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  1. Interstellar Interloper (A/2017 U1)

    Sorry about the off topic post (especially a month and a half late) but I wanted to add that new year’s eve the lady and I saw Star Wars and visited the Cape Canaveral Air Force missile museum. I wish I had been following this thread in a timely manner. I hope you have gotten a chance to see The Last Jedi by now.
  2. Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    Does it make me a terrible person for rooting for the humans in the movie Avatar? Also, there were some neat things about Passengers but the super-creep factor wrecked the whole movie for me. Bad science wise, you can still swim in zero-g since you push on the water; if the ship is constantly accelerating, why aren't they always falling toward the drive section?; when they arrive at the destination planet, the ship is firing it's engines the wrong way.
  3. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    I was going to say/ask something very similar. The flat-earthers should not be given a single shred of attention so can we please stop talking about them. They have dug their heels in on their position and are simply looking for attention in order to validate themselves. This forum is about science and the best course of action, I feel, is to simply ignore them.
  4. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    My gf said that she can get to YouTube but it says restricted when she tries to play it. She was going to have her kids watch but it looks like no dice.
  5. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Wha? Switch camera?
  6. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    MUSIC!!!
  7. LM Descent Stages Today?

    I was like "oh, if real life were like KSP, you could just throw a Centaur and you'd have a solution." Then I ran the numbers, < 800 m/s, never mind... Good thing I'm a big enough nerd to run the numbers before making that suggestion. Also, Centaur is too long to fit in a Falcon payload fairing.
  8. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    @CatastrophicFailure, I have been hyped. There was no controlling it. A good weather forecast sometimes does that.
  9. Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    +1 point to Stargate SG-1 for realism I guess... Also, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought The Core was mega cringeworthy. While we're at it, one more thing that always bothered me about The Martian: communication. Our current rovers are capable of communicating and relaying information through the orbiters so why in a hypothetical future with near constant observation of the martian surface does this same capability not exist? How do the Ares' crews communicate with Earth at night? I gave the killer storm a pass as a plot device (something had to strand Watney and it gave the story more of a "shipwreck" feel) and The Martian started out as Weir's fictional blog posts as a stranded astronaut. I was going to say something about Gravity and orbital mechanics but I don't remember. I would say that the grievances of the orbital mechanics by the people on this forum are justified. The people on this forum understand orbital mechanics better than most of the general public and know what it means to try and get from one orbiting vehicle to another. As for Interstellar, I put it in the same bin as Star Wars and Star Trek. Lots of ooh-ahh, some technobabble, with the slight difference of a really cool looking black hole. Han shot first, George let go.
  10. Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    [snip] Anyway, on topic: things that annoy me in movies is when a nuke randomly goes off (or a major plot point is that it might go off). Wrong, they have to be set off, they're basically a miracle of precisely timed explosions and neutron injection.
  11. Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    I can't believe we went 6 pages in this thread and no one mentioned the movie Signs. I think I have to agree with many of the other commentators that there is an uncanny valley of science in a movie. If you try really hard to make your movie realistic and miss some glaring mundane detail, it's about as cringeworthy as running from the slasher into a knife factory rather than to the police station. That being said, I'm enjoying Dark Matter on SyFy because it's got about as much phlebotinum as Star Trek and doesn't really try to explain science any further.
  12. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    The Space Shuttle SRBs landed under parachute. They send divers to plug the nozzle and they pump the water out so they float then they just tow them back to the cape.
  13. Random Science Facts Thread!

    I don't know if I'd call this a random science fact or not but according to Aerojet Rocketdyne, they can throttle the RL10 from 104% to 5.9% Source: http://www.rocket.com/files/aerojet/documents/Capabilities/PDFs/RL10 data sheet Feb 2016.pdf (page 2, 2010 milestone)
  14. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    My gf says the same thing. I tell her that's crazy talk.
  15. For Questions That Don't Merit Their Own Thread

    Is this a Sea Dragon type of rocket? Because the other thing you’d have to worry about is seawater freezing to your rocket.