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Old Feb 28th, 2019, 10:07 PM   #121
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Hello, Bigot.

You know what I find most interesting about all this? At least twice now, you justify being an asshole, a bigot, a hypocrite, by comparing yourself to others. Namely, me.

"Well, compared to you, I'm an f'ing angel!"

Thing is, this is not about me. Or anybody else on these boards. This is entirely about you.

Oh, sure, you can attempt to rationalize your behaviour by comparing yourself to someone whom you perceive on these boards to be "worse" than you but when the rubber hits the road, you're still the arrogant, hateful, bigoted, hypocritical, little man who immediately jumps on the first perceived slight against a favoured victim without waiting for the details to surface, then doesn't back down a whit despite the fact that the narrative has long since collapsed around you.

Your criticism of Trudles is the ultimate irony. You're peas in a pod: a coupla loud-mouthed Prog assholes who never apologize for anything because, by definition, you can simply never be wrong!

It can't be us! Gotta be you! It's how everybody perceives us! That female journalist I groped in BC simply took it a different way than what I intended. The AG didn't take my advice in the manner it was intended. You're a bigger asshole than I am, therefore it's OK for me to act the way I do! It's all everybody else's fault!

Fukc you, CM. Grow the fukc up & act your age, not your shoe size. What an immature fukcing child.

I truly despair for the poor, sorry bastards who are exposed to your bull$h!t on a day to day basis in the classroom or at work...

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Old Mar 1st, 2019, 09:28 AM   #122
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Hello, Bigot.

Further to your bull$h!t, this forum has done nothing but improve over the years.

Every single time a snivelling, whiny, snot-nosed Prog got tired of having his backside handed to him in an even argument & left for greener pastures, the quality of this place has gone up, as well as the overall IQ.

Three more left...

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What a waste of time this forum has become.
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Old Mar 12th, 2019, 11:51 AM   #123
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Japan's moon rover will be made by Toyota



Toyota is going to the moon.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has teamed up with the carmaker to build a pressurized self-driving rover that will land on the lunar surface in 2029. The six-wheeled transporter will be able to carry two humans for a distance of 10,000 kilometers using solar power and Toyota's fuel cell technology.

The rover will be about the size of two minibuses, with 13 square meters of habitable space, and the astronauts on board will be able to take their suits off inside the vehicle as they explore. It will land on the moon before the human expedition arrives, and travel independently to meet them.


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Old Apr 11th, 2019, 06:07 PM   #124
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Close, but no cigar....

Israel's Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes Into Moon During Landing Attempt


Israel's first moon lander came up just short in its historic touchdown bid this afternoon (April 11).

The robotic Beresheet spacecraft, built by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), aimed to become the first Israeli craft, and the first privately funded mission, ever to land softly on the moon. But the little robot couldn't quite make it, crashing into the gray dirt around 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT). Mission control lost communications with the spacecraft when it was about 489 feet (149 meters) above the moon's surface.

"We had a failure in the spacecraft; we unfortunately have not managed to land successfully," Opher Doron, the general manager of IAI, said during a live broadcast from mission control. "It's a tremendous achievement up 'til now."
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Old May 15th, 2019, 07:16 PM   #125
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China's rover is delivering the goods!

Chang'e-4: Chinese rover 'confirms' Moon crater theory
The Chinese Chang'e-4 rover may have confirmed a longstanding idea about the origin of a vast crater on the Moon's far side.

The rover's landing site lies within a vast impact depression created by an asteroid strike billions of years ago.

Now, mission scientists have found evidence that impact was so powerful it punched through the Moon's crust and into the layer below called the mantle.

Chang'e-4 has identified what appear to be mantle rocks on the surface.

It's something the rover was sent to the far side to find out.

Chunlai Li, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, and colleagues have presented their findings in the journal Nature.

The lunar far side, which is turned away from Earth, is more rugged than the familiar near side and has fewer "maria" - dark plains formed by ancient volcanic eruptions.

The Chinese spacecraft touched down on 3 January, becoming the first spacecraft to perform a soft landing on the lunar far side. The rover then rolled off the lander to explore its surroundings.

The rover landed inside a 180km-wide impact bowl called Von Kármán crater. But that smaller crater lies within the 2,300km-wide South Pole Aitken (SPA) Basin, which covers nearly a quarter of the Moon's circumference.

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The Chang'e-4 spacecraft have been operating on the lunar far side for 175 days.



The Chang'e-4 lander and Yutu-2 rover resumed science and exploration activities June 27 for the start of the mission's seventh lunar day on the far side of the moon.

The 140-kilogram Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) rover awoke at 1:26 a.m. Eastern, followed by the lander at 9:45 p.m., with both spacecraft and their science payloads working normally, according to an update from the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration issued Thursday.

The spacecraft had powered down on the morning of June 9, folding solar arrays in preparation for the 14.5-Earth-day-long lunar night, during which the pair use radioisotope heater units to protect against temperatures as low as minus 190 Celsius (minus 310 Fahrenheit).

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The Chang'e-4 spacecraft have been operating on the lunar far side for 175 days.



The Chang'e-4 lander and Yutu-2 rover resumed science and exploration activities June 27 for the start of the mission's seventh lunar day on the far side of the moon.

The 140-kilogram Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) rover awoke at 1:26 a.m. Eastern, followed by the lander at 9:45 p.m., with both spacecraft and their science payloads working normally, according to an update from the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration issued Thursday.

The spacecraft had powered down on the morning of June 9, folding solar arrays in preparation for the 14.5-Earth-day-long lunar night, during which the pair use radioisotope heater units to protect against temperatures as low as minus 190 Celsius (minus 310 Fahrenheit).

Looks like they are doing studies on how donuts work in a low gravity environment.
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...and now India is going to the moon!

India to send rover to the moon amid global space race


India is looking to take a giant leap in its space program and solidify its place among the world's spacefaring nations with its second unmanned mission to the moon, this one aimed at landing a rover near the unexplored south pole.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to launch a spacecraft on Monday using homegrown technology, and it is scheduled to touch down on the moon Sept. 6 or 7. The $141-million US Chandrayaan-2 mission will analyze minerals, map the moon's surface and search for water.

It will "boldly go where no country has ever gone before," the ISRO aid in a statement.

With India poised to become the world's fifth-largest economy, the ardently nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is eager to show off the country's prowess in security and technology.

India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite weapon in March, which Modi said demonstrated the country's capacity as a space power alongside the United States, Russia and China. India also plans to send humans into space by 2022, becoming only the fourth nation to do so.

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NOTE that India's ISRO has a very successful Mars orbiting imager mission still underway. India's Defense Department also successfully deployed an anti-satellite weapon to the consternation of the aerospace industry due to the increase of orbital debris that could threaten other satellites and spacecraft.
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India's Mission aborted
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India sends Chandrayaan 2 probe toward the moon’s south pole for historic landing


India began a slow but steady space odyssey to the moon’s south polar region today with the launch of its Chandrayaan 2 mission.

The lunar landing, set for Sept. 6-7, would make India the fourth nation to set a probe safely down on the moon’s surface, after Russia, the United States and China.

If all goes according to plan, the mission’s Vikram lander and Pragyan rover would gather the first on-the-ground scientific data from a region that NASA is targeting for a crewed landing in 2024.

Today’s liftoff from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota Space Center, on India’s southeast coast, was hailed by mission leaders at the Indian Space Research Organization.

“It is the beginning of a historical journey of India toward the moon, and to land at a place near the south pole to carry out scientific experiments, to explore the unexplored,” said ISRO Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan.

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Assuming that Chandrayaan 2 sticks to its planned trajectory, the spacecraft will send its lander-rover piggyback payload to a highland plain between two craters, Manzinus C and Simpelius N, at a latitude of 70.9 degrees south.

Scientists say the moon’s south polar region holds the promise of water ice reserves and other potential resources for human settlement — which is why it’s the target of NASA’s Artemis moon program.

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Looking further ahead, India is planning to start launching its own astronauts in 2022 and send a robotic probe to bring lunar samples back to Earth in the 2023-2024 time frame.

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