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Offline sadnesstan

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« Reply #1700 on: Wednesday 2 January 2019, 04:04:42 PM »
New Horizons about to do the first ever flyby of a Kuiper Belt object.  This is some awesome s***.

This is the object they're going for:



Image credit to Brian May.  Yes, that Brian May.

That's just a close up of his knee in spandex leggings.

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« Reply #1701 on: Wednesday 2 January 2019, 05:32:16 PM »
Check out the deep space network next time you're stoned.  They were receiving from Voyager 1 a few minutes ago and the signal was 3x10^-23kW.

That's 0.0000000000000000000003W

https://eyes.nasa.gov/dsn/dsn.html
Considering it was launched in 1977 and was built with 60/70's technology that's impressive as f***.

Never seen that link before, interesting stuff, cheers Loki.

The Voyagers have radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) which use plutonium as a fuel source (as does New Horizons) which decay over time.  They've been switching s*** off on the Voyagers to conserve power as the source decays over the last 20 years but it won't be long until the last hurrah unfortunately.  The Pioneer craft are actually further out than Voyager but they went dead a long while ago.
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« Reply #1702 on: Wednesday 2 January 2019, 06:09:40 PM »
Just spent about 30 minutes on that site doing absolutely nothing but it felt really interesting. :bong:
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« Reply #1703 on: Wednesday 2 January 2019, 11:06:14 PM »
Deep space network sounds like they've got loads of relays and communications points out in space, when its just a few dishes around the world. Still an amazing achievement to be able to communicate with something that far away. Wish we would stop f***ing about and send some super powerful probes out to all of the places in the solar system.

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« Reply #1704 on: Wednesday 2 January 2019, 11:13:11 PM »
Deep space network sounds like they've got loads of relays and communications points out in space, when its just a few dishes around the world. Still an amazing achievement to be able to communicate with something that far away. Wish we would stop f***ing about and send some super powerful probes out to all of the places in the solar system.

Every TV is receiving radio waves from the big bang.  Little is needed to capture radio waves at low frequency, although data speed is terrible.

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« Reply #1705 on: Thursday 3 January 2019, 03:17:39 AM »
Amazing, it's two bodies gravitationally linked.  Looks like a snowman.



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With Ultima Thule, the astronomers behind the New Horizons mission say they have uncovered a pristine planetesimal—a small object that served as a building block for larger objects in the Solar System. In the early years of the Solar System, some 4.5 billion years ago, a large, congested disk of these planetesimals came together to form the planets and moons we now recognize in the inner Solar System.

But in the outer Solar System (and particularly the Kuiper Belt that lies beyond the orbit of Neptune), there were fewer of these planetesimals to spread around a much larger area. So some of them, like Ultima Thule, are relics of the Solar System's first few million years. "This may be the most primitive object seen by any spacecraft, and oldest that can be seen anywhere in the Solar System," said Jeff Moore, who leads the geology team for the New Horizons spacecraft, during a news conference on Wednesday.
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Offline BlufPurdi

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« Reply #1706 on: Thursday 3 January 2019, 03:43:43 PM »
Finding the far side of the moon stuff a bit more interesting.  Might just be that it's got a bit more to look at the now.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-moon-landing-dark-side-chinese-spacecraft-change4-a8708951.html

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Every generation must fight the same battles again and again and again. There is no final victory, and there is no final defeat, and so a little bit of history may help.
“What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?” If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system.
That is why no one with power likes democracy and that is why every generation must struggle to win it and keep it – including you and me, here and now.

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« Reply #1707 on: Monday 7 January 2019, 07:00:36 AM »
Deep space network sounds like they've got loads of relays and communications points out in space, when its just a few dishes around the world. Still an amazing achievement to be able to communicate with something that far away. Wish we would stop f***ing about and send some super powerful probes out to all of the places in the solar system.

Every TV is receiving radio waves from the big bang.  Little is needed to capture radio waves at low frequency, although data speed is terrible.

You're talking to a generation of people who used WAP to get porn. We can wait. I mean... they can wait.

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« Reply #1708 on: Monday 7 January 2019, 09:32:29 AM »
Our galaxy is gonna collide with the Large Magellanic Cloud* :frantic:

*in three billion years
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Making mistakes is how you learn.
Every generation must fight the same battles again and again and again. There is no final victory, and there is no final defeat, and so a little bit of history may help.
“What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?” If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system.
That is why no one with power likes democracy and that is why every generation must struggle to win it and keep it – including you and me, here and now.

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Re: Intergalactic Cosmic Space Thread about Stuff in Space
« Reply #1710 on: Saturday 23 February 2019, 02:05:11 PM »
Japan have landed on an asteroid and shot it.  They're going to be returning samples to earth for study.  If we ever hope to start mining asteroids then his sort of mission is what we should be doing, the raw materials contained in just a single decent sized asteroid eclipse earth bound production by a long way.

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Today, in an extended Twitter thread and ensuing press conference, JAXA's Hayabusa2 team announced that everything had gone well in gathering an asteroid sample for eventual return to Earth. While we don't yet know about the material it obtained, the Japanese spacecraft has successfully executed all the commands associated with the sample recovery.

Hayabusa2 has been in space since 2014, and it slowly made its way to an orbit 20km above the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. In late 2018, the spacecraft made a close approach to the asteroid and released two small, solar-powered robots that have been hopping on the surface since. This week has seen the first of what are intended to be several sample-gathering attempts.
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Two Japanese robots are now happily hopping on an asteroid [Updated]

The procedure for this is pretty straightforward: Hayabusa2 snuggles up to the asteroid and shoots it. The probe has a sample-gathering "horn" that it can place up against the asteroid's surface. Once it's in place, Hayabusa2 can fire a bullet into the asteroid's surface, blasting material loose that will be gathered by the horn and stored for return to Earth. JAXA, the Japanese space agency, calls its gun a "projector" but admits that the thing it fires is a bullet. JAXA has a webpage that describes some on-Earth testing of the whole system.
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Re: Intergalactic Cosmic Space Thread about Stuff in Space
« Reply #1711 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 02:12:49 PM »
First ever image of a blackhole


Offline Super Duper Branko Strupar

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« Reply #1712 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 02:34:03 PM »
Einstein was right again
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« Reply #1713 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 02:40:36 PM »
Sauron is watching.

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« Reply #1714 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 03:06:23 PM »
Wow.

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« Reply #1715 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 10:08:05 PM »
Incredible achievement.

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« Reply #1716 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 10:09:56 PM »
The earth's flat boys.

Offline loki679

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« Reply #1717 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 11:34:46 PM »
First ever image of a blackhole


That's amazing, 50 years ago we weren't even sure these things existed and now we're taking pictures of them in another galaxy.
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Re: Intergalactic Cosmic Space Thread about Stuff in Space
« Reply #1720 on: Thursday 1 August 2019, 02:23:35 AM »
SpaceX and NASA teaming up to work on orbital refueling.  When they get this working it’ll be a game changer in space exploration.

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On Tuesday afternoon, NASA announced 19 new partnerships with 10 US companies to help bring more cutting-edge technologies closer to production use in spaceflight. There were a lot of useful engineering ideas here, such as precision landing systems and robotic plant farms, but perhaps the most intriguing one involved the rocket company SpaceX and two of NASA's field centers—the Glenn Research Center in Ohio and the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

"SpaceX will work with Glenn and Marshall to advance technology needed to transfer propellant in orbit, an important step in the development of the company’s Starship space vehicle," the NASA news release states. This is a significant announcement for reasons both technical and political.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/nasa-agrees-to-work-with-spacex-on-orbital-refueling-technology/
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Offline Super Duper Branko Strupar

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Re: Intergalactic Cosmic Space Thread about Stuff in Space
« Reply #1721 on: Tuesday 6 August 2019, 10:02:12 PM »
One and a half hour documentary on Voyager on BBC4 now. :sweetjesus:
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« Reply #1724 on: Thursday 10 October 2019, 04:05:05 PM »
They have found another 20 moons around saturn, bringing the total to 82  :kasper: :kasper:
It comming home.....