1. Post #2161
    ''just wondering''
    Keegs's Avatar
    December 2008
    2,804 Posts
    Liking my Astronomy class and all, except the final I have to review for.

    Recognize (most of) the Northern Constalations by sight as well as their brightest star and asterism ugh...


    Edited:

    Heres a random picture
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  2. Post #2162
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    Swebonny's Avatar
    August 2006
    14,819 Posts
    Planetary Resources are currently looking for students to do an internship. Man I'd apply so hard, if not I was only on my second year
    http://webconnect3.atango.com/search...6-bcec156e16d4
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  3. Post #2163
    Shogun42's Avatar
    September 2008
    269 Posts
    sort of off topic, but was playing borderlands 2 earlier and had a psycho yell "pluto's not a planet!"

    needless to say it made me laugh.
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  4. Post #2164
    HQRSE FUCKER
    ief014's Avatar
    September 2009
    2,242 Posts
    pluto's a planet in my heart
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  5. Post #2165
    Dennab
    May 2010
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    Liking my Astronomy class and all, except the final I have to review for.

    Recognize (most of) the Northern Constalations by sight as well as their brightest star and asterism ugh.
    Seems pretty stupid to make students remember a bunch of man made connect-the-dots in the sky.

    Edited:

    pluto's a planet in my heart
    Your heart pumps blood, and is far too small to have Pluto fit inside it.
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  6. Post #2166
    Robbi's Avatar
    March 2012
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    Planetary Resources are currently looking for students to do an internship. Man I'd apply so hard, if not I was only on my second year
    http://webconnect3.atango.com/search...6-bcec156e16d4


    Best email I have received so far.

    Oh how I wish I was further in my studies.
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  7. Post #2167
    HUGE NERD
    Dacheet's Avatar
    November 2007
    6,023 Posts
    Something I've been trying to figure out but can't: Can an object exist in a stable, non-Lagrangian "figure eight" orbit around a stationary and orbiting body (ie. the Earth-Moon system)? I figure it would take really specific ejection and injection angles and a whole load of math that I'm too lazy to do.

    Also, have a cool video and story about the Space Shuttle's RTLS abort system:
    NASA was originally going to use the first manned space shuttle flight STS-1 as a test of the Return to Launch Site (RTLS) abort profile, which would have required Columbia to jettison the Solid Rocket Boosters at the normal separation altitude, fly downrange and pitch the Orbiter and External Tank over, resulting in the vehicle flying backwards with all three engines burning at the same time. Because the RTLS maneuver is considered insanely risky (and if they had to ditch in the ocean they would have a ~100% chance of death), the astronauts refused, saying, "Let's not practice Russian roulette."

    Instead, they chose to orbit the Earth and reenter in a launch stack which had never been tested, nor had it been in orbit, and had not been practically proven to work, SRBs that had not been tested, and countless other practically untested systems. That's how dangerous that abort mode was.
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  8. Post #2168
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    Roof's Avatar
    January 2006
    2,559 Posts
    so i got into space recently and im starting to ask around, todays my birthday, so recently my mom said her co-workers husband works down at dryden (or somewhere) and says i may be able to take a tour
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  9. Post #2169
    Star Extraordinaire
    Blazyd's Avatar
    May 2011
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    So I assume you guys like to generally speak about me?
    May I explore you?
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  10. Post #2170
    Secure, Contain, Protect.
    Zombii's Avatar
    October 2008
    9,230 Posts
    Something I've been trying to figure out but can't: Can an object exist in a stable, non-Lagrangian "figure eight" orbit around a stationary and orbiting body (ie. the Earth-Moon system)? I figure it would take really specific ejection and injection angles and a whole load of math that I'm too lazy to do.

    Also, have a cool video and story about the Space Shuttle's RTLS abort system:


    Fun fact: an RTLS has never been successfully performed, not even in simulations.
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  11. Post #2171
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    July 2008
    5,483 Posts
    Fun fact: an RTLS has never been successfully performed, not even in simulations.
    thats pretty scary
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  12. Post #2172
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    December 2008
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  13. Post #2173
    OvB
    Facepunch resident scientist
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    March 2007
    19,072 Posts

    I couldn't find a Merlin anywhere in the shop this is false advertising I'm going to email Elon about this!
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  14. Post #2174
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    DesolateGrun's Avatar
    July 2008
    5,483 Posts
    expensive clothes with a tiny logo on it
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  15. Post #2175
    Nutt007's Avatar
    January 2009
    1,437 Posts
    Nine years and Opportunity is still rolling.
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  17. Post #2177
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    Sableye's Avatar
    October 2009
    22,300 Posts
    id rather stick with a fisher, because if im ever stuck in a blast furnace, id like to write my last will
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  18. Post #2178
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    April 2006
    1,281 Posts
    May I explore you?
    I-I don't know. For some reason I get the vibe "exploring me" is very painful and something I would not be into.
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  19. Post #2179
    Secure, Contain, Protect.
    Zombii's Avatar
    October 2008
    9,230 Posts
    Fun fact: an RTLS has never been successfully performed, not even in simulations.
    Another fun fact about RTLS, because I always found this insanely scary, is that the likelihood of successfully performing an RTLS and keeping the orbiter and her crew intact is less than 5%!

    Imagine being onboard the shuttle and you heard them call for an RTLS abort.
    I'd shit myself.
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  20. Post #2180
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    July 2008
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    I-I don't know. For some reason I get the vibe "exploring me" is very painful and something I would not be into.
    got to find all those black holes through exploratory surgery

    trust me

    I'm a space-doctor
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  21. Post #2181
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    April 2006
    1,281 Posts
    got to find all those black holes through exploratory surgery

    trust me

    I'm a space-doctor
    But I don't let anything near my "Black hole"...
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  22. Post #2182
    Space is very big filled with lots of space.

    All right I'm done here.
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  23. Post #2183
    Ask me about my .gif fetish
    st0rmforce's Avatar
    February 2008
    2,964 Posts
    Space is very big filled with lots of space.

    All right I'm done here.
    "Beyond the top of the sky was the place the Thing had called the universe. It contained -- according to the Thing -- everything and nothing. And there was very little everything and more nothing than anyone could imagine."

    -- (Terry Pratchett, Wings)
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  24. Post #2184
    OvB
    Facepunch resident scientist
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    March 2007
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    Another fun fact about RTLS, because I always found this insanely scary, is that the likelihood of successfully performing an RTLS and keeping the orbiter and her crew intact is less than 5%!

    Imagine being onboard the shuttle and you heard them call for an RTLS abort.
    I'd shit myself.
    I'd shit myself if I was in mission control, too. Probably moreso in the shuttle, but that radio suspense would be to much for me. Basically listening to people who could very well be dead soon.

    Edited:

    Imagine the atmosphere in that room as they called "Columbia, Houston, comm check." and never got an answer back. That's a sentence I can still hear in my head.

    Edited:

    Not sure if the loss of telemetry is due to re entry or a breakup. That's just too much suspense for me, man. Major respect for those guys.
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  25. Post #2185
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    January 2005
    1,270 Posts
    So, I have been pondering on getting a telescope recently.

    Was wondering for those who have them if you could offer me some advice and suggestions on a good telescope.

    The two I am looking at...

    http://www.telescope.com/Orion-StarB...mBrowsing=true

    http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/...CategoryId=339
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  26. Post #2186
    I JUST WANT A CUSTOM TITLE FUCK YOU ALL
    Chubbles's Avatar
    December 2010
    990 Posts
    So, I have been pondering on getting a telescope recently.

    Was wondering for those who have them if you could offer me some advice and suggestions on a good telescope.

    The two I am looking at...

    http://www.telescope.com/Orion-StarB...mBrowsing=true

    http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/...CategoryId=339
    You should definitely get the second one. Better specs in general and worth the extra money. Orion is a very reliable brand.

    I've actually got this one

    http://www.telescope.com/Orion-Build...?keyword=orion

    and it's done me a lot of good.
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  27. Post #2187
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    July 2008
    5,483 Posts
    So, I have been pondering on getting a telescope recently.

    Was wondering for those who have them if you could offer me some advice and suggestions on a good telescope.

    The two I am looking at...

    http://www.telescope.com/Orion-StarB...mBrowsing=true

    http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/...CategoryId=339
    I have the star blast, very nice scope but I got it for 165$ instead of the 230 listed on there. probably the best beginner scope before they get complicated. but if you have the 300$ and can deal with learning how to do it buy the probe
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  28. Post #2188
    Dennab
    May 2010
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    Zhumell is good too.
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  29. Post #2189
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    December 2006
    4,603 Posts


    Best email I have received so far.

    Oh how I wish I was further in my studies.
    Same, they want Juniors/Seniors and I'm only a Sophomore :( Hopefully next year they'll have even more available opportunities.
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  30. Post #2190
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    October 2009
    22,300 Posts
    actually the worst part would be watching the lifesigns as they come in and stop, when the challenger exploded they still got some data back as the crew rode the wreckage up and passed out then crashed
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  31. Post #2191
    Robbi's Avatar
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  32. Post #2192
    Dennab
    May 2010
    3,746 Posts
    My grandpa just gave me all 3 volumes of the Feynman Lectures on Physics. Anyone read them?
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  33. Post #2193
    Nutt007's Avatar
    January 2009
    1,437 Posts
    Rocketry books from the early space age! (1956)



    Wish I had better pictures but my phone hates taking pictures in any light darker than sunlight. Oh well.
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  34. Post #2194
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    Pelf's Avatar
    September 2007
    3,403 Posts
    I like this image.

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  35. Post #2195
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    DesolateGrun's Avatar
    July 2008
    5,483 Posts
    looks like an astronauts foot print

    my foot print
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  36. Post #2196
    Dennab
    May 2010
    3,746 Posts
    You're not going to Mars. Give up on your dreams already.
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  37. Post #2197
    Alcoholocaust's Avatar
    September 2012
    525 Posts
    You're not going to Mars. Give up on your dreams already.
    We are. Privately though, the shitnuts at the white house will spend all of the bugdet on a zero-friction office chair for the next dumbass in the white house to spin around on.
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  38. Post #2198
    Ask me about my .gif fetish
    st0rmforce's Avatar
    February 2008
    2,964 Posts
    We are. Privately though, the shitnuts at the white house will spend all of the bugdet on a zero-friction office chair for the next dumbass in the white house to spin around on.
    Zero friction bearings would be something worth investing in.
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  39. Post #2199
    Zero friction bearings would be something worth investing in.
    That would be impressive.
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  40. Post #2200
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    July 2008
    5,483 Posts
    You're not going to Mars. Give up on your dreams already.
    no
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