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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #871 on: September 17, 2009, 10:47 AM »
That's the first thing I said when I saw this last night and my wife looked at me with her "man I can't believe I married such a nerd look."
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #873 on: September 25, 2009, 10:54 AM »
Arthur C. Clark knew that.  :P
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #874 on: October 4, 2009, 03:53 AM »
The sixth man to orbit the Earth, Pavel Romanovich Popovich died Wednesday, five days before his 79th birthday. According to officials in Russia, his death came following a stroke at a hospital in Gurzuf on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.



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The Soyuz TMA-16 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying Canadian space tourist Guy Laliberte and professional spaceflyers Jeff Williams and Maxim Suraev. Credit: NASA TV.



The Expedition 20 and 21 crewmembers gathered on the International Space Station Oct. 2 after NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev, and Canadian space tourist Guy Laliberte arrived onboard. Credit: NASA TV.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #876 on: October 7, 2009, 10:09 AM »
Saw the massive Saturn ring article. Pretty freaky. Gravity is an amazing thing.
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #877 on: October 9, 2009, 02:40 AM »
Just a reminder that the LCROSS probe is set to blow the moon out of orbit at 7:31 a.m. ET friday morning.

You can watch it live on the NASA TV starting at 3:15 am PDT or 6:15 am EDT.



Image of the Centaur separation as viewed from the infrared camera.
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All said & done, it should look like this...  :D

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #878 on: October 9, 2009, 09:28 AM »
NASA crashes on the moon -- twice

Hopefully a video and or pics will be up for viewing.  :)

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #879 on: October 9, 2009, 09:41 AM »
My wife watched it live on TV... said it was anticlimactic.  Said the news anchors just kind of looked at each other perplexed that nothing happened.
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #880 on: October 9, 2009, 09:47 AM »
I was watching the live feed on the Nasa channel at work with roughly 15 mins to impact & I got called away & missed it, frickin cons.  >:(



The LCROSS mission operations team initiated power-up of the LCROSS science payload and saw this view of the moon.

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The LCROSS Centaur and Spacecraft impacted the moon at approximately 4:30 a.m. PDT. Scientists are reviewing the initial data and will report what they know at a Post Impact News Conference at 7:00 a.m. PDT / 10:00 a.m. EDT on NASA TV.

Also added the the LCROSS mission was dedicated to the memory of Walter Cronkite, CBS news anchor who became the voice of NASA to the public as he covered the early days of the space program & the historic 1969 moon landing.   8)
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #881 on: October 9, 2009, 11:06 AM »
My wife watched it live on TV... said it was anticlimactic.  Said the news anchors just kind of looked at each other perplexed that nothing happened.

Yeah it was pretty lame - they were trying to make a big deal out of it and all but nothing really happened.  Then a few minutes later they're playing clips from Bugs Bunny when he crashed into the moon...Pretty funny stuff. 
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #882 on: October 9, 2009, 11:23 AM »
They showed Haredevil Hare! "Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth Moon-shattering kaboom!"   :D

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #883 on: October 9, 2009, 12:22 PM »
I haven't been following all the stuff on this but, seriously, what did they expect?  A Michael Bay production?  At best you were going to get a puff of dirt.

I chose sleep over getting up for this.  I'll watch the NASA videos online later. 

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #884 on: October 11, 2009, 07:02 AM »
After 11 years and $44 billion, the international space station may be scuttled.

Last Moments of LCROSS - NASA Probes Hit Moon

Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka, Flight Engineer Michael Barratt and Canadian spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte have returned to Earth, landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan in their Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft. Landing occurred at 12:32 a.m. EDT, 10:32 a.m. Kazakhstan time.

Padalka and Barratt stayed aboard the orbiting laboratory for 197 days. The duo arrived at the station in March to begin Expedition 19 then transitioned to the six-member Expedition 20 crew in May. Padalka commanded both Expedition crews. Laliberte launched Sept. 30 with the Expedition 21 crew and spent nine days on the station.

The three were scheduled to fly back to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia outside Moscow early Sunday for reunions with their families, and for Padalka and Barratt, the start of their reorientation to a gravity environment after a half year off the planet.



Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Michael Barratt is surrounded by support personnel shortly after landing in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA TV.