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Re: Space yays
« Reply #90 on: March 31, 2016, 08:54:07 AM »
It seems that something, probably a small asteroid or comet, collided with Jupiter on March 17. Here's an IFLScience post about it, including several short videos.

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Re: Space yays
« Reply #91 on: June 02, 2016, 10:38:16 PM »
Cool image I came across. I really hope the SLS still becomes a thing.


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Re: Space yays
« Reply #92 on: June 03, 2016, 01:04:54 PM »
Huh, I hadn't actually realised how huge the Saturn payloads were compared to modern commercial rockets like the Falcon.
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Re: Space yays
« Reply #93 on: June 03, 2016, 01:12:13 PM »
Saturn V was by far the most powerful launch system ever (successfully) constructed. A testament to what our capabilites were and could have continued to be if space remained higher on the priorities list. SLS is essentially a throwback, carrying a bit larger version of the Apollo craft, and a hybrid by using similar solid boosters like the shuttle did.

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Re: Space yays
« Reply #94 on: June 03, 2016, 02:11:16 PM »
Aye, it's short-sighted the extent to which NASA has been cut back. :(
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Re: Space yays
« Reply #95 on: September 29, 2016, 12:37:52 PM »

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Re: Space yays
« Reply #96 on: April 23, 2017, 11:02:20 AM »
I remember reading about NASA's EM drive. The most fun part for me was that they were astounded that it actually works, despite the fact that it's not supported by the current fundamental laws of physics. :P
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Re: Space yays
« Reply #97 on: April 23, 2017, 01:02:41 PM »
I remember reading about NASA's EM drive. The most fun part for me was that they were astounded that it actually works, despite the fact that it's not supported by the current fundamental laws of physics. :P
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"Not supported by the current laws of physics" generally means that we're about to find out something fun and interesting about the way the universe works. A hundred years ago it was things like radioactivity, the photoelectric effect, the Michelson-Morley experiment and the precession of the perihelion of Mercury - that got us relativity and quantum mechanics, and thence a vast array of modern technology.

At the moment we have dark matter, dark energy, the EM drive and probably other stuff that I haven't heard about yet. Somewhere, I hope, there is another Einstein working to make sense of it all.

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Re: Space yays
« Reply #98 on: April 23, 2017, 06:04:45 PM »
It would of course help & speed things up if we actually put the money in and funded the research on this stuff... (grumblegrumble).
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Re: Space yays
« Reply #99 on: July 07, 2017, 04:02:03 PM »
Interesting upcoming Mercury mission:



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The two satellites that make up the BepiColombo mission to Mercury were presented to the media on Thursday.

This joint European-Japanese venture has been in development for nearly two decades, but should finally get to the launch pad in 15 months' time.

The two spacecraft will travel together to the baking world but separate on arrival to conduct their own studies.

Thursday's event in the Netherlands was the last chance for journalists to view the so-called "flight stack".

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