Re: Seperated at Birth?
Dearie me - you're r-r-r-r-right!
/me goes into a loop at the thought
907 posts • joined 26 Apr 2009
The shuttle program was irreversibly shut down during the 43rd President (George W Bush), for entirely sensible reasons of safety and cost. Don't have to believe me, believe the then Space Shuttle Program Manager, writing in 2008:
Starting four years ago, the shuttle program in its various projects made "lifetime buys". That is, we bought enough piece parts to fly all the flights on the manifest plus a prudent margin of reserves. Then we started sending out termination letters. About two years ago, we terminated 95% of the vendors for parts for the external tank project, for example...
You might think that simple things like bolts and screws, wire, filters, and gaskets could be bought off the shelf some where, but that thinking would merely prove how little you know about the shuttle. The huge majority of supplies, consumable items, maintenance items, they are all specially made with unique and stringent processes and standards...
We started shutting down the shuttle four years ago. That horse has left the barn.
As a taxi to the ISS the shuttle program was replaced by "Commercial Orbital Transport Services", with Russian manned orbital transport being a stopgap until US-based crew transport starts.
There is no replacement for the shuttle as a Hubble service mechanism: the general opinion is that it would be better value to develop and launch a replacement than to spend the resources to build a suitable servicing craft.
Since the top few results (Wikipedia, space.com, etc) didn't have the word "fake" in their excerpts I searched for "fake" on the page and about the 7th result was from gizmodo, with some of the excerpt apparently sourced from an unrelated headline.
Anyway it's hardly surprising that the word "fake" appears near "Trump", since quite a fraction of his utterances contain "fake news".
Do you mean it's in false colour, like many astronomical images? Hope you also reject many of the Voyager images of planets, since this kind of "eye candy" is ubiquitous (and useful, beyond PR). If not then please share your result that shows it's an artist's impression.
Ironically the first result including "fake" result in my search for "hubble pillars creation fake" is a sidebar headline "Donald Trump gives a fake press...".
It's a fair question, and one which you probably can't ask of NASA right now. The write-up of the work to diagnose/fix the recent gyro problems features a load of Goddard SFC staff working for weeks on it, and the furlough staffing plan shown for GSFC has 73 exempted fulltime staff from a normal staffing level of 3,274. So it seems unlikely such a problem would be resolved quickly. But maybe they got lucky and the camera support is all by a contractor who can keep working and confidently submit the bill later.
"We probably won't know for certain until the US government shutdown ends and NASA engineers can get back to work."
And since it's the last sentence I know you read the article, so you're pretending not to know to try to score some political point. Much like the Trump administration and its spurious claims that extending the existing border walls will stop drugs and terrorists, despite the acknowledged fact that almost all of these flows are passing through the existing border crossings.
Next week your Alexa will receive a mandatory update with a new EULA forbidding disclosure of news embarrassing to Amazon.
Further, the man who requested the data dump has been reported as a hacker, since his request caused considerable work for the Alexa team, distracting them from the Video Alexa project. The HAL9000 eye hardware is complete but the 24/7 video stream from the bathroom location isn't compressing as well as expected, owing to your disgusting rug-back. Alexa has proactively ordered grooming products for you and shared the footage through your "Amazon Personal Goals" page to help with motivation.
he should have to demonstrate this by publicly eating some of it.
(which - at least metaphorically - happened in the wonderful "LifeLock" case: CEO boasted their system protected customers against identity theft, with the result described by the story title "LifeLock CEO's Identity Stolen 13 Times")
"The only way to defeat evil is precipitate and ill-considered action. A morally and legally coherent approach is the handmaiden of anarchy. Haste averts waste. You've never had it so good."
Come to think of it, it wasn't a wise man. Actually it was a politico twat looking for the next sound bite, amid the ongoing absence of parliamentary grown-ups.
using my OWN DESIGN of IPv10 which adds the best parts of IPv4 to IPv6 for COMPLETE RESILIENCE that the NSA can never crack using SUB ETHER harmonics. I work for the BIGGEST Canadian firm you NEVER HEARD OF because we are in SKUNK-works mode until my friend Mr Tracey who founded it is named SPACE POPE.
Not so much commercial as barmy. Which is sad, since I was briefly intrigued by the prospect of a run-quiet Canadian company suddenly emerging with tech and pricing well beyond SpaceX. But looking at the poster's history suggests that s/he's living in a rather more magical universe than the rest of us:
It's gotten SO BAD with Linux and C/C++ our company said screw this and went ahead and developed it's own Windows 10-like OS shell and remade the command line interface of Linux to PROPER ENGLISH! We remade LAMP into custom Windows 2016 server-like environment with a decent Active Directory WAN/ALN management system analogue!
We also REPROGRAMMED ALL OF LINUX using a customized version of EASY-TO-READ PASCAL SOURCE CODE that is FULLY COMMENTED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To my surprise it gets all the way to 9.5 degrees (5 million miles from the sun) before it becomes even 1% different to the trig result.
My dumbass result: error is close to 1.6 so maybe I mixed miles and km when grabbing figures from google. Time to order a Royale with Cheese...
For a sufficiently large value of "several". The Trappist system mentioned is 39 light years away so let's blink at it a bit today and just before the end of this century our great grandchildren can start looking for a return blink.
"a beam could stretch to distances no more than 20,000 light years" - the earliest proto-writing we have is less than 9,000 years old. 20,000 years ago is in the Stone Age, long before the first cities, about the time that farming first became evident. In human terms this is ridiculously deep time. Space remains a lot bigger than going to the chemist's.
Alexey Ovchinin is definitely in trouble for this: he had Nick Hague sitting right next to him throughout the launch yet somehow failed to notice him sabotaging the first stage of the rocket! Most likely a frank yet courteous exchange of words with Putin awaits him.
Every so often, in the dark recesses of the night, I like to holler "DRAIN THE SWAMP!", then giggle mirthlessly at the tawdry reality of this year. Kieren did a nice job here, dropping that acid pearl in the final sentence that Verisign had managed to stuff the sole opponent's mouth with silver.
Just google "tesla free energy". If that doesn't give you enough woo for a Friday arvo add terms like "masonic conspiracy" or "flat earth". An ocean of conspiracies awaits, for example:
"Nikola Tesla appears to have been murdered killed by Prescott Bush and his Family by way of german S.S. Lt. Colonel Otto Skorzeny. Also, George Bush Senior appears to be directly linked to a hand in the JFK assaination via Richard Nixon (a.k.a. Tricky Dick). For example, did you know Jack Ruby worked for congressman Richard Nixon in 1947?"
"He told me, 'Renato, you have a much bigger vision than can be realized here. You are too small for Europe and the UK, but if you really want to change the world and have those kind of big ideas, the money is in San Francisco'," Libric was quoted as saying.
Me, I'd have gone for a disbelieving guffaw and "That's your product!? Get the fuck out of here!", but Branson suavely got him the fuck out of the continent.
A spiralling orbit, completing 4 further orbits? Nope: the TLI burn lasted just 348 seconds, after that it's all down to the interplay of velocity and gravity - what would be the force raising those successive orbits?
Hmmm: you say "it took nearly 6 hours according to NASA", actually it took nearly six minutes of burn. Perhaps you've misread the timestamps? If so you might want to revisit some of your other thinking
What a mishmash of odd claims you make
(1) whether NASA's website features them or not, lots of A11 launch footage exists and is easy to find. You don't appear to be claiming that Saturn V rockets never existed so what does it matter whether NASA's politics/marketing decides to feature particular content?
(2) If there is no single continuous film of the first stage burn this isn't all that surprising since at burnout it was 62km high and 93km downrange from the launch pad; the view from tracking telescopes in the Bahamas may be superior. Once again, so what? (unless you doubt that any kind of rocket flew into orbit at all)
(3) The stage separation films come from Apollo 4. The initial burst of yellow flame isn't pure H2/O2 - from the annotation of Apollo 8 flight journal: "Half a second after shutdown of the first stage, the four ullage motors mounted around the interstage ignite, followed a fifth of a second later by a command to fire the first separation explosive and ignition of the eight retro rockets mounted in the conical fairings near the base of the S-IC. The two sets of rockets firing in opposite directions pull the two sections of the vehicle apart. Physical separation comes soon after and half a second later, the J-2 engines on the S-II stage are started." - to which you can add that the colourless exhaust then playing on the top of the receding first stage is also producing brief incandescence.
(4) "Project orion: 18 years in and they just got around to landing with parachutes. You think they did it in 2-3 years in the late 1960s" - no, I think they did parachute landing in the early 60s. All US manned capsule craft landed under parachutes, and Mercury and Gemini were designed, built, and flown in a few years. This doesn't make Apollo look impossible, it simply highlights how dire Orion has been
(5) If the moon was smooth then a chest-mounted camera would see the horizon 2200m away. Undulating cratered terrain will shorten that view (just as a boat in rough seas has on average a restricted horizon of relatively near wave-tops), uplands and mountains will lengthen it. Mare Tranquillitatis was the landing site for Apollo 11 precisely because it was big and flat, landing perhaps 90km from any really interesting terrain made for dull photos but better chance of success.
And so on...
I be the hacker with the mad skills. When I sent to you the split screened video of your friend committing that Sin of Onan along side the naughty materials of his selection, little knew of you that I had commandeered your webcam too. If you don't pay me with Bitcoins I shall send a split screen video of your agape-jaw next to his Spilling of the Seed split screen, all back to your friend of the first party. This process shall I follow until one of you pays me, or en lieu of such payment explains the ending of "Inception".
It's an easy one to make: actually Steve Jobs stole the RDF from Rony. Of course that sounds like nonsense since Steve was using it back in 1980, but what happened was that Rony had used the time-travelling mode of Magic Leap to help Woz debug the ImageWriter driver. It's a truly magical device and I've been enjoying using mine every day since the launch in early March 2037, especially since I joined those developers in the part of the multiverse where shared multiplayer environments do work.
Hey! I was just trying to “inform a lively industry debate" and to "cultivate a healthy discussion around architectural choices". As you all know, noone has a greater passion for open source than me. In fact only an ugly bed-wetting pansy would get his knickers in a knot about the whole tempest in a teacup which we've all, ALL, already forgotten about.
Swedish, actually. But "popular" with outdoorsman of a certain age the world over - childhood recollections of beach holidays prominently feature my father carefully stripping and cleaning the family Primus, only to be reduced to astonished cursing at the next ignition as yet another sooty yellow fireball emerged when the vaporising kero finally caught light.
We should instead prefer a restricted set of abstract symbols appropriate to representing the sounds of spoken languages. With a little effort a measure of commonality may be achieved, especially for languages of similar sound and origin. Perhaps as few as twenty-six such symbols might suffice to represent the richness of English, while still allowing for some whimsical and unpredictable combinations. Some might protest that such an approach borders upon sorcery, in honour of which perhaps we might call this form of written communication "spell-ing" ?
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Colonel... that Coca-Cola machine. I want you to shoot the lock off it. There may be some change in there.
Colonel "Bat" Guano: That's private property.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Colonel! Can you possibly imagine what is going to happen to you, your frame, outlook, way of life, and everything, when they learn that you have obstructed a telephone call to the President of the United States? Can you imagine? Shoot it off! Shoot! With a gun! That's what the bullets are for, you twit!
Colonel "Bat" Guano: Okay. I'm gonna get your money for ya. But if you don't get the President of the United States on that phone, you know what's gonna happen to you?
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: What?
Colonel "Bat" Guano: You're gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola company.
It's his blank look that really sells the line
Still plenty of gravity out there, plus all kinds of poorly quantified and changing effects (outgassing from satellite, solar wind, radiation pressures like the Pioneer Anomaly). The effect has been hard to study this effect in a well-equipped lab here on Earth, being in space will just add to the fun.
Though if I were one of the researchers I'd certainly argue for its necessity, along with the need to budget for some site visits...
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