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Brave Ulysses
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2011-11-29, 08:31

Well guys..... get your resumes ready.... because here is your chance!

http://www.usajobs.gov/SpotlightsAll...s?contentID=80
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2011-12-05, 14:52

Get you some Kepler... (aka some potentially earth-like planet we'll never see much less step foot on, because it's 600 light years away, so better we take care of this planet instead until we have a direct worm-hole connection).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16040655

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2011-12-05, 14:53

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Well guys..... get your resumes ready.... because here is your chance!

http://www.usajobs.gov/SpotlightsAll...s?contentID=80

Best job description bullet point ever.

"Frequent travel may be required"
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2011-12-05, 14:57

I get this week's post-whore award with three in five minutes (not intentional of course). Just went to NYT and saw this:

Big Bad Holes in the Sky

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2011-12-28, 21:10

Atlantis returns to Earth... as seen from ISS



^-- Click for links to 4k x 2.8k version

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Station Crew Views Shuttle Landing

This unprecedented view of the space shuttle Atlantis, appearing like a bean sprout against clouds and city lights, on its way home, was photographed by the Expedition 28 crew of the International Space Station. Airglow over Earth can be seen in the background.

Image Credit: NASA
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2012-01-12, 22:41

Tiring of mere galactic categorizations? Find some bubbles!

http://www.milkywayproject.org/
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2012-01-26, 14:13

Revising the famous 'Blue Marble' pic, the renamed Suomi NPP polar-orbiting weather satellite has delivered this awesome new view of the Americas.

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A "Blue Marble" image of the Earth taken earlier this month by the VIIRS instrument aboard Suomi NPP.
Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring


Story and more details here

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2012-02-07, 08:53

Let's remember one of the engineers who tried to avert the Challenger disaster.
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2012-02-07, 12:28

That's a classic example of corporate culture gone wrong. NASA would have scrubbed the launch if the component supplier definitively stated that there was a problem.

What I find funny here is that Richard Feynman is known for 'discovering' the low temperature brittleness of the connectors during a committee meeting about the disaster by placing one of the components in ice cold water and snapping it apart. Only issue is that this engineer and others had written reports that Feynman and the committee had seen, so Feynman didn't discover anything and the story is more than grandiose.
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2012-02-10, 22:19

I hope the crawlers have low-beams...

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2012-02-17, 20:15

Rage. After two straight evenings of being glued to Spaceflight Now's live video feed for the entire duration of the launch window, both ending in a last-minute scrub for weather, the Atlas 5 (551 config with its heaviest payload ever) launch, carrying the MUOS-1 military communication satellite, has now been pushed back to Wednesday at the earliest.





http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/...aur-milestone/

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2012-02-17, 20:18



*small chuckle*
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PKIDelirium
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2012-02-17, 23:10

I used that same meme basis in a Facebook post shortly before I posted in this thread.

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2012-02-21, 17:30


"This thing fucking SUCKS.... I HAYTE NASA!"






Meantime, check out the latest planetary discovery. Nearby and uber-water-ific! Fear the "hot ice" and "super-fluid water". BTW WTH is "super-fluid" water? I thought all water was "super fluid".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17117030

But we need a better name for our next home (we need to evolve gills and heat-shield scales of course - no problem the Umbrella Corporation is on it) than GJ 1214b. I think we should name it Durden 1. In Tyler we trust. Plus it sounds like "Durandal".

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2012-02-24, 17:40

Atlas 5 launch at 5:15 ET successful, Centaur/MUOS now in first orbital coast phase following MECO 1.



Edit - Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz40PihX690

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2012-02-24, 20:22

...and MUOS-1 has been deployed from the Centaur upper stage, completing the mission.
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2012-02-25, 19:34

LEGO International Space Station pieced together on real station
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-022412b.html

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2012-02-27, 13:59

US East Coast from the ISS on Feb 6

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2012-03-07, 19:44

Hope you have your command bunkers ready. Been a pleasure knowing you.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17295337
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2012-03-07, 23:05

A Spaceflight Now photographer got to go inside Endeavour's flight deck.

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2012-03-09, 12:46



Discovery: "Fuck you Atlantis that was my parking spot! I saw it first!
Atlantis: "TROLOLOLOL"
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2012-03-18, 12:21

The video so nice Brad's posting it twice!
(cross-posting in the youtube gems thread)

Riding the Booster with enhanced sound

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From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound.
Where's the jawdrop smilie? I need a cross of and and

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2012-03-18, 13:02



Saw that on the Maddow Blog the other day. First time I've ever seen a SRB cam video.

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2012-03-18, 16:35

I'm not an avid poster or space follower like some of you guys, but I found the images in the WISE Multimedia Gallery very fascinating. WISE is NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, it's mission is to image the entire sky in infrared.

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2012-03-18, 17:17

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Discovery: "Fuck you Atlantis that was my parking spot! I saw it first!
Atlantis: "TROLOLOLOL"
Or....

Atlantis: " Took your parking spot. You mad bro"
Discovery: " No, I'm leaving this dump and going to DC. You're stuck here sucker....."

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2012-03-30, 17:01

Amazon's Jeff Bezos locates, plans to raise Apollo 11's Saturn V first stage engines.

This is cool as hell, but NASA is being lame and claiming full legal ownership of them once recovered. Come on guys, they were on an expendable rocket and got dumped into 14,000 feet of water out in the Atlantic, apparently never to be seen again. And you want them back now? Isn't there some statute of limitations as to how long you can claim ownership of lost/abandoned hardware?

Also, what the hell happened to the rest of the giant S-1C first stage? They said they found the engines, but apparently nothing else...


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2012-03-30, 17:03

I would think there are maritime salvage conventions that are applicable here.
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2012-04-05, 22:51



I will be going to KSC where they will take me to the Space Shuttle Landing Facility and I will be able to see the 747 with Discovery on its back takeoff to head up to Washington-Dulles International Airport.



And as to Apollo 11 engines still being owned by NASA, he knows that. All he asks is that NASA puts them in a museum up in Seattle. Though the Smithsonian may lay claim to them. They can put them next to Discovery.

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2012-04-11, 11:26

One thing I've never seen but wondered: how exactly do they put the shuttle on the back of a plane like that? A series of cranes and lifts? Got any pictures of that?

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