ISS over Gloucester

Joined: November 12th, 2007, 7:46 pm

January 26th, 2018, 2:30 pm #301

We basically miss the eclipse portion on the east coast. Partial eclipse begins around 6:48am (when the dark umbral shadow just begins to take a bite out of the moon) and the moon has fully set right as things get going, at 6:55am.
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

January 31st, 2018, 6:07 am #302

Quite a moon this morning. It is bright out there.
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

February 6th, 2018, 3:42 pm #303

The biggest rocket launched from Kennedy in a long, long time. SPACEX.

Live on MSNBC..... 4 minutes to take off !!!
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

February 6th, 2018, 4:06 pm #304

So cool to see LIVE SHOT of Starman at the wheel of the Tesla Roadster. ... or is it Roadstar!

Looks like a success - so far.
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

February 6th, 2018, 5:34 pm #305

And the successful landing of the booster rockets on their return, right on target.
What an odd sight.
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Joined: January 5th, 2008, 12:22 am

February 6th, 2018, 5:43 pm #306

DM3194 wrote: And the successful landing of the booster rockets on their return, right on target.
What an odd sight.
That was awesome.
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

February 6th, 2018, 6:36 pm #307

I was watching live on my iPhone and it looked animated - so perfect to see them land uprght togetherD.

Transmission ended shortly afterwards. Hope Starman is okay.
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February 6th, 2018, 9:02 pm #308

Musk is, imo, the most fascinating person in the world.  He can be "out there" sometimes (he aims to reduce  the "risk of human extinction" by establishing a human colony on Mars) but proves that being "out there" can be a very good thing.  Some of his personal views are controversial.  But while our government was running in circles trying to coordinate relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Musk put up a solar farm and got a hospital up and running before the government even figured out who's on first.

His bio is an amazing read.  (Musk was severely bullied throughout his childhood, and was once hospitalized when a group of boys threw him down a flight of stairs and then beat him until he lost consciousness.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk

He is definitely on my bucket list as someone I'd love to do lunch with.

The whole Starman thing just rocks - genius/crazy with a sense of humor.

"Some customs agencies are saying they won't allow shipment of anything called a 'Flamethrower,'" Musk tweeted on Friday night. "To solve this, we are renaming it 'Not a Flamethrower.'"  lolol ...


Follow Starman live: 
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February 7th, 2018, 1:04 am #309

Thanks Cathy - the lighting was good for 12 hours and now the video is no longer live but even better because it can be scrolled to wherever desired.

Here’s a screen shot I made from Cathy’s post above.  On top of the dash, near the center, is a minature toy car Tesla Roadster and what looks like a cu-tip is a little Starman.

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Elon hopes interest in Starman continues.  The “center core” was not able to land on the sea-drone and smashed into the very nearby ocean instead.

“The center core was only able to relight one of the three engines necessary to land, and so it hit the water at 300 miles per hour about 300 feet from the drone ship. As a result, two engines on the drone ship were taken out when it crashed, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a press call after the rocket launch. “[It] was enough to take out two thrusters and shower the deck with shrapnel,” he said.”
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February 7th, 2018, 9:07 am #310

Leland33 wrote: I was watching live on my iPhone and it looked animated - so perfect to see them land uprght togetherD.
Exactly. It looked animated.

Because the only other time I've seen rockets land like that was in cheap sci-fi movies from the 1950s!
An amazing thing to see.
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February 7th, 2018, 3:02 pm #311

Elon commented on how some SpaceX video looks cheesy. Common CGI is way more real he said. They definately can’t afford to loose a $30K camera. The center core rocket damaged the drone ship - he wasn’t sure if they’d have video of the 300MPH splashdown. Elon promised to post what they could.

He also said the Roadster was totally as is. But Starman’s spacesuit he said they spent a lot of time on ... a lot of time - lol. “the suit works in an altitude chamber”. It seemed that he wasn’t crazy about the final spacesuit - and may have thought it was too real and cheesy.

Looks like NASA loaned SPACEX their tracking camera - a minute or so into the flight. That looked “REALLY” great.

The whole show (SPACEX HEAVY) costs over $500,000,000 ... Starman cruzen and chillin in his roadster for nine billion years or so ...

... priceless.
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March 25th, 2018, 8:38 am #312

Tiangong 1.... 
The big Chinese space station is about to crash and burn.... and we have a viewable pass right within the "crash window."

Space experts predict the Tiangong-1 space station, or "Heavenly Palace", will turn into a spectacular fireball as it enters
Earth's atmosphere sometime during the Easter long weekend. According to the latest predictions, it will begin its fiery
descent into Earth's atmosphere somewhere in a window between March 30 and April 3 — possibly around April 1.
But there are concerns the bus-sized spacecraft is out of control. That means some debris from the fireball could hit
the Earth anywhere in a band between 43 degrees north and south of the equator.

/// The chinese space station Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace) has been declared out of control by chinese authorities and will
re-enter the atmosphere in the coming days. Most parts of the orbiting lab are expected to burn up during falling,
however some parts may reach the ground.


Slight chance we could see some fire in the sky!

Our next view, if it is still up there:
01 Apr 1.0 05:30:21 21° SSW 05:31:12 32° SSE 05:32:58 10° E visible
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March 25th, 2018, 9:08 am #313

Isn't that the one that Sandra Bullock stole a reentry capsule from? 

Was she ever prosecuted for that? 
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March 27th, 2018, 1:59 pm #314

Tiangong 1    Uncrontrolled Re-entry Prediction

OMG!  I think we are in the yellow stripe !!!


A map showing the possible region where Tiangong-1 might fall. There is a slightly higher chance of it falling in the yellow regions, but it can fall in the green region as well. Image: Aerospace Corporation

And it is as big as a bus!!!


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Joined: December 22nd, 2007, 10:06 pm

March 27th, 2018, 2:11 pm #315

Is there a schoolbus up there ??  Elon Musk must be jealous.  -- peregrine
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March 27th, 2018, 2:15 pm #316

Makes me think of Skylab falling back in the late 70's.  I remember people had t-shirts with targets on them.
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Joined: August 10th, 2008, 6:42 pm

March 27th, 2018, 2:30 pm #317

Is that the Magic School Bus?
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March 30th, 2018, 7:51 am #318

Tiangong 1 is passing right overhead this minute (7:47 a.m.) ... so I guess we have dodged a bullet this morning.

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March 31st, 2018, 6:50 am #319

Best guess for the crash and burn is 10 a.m. Easter Morning (plus or minus 14 hours).

"It is possible that if you’re in the right place and know where to look, the view could be quite spectacular. According to scientists from China’s space agency, the view could like a slow-moving shooting star that splits into a few more shooting stars."
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April 1st, 2018, 4:59 pm #320

Looks like we may be off the hook in these parts.

They say the likely crash time is in about 3 or 4 hours, far away.


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