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19 hours ago, insert_name said:

Kosmos 2551 underwent destructive reentry over Michigan

https://www.space.com/russian-spy-satellite-kosmos-2551-fireball-video

 

11 hours ago, kerbiloid said:

Highlighted the land below to let another sat take a photo, while they think it's night.

Given that it's EMKA 2, it's not a great loss, so expending it as a PhOTAB isn't as silly as it sounds.

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https://www-interfax-ru.translate.goog/russia/799901?_x_tr_sl=ru&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=ru&_x_tr_pto=nui

Rogozin said that the movie crew has tested the surgery preparations and equipment in zero-g, which was never done before, and this is valuable for further space flights.

They tried the surgeon, the tools, and the patient fixation, the "blood" gathering in zero-g, and so on.

So, the real space medicine has begun from the MS-19 flight.

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Originally a surgery was planned on Voskhod 5 or 6,
The famous traveller and TV host Yuri Senkevich, a former companion of Thor Heyerdahl in sea travels, a professional military doctor, was trained to operate a rabbit in zero-g.
But due to cancellation of the Voskhod program, this didn't happen.

So, Yulia Peresild is the first actress, the first professional actor, and the first tester surgeon in space.

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Question- what was the state of Soviet space planning between Sputnik and Kennedy's announcement of the crewed lunar landing goal? Were things like the triple launch R-7 lunar landing, TMK-1, Kosmoplan, etc. just internal design bureau studies or were they actually intended to be proposed to the government for funding at some point? I want to write an alternate history where the US puts the first man in space and space development ends up being more methodical and boring.

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4 hours ago, kerbiloid said:

Unexpectedly...

So, a tank can defeat even an off-road car?

An off road capable wheeled vehicle can be faster on non-paved roads.. But for true no-road situations, a tank can go full speed over terrain that would shake the wheeled vehicle apart. 

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2 hours ago, JoeSchmuckatelli said:

An off road capable wheeled vehicle can be faster on non-paved roads.. But for true no-road situations, a tank can go full speed over terrain that would shake the wheeled vehicle apart. 

It should be trivial to build a suspension capable of driving on non-road situations without having to deal with the armor and gun.  But that isn't what a SUV is (even a classic Range Rover).  They are designed for roads first, trails second, and I'd only suspect the original Range Rover even considering non-road situations, and then only "reasonable" ones.  Tanks pretty much have to go first wherever the brass wants the infantry to hold.

I'd assume that a Polaris RZR (https://rzr.polaris.com/en-us/) could excel at such a thing.  You might still have to "soup it up"  to beat a tank with a turbine engine.  But they aren't street legal and certainly aren't designed around road use.  You'd also have to avoid trees (instead of simply knocking them down and rolling over them) and find a path that is wide enough for your vehicle.

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So Soyuz MS-20 will be launching on December 8th with Maezawa Yusaku (dearMoon guy, owns a textile company), his production assistant Hirano Yozo, and spacecraft commander Alexander Misurkin.

A fun fact related to this- the first launch of *a* Japanese person in space was not an astronaut, but TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) reporter Akiyama Toyohiro. He flew on Soyuz TM-11 to Mir in 1990. Now, the first launch of two Japanese people on a single spacecraft will occur aboard Soyuz as well.

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