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  • Kepler
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    Please pause a moment to honor Ingenuity.

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  • MichVandal
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    It is so crazy to me that we put people on the moon coming up on 60 years ago now and we (collectively) still struggle to land unmanned probes there.
    Given how hard it is, I certainly would not want to ride the X ship.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    It is so crazy to me that we put people on the moon coming up on 60 years ago now and we (collectively) still struggle to land unmanned probes there.

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  • Kepler
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    And then there were five.

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  • Kepler
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    The push to private companies will be accompanied by all the theft, waste, fraud, and corruption inescapably associated with private enterprise.

    I'm fine with opening space to commerce, but don't send NASA staff on these missions. Have the companies murder their own, and hold them accountable. Progress will come, but let the blood be privatized.

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  • aparch
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    Originally posted by MichVandal View Post
    So Peregrine has failed- had a big fuel leak- https://www.space.com/astrobotic-per...ulsion-failure so it won't be landing on the moon.
    Good. No reason to make the moon a graveyard on purpose.

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  • MichVandal
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    So Peregrine has failed- had a big fuel leak- https://www.space.com/astrobotic-per...ulsion-failure so it won't be landing on the moon. But the first launch of the ULA Vulcan Centaur was a success.

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  • MichVandal
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    Listening to the commentary, sounds like the first time that design launched. Really good. People complain that it takes too long, but better and cheaper to do it right than iterate expensive rockets.

    But I will give X some credit- the data they show for the viewers is really good.

    Anyway, well done and congratulations ULA.

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  • Kepler
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    Peregrin is go. (50:00)

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  • Kepler
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    Serpent Bearers unite!

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  • Handyman
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    Aw man V-ger is coming!

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by aparch View Post
    Voyager 1's telecommunications unit is acting up.
    https://www.space.com/voyager-1-flig...-system-glitch

    From the article, NASA assumes all is good with the satellite, just that the module that neatly packages up the data to phone home is acting up and only sending unintelligible binary code. The module has done similar in the past, but this appears to be a new issue.
    I'm not saying it's aliens, but

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  • aparch
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    Voyager 1's telecommunications unit is acting up.
    https://www.space.com/voyager-1-flig...-system-glitch

    From the article, NASA assumes all is good with the satellite, just that the module that neatly packages up the data to phone home is acting up and only sending unintelligible binary code. The module has done similar in the past, but this appears to be a new issue.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post

    Did NASA or the ESA really do this or is it just notional?
    It's a pipe dream. The delta v to do this is insane, even with the gravity assists. Look at the timelines involved. It's like a 2030 launch and a 2055 rendezvous.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

    KSP on steroids.
    Did NASA or the ESA really do this or is it just notional?

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