Astronomy and space exploration

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  1. rcf

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    Now Musk is saying there's a 70% chance he'll move to mars, but no mention about when.
    I bet that the other 30% will eventually prevail (unless he's 80+ yo and/or being chased by the SEC).

    https://futurism.com/elon-musk-mars-axios
     
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    https://www.space.com/42737-virgin-galactic-human-spaceflight-milestone.html

    https://www.space.com/42683-spacex-first-mission-crew-dragon-spacecraft.html

    https://www.space.com/42731-insight-mars-lander-space-photos-mro.html

    When I first saw the picture I thought it looked like a crappy photo editing job (I'm not saying I thought it was that, though) and then I thought of conspiracists. :-D
     
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    "The future goals remain the same, to lift the engine off the ground". They look serious: have been there for a while, their background seems solid and they even published a paper in a scientific publication. But that stuff about lifting the engine off the ground seems surreal. I've been following them for a while and I don't know where that comes from or maybe it's me that I'm understanding a different thing... :???:

    I'll try to find something about it.

    EDIT: and I found this in one of their documents from their website:
    "Our goal of lifting a small craft off the ground is still within our limited resources. Larger and more powerful VEM Drive engines are being designed and developed for the completion of the autonomous Bluebird II UAV. The full-size Bluebird II will be a seven-passenger craft. As warp technology evolves, the goal is to go faster than light utilizing a space warp environment. At that point imagine the possibilities. Will space, then, be the final frontier?"
     
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    Please, make this happen!

    https://www.space.com/42757-europa-life-nuclear-tunnelbot.html
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    https://www.space.com/42759-mars-life-deep-biosphere.html
     
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    https://www.space.com/42849-elon-musk-new-details-spacex-starship-super-heavy.html
     
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    Old, little, speculative article, but I found the idea of an Earth with two moons interesting (I'm doing a little research for one of the fantasy books I'm writing):
    https://www.universetoday.com/92148/what-if-the-earth-had-two-moons/
     
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    Nothing about New Horizons new pictures of Ultima Thule? Is this proof that the Universe started with God(s) playing skittles?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, thanks for posting that!
    Nope, it was more like this:


    I hope we will get new pictures soon!
     
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    but where are all the alien bases ?
     
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    On the dark side. ;-)
     
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    On Phobos !
     
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    https://www.space.com/42905-china-space-moon-plants-animals.html

    The results of those experiments will be very helpful, indeed.
     
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    https://www.space.com/42952-nasa-space-telescope-ideas-for-2030s.html

    I like HabEx. :oops:
     
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    Goosebumps on every single inch of my skin!

    Also, you can clearly see that the Moon is flat as well as Earth! :runaway:
     
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    Real images of an assembled Starship!
    https://astronaut.com/elon-musk-reveals-spacex-starship/
     
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    That article isn't entirely clear on this being a test vehicle just for doing landings. It's never going to fly over a few 100 meters. It's not made of the same cold formed steel as the final version. Impressive how quickly they put it together though.

    The first orbital prototype is six months away. The booster it need's to go into orbit is another six months after that. They don't need that to test reentry heating though. They could fly a really steep/fast suborbital profile.
     
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    I think I read somewhere else that is just a hopper, as well as in this article.

    Hopefully we'll get more detailed info soon.
     
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    Stuff that Musks tweeted about over the last few weeks:

    • Due to start doing hops within 6 weeks
    • Production engines start testing in Feb
    • Presentation Mar/Apr
    • V1 Starships segments are being build in LA already
    • Booster segments start in April
    • 60% chance of full stack next year
    • All series 300 steel with some sort of underside active cooling on the Starship

    It seems that the switch steel has kicked off much more confidence around timelines.
     
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