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Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by gatorjjh, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. LakeGator

    LakeGator Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    The article, It’s been 47 years since Americans walked on the moon in Apollo. Why haven’t we gone back?, was informative but not compelling. It makes the good point that the public is not sold on the value of going to the moon.

    I must admit that my grammar OCD went off in the opening, however:

    One should expect better from actual journalists. I am quite sure the president said "than", rather than "then."
     
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  2. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    just looked at it again and found

    In 1989, former President George H.W. Bush had a vision: “The Apollo astronauts left more than flags and footprints on the moon — they also left some unfinished business," he said on the moon landing’s 20th anniversary. "

    some weekend editor must have gotten tweets and fixed it :)
     
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  3. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    Apollo era ushered in new generation of tech
    By Rich Pope Sentinel
    When President John F. Kennedy stood in front of a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, proclaiming that the United States would put an American safely on the moon by the end of the decade, it was a massive and ambitious undertaking.

    Eight years later, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins made Kennedy’s mandate a reality, but developing the technological advances needed to make that happen was anything but a smooth journey.
    In those eight years, NASA and its engineers advanced space technology at an unparalleled pace — with many of those developments still part of everyday life 50 years later.

    Computers

    We now hold more computing power in our smartphones than NASA had to put a man on the moon.

    Nonetheless, the technological breakthroughs in the Apollo Guidance System Computer, developed by MIT and built by Raytheon, laid the foundation for our handheld super-computers.


    Apollo era ushered in new generation of tech
     
  4. gatorjjh

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    SpaceX launches satellite
    By Chabeli Herrera sentinel

    After a 2016 explosion of a SpaceX rocket destroyed its satellite, Israeli satellite manufacturer Spacecom got a free do-over with Elon Musk’s rocket company. This time, everything went as planned.

    A Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 40 at 7:23 p.m. Tuesday night, carrying with it an updated version of the satellite Spacecom tried to send to space that September day in 2016 when an accident derailed the courses of both Spacecom and SpaceX — at least temporarily.

    SpaceX wouldn’t return to flight until 2017, after zeroing in on the issue with a pressure vessel that caused the explosion during a static fire test on the Space Coast. The $200 million satellite on board, called Amos-6, was destroyed.

    Spacecom also went through challenges. CEO David Pollack said the explosion was a “significant setback” for the company.
    But it decided to return to SpaceX for the launch of its next satellite, Amos-17, because of the rocket company’s flawless flight record since the accident. Plus, the flight would be free of charge.
    SpaceX launches satellite


     
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  7. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    when I was growing up in Clermont early 60s we would see noght launches off out back porch and the first few day launches we were in school and the classes went outside to watch, now it is almost ho hum I'll watch it on my phone later SMH!
     
  8. Spurffelbow833

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    We're stuck in the longest human launch drought at the Cape since Alan Shepard started it all, with no end in sight. When people are finally strapped into a rocket over there, it'll almost be like starting over again and probably just as suspenseful.
     
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  9. LakeGator

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    I took this rather blurry photo of the launch this morning during our morning row in Tampa this morning. Being a bit before dawn it was really bright and impressive. Had I been a couple generations younger I would have thought to stop and take a photo before it reached the east cost of Africa and the ice cloud had not started to disperse.
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    SpaceX is getting closer to a crewed launch. The Dragon capsule performed a static engine fire test. There are two astronauts assigned to the first launch as well.



     
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    I’m getting excited!

     
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    SpaceX Hits a milestone
    Company launches 60 Starlink satellites, proves reusability
    Sentinel
    SpaceX hit several major milestones with a launch of its next cluster of Starlink Internet satellites on Monday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 40.
    The launch, the heaviest yet for SpaceX, lifted off at 9:56 a.m.
    The company reflew a fairing — the clam-like composite nose of the rocket that holds the satellites — for the first time, making it the first company to reach that point in rocket reusability.

    SpaceX decided not to try to catch the two halves of the fairing this time, however. The company said it was concerned about “stress to the ships and high seas” that may impact the attempt.
    SpaceX also landed a booster for the fourth time, the first time the company has reused a Falcon 9 rocket that many times.

    “These boosters are designed to be used 10 times, let’s turn it around for a fifth, guys,” SpaceX Starlink engineer Lauren Lyons said as the booster landed on the company’s drone ship, “Of Course I Still Love You,” applause erupting behind her.

    The mission itself carried 60 of the company’s Starlink satellites into orbit, part of what could one day be a constellation of thousands of spacecraft in low-Earth orbit meant to provide worldwide Internet. The launch ended a quiet period for the Space Coast, coming three months after the region’s last ground-based liftoff.
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    Most distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth
    By Marcia Dunn, The Ap Aerospace Writer
    CAPE CANAVERAL — The most distant world ever explored 4 billion miles away finally has an official name: Arrokoth.
    That means “sky” in the language of the Native American Powhatan people, NASA said Tuesday.

    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past the snowman-shaped Arrokoth on New Year’s Day, 3 ½ years after exploring Pluto. At the time, this small icy world 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto was nicknamed Ultima Thule given its vast distance from us.

    “The name ‘Arrokoth’ reflects the inspiration of looking to the skies,” lead scientist Alan Stern of Southwest Research Institute said in a statement, “and wondering about the stars and worlds beyond our own.”

    The name was picked because of the Powhatan’s ties to the Chesapeake Bay region.
    New Horizons is operated from Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland. The Hubble Space Telescope — which discovered Arrokoth in 2014 — has its science operations in Baltimore.
    The New Horizons team got consent for the name from Powhatan Tribal elders and representatives, according to NASA. The International Astronomical Union and its Minor Planet Center approved the choice.
    Most distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth