Out of the Blue

Best of luck to the astronauts, SpaceX and NASA as they make another attempt at launching astronauts to the International Space Station today. The launch is expected at 3:22 pm EDT, and you can watch live coverage on NASA Television. There are concerns the weather could once again cause the mission to be scrubbed and pushed off until tomorrow. If it does go off, it will be the first launch of astronauts from American soil in almost a decade, and the first time in history that a private company will put astronauts into space.

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Jun 1, 2020, 16:07
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eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 1, 2020, 15:52:
Only place I wanna live is on a space-ship heading out of this solar-system to somewhere nobody has ever been to. I would want to explore things unexplored, and that'd be a huge selling point for me. ^^
That is even farther away than a colony on Mars. I'd love to participate in interstellar travel, I won't get to. And maybe no ever will...
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Mr. Tact wrote on May 31, 2020, 19:26:
Jivaro wrote on May 31, 2020, 18:56:
But if a bunch of people want to leave Earth I will do everything I can to help them....it really seems like the best move right now.
Another thing I certainly won't live to see, and may or may not ever happen -- the day when leaving Earth to live "somewhere else" is a good idea. You might want to now, but it wouldn't be a good idea.

Right now? Obviously would be a terrible idea, nowhere else to go for starters.

But I would love to visit the moon for a "vacation" (my idea of one, no people around). And how things are going that should be viable in 15-30 years. And Venus and Mars, why not. But I doubt those 2 will be viable tourist hot-spots in my lifetime.

As for living there? Only place I wanna live is on a space-ship heading out of this solar-system to somewhere nobody has ever been to. I would want to explore things unexplored, and that'd be a huge selling point for me. ^^
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May 31, 2020, 23:17
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jdreyer wrote on May 31, 2020, 20:27:
RedEye9 wrote on May 31, 2020, 19:38:
Jivaro wrote on May 31, 2020, 18:56:
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Tastier, too. Tastes like... chicken!

"..that's some great fricken chicken!"

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May 31, 2020, 20:27
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RedEye9 wrote on May 31, 2020, 19:38:
Jivaro wrote on May 31, 2020, 18:56:
I don't think I would do well with space travel. I get motion sickness, my back probably would break again from the Gs, and I am a whiner so everybody would probably throw me in space anyway.

But if a bunch of people want to leave Earth I will do everything I can to help them....it really seems like the best move right now.
It'd be smarter and cheaper sending those that want to leave to the soylent green factory.

Tastier, too. Tastes like... chicken!
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Jivaro wrote on May 31, 2020, 18:56:
I don't think I would do well with space travel. I get motion sickness, my back probably would break again from the Gs, and I am a whiner so everybody would probably throw me in space anyway.

But if a bunch of people want to leave Earth I will do everything I can to help them....it really seems like the best move right now.
It'd be smarter and cheaper sending those that want to leave to the soylent green factory.
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May 31, 2020, 19:26
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May 31, 2020, 19:26
 
Jivaro wrote on May 31, 2020, 18:56:
But if a bunch of people want to leave Earth I will do everything I can to help them....it really seems like the best move right now.
Another thing I certainly won't live to see, and may or may not ever happen -- the day when leaving Earth to live "somewhere else" is a good idea. You might want to now, but it wouldn't be a good idea.
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May 31, 2020, 18:56
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May 31, 2020, 18:56
 Jivaro
 
I don't think I would do well with space travel. I get motion sickness, my back probably would break again from the Gs, and I am a whiner so everybody would probably throw me in space anyway.

But if a bunch of people want to leave Earth I will do everything I can to help them....it really seems like the best move right now.
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May 31, 2020, 16:17
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We might "visit" the atmosphere of Venus, but we will probably have a Mars colony before we are on the surface of Venus. The surface temperature of Venus is 460 C(860 F) and the surface pressure is 92 times that of Earth -- equivalent to 1 km under the Earth's oceans

Any talk of humans traveling to Mars is just that, talk. It certainly won't happen in my lifetime. We might make it there before the century is out. Eighty years is a long time to make some significant technology advances. But the rewards for doing so, beyond pure exploration, are limited. Better tech will make it possible for probes to do more and more things without sending people. Which will in turn make sending people even less urgent. By the time humans land on Mars, we will know a hell of a lot more about it than we do currently.
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May 31, 2020, 14:37
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May 31, 2020, 14:37
 Cutter
 
We are not going to Mars. At least anytime soon. I don't even know why it's a thing that people have their jag on for. It's entirely impractical due to the dust and radiation alone. What exactly would be the upside of going to Mars beyond saying we did it? Space mining? Way easier and cheaper to do the Moon and asteroids, etc. JD nailed it saying we should go to Venus instead.

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May 31, 2020, 06:09
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May 31, 2020, 06:09
 
Late to the party but that launch was amazing. Mrs. Burrito and I were giddy the entire time.

For me, the most awesome part beyond putting Americans back in to space and orbiting the planet after launching from US soil, was that the entire Dragon module and Falcon launch system uses Linux.

Linux got us back in to space and Linux will take us to Mars.
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May 31, 2020, 05:03
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Mr. Tact wrote on May 30, 2020, 22:16:
jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2020, 21:50:
Ditto for the new F-15.
New F-15? Had not previously heard about that....

Yup, everything is pretty much modern and up to date, except no stealth. But most of the time you don't need stealth for missions anyway. So why burn money flying stealth when something cheaper but nearly as capable will do?
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jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2020, 21:50:
Ditto for the new F-15.
New F-15? Had not previously heard about that....
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eRe4s3r wrote on May 30, 2020, 19:11:
1badmf wrote on May 30, 2020, 18:58:
jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2020, 18:29:
Cutter wrote on May 30, 2020, 15:56:
I like the Boeing spacesuit much better than the SpaceX one.

I'm curious why you like it better. I don't have an opinion one way or the other. Here are the SpaceX ones for comparison.

don't know about cutter's reasons, but with the spacex ones the neck doesn't articulate and the helmet is tight fitting, so to look around they have to turn their whole bodies. the helmets may look cool but functionally they're a failure.

Yeah, but on the other hand would you pick anything made by Boeing where you life depended on it? ^^

The US Navy does every day. The F/A-18 E/F block 3 jets look amazing with some really cool modern tech like helmet target queuing, conformal fuel tanks, deployable decoys to fool missiles, a massive RCS reduction, avionics upgrades, LoS comm packages to network with F-35s, etc. It's really gen 4+++. It's a very capable aircraft that represents the low in the "high-low mix" the USN is going for. F-35C being the high.

Ditto for the new F-15.
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May 30, 2020, 21:40
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Beamer wrote on May 30, 2020, 20:31:
I know NASA was involved, but wasn't it really more SpaceX?

Cool watch. Part of me is sad at privatizing space exploration, but at the same time, we did it well.
A great read on today and some backstory.
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May 30, 2020, 20:31
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The speech after was a bit weird, right? Endless praise for Trump for making this happen, much more than Elon Musk. I know NASA was involved, but wasn't it really more SpaceX?

Cool watch. Part of me is sad at privatizing space exploration, but at the same time, we did it well.
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May 30, 2020, 19:38
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jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2020, 18:32:
The news cycle today is quintessentially American: celebrating an amazing technical achievement that inspires all of humankind while dozens of cities burn in race riots. Man, you could have pulled that headline from 1969.

That perfectly states what I was thinking as well. I am not old enough to have deja vu but I feel like we (as in the country) are re-enacting my history class or something.
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May 30, 2020, 19:11
 
1badmf wrote on May 30, 2020, 18:58:
jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2020, 18:29:
Cutter wrote on May 30, 2020, 15:56:
I like the Boeing spacesuit much better than the SpaceX one.

I'm curious why you like it better. I don't have an opinion one way or the other. Here are the SpaceX ones for comparison.

don't know about cutter's reasons, but with the spacex ones the neck doesn't articulate and the helmet is tight fitting, so to look around they have to turn their whole bodies. the helmets may look cool but functionally they're a failure.

Yeah, but on the other hand would you pick anything made by Boeing where you life depended on it? ^^
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May 30, 2020, 19:08
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I just think the SpaceX ones are goofy looking. And white is a poor choice. I do agree that blue is not the best color for a spacesuit but the Boeing suit looks tough and practical, color issue aside.
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May 30, 2020, 18:58
 
jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2020, 18:29:
Cutter wrote on May 30, 2020, 15:56:
I like the Boeing spacesuit much better than the SpaceX one.

I'm curious why you like it better. I don't have an opinion one way or the other. Here are the SpaceX ones for comparison.

don't know about cutter's reasons, but with the spacex ones the neck doesn't articulate and the helmet is tight fitting, so to look around they have to turn their whole bodies. the helmets may look cool but functionally they're a failure.
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May 30, 2020, 18:32
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May 30, 2020, 18:32
 
The news cycle today is quintessentially American: celebrating an amazing technical achievement that inspires all of humankind while dozens of cities burn in race riots. Man, you could have pulled that headline from 1969.
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