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Old Jan 14th, 2017, 01:34 PM   #41
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I love the fact that this sucker lands vertically. Older cheap science fiction movies were derided for running rocket launches backward to depict a landing--that will look normal now.

This is the one thing I believe Obama got right--the US should no longer be in the low orbit business when private companies are making far greater strides. On the other hand I believe the US should have turned focus on a manned Mars landing program.



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Just over 15 minutes to Space X's return to launch with Falcon 9!

Webcast: IRIDIUM-1 MISSION | SpaceX

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Wow. Glad I caught that... a successful launch of Falcon 9, the 2nd stage now en route to satellite deployment (Iridium new internet satellite system), and the first stage made it back to a safe -bullseye!- landing on the drone ship in the Atlantic. And for the first time, the video on the first stage remained active all the way from re-entry to landing. Thrilling!

No doubt it'll be up on YouTube (here!) or SpaceX's own site by the time you read this... check it out, worth it!

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Old Jan 14th, 2017, 04:25 PM   #42
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Thanks for that Mark.

That is just incredible and hard to imagine such precision and accuracy.



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Wow, just wow!
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On the other hand I believe the US should have turned focus on a manned Mars landing program.
Wasn't any cash left after he handed out all those free cell phones...
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An Enormous Atmospheric Anomaly Has Been Spotted On Venus
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I remember watching with fascination as the Huygens lander was deployed.... but I had no idea how close to a disaster the entire mission came.

An interesting read: The Incredible Story of How the Huygens Mission to Titan Succeeded When It Could Have Failed - Universe Today
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Fun Friday ahead.

Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night
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Giant Radio Galaxy Discovered By Astronomers

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(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a new giant radio galaxy (GRG) associated with the galaxy triplet known as UGC 9555. The newly discovered galaxy turns out to be one of the largest GRGs so far detected. The findings were presented Feb. 6 in a paper published online on arXiv.org.

Located some 820 million light years away from the Earth, UGC 9555 is a part of a larger group of galaxies designated MSPM 02158. Recently, a team of researchers led by Alex Clarke of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in Manchester, U.K., has combed through the data provided by the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) and uncovered new, important information about this distant disturbed galaxy group.
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India just set a word record by successfully launching 104 satellites in one go. This happened a couple of hours ago. The previous record was held by Russia - 39 satellites.

Out of the total 104 satellites placed in orbit, 101 satellites belonged to six foreign countries. They included 96 from the US and one each from Israel, the UAE, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Kazakhstan. One of those satellites is Google's.

Among the foreign satellites, 88 cube satellites belonged to San Francisco-based earth imaging startup Planet. With the launch, the company has increased its fleet to 143 satellites which will soon begin capturing images of the earth's entire landmass, including India, every day.

Eight other satellites belonging to Spire Global, US, will provide services for vessel tracking and weather measurement.

The nanosatellites from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE are mostly technology demonstrators.

Here is an interesting article on the history of India's rocket launches. Specially interesting is the first launch centre being a church, and the rocket being transported there on the back of a bicycle. Isro PSLV-C37 record breaking mission run up: A history of rockets and launch vehicles in India – Tech2

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