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Darkflame 2010-06-04 20:59

A SPACEX (a private space company) rocket due to launch soon;

http://www.spacex.com/webcast.php (live stream)

Was supposed to have taken off already, but there some delay.

*T-13 minutes*

Darkflame 2010-06-04 21:57

...and they succeeded :) nice footage.

Homeless 2010-06-04 21:58

Agreed. That was neat-o.

Jasiek 2010-06-04 22:00

Woo, awesome! Last Altitude check I heard was 239 km, what was the final?

Darkflame 2010-06-04 22:48

I don't think they said. Definitely reached orbital speeds though.
Footage did cut of a few seconds before the end, which was a slight shame.

Odysseus 2010-06-05 20:02

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcVf80QLG_Q
So this wasnt them?

Darkflame 2010-06-05 20:09

Not sure.
There was similar effect a few months back that was said to have been caused by a missile;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pesqQpi6KC0

Thing is, while it certainly could be any spinning projectile giving off vapour, surely any Orbital craft is far too high up to look like that :? I mean, you wouldn't expect that much vapour up where theres no atmosphere, plus at that distance wouldn't it be much smaller?

Id wait for SpaceX to confirm it.
Else Id say its some military system like before.

Odysseus 2010-06-05 20:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by Darkflame (Post 396402)
Not sure.
There was similar effect a few months back that was said to have been caused by a missile;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pesqQpi6KC0

Thing is, while it certainly could be any spinning projectile giving off vapour, surely any Orbital craft is far too high up to look like that :? I mean, you wouldn't expect that much vapour up where theres no atmosphere, plus at that distance wouldn't it be much smaller?

Id wait for SpaceX to confirm it.
Else Id say its some military system like before.

Yeah, saw a alike spiral above china on some other footage...dated years back..
This was a smaller one last night tho.

Darkflame 2010-06-08 14:47

Hows this for a cool picture;
http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photo...-0000c-603.jpg

F15 with Atlantis launching in the background.

Darkflame 2010-06-08 15:11

Equaly cool, but not as visual (or, in a way, it is...) -

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/25300/

Basically a design for a lens that can focus to 1/80th the wavelength of light. Effectively allowing optical detail to be seen far under what was thought possible before.

This could be pretty big; Effectively a new microscope for seeing the detail of our universe.

Jasiek 2010-06-08 16:04

You could've posted just the lin to that photo... it's unviewable on the netbook - had to open it in a new tab to see what's going on in zoom-out....


Cool article.

Cooler photo (in many ways - less "graphic" though), of the Phoenix probe landing - caught by HiRISE on Mars:
http://nopantsastronomy.cementhorizo...nixlanding.jpg

Also, sunset on Mars as seen by the Spirit rover:
http://marsrover.nasa.gov/gallery/pr...ub_800_br2.jpg

ChaosFish 2010-06-08 19:15

Nice, that's a pretty vivid picture of Mars. Real colors?

Come to think of it, why are all the images from distant planets come in black & white anyway? If you can send a robot to Mars, surely you can send 16bit images.

Jasiek 2010-06-08 20:28

Bigger resolution probably. Most of the coloured ones you see have the colour values taken from a set of coloured dots on the lander (which we know what colour they are), from which an algorythm does all the job.

Darkflame 2010-06-15 01:06

Even more water on the moon - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...dings-science/

Darkflame 2010-06-16 13:12

Solar Sail deployed;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_a...t/10328584.stm
http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image...6_ikaros_3.jpg

Just wow.

Jasiek 2010-06-16 14:50

Damn those Japanese! What astounds me a bit more is the Hayabusa probe that collected samples from an asteroid and came back to earth this week.

Darkflame 2010-06-16 15:03

Yeah, only the bad news is we don't know if it didn't or not.
When it collected the samples there was a glitch in the sampler, so they arnt sure if it worked or not. Some dust may have been collected anyway even if it didn't deploy correctly so they have to examine it very carefully.
--
Anyway, I love the spinning design of that sail;
http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image...ails_466v2.gif
Makes me picture huge ships with insanely big sails spinning for both keeping the sail flat, as well as pseudo-gravity for the crew.

Horadrim 2010-06-21 01:26

Talking about solar stuff and Sun...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/s...cientists.html

Quite short, but interesting.

Darkflame 2010-06-22 18:47

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/ima...-58455_lrg.jpg

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOT...d=44348&src=fb

Darkflame 2010-06-30 17:54

Teeth-generating Gel;
http://www.popsci.com/science/articl...ities-obsolete

Self-folding paper;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZf3l...layer_embedded

Jasiek 2010-07-10 18:03

Moonbase Alpha
http://store.steampowered.com/app/39000/

Cool game by NASA on STEAM.
You can work in teams and play in online servers, or in an offline mode.

http://cdn.steampowered.com/v/gfx/ap...g?t=1278719880

Darkflame 2010-07-10 18:06

Yeah, oddly theres also a similar thing being made by ESA too.
http://www.space.com/common/media/video/player.php
Probably take them like 5 years to get anything done though.

Jasiek 2010-07-10 18:11

Yeah I linked to it already.

Jasiek 2010-07-10 19:19

So yeah, beat it already. Shame there's only a single scenario so far, maybe there will be more?

I wonder is there a way to play this on LAN without making a steam account for each machine in the network...

Darkflame 2010-07-10 21:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jasiek (Post 397525)
Yeah I linked to it already.

oh, sorry.
I forget where I get these things :P

I actualy think this sort of thing is wonderfull when its well made. Games can work really well as learning tools.


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