ISS over Gloucester

Joined: 13 Nov 2007, 00:46

26 Jan 2018, 19:30 #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: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

31 Jan 2018, 11:07 #302

Quite a moon this morning. It is bright out there.
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Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

06 Feb 2018, 20:42 #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: 02 Apr 2011, 03:07

06 Feb 2018, 21:06 #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: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

06 Feb 2018, 22:34 #305

And the successful landing of the booster rockets on their return, right on target.
What an odd sight.
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Joined: 05 Jan 2008, 05:22

06 Feb 2018, 22:43 #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: 02 Apr 2011, 03:07

06 Feb 2018, 23:36 #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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Joined: 13 Aug 2005, 09:30

07 Feb 2018, 02:02 #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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Joined: 02 Apr 2011, 03:07

07 Feb 2018, 06:04 #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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07 Feb 2018, 14:07 #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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07 Feb 2018, 20:02 #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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