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Posted: Aug 5, 2012 - 4:18pm

NASA TV: Watch Landing Coverage Live

 

NASA TV Schedule for Mars Rover Landing

Sunday and Monday, August 5-6, 2012

  • 6:00-7:00 p. m. ET: NASA Science News Conference
  • 11:00 p. m. ET: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Landing Coverage of Entry Decent and Landing
  • 2:15 a. m. ET: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Post-Landing News Conference
  • 3:30-4:30 a. m. ET: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Landing Coverage and Commentary
  • 6:10 a. m. ET: Live Satellite Post-Landing Interviews on the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Mission
  • Noon ET: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Post-Landing News Briefing and Landing Recap and Outlook for Curiosity's First Sol, or Martian Day
  • 7:00 p. m. ET - Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Post-Landing News Briefing and Sol 1 Mid-Day Update


  Cool enough to warrant it's own window if I can stay awake.

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Posted: Aug 5, 2012 - 2:48pm

 bokey wrote:
Landing starts in 8 hours at 1:31 AM EST

 
Very cool. This thread should be called "Space, the Final Frontier."
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Posted: Aug 5, 2012 - 2:33pm

 bokey wrote:
Landing starts in 8 hours at 1:31 AM EST



 
We'll be turning in tonight.
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Posted: Aug 5, 2012 - 2:31pm

Landing starts in 8 hours at 1:31 AM EST




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Posted: Jun 5, 2012 - 10:33pm

Anytime I see anything about NASA it makes me think if I could undo one single act in my life, it would be my last Presidential vote. That kind of shame is gut wrenching.
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Posted: Jun 5, 2012 - 10:20am

Get out your welder's helmet...

Transit of Venus today http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/18may_venustransit/
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Posted: Nov 30, 2011 - 3:15pm

Sighting Opportunities
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Posted: Aug 5, 2011 - 2:55pm

 aflanigan wrote:

All you trekheads out there (including the original) will of course remember the episode that broached the subject of whether humans were essential to space exploration, THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER.  Predictably, the plot involves demonstrating that computers are not fit to pilot star ships without humans.

My opinion is that, given the basic assumptions of the star trek series (a universe populated by numerous sentient life forms strewn about the galaxies), it probably would be impossible to avoid sending humans into space.  We've been sending diplomats across borders for millenia; it's hard to imagine that an advanced robotic computer might be developed that could replace humans in tact and judgement any time soon (maybe something like the replicants from Blade Runner?).  In terms of the need for humans to pilot exploration ships in the real universe, where for all intents and purposes we're the only sentient life around, Captain Kirk (or "Captain Dunsail", as Commodore Wesley calls Kirk) has, I believe, already been made obsolete.
 
Frank Herbert's "Destination: Void" series puts a very interesting spin on this question. Well worth a read, especially "The Jesus Incident."

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Posted: Aug 5, 2011 - 12:55pm

Atlas Launches On Mission To Jupiter

NASA launched a new solar-powered spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter on Friday.

The robotic explorer, named Juno, was atop an unmanned Atlas rocket.

The launch had to be delayed for a short time while a problem with a helium system was investigated and a boat was removed from the launch zone. The launch happened at 12:25 p.m.

It will take Juno five years to reach Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. The spacecraft will be powered by three huge solar panels. It will be the farthest any solar-powered craft has ever traveled. Previous Jupiter probes have relied on nuclear energy.

Jupiter is believed to be the oldest planet in the solar system.Astronomers hope to figure out the recipe for making planets by uncovering the ingredients of this gas giant. Juno will spend at least one year circling Jupiter's poles.




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Posted: Aug 5, 2011 - 12:41pm

 Beaker wrote:
 aflanigan wrote:

All you trekheads out there (including the original) will of course remember the episode that broached the subject of whether humans were essential to space exploration, THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER.  Predictably, the plot involves demonstrating that computers are not fit to pilot star ships without humans.

My opinion is that, given the basic assumptions of the star trek series (a universe populated by numerous sentient life forms strewn about the galaxies), it probably would be impossible to avoid sending humans into space.  We've been sending diplomats across borders for millenia; it's hard to imagine that an advanced robotic computer might be developed that could replace humans in tact and judgement any time soon (maybe something like the replicants from Blade Runner?).  In terms of the need for humans to pilot exploration ships in the real universe, where for all intents and purposes we're the only sentient life around, Captain Kirk (or "Captain Dunsail", as Commodore Wesley calls Kirk) has, I believe, already been made obsolete.

fyt

Captain Dunsel


 

Not a typo.  Dunsel is how transcript writers heard it, but I believe dunsail is the correct spelling (cf stunsail, pronounced "stuns'l")


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Posted: Jul 25, 2011 - 8:26am

 hobiejoe wrote:

Crikey, that is an extraordinary trajectory. I'd always imagined a somewhat more glider-like gentle descent.
 
And as for the "airglow", well... it's well known that in favourable conditions on an open sea a lucky sailor will see the "green flash" across the western horizon moments after the sun has set. Not seen one yet {#Grumpy}
 
You can actually see them over land as well. We occasionally get them from the deck here with the sun setting over the peninsula. It has to be VERY dry though, and almost no surrounding clouds.


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Posted: Jul 24, 2011 - 3:36pm

This is a cool picture too.

 

Anyone wanna take a swim in the Bahamas? We'll need a diving board.


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Posted: Jul 24, 2011 - 3:28pm

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Atlantis returns to Earth, as seen from the International Space Station.  Details here

"The green band of light in the background is called "airglow." Airglow is a luminous bubble that surounds our entire planet, decorating the top of the atmosphere with aurora-like color. Although airglow resembles the aurora borealis, its underlying physics is different. Airglow is caused by an assortment of chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere driven mainly by solar ultraviolet radiation; auroras, on the other hand, are prompted by gusts of solar wind."
 

 
Crikey, that is an extraordinary trajectory. I'd always imagined a somewhat more glider-like gentle descent.
 
And as for the "airglow", well... it's well known that in favourable conditions on an open sea a lucky sailor will see the "green flash" across the western horizon moments after the sun has set. Not seen one yet {#Grumpy}
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Posted: Jul 24, 2011 - 3:12pm

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Atlantis returns to Earth, as seen from the International Space Station.  Details here

"The green band of light in the background is called "airglow." Airglow is a luminous bubble that surounds our entire planet, decorating the top of the atmosphere with aurora-like color. Although airglow resembles the aurora borealis, its underlying physics is different. Airglow is caused by an assortment of chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere driven mainly by solar ultraviolet radiation; auroras, on the other hand, are prompted by gusts of solar wind."
 

I could write a sci-fi novel about that evil dark cloud in the upper right corner.

Very interesting picture.


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Posted: Jul 24, 2011 - 3:10pm

 Zep wrote:

Atlantis returns to Earth, as seen from the International Space Station.  Details here

"The green band of light in the background is called "airglow." Airglow is a luminous bubble that surounds our entire planet, decorating the top of the atmosphere with aurora-like color. Although airglow resembles the aurora borealis, its underlying physics is different. Airglow is caused by an assortment of chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere driven mainly by solar ultraviolet radiation; auroras, on the other hand, are prompted by gusts of solar wind."
 

 
very cool pic.
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Posted: Jul 24, 2011 - 3:06pm



Atlantis returns to Earth, as seen from the International Space Station.  Details here

"The green band of light in the background is called "airglow." Airglow is a luminous bubble that surounds our entire planet, decorating the top of the atmosphere with aurora-like color. Although airglow resembles the aurora borealis, its underlying physics is different. Airglow is caused by an assortment of chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere driven mainly by solar ultraviolet radiation; auroras, on the other hand, are prompted by gusts of solar wind."
 


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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 - 2:22pm

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I shared Coaxial's link with a few people here at work and one of them sent me this photo.  Thought I'd share. Gene Roddenbery came to our highschool in 1976 when I was a freshman.  He screened a blooper reel from Star Trek and fielded questions about the upcoming (rumored) Star Trek movie (it was still three years away).

Still haven't figured out how they arranged for him to visit our dinky school.  My graduating class only had 120 kids in it - I don't think we had more than about 500 total.

It was a highlight though and he was a nice guy.  He stuck around and spoke to people in the hallway after the presentation.

 
All you trekheads out there (including the original) will of course remember the episode that broached the subject of whether humans were essential to space exploration, THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER.  Predictably, the plot involves demonstrating that computers are not fit to pilot star ships without humans.

My opinion is that, given the basic assumptions of the star trek series (a universe populated by numerous sentient life forms strewn about the galaxies), it probably would be impossible to avoid sending humans into space.  We've been sending diplomats across borders for millenia; it's hard to imagine that an advanced robotic computer might be developed that could replace humans in tact and judgement any time soon (maybe something like the replicants from Blade Runner?).  In terms of the need for humans to pilot exploration ships in the real universe, where for all intents and purposes we're the only sentient life around, Captain Kirk (or "Captain Dunsail", as Commodore Wesley calls Kirk) has, I believe, already been made obsolete.

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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 - 1:51pm

 Xeric wrote:

Yeah. But. No kid was ever inspired to become an astronaut (or an aerospace engineer or a poet) by a datastream from a robot. The reasons to do personed flight may indeed be more emotional than rational: that fact does not necessarily tender those reasons invalid.

 
OK, but that's why we have guys like Richard Branson.  He can afford to spend extravagantly on manned spaceflight projects for romantic reasons!  We really can't.

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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 - 1:42pm

 bokey wrote:

Wow.Just wow.We should stagnate as a nation and a race in order to squander our resources on being world cops and bombing other countries that haven't done a frigging thing to us,rather than try to advance ourselves?
 
Where do you see me advocating the above?  Wasting money comes in many forms, including fighting pointless wars.

The point is, sending human flesh into space is inefficient; we can employ contractors and generate economic growth by being smart about utilizing our space flight capability and produce much more meaningful "science" along the lines of projects like Pioneer, Voyager, Mariner, etc.  You get much more bang for your buck regarding advancing the frontiers of science and knowledge when you stop insisting on sending humans into space to evacuate their bowels and vomit in zero gravity.  Stagnating is what we basically have been doing with our inefficient approach to space exploration.


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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 - 1:32pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Cool.
 
It says 2014 "or later" now...
 
I never looked up who Ad Astra was. I've seen the name and just skimmed over it. Things are still awesome up there. 

 
The guy who's the head of the company is a former astronaut for NASA with a PHD in Science. Hope his technology works.

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