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#261 Greg

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Posted 20 July 2021 - 08:59 AM

I keep making up my own stories about what came up:

  • Boss needed him on an important zoom call
  • Forgot to check with the wife before booking
  • Had promised to help a friend move

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#262 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 10 August 2021 - 04:36 AM

Every summer Earth plows through the trail of a comet creating the Perseid meteor shower.

The comet and its tail are so spread out, residents of this planet get to see the comet itself once every 130 years or so, but the shooting stars are on display each August. Last seen in 1992, the comet Swift-Tuttle creates the meteor shower as bits of dirty ice and other detritus trailing the comet burn up, explains the president of the Victoria arm of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

The particles hit about 100 km above the earth and the atmosphere slows them, heats them and that’s when we get the glow of ‘shooting stars’ streaking across the sky. Some are even as small as a ballpoint pen tip, said Randy Enkin.

“We’re not going to see those really tiny ones here,” the Victoria resident added.

The show is already underway, but peaks the night of Aug. 11. Enkin suggests finding dark sky the next day around 4 a.m.

 

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Posted 10 August 2021 - 07:24 AM

 

The show is already underway, but peaks the night of Aug. 11. Enkin suggests finding dark sky the next day around 4 a.m.

 

 

Well I guess all the #VanLifers will have a front row seat to the show.  


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#264 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 12:26 PM

NASA:


The International Space Station's crew welcomed Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo resupply ship Thursday morning. The spacecraft’s arrival brings more than 8,200 pounds (3,720 kg) of science experiments, crew supplies, and hardware for a future spacewalk (plus an order of pizza).

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur used the space station’s robotic Canadarm2 to capture Cygnus upon its arrival early Thursday morning, while ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet monitored telemetry during rendezvous, capture, and installation on the Earth-facing port of the Unity module.

The Cygnus spacecraft—named the SS Ellison Onizuka, after the first Asian-American astronaut—launched on an Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday. It will remain at the station for the next three months.

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#265 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 August 2021 - 03:11 PM

they landed the booster again back on the drone ship.




Dragon successfully launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 3:14 a.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying more than 4,800 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware to the International Space Station. At the time of the launch, the station was flying south of Australia.

NASA Television and the agency’s website continue to provide live coverage of the ascent. About 12 minutes after launch, Dragon separates from the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage and begins a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings to reach the space station.

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#266 Mike K.

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Posted 29 August 2021 - 04:03 PM

That’s all pretty much awesomeness.

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#267 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 12 September 2021 - 09:25 AM

It's launch week for SpaceX's private Inspiration4 mission and the four civilians launching on the site have paid a final trip to their Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon Resilience, the ship that will be their home in space during the 3-day mission.

SpaceX is targeting an 8 p.m. EDT launch on Sept. 15 for the Inspiration4 mission, which will launch Shift4 entrepreneur and billionaire Jared Isaacman into space with crewmates Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski. Isaacman is financing the flight privately and gave away the three seats to his crewmates through fundraising efforts for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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#268 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 06:07 PM

Tomorrow!


SpaceX is set to launch four people into space Wednesday on a three-day mission that is the first to orbit the Earth with exclusively private citizens on board, as Elon Musk's company enters the space tourism fray.

The Inspiration4 mission caps a summer that saw billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos cross the final frontier, on Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin spaceships respectively, a few days apart in July.

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#269 Nparker

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 07:16 PM

If Inspiration4's orbit carries its passengers over BC will they have to show proof of vaccination?



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Posted 15 September 2021 - 11:31 AM

Great, now we can infect other planets with our pathogens.  


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Posted 15 September 2021 - 05:13 PM


https://www.ctvnews....-trip-1.5586806


SpaceX's first private flight blasted off Wednesday night with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism.

It was the first time a rocket streaked toward orbit with an all-amateur crew -- no professional astronauts.

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 04:48 AM

The SpaceX flight taking four tourists on an extraterrestrial jaunt has also helped raise more than $147 million for children’s cancer research, and aims to bring in $200 million total.

Jared Isaacman, the 38-year-old billionaire who paid for the space trip and is commanding the mission, pledged to donate $100 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital when he announced plans for the flight in February. Isaacman set a goal of using the publicity around the flight, dubbed Inspiration4, to raise an additional $100 million for St. Jude, a Memphis, Tenn., hospital where children receive free cancer treatment.

 

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#273 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 04:04 PM

Elon Musk is 100% for manned flights.

 

 

 

 

 

SpaceX safely returned its Crew Dragon spacecraft from orbit on Saturday, with the capsule carrying the four members of the Inspiration4 mission back to Earth after three days in space.

 

Crew Dragon capsule Resilience splashed down off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida in the Atlantic Ocean.

 

https://www.cnbc.com...on-returns.html

 

 

 

NASA's space shuttle blew up an killed everyone onboard about 1.5% of the flights.


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#274 todd

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 05:48 PM

Don’t get the appeal of going into space unless you’re landing on a planet. if you want the zero g experience a parabolic flight on a more average aircraft is much more cost-effective. Either way flight to nowhere



#275 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 11:04 PM

Don’t get the appeal of going into space unless you’re landing on a planet. if you want the zero g experience a parabolic flight on a more average aircraft is much more cost-effective. Either way flight to nowhere

 

For NASA astronauts, McAlister says, orbital trips can have a $58 million price tag, based on averages calculated from commercial contracts with SpaceX and Boeing. 

 

While $58 million may seem like a lot, it's actually a great bargain for NASA.

 

After retiring its space shuttle, NASA had to pay Russia around $80 million for each seat on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

 

https://www.usatoday...vel/8350606002/

 

 

 

they were up there for over 4,500 minutes.  so $12,888 per minute.  a zero-g flight on a 727 costs $6,700 for 12 to 15 20-30 second loops.

 

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