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StrandedonEarth

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  1. Oddly enough, it didn't say it wasn't available here, it simply said "Video unavailable." Unless they changed the message. But thanks for the repost!
  2. Unavailable video is unavailable (I've given up on just posting videos, now i always (try to remember to) add the song title / artist in case this happens... But sometimes I forget...)
  3. The pilot was there to pilot the craft; astronauts were pilots and resented being treated as “spam in a can” by scientists. The navicomp had them heading towards a boulder field and he piloted the LM away from it. While they may not have had much fuel left in the descent stage, there was plenty of time to finally abort if necessary using the ascent stage. He was simply doing his job, and he did it well. That’s why he was selected.
  4. This. Factories don't make money building the tooling (tooling manufacturers notwithstanding), they make money building and selling products and services. Starship can be considered a tool for building out Starlink, and that service will be the cash cow that pays for Starship. Selling Starship launches to outside customers will be gravy.
  5. Maybe missing some context? Perhaps it meant first launch of a new vehicle (took 4 launches for a successful Falcon-1 launch). Or maybe BEO missions? I know Mars-bound missions were especially problematic, at least until the last few NASA rovers...
  6. I was born in 1970 (an early online username was "StrandedonEarthsince1970"), between Apollo Missions. Based on the cadence at the time, it's possible that if if Apollo 13 hadn't had its issues, I may have been born during a Moon mission, but it was not to be. I think what first got me interested in rockets was model rocketry, when I was probably 8 or so (after Star Wars, because it was a "Proton Torpedo" rocket). Well, that and the Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica movies probably spurred my interest in space. But no Apollo missions of any sort in my memory bank. I had lots of of rocket and space-related books (including my mom's university astronomy textbook) and Lego, but probably the first one I came across (in after-school care, ) was... That's where my interest in Tintin books started, and come to think of it maybe this is where my interest in space started. The first spaceflight news I remember was the Skylab crash and the nuclear-reactor-powered Kosmos crash in northern Canada. And of course there were the first few Shuttle launches, before the media lost interest. I remember telling a classmate I had watched the second Columbia launch on KVOS-TV that morning, and he didn't believe me because that's when Scooby-Doo airs, and I had to tell him it was pre-empted for the launch. Of course, the big year in my growing years was 1986 (grade 10), with the one-two punch of the Challenger explosion followed by the Chernobyl disaster. I learned about Challenger when rumors bounced around school that morning, and then I saw the replays on TV when I went home for lunch. It was a sad day....
  7. All I made for dinner was a roast beef sandwich (spit-roasted in the air fryer yesterday), with lettuce and herb-and-spice havarti. I spent my morning/early afternoon hunting-gathering at Costco and a farm market, as well as picking up local native-caught/cleaned whole sockeyes, so we were too busy all afternoon/evening with cutting, seasoning and freezing salmon (in reusable silicone bags), making bread-and-butter pickles (mandolin was great for slicing those), and making yogurt. Finally time to sit down and watch reruns at 8pm (nothing else catching our eye after binging everything of interest)...
  8. Were you able to copy/paste any sections, like in Factorio?
  9. After looking up the source of the quote, I didn't remember the song, so I had to look it up. Catchy! (Dire Straits, The "Bug")
  10. And you think regular leaf blowers are loud. It won't just blow them, it'll burn them! Also good for melting ice, if you have the traction to control it...
  11. Following David Willis on Twitter, it seems like the Artemis Hype Train is finally rumbling to life... This Bird may actually launch before summer is out?!? Finally! Although, for the cost, they may as well have lined the flame trench with bricks of dollar bills...
  12. My wife took a frozen chicken and a frozen roast beef out of the freezer and put them in the fridge to thaw for a couple days. She forgot to put them in a bowl. They were wrapped in clingwrap…. They were on the top shelf… What a bloody mess they made, literally… My wife was busy getting her products ready to take to the local market, so guess who started pulling everything out of the fridge and wiping it all down? But wait, there’s more! Go to put the soggy egg carton in the compost bin under the sink: nope, it’s overflowing So take that to the compost bin outside, well….. Two weeks ago, nobody found the large bin liners, so they just threw small bags in the bin any old way. It got collected, and (kids? wife?) kept tossing bags in. So I open it to find a maggoty mess, and the reek almost made me puke Luckily I have two compost bins, as the first one got somewhat squished by the truck, so the lid doesn’t close properly. Not good for compost, but still usable for yard waste Put a liner in there, dump the mess into it, use a car ice scraper to scrape the goop and bones off the bottom and dump that in (holding my breath the whole time) and finally hose the last of the mess and maggots out into the storm drain Then I can go back to cleaning the fridge…. Okay, all done, putting stuff back in and…. drop a container of whey (from yogurt-making) and goooosh, all over the floor and cabinet… *hangs head* Soaked that up with dish towels, a quick wet mop with the Norwex mop, and now I can just kick back at the market in my new Canucks jersey Nice day, high cloud layer, not too hor, much better afternoon than morning…
  13. I’m confused. I thought you were in the northern hemisphere, and Orion (the constellation containing Betelgeuse) is a winter constellation? Or are you not wanting to get cooked by the blast of gamma rays and other radiation?? A bigger threat is probably the wave of cosmic radiation (heavy atomic nuclei) tharwill be following at subluminal speeds, but I’m not a cosmologist…
  14. Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead after a fiery car crash on August 5, although she remains on life support pending organ donation.... https://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/anne-heche-legally-dead-remains-on-life-support-for-donor-evaluation-1.6025174
  15. The astronomers think they know what happened... https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/08/betelgeuse-is-bouncing-back-after-blowing-its-top-in-2019/
  16. I know there is essentially no chance of this happening, but I can’t help but wonder how big of a crew it would take (and how much of an infrastructure investment) to station a booster or three and a deoneship at Kourou for GEO-bound launches… They could probably slap an FH booster nose cone on the boosters and fly them there…
  17. Based on yesterday, possibly both, making the most of it while they have the closures and alerts in place
  18. I get what you’re saying, but what about having the steam at the base being at 500-600K (or hotter) and at 2-3atm of pressure, using the pressure to force the rise, and somewhat constrained by the “windsock” to reduce expansion cooling? Start with enough heat to not have to add heat? Boil the oceans, of course! As for the OP, water vapor is a greenhouse gas, balanced by the albedo of clouds. Injecting vapor where the humidity is zero will not produce clouds until the relative humidity reaches 100 percent over a wide enough area, or it will disperse and all it will do is add to the greenhouse effect. So that means a LOT of water (and a LOT of energy) for the effect you’re seeking
  19. Good movie, good book. Loved all the pop culture references...
  20. Beat me to it (silly wife bending my ear lol)
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