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Just now, cubinator said:

This is pretty damn monumental. We're going back to the Moon.

I really hope so :D Since they aren't on a leash like NASA, I hope they'll be able to pull it off. We shall see.

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There are 5,000 people already waiting on the stream with intense anticipation.

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So this dude’s a billionaire, right? I wonder if they’re announcing some big financial thing, too, like he’ll fun (a big part of) the whole thing if he gets the first ride, or something like that. 

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3 minutes ago, Mad Rocket Scientist said:

 

It's the modern equivalent to President Kennedy's moon speech, so they are giving it lots of public attention.

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3 minutes ago, cubinator said:

It's the modern equivalent to President Kennedy's moon speech, so they are giving it lots of public attention.

I wouldn't go that far. The magnitude would really depend on timelines, IMO. If they are "aspirational," then it's little different than IAC talks. If they have some real milestones to hit...

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2 minutes ago, cubinator said:

It's the modern equivalent to President Kennedy's moon speech, so they are giving it lots of public attention.

I would say the 2016 IAC was more like that, since it was the closest thing to an announcement of plans for manned travel to the moon and mars. Although many people already knew that that was SpaceX's plan, so there's nothing which really can compare.

Also, will that be a hexaweb?

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Anyone have a non-YouTube stream mirror by any chance? It's that time of year, I'll be asking this... I'm not doing much at play practice just yet, but given my luck we'll start rehearsing my part exactly at 8.

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I'm here! Bathtub decided today would be the perfect time to back up. Couldn't get it down. The plunger broke before the clog did. :rolleyes:

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Just now, Ho Lam Kerman said:

It's been taking quite a while, don't you think?

No, it's only just now 9:00, which is when it was supposed to start. And this probably won't be the last time they're a bit late :)

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Speculation: Since SpaceX said that they'll also be saying why they're doing this mission, do you think it may have something to do with incremental tests of the BFR to do more and more impressive things (simplified version), before they head to Mars?

Starting!!!

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