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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    How could anyone not like apollo 13?
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112384/
    Look at that cast. LOOK AT IT!

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    FandyienFandyien But Otto, what about us? Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    cadmunky wrote: »
    was just gonna post this: http://geeked.gsfc.nasa.gov/?p=4281

    way late, as always. the conference should be interesting.

    Apparently this was them bein' all "we found arsenic based life"?

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    YoSoyTheWalrusYoSoyTheWalrus Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I guess this? I haven't been paying attention.

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Fandyien wrote: »
    cadmunky wrote: »
    was just gonna post this: http://geeked.gsfc.nasa.gov/?p=4281

    way late, as always. the conference should be interesting.

    Apparently this was them bein' all "we found arsenic based life"?

    It was this http://www.nasa.gov/topics/universe/features/astrobiology_toxic_chemical.html

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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT

    THAT IS FUCKING AMAZING

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    and it's not arsenic based, it's life that can apparently incorporate arsenic into it's proteins and DNA

    but that doesn't mean it normally does so

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    L|amaL|ama Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    there's also the issue that there are still trace amounts of phosphorous left from when they did the experiment and it doesn't necessarily mean they could survive or evolve in an environment without phosphorous blah blah blah

    it's still pretty neat

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    Never said it's not neat, just trying to keep people grounded in reality after reading silly articles like the Gizmodo one claiming that this "changes everything!"

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    FrankoFranko Sometimes I really wish I had four feet so I could dance with myself to the drumbeat Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    http://gizmodo.com/5706700/why-did-nasa-create-a-material-ten-times-blacker-than-the-blackest-black-paint

    this will be useful for painting my chaos space marines/black templar
    j/k i play orks

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    trentsteeltrentsteel Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Ok, are the creatures from here or another planet or what? OR are they just saying it's possible that if there is an arsenic planet, creatures will live on it?

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    FrankoFranko Sometimes I really wish I had four feet so I could dance with myself to the drumbeat Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    they are from here, nerd theory says they can also develop somewhere else though, on planets without earth conditions

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    trentsteeltrentsteel Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Damn.

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    The funny thing is, we've talked about it extensively in this thread already and instead of reading that, you just come in and ask,

    @ 1:45

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Yeah, you guys covered that subject fairly exstensively. The implications alone are fuckin astounding, but maybe only for hardcore biology nerds and sci-fi writers. Imagine if we could find the key to altering our own dna to allow for exploration in such an alien environment. Kinda far out, but only a possible application.

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    DrZiplockDrZiplock Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    So apparently the military has had an unmanned spacecraft floating above our heads for the last 9 months. This thing knew it's time was up and landed all by itself. Not too shabby at all. Here ya go.

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    DrZiplock wrote: »
    So apparently the military has had an unmanned spacecraft floating above our heads for the last 9 months. This thing knew it's time was up and landed all by itself. Not too shabby at all. Here ya go.

    Yeah, I remember that thing launching, and then the news just......stopped. they were highly successful at keeping this one under wraps. Which is amazing for a vehicle of this nature and capabilities. It's like the global hawk in space. I could speculate its purpose to be something akin to a technology scavenger. Or possibly just an empty drone. Sure would like to see those cargo doors open.

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    MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    really the news probably stopped because someone stepped out of a car with no underwear on

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Mysst wrote: »
    really the news probably stopped because someone stepped out of a car with no underwear on

    Holy shit I think you're right!

    Alex jones never saw it coming.

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    LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I heard a thing about a space plane the other day on the radio, it sounded pretty cool.

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Yeah, I remember a couple of projects along the lines of the x-33 or x-34 or something where they were gonna put a scramjet in a shuttle-like platform for a cheap reusable launch vehicle that could take off from a runway. Maybe its mission changed. Ahg i'll look it up later. My resources are limited atm.

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    Muse Among MenMuse Among Men Suburban Bunny Princess? Its time for a new shtick Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I went to the Griffith Observatory Saturday. Space is just so effin' cool. Reminded me of being a kid and looking at pictures of space and fuck, my wee mind being blown away.

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I was going to say that looked cool as hell.

    But really.

    It's hot.

    8-)

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Young man, Hell is a real place and it is certainly not cool!

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    All dawgs go to heaven.

    And I'm ghost riding the whip with Jesus.

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    TheStig wrote: »
    Young man, Hell is a real place and it is certainly not cool!

    That righteous dude, Jesus Christ

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    oh man, i really want to inline the gif of that plasma stream. but i guess 4 meg is too much?

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    MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    just plain thinking about the sun, what it is, how it works, but ultimately how fucking big it is, is goddamn terrifying sometimes

    that plume could swallow the earf

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    SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Dru, that link just reminded me of my coworker, who's convinced that the 2012 thing is true and that every time the sun does something even remotely new or slightly unusual, it's the end of the world as we know it

    I definitely won't let him see that article, is what I'm saying

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    that fucking thing is huuuuuuge! think the guy said earth would be about 5 pixels in that image. one good blast like that in the right direction......POOF! damn alien zoologists better get here and preserve some of us, like pronto!

    omg nick cage was right!

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    Sheri wrote: »
    Dru, that link just reminded me of my coworker, who's convinced that the 2012 thing is true and that every time the sun does something even remotely new or slightly unusual, it's the end of the world as we know it

    I definitely won't let him see that article, is what I'm saying

    Obviously you're one of the lizard people.

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    skettiosskettios Enchanted ForestRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    cadmunky wrote: »
    oh man, i really want to inline the gif of that plasma stream. but i guess 4 meg is too much?

    woooaaaahhhh

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    YoSoyTheWalrusYoSoyTheWalrus Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Mysst wrote: »
    just plain thinking about the sun, what it is, how it works, but ultimately how fucking big it is, is goddamn terrifying sometimes

    that plume could swallow the earf

    There are stars that are many times larger than our entire solar system

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    SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Mysst wrote: »
    just plain thinking about the sun, what it is, how it works, but ultimately how fucking big it is, is goddamn terrifying sometimes

    that plume could swallow the earf

    There are stars that are many times larger than our entire solar system

    Yep

    roll that around for a little while

    you start trying to visualise it, and you just can't.

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    MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Mysst wrote: »
    just plain thinking about the sun, what it is, how it works, but ultimately how fucking big it is, is goddamn terrifying sometimes

    that plume could swallow the earf

    There are stars that are many times larger than our entire solar system

    they aren't as terrifying because they are farther away

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    YoSoyTheWalrusYoSoyTheWalrus Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    True but it still blows my mind and is a good reminder that I have absolutely no concept of the scale of pretty much anything

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    LTMLTM Bikes and BeardsRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I like how they showed the visible light image further down. Not only is that plume 700,000km across, its also invisible.

    Death from above, indeed.

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    GreasyKidsStuffGreasyKidsStuff MOMMM! ROAST BEEF WANTS TO KISS GIRLS ON THE TITTIES!Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    We were just learning about prominences and all that fun stuff last week in my astronomy class. Way too cool, I'll have to share that link with my prof

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    LTM wrote: »
    I like how they showed the visible light image further down. Not only is that plume 700,000km across, its also invisible.

    Death from above, indeed.

    Except not. There was no coronal mass ejection associated with it. There's no indication that there's any threat even to our satellites from this event.

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    LTMLTM Bikes and BeardsRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    LTM wrote: »
    I like how they showed the visible light image further down. Not only is that plume 700,000km across, its also invisible.

    Death from above, indeed.

    Except not. There was no coronal mass ejection associated with it. There's no indication that there's any threat even to our satellites from this event.

    :v:

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