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  1. lol look at past me being all optimistic and stuff I'll try and do last year's resolution this year I guess.
  2. While we were all distracted, some booster action (B4 aerocovers, at long last!)
  3. Until now I didn't even know that KSP2 needed writers, but now that I do, I can't think of a better person for the job. Congrats Jim!
  4. There seems to be enough air on Laythe's surface for kerbals to breathe, since if you remove their helmets they're just fine. Though I'm not sure how realistic this is - perhaps the environment would require an oxygen mask for longer periods spent outside, or particularly strenuous work.
  5. Plants on Laythe's seafloor might be interesting. With the lack of light at the bottom of the oceans they wouldn't be living off photosynthesis, but - if Laythe is warmed by tidal heating and volcanism as I speculated - they could make a living around deep-sea geothermal vents. But because we see no obvious evidence of life on land, the most complex life I would expect to see on Laythe would be single-celled algae. Maybe we could even catch glimpses of algal blooms from space.
  6. With how close Laythe is to Jool, I would imagine that its relatively clement temperature is a result of tidal heating, and possibly active plate tectonics/volcanism. We see this happening on Jupiter's innermost moon Io, which is literally covered in hundreds of active volcanoes due to the gravitational tug of its parent body. Given that Jool and its moons are so close together, Laythe probably experiences significant tidal forces from not only Jool but also Vall and Tylo (and perhaps from Pol and Bop too). I think this can definitely account for how warm Laythe appears to be in-game. As for liquid water, Laythe's oceans are most likely salty - probably much saltier than Earth's (or presumably Kerbin's). Salt lowers the freezing point of water by preventing water molecules from packing together as easily. As for how it got all of that water, perhaps Jool's gravity well captured a bunch of comets early in its history, when Laythe and the other moons were still forming. Or, more likely, maybe Laythe was formed elsewhere in the Kerbol system (probably closer to where Kerbin is now), accumulated its water there, and was later captured by Jool. The abundance of oxygen in Laythe's atmosphere could imply that it has some kind of simple photosynthetic life in its oceans. While I don't believe this is ever explicitly shown via science results, it seems like the explanation that requires the least assumptions - Occam's razor. Life doesn't necessarily need to have evolved on Laythe - given the relatively low escape velocities of the compact Kerbol system, panspermia from Kerbin is a real possibility. Laythe is one of the most interesting bodies in the Kerbol system - I really hope some of this gets explored in more depth in KSP2.
  7. Nice diagrams showing the chopsticks' range of motion. The area where a catch is possible is bigger than it appears!
  8. There's only one Thread of the Year per year. Unless you mean previous years' TOTYs, in which case they can be found earlier in the announcements section of the forum.
  9. Congrats to @The Aziz, your thread is such a useful resource
  10. No. But they did award it a major contract. It deserves some recognition given its major role in Artemis. NASA isn't contracting Starship as a launch vehicle, they're contracting it as a lunar lander. Of course, the contract requires it to act as a launch vehicle, but only because SpaceX bid the entire system - Starship isn't launching the lander, it is the lander. NASA's process for qualifying the vehicle would be the same had they chosen one of the other bidders, despite Starship's architecture being so unconventional. Even if you ignore the large number of Starship test flights SpaceX intends to conduct on its own dime, the vehicle will be 'rated' in a conventional sense long before it flies for HLS or even other NASA payloads thanks to the qualification milestones for the contract. They'll be flying more than two test flights before any payload gets onboard, never mind NASA. This isn't a concern for the HLS contract, because Starship crewed operations will only happen in cislunar space. Crew will not launch or land at Earth with the current arrangement. If/when Starship ends up flying end-to-end crew missions for NASA, they may require a launch escape system. In that case, SpaceX will have to develop one. NASA may instead choose to trust Starship's launch record and reliability, which it will presumably need to have accrued by the time it's flying crew. The latter is the option SpaceX seems to be going for, but any crewed launch/landing of Starship is several years away at best, so all we can do is wait and see.
  11. For Cape Canaveral launches, the boosters return to Port Canaveral and get offloaded there. It happens in full public view and there are actually a few webcams pointed at the site. Also, B4 cryo #2 seems to be underway:
  12. Successful Starlink launch and landing (the 11th for this booster). Now just waiting on payload deploy.
  13. Surprised that this hasn't been posted here yet. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-conducts-environmental-assessment-practices-responsible-growth A new pad at Cape Canaveral, LC-49, is planned to support Starship launch and landing operations. This would give SpaceX two Starship pads at the Cape.
  14. I've been hesitant to do anything with the robotic parts for a while now because of this bug, it's fantastic to see it fixed
  15. It's still 41 years until First Contact Day, we have time to figure it out.
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