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Sleuth
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5376 posts since 12/9/04

11 Jul 2011 23:03
For the last few weeks I have been obsessed with Nasa and the space shuttles.

When I was in Orlando in 1994 I saw this launch, something that I will never ever forget. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkmcAaN5dTE

So it's of particular interest to me that the final ever space launch is by Atlantis also. The space shuttles look so awesome for something that is 30 years old. It's as if NASA is going backwards with their retirement. So sad. Sad

Over the years they have transported two decades worth of M&Ms; and brought a couple of iphone4s with them this time. It's also fascinating to have the astronauts on the ISS tweeting life from space.


Seventyfour
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9463 posts since 6/10/05

11 Jul 2011 23:15
would of loved to of seen a shuttle launch, am i right in thinking they aren't replacing them at all?
Sleuth
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11 Jul 2011 23:24
russ74 wrote: would of loved to of seen a shuttle launch, am i right in thinking they aren't replacing them at all?

The NASA replacements are similar in style to the Apollo rockets with an area of manned quarters that will make a splash down to earth. No more of the gracefulness of the shuttle.

The idea is that they want them to go deeper into space then the Shuttles could ever go.


The idea of the shuttles were to be a reusable space craft with they thought would be more cost affective, but in reality it was more expensive as they were being reused they needed to be more stringent with the checks (especially after Columbia and challenger) and the cost of replacing worn out parts mounts up.

I don't particularly find the Russian rockets aesthetically pleasing and I often wonder how they actually make it to rendezvous with the ISS.

My thirst for interest this week has taken me from the reaction to the families as they watched their siblings/partners as Challenger exploded and also about the faked moon landings.

I wish we went back to the moon, would be curious to see if the US flag is still there.
joeyjojo
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4712 posts since 24/8/06

11 Jul 2011 23:48
I love the moon landing, its so interesting.
Seventyfour
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11 Jul 2011 23:53
have you got moonfire? lovely book, but i'm about 60/40 in favor of it never happened i'm sure we tried but reckon every one was killed

edit: i was told we are just using the russian rockets to get upto the iss now?
Sleuth
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5376 posts since 12/9/04

12 Jul 2011 00:51
russ74 wrote: have you got moonfire? lovely book, but i'm about 60/40 in favor of it never happened i'm sure we tried but reckon every one was killed

edit: i was told we are just using the russian rockets to get upto the iss now?

Yes, Russian Rockets launched from kasachstan until at least 2013, and then hopefully private company's will have finalised their low earth orbit space ships whilst NASA concentrates on building faster further travelling rockets.

I've never read that book no, I couldn't not believe the moon landing didn't occur. Especially after watching mythbusters. Laughing out loud
MrPlatinum
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8939 posts since 24/2/04

12 Jul 2011 10:18
Sleuth wrote: I could not not believe the moon landing did not occur

Even in its full form, that sentence is confusing Laughing out loud
Sleuth
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5376 posts since 12/9/04

12 Jul 2011 12:08
MrPlatinum wrote:
Sleuth wrote: I could not not believe the moon landing did not occur

Even in its full form, that sentence is confusing Laughing out loud

Sorry you got in before my edit. Was typing from my iphone. Sad
willesdengreen
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660 posts since 10/6/10

12 Jul 2011 15:30
anyone have links to twitter accounts of astronauts in space?
morning mist
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3635 posts since 29/5/05

12 Jul 2011 15:46
what's the deal with doubting the moonlanding? any new proof or is it the same 'proof' as it has always been? flag, stone etc etc..
willesdengreen
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660 posts since 10/6/10

12 Jul 2011 16:02
the fact you have always been able to see the landing site from earth with a telescope was pretty decisive for me
Crackajack
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8135 posts since 21/4/05

12 Jul 2011 16:21
Dont they say the magnification of optical telescopes isnt enough to see the stuff they left behind?
deuce
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14143 posts since 21/1/08

12 Jul 2011 16:37
the main reason i believe they did, is because surely russia would have been like "lolz dey lyin'"…
Byte
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3068 posts since 16/6/10

12 Jul 2011 18:14
Crackajack wrote: Dont they say the magnification of optical telescopes isnt enough to see the stuff they left behind?

You can point a laser at the moon though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Laser_Ranging_experiment
JustinCredible
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2737 posts since 11/6/08

4 Aug 2011 16:13
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Viz_comic_strips

Childish but in stitches just reading the descriptions of the characters
Nick.
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3382 posts since 11/9/09

4 Aug 2011 16:21
some of those are too funny Laughing out loud
unCouth
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6883 posts since 3/11/07

4 Aug 2011 16:24
Byte wrote:
Crackajack wrote: Dont they say the magnification of optical telescopes isnt enough to see the stuff they left behind?

You can point a laser at the moon though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Laser_Ranging_experiment

I was hoping that article was going to say some nerdy kid had created a super strength lazer pen and was flicking it across the face of the moon mischievously Sad
mr.white
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4 Aug 2011 17:11
JustinCredible wrote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Viz_comic_strips

Childish but in stitches just reading the descriptions of the characters

Mr Logic – ("such is my name, therefore one may infer that this strip is in some way about me") a serious young man with no real empathy for other people. He uses highly technical and over-elaborate language rather than straightforward speech. The strip usually ends with Logic becoming the victim of his misunderstandings with others. Mr. Logic was inspired by Chris Donald's own brother, Steve, who was much later diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.

so good! i wish i could get all of them in pdf format
parkus.
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19 Sep 2011 22:38
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Bingham,_7th_Earl_of_Lucan

Also..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Experiment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_field_theory
Burt
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6274 posts since 3/1/10

20 Sep 2011 09:09
DEWEY BOZELLA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AsxLuvHepk