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MonkeyHead

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Re: Space Thread
« Reply #3135 on: February 02, 2021, 06:04:53 pm »

Large numbers of fast moving impossible to track small bits are orders of magnitude worse than larger, fewer, slower, predictable objects.
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« Reply #3136 on: February 02, 2021, 06:16:13 pm »

Except each single one of the tiny ones won't necessarily explode every operating orbiter it touches. Again the total mass is smaller.

And I think a uniform cloud of small bits would be easier to clean up as well. Imagine catching a couple rabbits vs sweeping up a bunch of ants with a broom.

Actually I would say a uniform cloud of small bits is way more predictable as well. There'd be some set amount of abrasion that a spacecraft could reasonably experience on its way to orbit and in orbit that scientists could engineer for, rather than just hoping a big 'un doesn't strike it at random and blow it up.
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« Reply #3137 on: February 08, 2021, 12:18:19 pm »

The proposed UK[1] spaceport in the Shetland Isles seems to have chosen ABL Space Systems to provide its launch systems.

With the actual proposed site of the launchpad being upon the isle with the name of Unst, I might as well be (one of?) the first to comment about the imminent possibility of us seeing some Unst ABL rockets.


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« Reply #3138 on: February 09, 2021, 12:16:11 pm »

It looks like the United Arab Emirates have successfully entered Mars orbit with its Hope platform.

(Tomorrow, China arrives, and in just over a week the US's latest lander has its go with another skycrane landing. Fingers crossed - but hopefully not trajectories!  :P )
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Re: Space Thread
« Reply #3139 on: February 09, 2021, 12:26:28 pm »

Mmm, if we keep going like this there will be a customs on Mars.

A robot planet.
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« Reply #3140 on: February 09, 2021, 12:35:59 pm »

The US will need to put the pedal to the metal, or they will be late to the Intergalactic Tribunal on the Fate of Humankind.
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« Reply #3141 on: February 09, 2021, 06:16:06 pm »

Mmm, if we keep going like this there will be a customs on Mars.

A robot planet.

Legit von neumann probes need to get there first.

Oh wait.....


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« Reply #3142 on: February 10, 2021, 09:38:14 am »

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« Reply #3143 on: February 18, 2021, 04:09:10 pm »

Perserverence landed, apparently safe. Next milestone is probably Ingenuity taking off...
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« Reply #3144 on: February 18, 2021, 04:10:51 pm »

I always love seeing how excited and happy the NASA folks get when a mission goes as planned.
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« Reply #3145 on: February 19, 2021, 02:23:24 pm »

Action photos! (with more material promised soon)

I'll probably spend a lot of tomorrow on the NASA site, or other direct science affiliates, but that's a newsy snippet for now.
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« Reply #3146 on: February 19, 2021, 02:57:33 pm »

It feels so weird looking at terrain and thinking that's it's not on earth.
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« Reply #3147 on: February 19, 2021, 03:40:58 pm »

It feels so weird looking at terrain and thinking that's it's not on earth.

Think how easy it will be for NASA to fake the Mars landing. Just film some dudes out in the desert.
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« Reply #3148 on: February 19, 2021, 04:40:10 pm »

Film it on Ganymede. Apply filters.

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« Reply #3149 on: February 19, 2021, 07:33:23 pm »

Perserverence landed, apparently safe. Next milestone is probably Ingenuity taking off...

I am stoked to see how well it works. Truly a paradigm shift.
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