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2022-10-11, 16:21

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So did DART actually deflect the astroid in a meaningful fashion? I've not really dug into it. Saw some images posted about the cloud it produced when it hit it. I'm just wondering if the momentum actually made a difference.
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Before the impact, the moonlet took 11 hours and 55 minutes to circle its parent asteroid. Scientists had anticipated shaving off 10 minutes, but Nelson said the impact shortened the asteroid’s orbit by 32 minutes.
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2022-10-11, 16:48

Interesting! Now how meaningful would it be if an astroid were heading to Earth and we wanted to redirect it. I think that was the overall goal here. If we knew soon enough it wouldn't take much to change a trajectory, in one of the three planes let alone any specific one.

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2022-11-01, 17:56

Cool landing video brah...

https://youtu.be/62BUSczAvcs

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2022-11-01, 18:12

I wonder how long it will be before SpaceX gets sloppy and crashes one of these things into a school bus?

As things stand, they've gotten so good at it that it's become boring. The U.S. space program seems to be like that. Even the Saturn program got so "average" that U.S. viewership dropped into the toilet and launches weren't even being broadcast anymore.

SpaceX is bonkers good, and I can't wait until Starship lights up the sky. That will be worth watching (not that Falcon 9 Heavy isn't fun to watch).

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2022-11-15, 17:04

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Just can't wait to hear Eric Berger's next idiotic take.
I'd say... exasperated, maybe? The lede:

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After writing about NASA's Space Launch System rocket for a dozen years—certainly well into the hundreds of thousands of words—I've run out of things to say about the big, orange booster.

Well, almost. What I would like to say is that it is time, beyond time really, for this mission to fly.
Fingers crossed. Nighttime launch window from 1-3 AM EST.
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2022-11-15, 18:11

Sucks that it would be at night. I want to actually see this thing go through the motions, and I do hope it flies.

But, it's NASA, and I've lost my taste for that wasteful monstrosity. I'm much more looking forward to Starship, which by the way, lit off 14 Raptors for 10 seconds, today, and made a lot of dirty things flutter about the pad. Looks more like a giant bomb went off than a rocket test-fire, but fun nonetheless!

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2022-11-16, 07:56

The guys from Everyday Astronaut got some insanely cool footage – here's a link to liftoff time, but it's worth it to scroll to the 8 hour mark to catch some on-board close-ups and then to ~8:18:00 for the EA shots. Cool stuff.

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2022-11-16, 10:13

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2022-11-25, 12:16

Me, sick, listening to local news on television in another room as woman repeatedly pronounces Orion as "Oreon", shouting out "Orion" every time she mispronounces it...


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2022-11-25, 14:13

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Me, sick, listening to local news on television in another room as woman repeatedly pronounces Orion as "Oreon", shouting out "Orion" every time she mispronounces it...


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Out of curiosity, is the woman English (UK/GB)? I remember a sci-fi show from the 80s where they pronounced Orion as "Oreon", and it was produced/dubbed in the UK. Outside of that, I've never heard the same "Oreon" pronunciation.

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2022-11-25, 14:47

Nope, she's an American. She just doesn't know how to pronounce it American-style.


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