Author Topic: Space yays  (Read 28779 times)

Glaurung

  • Sakellarios
    Financial Officer
  • Posts: 6186
  • Karma: 13
    • View Profile
    • Awards
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.

comrade_general

  • Guest
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.


Jubal

  • Megadux
    Executive Officer
  • Posts: 32329
  • Karma: 132
  • Awards Awarded for oustanding services to Exilian!
    • View Profile
    • Awards
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.
The duke, the wanderer, the philosopher, the mariner, the warrior, the strategist, the storyteller, the wizard, the wayfarer...

comrade_general

  • Guest
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.

Jubal

  • Megadux
    Executive Officer
  • Posts: 32329
  • Karma: 132
  • Awards Awarded for oustanding services to Exilian!
    • View Profile
    • Awards
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. :(
The duke, the wanderer, the philosopher, the mariner, the warrior, the strategist, the storyteller, the wizard, the wayfarer...

comrade_general

  • Guest
Re: Space yays
« Reply #95 on: September 29, 2016, 12:37:52 PM »

Silver Wolf

  • Megas Domestikos
    Voting Member
  • Posts: 4730
  • Karma: 42
    • View Profile
    • Awards
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
"Less of a young professional - more of an ancient amateur. But frankly, I'm an absolute dream."

Glaurung

  • Sakellarios
    Financial Officer
  • Posts: 6186
  • Karma: 13
    • View Profile
    • Awards
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
More about it on this thread.

"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.

Jubal

  • Megadux
    Executive Officer
  • Posts: 32329
  • Karma: 132
  • Awards Awarded for oustanding services to Exilian!
    • View Profile
    • Awards
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).
The duke, the wanderer, the philosopher, the mariner, the warrior, the strategist, the storyteller, the wizard, the wayfarer...

Jubal

  • Megadux
    Executive Officer
  • Posts: 32329
  • Karma: 132
  • Awards Awarded for oustanding services to Exilian!
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: Space yays
« Reply #99 on: July 07, 2017, 04:02:03 PM »
Interesting upcoming Mercury mission:



Quote
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".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40513818
The duke, the wanderer, the philosopher, the mariner, the warrior, the strategist, the storyteller, the wizard, the wayfarer...

Jubal

  • Megadux
    Executive Officer
  • Posts: 32329
  • Karma: 132
  • Awards Awarded for oustanding services to Exilian!
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: Space yays
« Reply #100 on: September 16, 2017, 11:59:26 PM »
Not quite a yay - but the Cassini probe has finally had its watch ended, which felt like a thing to mention here.

Quote


The American-led Cassini space mission to Saturn has just come to a spectacular end.

Controllers had commanded the probe to destroy itself by plunging into the planet's atmosphere. It survived for just over a minute before being broken apart. Cassini had run out of fuel and Nasa had determined that the probe should not be allowed simply to wander uncontrolled among Saturn and its moons.

The loss of signal from the spacecraft occurred pretty close to the prediction. Here at mission control, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, the drop-off was timed at 04:55 PDT (11:55 GMT; 12:55 BST).

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41207827
The duke, the wanderer, the philosopher, the mariner, the warrior, the strategist, the storyteller, the wizard, the wayfarer...

comrade_general

  • Guest
Re: Space yays
« Reply #101 on: March 20, 2018, 12:13:40 PM »
To note, SpaceX has been launching and landing Falcon 9's for a while now, and they recently successfully tested their Falcon heavy, which is currently the most powerful rocket in the world, by sending one of their Tesla cars towards the general Mars area. I expect some more pretty portugaling fantastic things from them soon.

comrade_general

  • Guest
Re: Space yays
« Reply #102 on: April 04, 2018, 05:31:08 PM »
Here's the launch of the falcon heavy. The most epic part is the simultaneous landing of the boosters around the 9:15 minute mark.


comrade_general

  • Guest
Re: Space yays
« Reply #103 on: June 08, 2018, 04:01:49 AM »
https://deadspin.com/indians-pitchers-ponder-the-existence-of-multiple-earth-1825904317

Baseball and space. What more could you want?

Don't answer that.

Glaurung

  • Sakellarios
    Financial Officer
  • Posts: 6186
  • Karma: 13
    • View Profile
    • Awards
Re: Space yays
« Reply #104 on: July 23, 2018, 08:10:24 PM »
Meanwhile, coming up overnight Friday / Saturday: the longest (at least by a few seconds) lunar eclipse this century. It will be visible from Australia, most of Asia and Europe, Africa, and parts of South America. The eastern and western edges of that range only get to see part of the eclipse; as seen from Australia, the moon will set before it's finished, while it will already have started when the moon rises for Europe. More details for this eclipse here, and for lunar eclipses generally here.