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#301 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 December 2021 - 04:19 AM

SpaceX aces 100th rocket landing after Dragon cargo ship launch to space station

 

The Dragon launch will deliver NASA supplies and Christmas gifts to the station this week.

 

https://www.space.co...landing-success


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#302 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 25 December 2021 - 06:41 AM

The world's largest and most powerful space telescope rocketed away Saturday on a high-stakes quest to behold light from the first stars and galaxies and scour the universe for hints of life.

 

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope soared from French Guiana on South America's northeastern coast, riding a European Ariane rocket into the Christmas morning sky.

 

The $10-billion US observatory hurtled toward its destination 1.6 million kilometres away, or more than four times beyond the moon. It will take a month to get there and another five months before its infrared eyes are ready to start scanning the cosmos.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...aunch-1.6298242

 

 

 

 

This thing launched from French Guiana this morning.  Which is essentially a tiny bit of France, in South America.  Which reminds me, you can drive to France fairly easily and quickly from Canada now.


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Posted 27 December 2021 - 03:53 PM

Breaking: First image received from James Webb Telescope

 

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Posted 18 January 2022 - 07:49 PM

SpaceX launches 49 Starlink internet satellites, lands rocket at sea

 

 

It was the 10th launch and landing for this particular Falcon 9 rocket first stage.

 

https://www.space.co...ng-january-2022


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Posted 30 January 2022 - 03:42 PM

International Space Station could be visible Sunday night

 

Island residents may be able to see the ISS overhead at 6:38 p.m. on Sunday

 

https://www.saanichn...e-sunday-night/

 

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#306 Spy Black

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Posted 30 January 2022 - 05:30 PM

The ISS flys over Victoria quite often. You can stick an app on your phone that will alert you a pre-set time before it appears overhead.

 

If you've not seen it, you're missing an incredible sight.

I've seen it many dozens of times, and each time the brightness, speed, and sheer spectacle of what it is never fails to amaze.

 

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Android - https://play.google....&hl=en_CA&gl=US


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Posted 31 January 2022 - 10:00 PM

I always get a chuckle from seeing 'ISS will be visible' news stories.

 

Like when I snapped ISS passing over comet Neowise?

 

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Posted 01 February 2022 - 07:44 AM

Neat!
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Posted 01 February 2022 - 07:51 AM

Falcon 9 might have three launches this week.

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Posted 05 February 2022 - 09:08 PM

The Falcon 9 may now be the safest rocket ever launched

 

The Falcon 9 also recently surpassed the space shuttle in total flights.

 

 

SpaceX has been launching Falcon 9 rockets thick and fast of late. With 10 launches since the beginning of December, the company has flown rockets at a rate greater than one mission a week. And another launch could happen as soon as today, shortly after noon (18:13 UTC), with a Starlink satellite launch planned from Florida.

Lost amid the flurry of activity are some pretty significant milestones for the Falcon 9 rocket, which made its debut a little more than a decade ago.

 

 

The Falcon 9 rocket has now launched a total of 139 times. Of those, one mission failed, the launch of an International Space Station supply mission for NASA, in June 2015. Not included in this launch tally is the pre-flight failure of a Falcon 9 rocket and its Amos-6 satellite during a static fire test in September 2016.

 

Since the year 2020, the Falcon 9 has been the most experienced, active rocket in the United States, when it surpassed the Atlas V rocket in total launches. Globally, the still-flying Russian Soyuz and Proton rockets have more experience than the Falcon 9 fleet. The Soyuz, of course, remains the king of all rockets. It has more than 1,900 launches across about a dozen variants of the booster dating back to 1957, with more than 100 failures.

 

https://arstechnica....tive-successes/


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#311 Mike K.

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Posted 06 February 2022 - 04:38 AM

Do we know why it was named Falcon 9?

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Posted 06 February 2022 - 06:04 AM

Do we know why it was named Falcon 9?

 

Star Wars.  Millennium Falcon, and 9 engines. 



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Posted 06 February 2022 - 06:06 AM

Using some basic trigonometry derived from the hidden numerology from this information, I think I have zeroed in on where Tesla will open its first Victoria service centre.


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Posted 29 March 2022 - 03:54 AM

https://twitter.com/...sk/with_replies

 

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Posted 08 April 2022 - 07:39 AM

The first private civilian crew made history on Friday, hitching a ride to the International Space Station on SpaceX's Axiom-1 mission.

 

This is space company Axiom’s first mission to the ISS. Onboard is a former NASA astronaut who will serve as commander and three civilians who paid to join. The civilian astronauts will spend over a week in space. The crew is expected to dock on Saturday morning. 

 

 

https://www.fox13new...o-space-station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elon Musk's SpaceX was paid by US to send Starlink terminals to Ukraine

 

The company did donate some the terminals, but quietly received millions from the US for more deliveries

 

https://www.datacent...als-to-ukraine/


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#316 Nparker

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Posted 08 April 2022 - 07:45 AM

What sort of training to civilian "astronauts" receive prior to reaching the ISS? 
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Posted 09 April 2022 - 05:09 AM

SpaceX capsule carrying businessmen that paid $55M each docks at space station


Hopefully at that price they had plenty of legroom and complimentary onboard drinks.

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 01:06 PM

How and when to view Sunday's total lunar eclipse

https://www.cbc.ca/n...lipse-1.6448103

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#319 Nparker

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 01:15 PM

Not sure the weather is going to cooperate for optimum viewing.

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