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  1. I've been tuned in for the past 3 days. I keep having to remind myself that this occurred 50 years ago. LOI burn complete is "now" complete... So much better than reading a transcript! It felt like I was riding in the jump seat.
  2. For anyone who's interested, today's total solar eclipse is about to start. If you're not lucky enough to be in the path of totality, you can still watch via a couple of live streams online: and
  3. No, not Woodstock's friend. Apollo 10's lunar module.
  4. Favorites of anything are by definition subjective, so I am not even going to try and convince anyone to agree with me. Heck, even my own feelings about any one film tends to change with my mood. But I love any movie that stays in my thoughts for a few days (or weeks, or years) afterwards. Some that have done that for me that I can think of as I write this are: The Princess Bride (Inconceivable! ...But always a reliable pop culture reference...) Slow West Ex Machina Hell or High Water Mount St. Elias Apollo 11 The Little Prince In The Shadow of the Moon Stand by Me I look forward to introducing that last one to my son when he's old enough.
  5. The Apollo 10 LM did its landing "dress rehearsal" low pass 50 years ago today. "Snoopy" undocked from "Charlie Brown" in about 45 minutes, a half century ago, as of this writing. The LM's rapid roll anomaly happened about 4.5 hours later at about 23:33 UTC.
  6. Apollo 10 launched 50 years ago today. They were at about T-90 minutes, a half century ago, as of this writing.
  7. Canaveral is always at 23 odd degrees north, no matter how much the Earth rotates (unless something terrible has happened) and CatastrophicFailure already constrained out "heading north". Edit: Launch windows to GTO have been discussed here before. The thread includes a link that suggests thermal considerations during transfer are a major factor determining launch window timing.
  8. Meg Schwamb, Mike Brown and David Rabinowitz co-discovered 2007 OR10 twelve years ago, but it still doesn't have a name. You can vote for a name on their website: Sadly, "Planety McPlanetface" is not one of the options...
  9. I'd say that it is almost that good... I just saw it. Snuck out to watch the late showing after the kids were asleep, because I had to see it on the big screen. Brilliant!
  10. Seems Airbus will soon cease production of the 747's DUFF:
  11. This might strike a chord for some here: (It was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category)
  12. Mission timeline is here: TLI burn happened at 15:41 UTC (about 25 minutes from now, as of this writing)