipped onward into space, lost into the inky blackness forever. But Juno needed no second chance late on the night of July 4th as its hardy little engine fired for a total of 2,102 seconds, perfect to within one second, inserting the spacecraft neatly into orbit around Jupiter.

It is tweeting us! https://twitter.com/NASAJuno
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Just found out that Juno is the wife of Jupiter, and the moons are named after his many lovers. I only knew the Greek names (Hera/Zeus).

Scientists do have a mild sense of humor after all.
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SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 and delivered the JCSAT-16 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. They also landed the first stage onto their barge in the Atlantic.

I guess Musk's goal is starting to be realized: it's begining to be ho hum to recover a rocket's first stage.

Of course, it'll be a big deal again when they actually start reusing those recovered first stages.
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Of course, it'll be a big deal again when they actually start reusing those recovered first stages.
I would love to be a fly on the wall when they get together and discuss the condition of the first stage and what it will take to get it ready for another successful launch.
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I would very much like to attend the late 2018 launch of the SLS. Does anyone know the best way to find a good place to watch a launch? Does NASA give passes for good viewing areas?
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I would very much like to attend the late 2018 launch of the SLS. Does anyone know the best way to find a good place to watch a launch? Does NASA give passes for good viewing areas?
I am glad I stopped by. Didn't know about the big rocket. Count me in for a launch viewing.

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Shades of the 50's and 60's!!!!

An explosion on the pad destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and its payload. At this time they are unsure if the explosion started with the F9 or something on the pad.

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Shades of the 50's and 60's!!!!

An explosion on the pad destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and its payload. At this time they are unsure if the explosion started with the F9 or something on the pad.

SpaceX: Explosion at Cape Canaveral launch pad - Sep. 1, 2016

Does that count as an oops or and aw$hit?
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Both I think

Saw the video and it look like it might have started in or at the second stage area but I'm not a rocket scientist so idk.

I always hate seeing these because you know that it will cause a delay of perhaps a year and it seemed that SpaceX was on a roll recently.
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IIRC this was supposed to be the re-use of a "space experienced" lift stage. Will be interesting to read the postmortem on the root-cause.
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IIRC this was supposed to be the re-use of a "space experienced" lift stage. Will be interesting to read the postmortem on the root-cause.
Reuse of the first stag was announced for later this year but who knows what will happen now. I believe this was a brand new rocket.

What a waste.
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Does that count as an oops or and aw$hit?
Even though I am a confirmed Elon Musk hater, I throw him a bone or two on these " mission anomalies " . Stuff does blow up from time to time , with everyone's rockets
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Even though I am a confirmed Elon Musk hater, I throw him a bone or two on these " mission anomalies " . Stuff does blow up from time to time , with everyone's rockets

Yes, and things blow up more than we know....

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


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