What's happening in space (that's interesting)


#2674

It’s still extremely hard to do, technically, and there are pretty constant failures for not just landings, but even orbitals.

I think this was linked upthread, but it’s almost depressing thinking of the money and manpower over time that went into failures alone.


#2675

My favorite was when when the engineers responsible for the probe thrusters used Imperial and everyone else was using metric.

“What do you mean we weren’t using pounds?”

This after the probe had disintegrated in Mars’ atmosphere.


#2676

yeah, but we’re the only ones who have succeeded:


#2677

True, but the Soviets landed 10 probes on Venus, while we have only done one (and that kind of by accident.)


#2678

Truedat. OTOH we can send people to Mars. Try that on Venus.


#2679

I thought the rest of this was going to read …March song as the lander touched down.


#2680

I think this remains to be seen. I personally doubt it will ever happen and/or that any mission we send up there ends up as a TPK.


#2681

Happens in Space a fair amount. There was the time an Astronomer booked some Hubble space telescope time and forgot to add in the precession to the coordinates.

So Hubble happily snapped photo’s of the random area in space it was told. With the actual target coordinates having moved on years ago.

:)


#2682

Hmm. Maybe a Cold War era Yalta summit to divide the solar system up?


#2683

One of the cooler aspects was the two “CubeSats” launched with the lander that were used to provided real-time telemetry about the landing. Normally would have to wait several hours to know if it succeeded or not.


#2684

Not to mention that Tesla are the safest cars in the world.

Plus the hypocrisy of NASA sending astronauts on Russian rockets, were drinking is such huge part of the culture is just breath-taking.

Elon smoking pot on the podcast was dumb, but implying it is going to impact SpaceX commitment to safety is even dumber.


#2685

Are you saying that the cosmonauts or the ground crew are drunk when they launch? Cite?


#2686

No that is the wrong analogy. I think the odds are pretty great that a number of Russians making the Soyuz rocket, are either drunk at work or suffering from a hangover from the night before.


#2687

People with alcohol addictions tend to resent having them pointed out, and may become combative.

[edit]

So calling Russians drunks may have a different effect than the one you’re hoping for.


#2688

Back to the moon! Seems like a good use case for making use of the private sector to expand space capabilities. NASA did the high cost initial groundbreaking (many years ago), now they fund creation of moon transport private infrastructure, in the future that infrastructure can be used for more than just NASA missions.


#2689

Can the US claim some space on the moon yet? How long until we can move there?


#2690

CIG has already sold all of the Moon rights.


#2691

#2692

Hahahahah! That is hilarious.


#2693

Technically not in space, but still: so cool! (Sound on!)