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It’s amusing to me that they don’t really know why it took so much longer to bake in space. We learn so much when we’re surprised. https://www.newser.com/story/286030/baking-cookies-in-space-takes-surprisingly-long-time.html
We really did some great work exploring the solar system this past decade.
So the test flight isn’t really going anywhere, except further out than we’ve sent any spacecraft intended to carry human life in several decades.
It’s kind of neat… the space shuttle Enterprise gets to fly one last time… on Monday April 23rd.
Space Shuttle Discovery took its final flight today on its way to becoming an artifact at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space museum. Kind of wish I had been in Washington DC to see its fly-over.
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It’s my brother’s birthday today. Everyone wish him a happy one. Not really sure where he’s celebrating it, as I’m not up-to-speed on his deployment status. Could be Guam, could be the Middle East, could be some other Read more
America no longer has a space shuttle program. Atlantis has completed the STS-135 mission, its 33rd flight (I believe) and when it wheels rolled to a stop, so ended the era of the Space Shuttle. There has been Read more
In a few minutes or so, the space shuttle Atlantis should be blasting off, with its four-person crew, on the very last mission of the US Space Shuttle program.
As it prepares to embark upon its final voyage, Read more
Well, I’m stealing space.com’s title here. Nothing wittier coming out of my head.
Just wish that I could actually save a copy of videos like this. Its nothing entertaining, but it is a rare photo-op… that of a Read more
NASA has officially given up on re-establishing contact with the Spirit rover on the surface of Mars.
I have some personal attachment to these little guys. Well, I have some attachment to the Red Planet Read more
In my continuing coverage of all things related to the not-quite-a-starship Enterprise… Well, SpaceShipTwo cleared another milestone with its first flight test of the ‘feathering’ system it uses to remain stable during re-entry.
Keep in mind, its a Read more
The AMS, which I blogged about a few weeks ago, is the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which was recently installed (earlier today) on the space station by the Shuttle Endeavor’s crew:
(Here it is being taken out of Endeavor’s Read more
The space shuttle Endeavor is poised for its final launch (unless United Space Alliance’s bid to operate the shuttles as private spacecraft proves fruitful) today.
Its the baby of our shuttle fleet, assembled mostly from spare parts, authorized Read more
The second of these was just a neat pic I wanted to share with you. VSS Enterprise completed its fifth, and so far longest, glide test on Friday, April 22, above the Mojave desert.
Here is the Enterprise Read more
Did you know that today is the 50th anniversary of manned-space-flight? It’s also the 30th anniversary of the US Space Shuttle Columbia’s maiden launch.
Pictured here is Discovery during take-off on the STS-114 mission.
… the far side of the moon!
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been busy snapping photos and below is a mosaic of what its taken… yielding us the most detailed photo to date of the far side Read more
Neat, but after all that work to get it setup, it dispelled pretty quick.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration
Watching Discovery’s final launch live. So far so good. Good luck Discovery! (Booster rockets just seperated)
Unpopular opinion: Kids don’t owe their parents anything for being born and raised.
I never signed any contract or entered into any aggreement whereby I would do X in return for being born and having life.
I wasn’t the product of rape, so BOTH parents made a decision that resulted in my conception. It’s on them, not me, and I’m not gonna accept perpetual indenture to to them for something I wasn’t consulted on in advance.
At best, my dad owes my mom for carrying his baby to term. I’m the consequence of their actions.
Just somewhat triggered by Mothers’ Day ads today. Don’t mind me.
When we lose a person it is not just who they were and what they represent that is lost to us, but all that was important to them as well. Those who lived on only in their memories are also lost.
I think that makes me saddest. That when I am gone, the memories of the beautiful souls, whom no one else lives to remember or aspects of which are known only to me, shall also cease and it will mark the true death of them.
But as I live, so they were and so they mattered. May I live well beyond my years.
I’d like for my nieces and nephews to grow up in a world not unlike that of the Federation, mid-24th century. One where they had the resources and opportunities to really reach their potential. (And to put that bar much higher than anyone did me, because I do think things would have gone further had society made those investments back in my time.)
It saddens me their family works in opposition to this; largely blindly and unawares.
I dunno how I’d cope with this. Part of it really appeals to me, knowing it would break my heart in the process.
But the chance to see Leia again is a strong pull. Even if it was an algorithm.
I have such a hard time remembering her as she was (not just some still-image half-remembrance of a photo).
I love America. I love it above all because I admire the raw vitality of its constitution. That constitution – bequeathed by British and French liberals – was intended to create a melting pot for global migrants as they colonised their way across America. Hardly changed since the 18th century, it remains archaic, ramshackle and flawed. But it works. It keeps the melting pot stirred, and above all it sustains an internally stable nation. Compare it with Britain’s de facto constitution, which is so overcentralised it may soon lose its entire Celtic fringe.
It wasn’t the US Senate that saved Trump – it was the founding fathers