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2 minutes ago, Tyko said:

Does anyone have a link to an explanation of how the boosters get back to Cape Canaveral? Like what the flight and return/descent profile looks like?

If you watched the live stream, they had the trajectories mod running and it showed a blue line indicating the live trajectory and you could see them boost back to stop, and then reverse flight back to KSC

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You could see a shot of the ASDS after the landing i the background, and it looked like it was moving, not a static image... no booster:(. not too surprising to me honestly, the aluminum fins probably melted off completely on the entry.

On another not, did anyone else notice how effing cool it was to see the booster landing from the other booster?

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Nah. Launching a car is just a matter of cost. Getting people to Mars is logistics. If and when the logistics *get there*, then we can talk about the possibility of people.

The Moon is so much closer, timescales mean you can bring your own carry on luggage. With Mars you need a little more first (and possibly hence things like the 6 hour test flight with a suit, and car batteries! :wink: ).

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1 minute ago, Just Jim said:

With respect, a year ago I would have said the same thing about putting a car into orbit... :D

Putting a car in orbit is VERY easy. It's even a very light payload. Putting people on Mars is VERY hard and cost prohibitive. People will never land on Mars.

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1 minute ago, Canopus said:

I wouldn't say never but surely not in 6 years and probably neither in 25 years.

Well, there's this guy that seems to know how to make things happen who made going to Mars his personal mission and who happens to also have the budget for it. You don't need millions of nay-sayers to get something done. You need one capable guy or gal who just gets it done (and many more to help).

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1 minute ago, Kerbal7 said:

People are never landing on Mars. Too expensive.

He announced today that he will not fly crew on the FH, as he's diverting money to BFR.  

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1 minute ago, Camacha said:

Well, there's this guy that seems to know how to make things happen who made going to Mars his personal mission and who happens to also have the budget for it. You don't need millions of nay-sayers to get something done. You need one capable guy or gal who just gets it done (and many more to help).

No guy or gal has the 400 billion+ you'd need for a Human landing on Mars. You'd need taxpayers and they won't pay.

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1 minute ago, Kerbal7 said:

Putting a car in orbit is VERY easy. It's even a very light payload. Putting people on Mars is VERY hard and cost prohibitive. People will never land on Mars.

I'm not going to argue... Just respectfully disagree. 

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1 minute ago, CoreI said:

That was FANTASTIC!!! RIP center core though. Heard the words "Lost center core" on the technical cast.

2.3 million people watching the webcast is a lot! Simply serves to show the monumentality of the moment.

That could be lost signal.  Do we have anything unambiguous?

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Just now, Kerbal7 said:

400 billion+ you'd need for a Human landing on Mars.

Where did you get that number?  Most say 40 billion at most.  Remember, thats 400 Falcon Heavy Lauches.  

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3 minutes ago, Camacha said:

Well, there's this guy that seems to know how to make things happen who made going to Mars his personal mission and who happens to also have the budget for it. You don't need millions of nay-sayers to get something done. You need one capable guy or gal who just gets it done (and many more to help).

Well he can try. Still won't happen before even 2050.

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1 minute ago, razark said:

It's not a question of "easy".  It's a question of "finding someone crazy enough to spend the money to do it."

Exactly. It's a money problem and wanting it bad enough. There just happens to be a guy wanting it a lot, and he happens to be both very, very rich and highly capable of getting money from other people for his projects.

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Just now, Canopus said:

Still won't happen before even 2050.

He's planning on 2024.  How could something get delayed by a factor of 5, especially now that he just proved the FH works?  

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