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curiousuburb
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2013-01-10, 14:02

Apophis size and orbit refined in latest pass (yesterday)... bigger than previously known but now predicted NOT to hit us in 2036. W0Ot!

Next near miss from another NEO... Feb 15 - closest approach 14000 miles (beneath orbit of geosynchronous satellites and inside lunar orbit by 200k miles)

Kind of makes you want to do more research, and maybe go and get one to study

More detailed plans here

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2013-01-10, 14:44

Damn. Was hoping I wouldn't have to risk going into a state run convalescent home... now I might have to go base jumping at age 70 or so and check out that way.

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2013-01-10, 15:55

Has there been any update on Amazon's founder mission to recover Apollo 11's F-1 engines?
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2013-01-11, 09:59

I don't know but we rediscovered a Spiral Galaxy that we think is 4x the size of the Milky Way. Mmmm... spirals.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20981994


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2013-01-22, 16:37

Talking about the F-1 engines, looks like NASA is serious about the proposal reviving them for the SLS as they are testing components of the F-1.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall...FGHmw.facebook

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2013-01-23, 07:07

Yet another company announces serious plans to start Asteroid mining

Check out part of their promo video, showcasing planned Firefly 'swarm' survey scope bots and Dragonfly prospectors that latch on to targets the Fireflies identify... Similar concept to the other mining proposal

These guys are following the announcement Planetary Resources made, but it will be interesting to see who launches first

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2013-02-19, 10:06

Hey Quags / Brad / Mods can you reduce the size of the image in the first post on this page? It really slows down the load time.

In other news, the cyclical universe theory gets a boost.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21499765

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Quagmire
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2013-02-19, 10:15

What can I do about it?
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2013-02-19, 16:42

Looks like one of the proposals for commercial rocket launches for LC-39 include one that keeps the FSS/RSS on Pad 39A. Which means 39B will be the only pad to launch the SLS.

Artist concept....


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2013-02-19, 17:03

What the hell is that? Looks like an Atlas V or Delta IV Common Core Booster with an Apollo CSM stuck on top...
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2013-02-19, 18:24

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What the hell is that? Looks like an Atlas V or Delta IV Common Core Booster with an Apollo CSM stuck on top...
It's probably Boeing's capsule since it will be launched by an Atlas V.
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2013-02-19, 22:12

Just found this, NASA has abandoned Pad 39A. And Moogs, it explains exactly why those tunnels were built.

http://www.wesh.com/news/central-flo...0/-/index.html

EDIT: Nvm......

http://www.americaspace.com/?p=30313.

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2013-03-13, 22:07

Intrepid is being smarter with Enterprise this time. Steel-frame structure is being built around it now. (But it's still got a chunk out of the tail...)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adachivers/8436428876/
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2013-03-20, 13:36

Saturn V F-1 engines have been recovered.

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2013...Statement.html

http://www.bezosexpeditions.com/updates.html
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curiousuburb
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2013-03-21, 05:01

@DrBrianMay Great photo of Pan-STARRS and Stonehenge pic.twitter.com/W1OJvmPDuw



I've observed this comet myself for a few nights this month, starting around March 11th, using 15 x 70 binoculars on a tripod. Actually my GF is the one who has spotted it first. Usually get it around 1900, just picking it out after sunset about 10 - 20 degrees up in the Western sky. The tail looks like the pic above... extending upwards to about 10 or 11 o'clock position for about a degree. Of course, I don't have any pics this nice.

Definitely worth searching for if you've got dark enough skies for it... even if this is just a teaser for Comet ISON in November which (fingers crossed) has potential to become bright enough to be seen in daylight.

Southern Hemisphere viewers have had a good look already (with another comet and Aurora Australis in this video)... now us Northern Hemisphere folk get our chance to see.

Rough guide here is explained in the UniverseToday links below


Pics, videos and tips on finding Comet PanSTARRS can be found here (or search for more links from your local astronomy resources).

BBC story (with video) here

BadAstronomy has pics and an awesome video here from STEREO Spacecraft showing the comet's tail apparently brushing Earth from its perspective (although if this happened, we'd get meteor showers... so it's just a trick of angles in the orbital mechanics of our relative positions) Details and explanation here

Daily Mail story (with photos and multiple videos) here

Happy observing!

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2013-04-21, 15:37

There is a long and interesting article about Curiosity and Mars exploration in general in the latest issue of the New Yorker.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...fa_fact_bilger

Well worth a read.

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2013-04-21, 16:34

Wow.... You know what I like? I like well-written things. Things that cease becoming words on a page the further you get into it and start to almost 3D wrap themselves around your head. Like it's the only thing that's in your view. The only thing your mind is interested in at that moment.

Such a great article. Thanks for the link!

(also, it's very funny "—Taos without the tourists." killed me. )

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2013-04-23, 20:15

Yes, good writing is good writing. An article about dryer lint probably could be interesting if well written. And the subject matter of Mars exploration is more compelling than dryer lint.

Anyway, on the subject of Mars, the implications of some comments in the article - to the effect of how how life itself can create the environmental conditions for more life (setting oxygen in the atmosphere, etc.) - made me wonder again about the idea of seeding life on Mars with the inoculation of some very hardy microbes from Earth. And there are some on Earth that are very, very hardy. Sure, it would violate the prime directive, but it may be inevitable anyway if we continue our exploration, and Kirk and crew were doing it all the time despite the supposed rule. Even their very presence on other planets violated the prime directive, and in a big way. Maybe the seeding on Mars has already happened with a stray microbe tagging along on one of the spacecraft. We will have to wait a billion years or so to see if it has any major effects.

Anyway, life does not begin on its own, IMF. But that is another issue, and another debate, and has no place among the speculation of most scientists. But it would explain one of the basic questions posed in the article about why certain scientific events simply did not occur on Mars.

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2013-04-28, 19:30

Rude Space Pics, Vol. 42

If it isn't the Keyhole Nebula getting mislabelled the Finger of God,

Not sure if this is NSFW or just peurile penis humour...

but Spirit's tracks are making a giant wang on Mars

Spirit's 'Legacy' panorama. It combines many frames acquired during Spirit's 59th through 61st martian days, or sols (March 3 to 5, 2004) from a position about halfway between the landing site and the rim of 'Bonneville Crater,' Nasa says. The panorama spans 360 degrees and consists of images obtained in 78 individual pointings.


Apparently the Engineers have been chuckling about this one for some time, but its only when they added it to a MER Mission Home Page (under Surface Navigation sub-heading) that it got noticed on Reddit and subsequent DDOS crashed NASA servers... NASA changed the graphic out on that Mission Page, but the gag is still making news worldwide.

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2013-04-28, 19:56

That would be Opportunities penis.... Spirit officially died last year.
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2013-04-29, 09:57

The caption said it was Spirit's "Legacy" panorama from March 2004... (Sol 59 through 61 for Spirit). Might have had one stiff wheel by then though *nudge nudge*
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2013-04-29, 17:59

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The caption said it was Spirit's "Legacy" panorama from March 2004... (Sol 59 through 61 for Spirit). Might have had one stiff wheel by then though *nudge nudge*
Click the link of your link and the caption changes to opportunity.

All the other places I have read about this has the rover as Opportunity.

http://www.popsci.com/science/articl...-mars-you-guys

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2013-05-14, 11:16

Solar Maximum approaching. Massive CMEs being released daily.

Hope you've all joined your local preppers network and purchased your dry food stuffs and ammo.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22525233

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2013-07-17, 18:37

Space Weather will kill us all. No really. Forget all the stupid bio-terror theories and financial meltdowns... I'd give this disaster a higher probability than the rest of happening and completely wrecking our society because of the length of time it takes to build and replace torched transformers.

Pretty good article actually and surprised to see it covered in some detail by a major daily.



http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...tacks/?hpid=z1

Here's what I'd like to know... supposing a big solar storm / magnetic storm hit and turned our grid upside down... does that type of event also have the ability to trash any home-grown power setups I might build? For example a small solar panel and battery set up that is isolated from the grid lines going into my house?

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2013-08-01, 18:23

Ice cores and asteroids. Evidence of asteroid impact in NA suggests mammoth extinction, other species tied to climate changes from that event 13,000 years ago. Happened (and abated apparently) very rapidly.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23536567

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2013-10-14, 10:59

It's raining diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24477667

Commence countdown until some syndicate of commercial barons decides to buy up Space X and the other private space agencies, pumps a few billion dollars into it every year, with the aim of "sky-mining" on Saturn or Jupiter. It won't be curiosity or necessity that drives our space travel deeper. It will be commercialism... sadly.

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2013-10-14, 12:38

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It won't be curiosity or necessity that drives our space travel deeper. It will be commercialism... sadly.
Don't care, as long as we get there.
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2013-10-15, 16:53

True, that.
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2013-10-16, 18:13

Exploring space... at home (large fragment from Russian meteor pulled from lake).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24550941
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2013-11-13, 05:48

Soyuz returning from ISS

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European Space Agency posted this amazing–20+ minutes long but worth watching–video about how astronauts return home from the ISS in the Soyuz space capsule, with never before seen inside footage.

This video is based on an actual lesson delivered to the ESA astronaut class of 2009 (also known as the #Shenanigans09) during their ESA Basic Training. It features interviews with astronauts who have flown on the Soyuz and footage of actual reentry and landings. Believe me, it is amazing.

Source: io9
Bumpy, but definitely worth it.

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