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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1365 on: March 02, 2018, 08:49:27 PM »
That's some cool stuff, there!  Stuff that has been in space.

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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1366 on: April 16, 2018, 07:00:01 AM »
Space X scheduled to launch the TESS planet hunter this evening, 6:32 EST.  I watched a NASA press conference and they stated one of the specific goals was to find exo-planets with no more than 4X earth mass and determine the planets composition.  I'm not even smart enough to truly understand how smart these folks are.
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« Reply #1367 on: April 17, 2018, 07:23:57 AM »
Something I've come to learn about this type of thing, is that it's not enough simply getting a bunch of smart people together.  Team organization is at least as important, if not more so, than having smart people on the team.  A group of the smartest people in the world won't accomplish much without good leadership and an understanding of their role and the role of others.  I'm sure others can speak more about leadership and teamwork than I can.

If the achievements of spacex are attributed just to intelligence, it artificially inflates the perceived intelligence of the people responsible almost to the point of hero worship.

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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1368 on: April 17, 2018, 07:35:43 AM »
Something I've come to learn about this type of thing, is that it's not enough simply getting a bunch of smart people together.  Team organization is at least as important, if not more so, than having smart people on the team.  A group of the smartest people in the world won't accomplish much without good leadership and an understanding of their role and the role of others.  I'm sure others can speak more about leadership and teamwork than I can.

If the achievements of spacex are attributed just to intelligence, it artificially inflates the perceived intelligence of the people responsible almost to the point of hero worship.

Agreed, and with a few exceptions throughout history, the brilliant people of the day are standing on the shoulders of others who worked toward similar goals.
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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1369 on: April 17, 2018, 08:36:05 AM »
I saw last night that John Young died back in January. Went right under the radar, apparently. Normally an accomplishment like walking on the freaking moon gets you a bit more attention when you croak. In his case he had actually done a whole lot more. This guy was prolific as an astronaut, flying twice for Gemini, twice for Apollo, and twice on the space shuttle. He went to the moon twice, once as CM pilot for the Apollo 10 dress rehearsal flight, and once as LM commander for Apollo 16. Ten years later he was the original test pilot for the shuttle program as the commander for STS-001. Suffice it to say he always struck me as a helluva guy.

Interesting side note. STS-001 suffered quite a few problems during launch due to a significant overpressure lifting off the pad. One of the problems was major enough that Young said later that had he known about it the Columbia would be at the bottom of the Atlantic right now, as there's no way he'd have flown it into orbit.
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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1370 on: April 17, 2018, 07:50:11 PM »
Interesting side note. STS-001 suffered quite a few problems during launch due to a significant overpressure lifting off the pad. One of the problems was major enough that Young said later that had he known about it the Columbia would be at the bottom of the Atlantic right now, as there's no way he'd have flown it into orbit.

Thatís an interesting story. I remember seeing 1 article and 15 seconds news segment when he died. Iím sure more articles were published not many on major news papers or news sites.

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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1371 on: June 21, 2018, 02:21:50 PM »
Seriously, black holes have been driving me crazy lately. They are so much more strange than they seem and even more interesting than I even first thought. It began with me wanting to truly understand what it would be like to fall into one - what one would see or what someone else would see - but of course it wasnít that simple. The coolest thing I found reading about them this time is that space and time switch places below the event horizon, which makes sense when you think avout it, but itís still crazy.
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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1372 on: June 21, 2018, 02:28:35 PM »
Seriously, black holes have been driving me crazy lately. They are so much more strange than they seem and even more interesting than I even first thought. It began with me wanting to truly understand what it would be like to fall into one - what one would see or what someone else would see - but of course it wasnít that simple. The coolest thing I found reading about them this time is that space and time switch places below the event horizon, which makes sense when you think avout it, but itís still crazy.

Ive always been fascinated by black holes as well.  Such a cool and interesting yet totally unknown really phenomenon. 

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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1373 on: July 05, 2018, 08:30:30 AM »
Visited the California Science Center a few weeks ago, and actually seeing the Orbiter Vehicle 105, aka the Space Shuttle Endeavour, in person, is an amazing experience.

Have you ever seen the Space Shuttle exhibit at Kennedy Space Center in FL?  It is indescribably awesome.
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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1374 on: July 05, 2018, 07:08:15 PM »
Have you ever seen the Space Shuttle exhibit at Kennedy Space Center in FL?  It is indescribably awesome.

No sir, but I will keep that in mind... that being said, I have visited the Johnson Space Center near Houston, TX, and I would LOVE to revisit that place. Ideally also catching my Lakers @ Rockets, and witnessing how my Lakers crush them CP3 and Harden in the process... oops, off topic, sorry...  :lol
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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1375 on: July 20, 2018, 08:37:58 AM »
Check out these awesome photos. I think my favorite is the one called 'Daytime Moon.' Or 'First Impressions' because it looks like a killer album cover.

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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1376 on: July 24, 2018, 09:54:56 AM »
http://aichallenge.intel.com/space

Interesting challenge there

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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1377 on: July 24, 2018, 10:44:07 AM »
http://aichallenge.intel.com/space

Interesting challenge there
Leonard Nimoy told a story a while back about visiting CalTech back in the early 70s. They're walking him around showing him these new-fangled computers that can actually print a 16-bit picture on a piece of paper. All of these nerds are geeking out over meeting Spock and asking him questions about their projects. The fact that he was just some actor with no scientific expertise whatsoever was completely lost on them. They really wanted to hear his thoughts on computer engineering and whatnot. I get the impression that Picardo is now in the same boat. From what I've seen of the guy he seems really cool and it'd be fun to hang out with him, but his role in this seems pretty sensational.
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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1378 on: July 24, 2018, 12:48:31 PM »
Seriously, black holes have been driving me crazy lately. They are so much more strange than they seem and even more interesting than I even first thought. It began with me wanting to truly understand what it would be like to fall into one - what one would see or what someone else would see - but of course it wasnít that simple. The coolest thing I found reading about them this time is that space and time switch places below the event horizon, which makes sense when you think avout it, but itís still crazy.

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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1379 on: July 24, 2018, 06:52:43 PM »
Leonard Nimoy told a story a while back about visiting CalTech back in the early 70s. They're walking him around showing him these new-fangled computers that can actually print a 16-bit picture on a piece of paper. All of these nerds are geeking out over meeting Spock and asking him questions about their projects. The fact that he was just some actor with no scientific expertise whatsoever was completely lost on them. They really wanted to hear his thoughts on computer engineering and whatnot. I get the impression that Picardo is now in the same boat. From what I've seen of the guy he seems really cool and it'd be fun to hang out with him, but his role in this seems pretty sensational.

I look at this way. I do work with developers and what not, and sometimes they do think too much within their little universe. They actually need to meet and talk with non-engineers (users) and gauge their interest as well as UI / UX opinion. In a way, I think those guys at CalTech were doing just that in some way.
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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1380 on: July 24, 2018, 08:51:40 PM »
Seriously, black holes have been driving me crazy lately. They are so much more strange than they seem and even more interesting than I even first thought. It began with me wanting to truly understand what it would be like to fall into one - what one would see or what someone else would see - but of course it wasnít that simple. The coolest thing I found reading about them this time is that space and time switch places below the event horizon, which makes sense when you think avout it, but itís still crazy.

*insert spoiler for the film Interstellar*

Thereís a theory about interstellar that I find pretty interesting. Some people (including me) believe that the last 20 or so minutes of the movie didnít really happened. From the moment he started falling it was all in his head, just the final moments of his life seeing what he wanted to see. It was a way to give the movie a ďhappy endingĒ but leaving some things to the viewers imagination.

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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1381 on: August 22, 2018, 02:49:55 PM »
Thereís a theory about interstellar that I find pretty interesting. Some people (including me) believe that the last 20 or so minutes of the movie didnít really happened. From the moment he started falling it was all in his head, just the final moments of his life seeing what he wanted to see. It was a way to give the movie a ďhappy endingĒ but leaving some things to the viewers imagination.

Yeah....I watched a Youtube video one night that went in to this theory.....made it's point pretty good but I still lean towards it all really happened for Cooper
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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1382 on: August 23, 2018, 06:17:34 PM »
So I like that we seem to be moving forward with the Space Launch System and the Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway. The SLS is what we should have been doing instead of wasting time with the shuttle. I do have reservations about why we're doing it based on who's doing it, though. The question I keep asking myself is if the Boy King actually understands that we don't own the moon. And if he understands that nobody should own the moon. The fact that Pence is leading pep-rallies for it so soon after announcing this Space Force nonsense, and hyping up the threats in space from China and Russia, gives me quite a bit of concern that he doesn't. I'd really like to know what he thinks America's role in space should be. I think the odds of him being of the Kennedy/Khrushchev mindset are pretty slim. 
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Re: The Official Space and Astronomy Thread v. Well, this is weird.
« Reply #1384 on: September 23, 2018, 06:48:51 PM »
I am sure this is nothing new to some of you astronomy enthusiasts, but I have just now learned about the BoŲtes void. Just wow!  :hefdaddy
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