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  • Mr RayMr Ray Sarcasm sphereRegistered User regular
    edited May 31
    I'm an Australian watching this and getting confused by all the time conversions. What time, UTC, are we expecting the dock to happen? Or how many hours after launch, since I have that for reference.

    *edit* I think it works out as 8.30pm local (UTC +10) time, though I've been wrong before so I thought I'd check.

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  • VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    Docking time is 14:30 UTC

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  • davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    edited May 31
    Getting there. 400 meters apart. Will be about a half hour (see edit) before getting very close I believe.

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    Edit: oh they said it’s about a hour and a half to two hours from now for docking. I just woke up to not miss it, a little groggy here.

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  • dylmandylman Registered User regular
    edited May 31
    They're running a little ahead of schedule apparently, docking might be in 25-30 minutes from now.

    (edit: too slow!)

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  • davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    20 meters away. The view is great.

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  • Mr_RoseMr_Rose 83 Blue Ridge Protects the Holy Registered User regular
    Soft docking complete, hard docking latches next, the pressurising the vestibule.

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    They are currently doing the last pressure equalizations. They are expecting to open the hatch around Noon CST ( +5 GMT) and a small welcome aboard ceremony 15 mins after that.

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  • TynnanTynnan seldom correct, never unsure Registered User regular
    The hatch is open! In an historic moment, farts created on board a commercial spacecraft are mingling with government spacecraft air.

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    They're about to do the boarding ceremony stuff.

    Man... I hope the Russians and the stationed US folk just hop into the dragon and are like "ooh, sweet ride!"

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Boarding ceremony started, seemed good, great photo ops, but I had to turn it off because I wasn't going to signal boost Ted Cruz.

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  • TaximesTaximes Registered User regular
    Tynnan wrote: »
    The hatch is open! In an historic moment, farts created on board a commercial spacecraft are mingling with government spacecraft air.

    In a sign of true progress, we now have only farts where once we had floating turds.

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  • BrodyBrody The Watch The First ShoreRegistered User regular
    SpaceX successfully launched and landed a 5th time stage 1 booster.

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  • Phoenix-DPhoenix-D Registered User regular
    Want to see what a ride on the Space Shuttle's "Oh shit we're on fire on the launchpad" escape system would have been like?

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  • Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    An ingenious and exciting solution to the "GTFO the pad" problem.
    Though, if anything, if I had to ride one of those things I'd probably be wishing it went faster..

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  • davidsdurionsdavidsdurions Your Trusty Meatshield Panhandle NebraskaRegistered User regular
    An ingenious and exciting solution to the "GTFO the pad" problem.
    Though, if anything, if I had to ride one of those things I'd probably be wishing it went faster..

    Can you imagine trying to release those rusty chains and securing yourself in the chair while there is explosive fire directly behind you?

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    An ingenious and exciting solution to the "GTFO the pad" problem.
    Though, if anything, if I had to ride one of those things I'd probably be wishing it went faster..

    Can you imagine trying to release those rusty chains and securing yourself in the chair while there is explosive fire directly behind you?

    Presumably, the chains are mostly-released as part of launch prep.

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  • SiliconStewSiliconStew Registered User regular
    Phoenix-D wrote: »
    Want to see what a ride on the Space Shuttle's "Oh shit we're on fire on the launchpad" escape system would have been like?

    And to be clear, they aren't getting rid of a way to escape the tower. This is the retirement of the old emergency baskets at the 195 foot level. Because SpaceX is removing and adding things onto Pad 39a for their own launch vehicles and crew capsules, they have a new emergency basket system at the 265 foot level.

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  • SealSeal Registered User regular


    ridiculously cool fairing deploy video

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  • Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    Okay, there's an angle/shot I've not seen in KSP.

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  • SealSeal Registered User regular
    New Horizons is still doing cool stuff:



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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    We definitely got some quality mileage out of New Horizons

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  • MayabirdMayabird Pecking at the keyboardRegistered User regular
    Speaking of New Horizons, remember how people were talking about how Pluto might've had subsurface oceans? To get the surface formations seen now, Pluto would've needed to have formed hot and quick, not but slowly congealing cold things together. That would've been plenty of heat to get those oceans before, which are very likely still liquid and now for billions of years old, a perfect abode for hidden life, protected from hard radiation and the cold of space. This is a wild possibility that no SF ever thought of, even after we found out about Europa's likely oceans.

    And it's possible that if Pluto formed like this, other distant dwarf planets might also have deep subsurface oceans that could also be hospitable to life. We've barely seen any of it and space is just wild.

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  • Phoenix-DPhoenix-D Registered User regular
    Today's the anniversary of the Tunguska blast, and we aren't much better prepared for anything like it than we were then. Video from last year from Scott Manley talking about just how many hits the atmosphere absorbs, most of them so high or so remote we don't notice. Like a 170 kiloton blast in the arctic.

    The scale on the chart is in log kilotons which is...certainly a unit.

  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/on-its-13th-launch-rocket-lab-loses-a-mission/

    Rocket Lab launched a rocket carrying seven satellites, nicknamed Pics Or It Didn't Happen.

    POIDH had a second stage failure. The camera lost contact before the failure, so... There are not pics.

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  • Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    Tempting fate and/or the Kraken there.

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