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Re: Space Thread
« Reply #3270 on: March 01, 2022, 10:47:45 am »

I did a(n all too) brief summary in the Not Yet WW3 thread of how the current events sparked by Russia, and the resulting sanctions, might affect impending launches by Roscosmos/etc. I meant to scan further ahead, but never got round to it.

However, it's been publically announced that the 2022 launch of British-built Rosilind Franklin rover, which was due to be sent on the ExoMars joint ESA/Russia project, is now unlikely to go ahead. All the bits are built (including the Russian components for landing it) but, well... now messy in various ways, not the least politically.

Theoretically, a different launch system could be sourced, there are a few obvious providers with the right sort of capabilities to get heading Marsward. A different descent (and possibly pre-descent) system would need to be built from scratch, though. Unless, if we're lucky, an adapted version can be cobbled together from prior mission 'spares' for similar setups!

I haven't checked to see if the RF is currently still 'in the west' or is already in Russia (depends on where in the remaining pre-flight testing/rigging cycle it is) so that could be an active problem too. I think it's a few months off needing to be married to the Russian hardware, though.

(Not a huge thing, on the human scale, but definitely a problem when you've got optimal Mars-transfer slots only coming round every few years.)
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« Reply #3271 on: March 03, 2022, 12:02:10 pm »

Verona Rupes, the highest cliff in the solar system. It's about 20 kilometers in height.

Found this very interesting. Thought you would too.
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« Reply #3272 on: June 08, 2022, 02:03:18 am »

The James Webb space telescope is about to become operational. It is a sort-of new, improved Hubble, but it is focused on the infrared part of the spectrum. Basically the best infrared camera ever made. Can't wait to see what it discovers.
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« Reply #3273 on: June 08, 2022, 02:07:10 am »

This is maybe a bit offtopic, but I guess this is the best place to put it.

If you had the chance to visit any, I mean any place in the solar sytem for a full Earth day, where would you choose to go? You are guaranteed to come back home unharmed, and there is no travel time, you just appear there.
Absolutely Titan. (Moon of saturn, the only moon with an atmosphere. It has a weather system with rain of liquid methane.)
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« Reply #3274 on: June 11, 2022, 05:54:33 am »

If its pure magic, would love to see what's under the ice of Europe.
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« Reply #3275 on: June 11, 2022, 06:42:17 am »

If its pure magic, would love to see what's under the ice of Europe.
Presumably, Europeans. :P
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« Reply #3276 on: June 11, 2022, 07:28:21 pm »

If its pure magic, would love to see what's under the ice of Europe.
Presumably, Europeans. :P
Alternatively: Eurotrash  :P

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« Reply #3277 on: June 27, 2022, 06:44:43 am »

Once you pierce the ice you unleash millions of years of carbonated Eurobeat
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