"ASTROSAT is expected to last give years"
New unit of measurement of time?
54 posts • joined 27 Sep 2012
"ASTROSAT is expected to last give years"
New unit of measurement of time?
Seeing that a Dragon survives re-entry, maybe they can use it as an unscheduled test to bring the astronauts back?
According to www.spaceflight101.com/soyuz-spacecraft-information.html, it's 2 to 4 m/s for the Soyuz, i.e. between 6.56167979 and 13.1233596 feet/s... So this capsule comes down at almost double the speed (at the moment)
... and it was awesome! Very good footage of the rocket climbing up through the clouds...
Went outside for a ciggie after, and have a question for the local boffins about these launches to geosynchronous orbit. I know they launch over the ocean, but then the first stage separates, and the second ignites... Now my question is, at this point, the second stage must be well into space and probably over land again, so is this visible for the people it passes over, like a "slow" moving flame streaking across the sky?
"Or to stay in with what CERN would do, just pass one very very big spare magnet above the ashes and pick up the needle with that!"
Would that still require burning the hay though? Or could we find the needle and spare the hay using the magnet?
I mean, horses also have to eat... and overdone food is never nice!
"When looking for a needle in a haystack, its easier to just burn all the hay."
But you would need a blower as well to get rid of the ashes...
"Under such conditions life could be a possibility, although only in its most basic form."
Why only in it's most basic form? Why couldn't it have developed/evolved in a totally different way than life as we know it, and be far from basic? Who defines the standard of what is considered "basic"?
"As it happens, NASA this week also named the Elysium Planitia Elysium Planitia as the target touchdown site..."
Is there an echo in here somewhere?
I always feel slightly uncomfortable when people say "Look at all the technological breakthroughs that war gave us", as if it's some kind of consolation prize, but I'm really not convinced, surely killing off a load of people (who would be in their prime) and spending vast sums of money to do so, can't possibly be better than using that money to build infrastructure, industry and putting most of them through university?
If I could upvote you for this multiple times, I would!
Gives me hope that I'm not just a lonely voice on this subject...
Agree with all he's saying on this topic!
Watched it on the SpaceX webcast, and simply loved it!
And what a birthday present it would be for me if they get it right on the 8th of April! Would be the best present, simply because it would be on my birthday that some clever boffins proved that humanity is still capable of more than wasting their brains on destruction, and once again have done something simply because it makes sense, and will be better for humankind!
Wishing SpaceX the best of luck! (On whatever date they try again!)
Too much wind!
Oh well, tomorrow there's another chance!
Yep, what a pity!
Oh well, will be back on station for tomorrow's launch window!
Yeah, I realise that we got lots of benefits from the "war effort"...
My point is, if all those clever chaps who are inventing stuff for the war machine could apply their minds full time to ideas that are not primarily designed to kill/destroy others, we would be much further in the world!
How big a percentage of the stuff invented for the military has benefited humankind in general? I reckon maybe, if we're lucky, a 2 digit percentage figure... so there's still lots of brain power wasted on war and destruction!
And let the down votes roll on... I'm not here to score brownie points, but simply want to comment on what I see in this world!
Still awed by what our scientists can achieve when they put their minds to it!
Now could all scientists in the defence industry please start working on projects like this, instead of wasting their brainpower on ways to destruct other humans? Imagine what we can achieve then!
Would be nice! Alas, it is a dream...
Pity I can only give you one upvote for that! Such a simple comment, but it deserves at least a hundred upvotes!
All we ask is that we can watch what we want, when we want at a sensible price.
Surely it can't be too hard to have a legit torrent service that can automatically add advertisement chunks based on some Google AdSense type process.
When I'm paying to watch something, why should I be bombarded by adverts for stuff I'll never buy anyway?
I'm happy to pay for what I want to watch, but please do not add adverts! I'm paying to watch, so you're getting your money!
...we really do not want every possible feature all together in a single program!
Create it as an add-on, so we at least have the choice to install/enable/disable/uninstall it!
"So fret not: better pics of Comet Siding Spring are doubtless in the works"
Would hope so, otherwise we will have to start doubting all the photos sent back by these robot observers... Are they all photoshopped based on pixelated photos like the one from Maven?
Mine's the one with the photoshop DVD in the pocket...
Another mistake that slipped by the editor, but wouldn't have been caught by the spell checker:
"We're spent the morning, here in San Francisco, playing around with Inbox..."
We are spent the morning?????
Maybe not a noun, but a brilliant saying!
"By now - 10 years later - we should be capable of doing much more, like replacing this with a manned expedition that gets there much faster - a few months maybe. Unfortunately mankind, in general, has lost the vision of going into space and seeing other stars and planets and now indulges itself in navel gazing to the detriment of everyone."
IMNSHO the problem is all the brain power wasted on new killing machines! Humans are the most self-destructive animals on this planet! With just a fraction of the money spent on "defence", we could solve all the pressing problems that face mankind, and have enough left to develop real space travel. Alas, we are doomed if we don't change soon...
Waiting for the inevitable downvotes...
Thanks for all the downvotes! :p
Would be nice to know why though... is it because I renamed the company, or because said company seems to create more and more products that work like they think you should work, and don't give you the option to work like you want anymore?
Don't worry, Microsucks does the thinking for you! No brains required anymore...
Could we set a donations group to get politicians moving faster? Money always seems to get politicians moving faster... for some completely unknown reason of course
No, no and no again! They already get enough of my money with all the taxes I have to pay!
Better option: Let's start an El-Reg party, and get some normal, intelligent, forward-thinking, incorruptible (I hope) people in power!
Nanoscopes are particularly useful in spying out complex chemicals and prcesses of the sort involved in such...
Is that another breakthrough, or simply a spelling mistake?
Have a 500 Lounge myself, and the Start & Stop is the first thing I disable between starting the engine and driving off... It's more of a nuisance than anything else! I wish it was possible to set the default to be off instead of on, something like opt-in rather than opt-out!
Since the space shuttle's retirement, recent missions to the ISS have relied on Russian Soyuz spacecraft
Talk about a totally unnecessary word in that sentence... It's been like that for 3 years already!
They use "co-worker" because "colleague" is too difficult a word! :)
And at least a hundred times bigger than the clowns in Westminster!
"To be fair, public or private seems to be absolute no barrier to being utterly clueless when it comes to data."
Fixed that for you! :)
There has to be at least one that is going to be called Bob, correct?
"Google and Facebook are bound by the terms in the EULA, so if they overstep they can be taken to court, with chances of losing the case and having to pay big $$$ or even have some executives or employees jailed."
When they are caught, the harm is done, and the big $$$ disappears in the coffers of the same nefarious governments that are doing the spying! Not really helpful at all, is it?
It wasn't an asteroid, it was the mother ship our scientists used when they came to check on the progress of the hairless apes, and it was abandoned because our home-world sent a newer, better version to pick us up, so we simply abandoned it... Now, after eons of neglect, it is finally breaking up!
VinceH, have another upvote! I like the way you think... as a matter of fact, I was thinking the same when reading the article! Great minds, and all that...
Depends on the size of the observer! :)
Why not let me sign a disclaimer, saying I take full responsibility for the extra 3%? And I will take out an extra insurance policy to cover my medical costs in the event I do get cancer. Will they let me go then?
Bloody pathetic bureaucrats that decide whether it is acceptable or not! Let us choose for ourselves, please!
Is it just me that doesn't understand why this posted in the Hardware > Tablets section?
If Wikipedia disagrees, too bad. I am sure you wasn't expecting it to provide accurate and authoritative answers to everything, did you?
Nope, so I checked out the Oxford dictionary as well: (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/race?q=race)
a competition between runners, horses, vehicles, etc. to see which is the fastest in covering a set course
My gripe is, if it is not technically a race, then stop calling it one. The organisers are correct in calling it a challenge, so report on it as a challenge then...
Bootnote: To relieve the mind of a commentard who can't understand why a racing car would be fined for breaking the speed limit: the entire event is run on public roads, and receives its permit on the condition that contestants follow the speed limits.
As another commentard mentioned:
From the article the "race" sounds more like a "rally", where your timed over certain sections and lose time of you arrive late, but are much more heavily penalised if you arrive early to a time control/checkpoint,
So call it a solar rally then! Racing, by definition, is getting to the endpoint as fast as you can! From Wikipedia:
A sport race is a competition of speed, against an objective criterion, usually a clock or to a specific point. The competitors in a race try to complete a given task in the shortest amount of time. Typically this involves traversing some distance, but it can be any other task involving speed to reach a specific goal.
How utterly bizarre that in a race, you get fined fro breaking the speed limit! Isn't the idea of a race to get to the end point as fast as possible?
> When money buys politicians...
Show me one country in the so-called democratic world where politicians are not bought... doesn't exist!
It may be more under wraps in some countries, but what do you think lobbying actually is? Isn't it just a fancy word for buying favours from politicians? And there are lobbyists in every nook and cranny...
> Politician's brain?
That isn't a measure, it is a synonym for "Nothingness"...
Hmmm, Dutch pea-soup with rookworst and spek! Now you've made me hungry! And it would really go well with this nice English spring weather!
“You'd need to have such large amounts from red wine that you'd probably kill off your liver and be drunk most of the time”
No harm trying though!
...would surely make it Cerberus and Orthus, his doublet, especially as the rocks seem to be the same size, which means they must be brothers!
Not "probably use materials mined in space", but it's the only way it will work... An elevator cable will have to be lowered, as there is no way you could manufacture a coil of the stuff on earth and then tow it into orbit... (the rockets we have aren't tugboats!) so the only option is to have a coil of the stuff up there to start with, so manufacturing it in space is the only sensible solution.
"problem is not really with population size, there are too many STUPID people living here. so many resources wasted because of complete stupidity (greed is just one of the facets of STUPID)"
Problem actually IS the population size, as STUPID people tend to be the most active breeders... so it's a spiralling problem: population too big -> more stupid people -> breed more so population bigger -> stupid contingent bigger -> etc. etc.