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    SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    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.

    I don't think the lizard people are part of his repertoire

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
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    Bacteria under a microscope? Nope, Martian dunes

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Coincidence!?

    edit: oh great, the article does this too. That's silly.

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    SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    mro_dunes_proctor.jpg

    Bacteria under a microscope? Nope, Martian dunes

    Oh hey that is cool as hell

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    wild, man.

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    LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    i love the dun dun dunnnnnnnn

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    CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    So apparently SpaceX just did a thing.

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    LTMLTM Bikes and BeardsRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Solar wrote: »
    Druhim wrote: »
    mro_dunes_proctor.jpg

    Bacteria under a microscope? Nope, Martian dunes

    Oh hey that is cool as hell

    ^---- this

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    FugitiveFugitive Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    So apparently SpaceX just did a thing.

    Why aren't we talking about this more?
    A private company launched a spacecraft into orbit and then, in a historic first, guided it back to Earth on Wednesday in a bold test for NASA that could lead to the first commercial space station supply run next year and eventual astronaut rides.

    This is pretty cool news. I honestly didn't expect them to make it this far this quickly.

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    FishmanFishman Put your goddamned hand in the goddamned Box of Pain. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Also, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency missed Venus, which is a bit of a bummer. They don't get a shot for another 6 years!

    The craft was supposed to partner up with Venus Express (ESA) to perform an in-depth study of the Venusian atmosphere, the outcomes of which could have been really, really interesting. I mean, understanding Venus's hell climate could have implications for greenhouse effects on Earth, our understanding of the formation of habitable atmosphere on rocky planets in extrasolar systems and possibly even terraforming Mars, so the failure to make orbit this pass is a bit disappointing.

    If anyones got a better link to explain what went wrong, I'd love to read 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
    LTM wrote: »
    Solar wrote: »
    Druhim wrote: »
    Poops
    Bacteria under a microscope? Nope, Martian dunes

    Oh hey that is cool as hell

    ^---- this

    it is really hard to read science articles on that site. each article links to like 4 other articles...and i can't stop clicking through!!

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    trentsteeltrentsteel Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
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    Bacteria under a microscope? Nope, Martian dunes

    That is beautiful.

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    TossrockTossrock too weird to live too rare to dieRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Hey, the great black barchans! I know about those from reading the Red Mars trilogy!

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    Fugitive wrote: »
    So apparently SpaceX just did a thing.

    Why aren't we talking about this more?
    A private company launched a spacecraft into orbit and then, in a historic first, guided it back to Earth on Wednesday in a bold test for NASA that could lead to the first commercial space station supply run next year and eventual astronaut rides.

    This is pretty cool news. I honestly didn't expect them to make it this far this quickly.

    Yeah, that is a pretty big deal!

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    Fugitive wrote: »
    So apparently SpaceX just did a thing.

    Why aren't we talking about this more?
    A private company launched a spacecraft into orbit and then, in a historic first, guided it back to Earth on Wednesday in a bold test for NASA that could lead to the first commercial space station supply run next year and eventual astronaut rides.

    This is pretty cool news. I honestly didn't expect them to make it this far this quickly.

    Yeah, that is a pretty big deal!

    it really is! i had a post yesterday, but i got db errored.

    so the dragon did a couple laps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4LsLRRWIoY&feature=player_embedded

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    and oh, that JAXA. disappointing, but all is not lost!

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    and orbital isn't in the run for a crew module, but we have plans on the board for cargo modules that are in direct competition with the dragon program, as the taurus II is with the falcon 9 launch vehicle. but we'll be launching from wallops island.

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    FugitiveFugitive Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    "We"?

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    EndEnd Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    You.

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    LTMLTM Bikes and BeardsRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Franko wrote: »
    LTM wrote: »
    Solar wrote: »
    Druhim wrote: »
    Poops
    Bacteria under a microscope? Nope, Martian dunes

    Oh hey that is cool as hell

    ^---- this

    it is really hard to read science articles on that site. each article links to like 4 other articles...and i can't stop clicking through!!

    BA is second only to Wikipedia in terms of killing time.

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    cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    me. all me.

    and those orbital guys, i guess. they've been paying me to do stuff for awhile now.

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    FugitiveFugitive Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    cadmunky wrote: »
    me. all me.

    and those orbital guys, i guess. they've been paying me to do stuff for awhile now.

    That sounds pretty neat!

    What kind of work?

    When a co-worker screws up, do they get chastised with "it's not rocket science" followed by several minutes of snickering?

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    #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Here is 45 minutes of amazing photography and interesting conversation about the space shuttle program.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2VygftZSCs

    #pipe on
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    SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
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    FishmanFishman Put your goddamned hand in the goddamned Box of Pain. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Oh, fuck yes.

    We're in the heliosheath now.


    This makes me excited for no rational reason I can explain. I think it's the grown up version of unwrapping presents at Christmas. I have a box! With colours on it! Fuck knows what's in this coloured box, but it's mine and I will have it!

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    L|amaL|ama Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    fun facts: even though New Horizons is the fastest thing that has ever been launched from earth and is about half way to pluto, both voyagers' gravity assists mean that NH will never catch up

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    Fishman wrote: »
    Oh, fuck yes.

    We're in the heliosheath now.


    This makes me excited for no rational reason I can explain. I think it's the grown up version of unwrapping presents at Christmas. I have a box! With colours on it! Fuck knows what's in this coloured box, but it's mine and I will have it!

    hey, I think there's good reason to be excited about that! I mean, that's the first man made object to make it that far and that's pretty rad.

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    StrifeRaZoRStrifeRaZoR Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    38,000 miles per hour. That's pretty fast. I mean, even at that distance it's still barely 1 light day away from the sun. That's friggin' awesome.

    These articles are the end of me. I keep clicking more links and getting deeper into site after site, reading more and more.

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