Spaaaaace!

The community lounge for non-Narnian discussions.

Moderators: stargazer, johobbit

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby johobbit » Aug 28, 2013 12:16 pm

That was a very cool link and video re Mars and its Moons, 'gazer! :)

Ahh, what a fun photo, fantasia! And, oooh, look at those big names for the banquet, wow!

Shadow, that video does look interesting. I have bookmarked it to hopefully watch at some point. :) EDIT: Grrr, a notice came up,
"This video contains content from National Geographic, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds". :P I will try and find it another way.

DiGs wrote:I've always loved the names of Mars' moons. Phobos and Deimos translates to "Fear" and "Dread." ;))

Oh my. :P ;))

I am not very knowledgeable about space exploration, but am nonetheless fascinated by it, so am reading this topic with great interest.


stargazer wrote:I quite enjoyed our visit to the Cosmosphere during our trip there a couple of years ago. If the Cosmosphere was around here I'd probably spend entirely too much time there. ;))

Ditto! What a fascinating place. It seems we only scratched the surface.
User avatar
johobbit
Moderator
 
Posts: 15078
Joined: Feb 06, 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada ... under the northern sky
Gender: Female

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby stargazer » Sep 07, 2013 2:04 pm

Curiosity has done it again, showing us a view of Martian moon Phobos crossing the sun. Though it's close to Mars it's not big enough to cover the disc of the sun, and it moves so fast it only lasted 30 seconds from start to finish.
"The eclipse will melt your spine!'

- Overheard in a telephone pictionary game, August 2017
User avatar
stargazer
Moderator
 
Posts: 21575
Joined: Mar 28, 2004
Location: by a campfire

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby Puddleglum » Sep 07, 2013 8:24 pm

Very neat link stargazer. I would consider it a bit of a coincidince that I am currently reading the Mars series by Burroughs, and he frequintly mentions the moons of Mars, even their crossing one another.
Puddleglum
NarniaWeb Junkie
 
Posts: 802
Joined: Nov 20, 2009
Location: Minnesota USA
Gender: Male

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby stargazer » Nov 12, 2013 11:51 am

The Olympic torch for the Sochi Winter Games has returned to earth after a few days aboard the ISS. It's not the first time a torch has visited the station, though apparently it's the first time one has been taken for a spacewalk.

For safety reasons, the torch was not lit. ;))

Read more here
"The eclipse will melt your spine!'

- Overheard in a telephone pictionary game, August 2017
User avatar
stargazer
Moderator
 
Posts: 21575
Joined: Mar 28, 2004
Location: by a campfire

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby Puddleglum » Nov 13, 2013 9:26 pm

Not even one of those little votive candles?
Puddleglum
NarniaWeb Junkie
 
Posts: 802
Joined: Nov 20, 2009
Location: Minnesota USA
Gender: Male

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby fantasia_kitty » Dec 03, 2013 7:22 pm

So I heard that China has launched their first rocket to the moon, and they're one mission away from putting humans on the surface (or something like that?). Good for them. Maybe it will inspire other countries to go back to the moon again. :)
User avatar
fantasia_kitty
Site Admin
The Watchful Admin
 
Posts: 18270
Joined: Feb 06, 2004
Location: Kansas
Gender: Female

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby Shadowlander » Dec 03, 2013 8:12 pm

So I heard that China has launched their first rocket to the moon, and they're one mission away from putting humans on the surface (or something like that?). Good for them. Maybe it will inspire other countries to go back to the moon again. :)


One day we'll look back and think, "I remember when NASA was mothballed". Man...and just to let em' have it like that without any competition for it... X(
Kennel Keeper of Fenris Ulf


Image
User avatar
Shadowlander
Moderator Emeritus
This Space For Rent
 
Posts: 2986
Joined: Nov 30, 2005
Location: Vault 13
Gender: Male

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby stargazer » Dec 04, 2013 10:54 am

fantasia_kitty wrote:So I heard that China has launched their first rocket to the moon, and they're one mission away from putting humans on the surface (or something like that?). Good for them. Maybe it will inspire other countries to go back to the moon again. :)


This article on space.com indicates that the Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover is the second phase in China's unmanned lunar exploration (the third being to return lunar samples to earth by 2020). The Washington Post reports that while China intends to put a man on the moon, no date has been set for that - but it will certainly be later than that 2020 date.

To be fair, the West has been focusing more on Mars of late, and the Chinese rover is much smaller and less-advanced than the rovers currently operating on the Red Planet.

But I agree that it would be nice if this prompts other spacefaring nations back into action.
"The eclipse will melt your spine!'

- Overheard in a telephone pictionary game, August 2017
User avatar
stargazer
Moderator
 
Posts: 21575
Joined: Mar 28, 2004
Location: by a campfire

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby stargazer » Dec 20, 2013 10:55 am

Time to look back just a bit:

It was 45 years ago tomorrow (December 21) that Apollo 8 was launched to take the first humans into lunar orbit. Originally planned as an earth-orbit mission, rumors of the Soviet Union readying cosmonauts for a lunar mission (and problems with the lunar module) prompted the change. This was the first manned flight of the huge Saturn V rocket.

Lunar orbit was achieved on Christmas Eve, with the astronauts becoming the first humans to see Earthrise from another celestial object. They also read from Genesis and 'confirmed' the existence of Santa Claus before returning to earth a few days later.

I remember watching this on TV...now I feel old. ;))
"The eclipse will melt your spine!'

- Overheard in a telephone pictionary game, August 2017
User avatar
stargazer
Moderator
 
Posts: 21575
Joined: Mar 28, 2004
Location: by a campfire

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby DiGoRyKiRkE » Dec 24, 2013 7:40 am

That was John Glenn, wasn't it Dale?
Member of Ye Olde NarniaWeb
WC: Old Forum: 1024 New Forum: 230
User avatar
DiGoRyKiRkE
Moderator
The Logical Ornithological Mod
 
Posts: 23006
Joined: Mar 29, 2005
Location: Ohio: The Buckeye State
Gender: Male

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby stargazer » Dec 24, 2013 12:53 pm

John Glenn was a bit earlier, actually (or later, if you count his shuttle mission). The Apollo 8 crew was Frank Borman, Jim Lovell (later commander of Apollo 13), and William Anders.
"The eclipse will melt your spine!'

- Overheard in a telephone pictionary game, August 2017
User avatar
stargazer
Moderator
 
Posts: 21575
Joined: Mar 28, 2004
Location: by a campfire

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby DiGoRyKiRkE » Dec 24, 2013 1:49 pm

Oh. . . well. . . excuse my ignorance :P What year was John Glenn? As he's from Ohio. . . he's kind of a big deal here ;))

Then again. . . Armstrong was born here as well B-)
Member of Ye Olde NarniaWeb
WC: Old Forum: 1024 New Forum: 230
User avatar
DiGoRyKiRkE
Moderator
The Logical Ornithological Mod
 
Posts: 23006
Joined: Mar 29, 2005
Location: Ohio: The Buckeye State
Gender: Male

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby stargazer » Dec 26, 2013 8:46 am

John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth early in 1962 (he also flew on the space shuttle Discovery in 1998).
"The eclipse will melt your spine!'

- Overheard in a telephone pictionary game, August 2017
User avatar
stargazer
Moderator
 
Posts: 21575
Joined: Mar 28, 2004
Location: by a campfire

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby stargazer » Jan 24, 2014 12:59 pm

You know that old saying "They don't make things like they used to" ?

It may be true of some things but today's news includes an item that is a big exception:

The Mars rover Opportunity landed on the Red Planet 10 years ago today. Considering the planet's harsh environment and the problem of its dust covering the solar panels, engineers gave it a 90-day mission. Thanks in part to the winds blowing dust off the solar panels, it's still operating today, and has made some important discoveries, such as evidence Mars once had much more water than it does now.

Read more here. The video includes a nice shot of the sun near the Martian horizon which somehow reminds me of the double-sunset in the original Star Wars.
"The eclipse will melt your spine!'

- Overheard in a telephone pictionary game, August 2017
User avatar
stargazer
Moderator
 
Posts: 21575
Joined: Mar 28, 2004
Location: by a campfire

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby Shadowlander » Jan 25, 2014 7:21 am

Yes...it does make one want to stand with one leg propped up on a slight rock outcropping and look at the setting sun(s) wistfully...yearning for adventure and hopefully not one day chopping your dad's hand off. ;))

I can't wait till' we one day start landing people on Mars, perhaps set up a colony or two, and begin the centuries long process of turning the air breathable. Hopefully by then the Horizons probe will finally make it to Pluto. :))
Kennel Keeper of Fenris Ulf


Image
User avatar
Shadowlander
Moderator Emeritus
This Space For Rent
 
Posts: 2986
Joined: Nov 30, 2005
Location: Vault 13
Gender: Male

Re: Spaaaaace!

Postby starkat » Jan 25, 2014 10:58 am

We're coming up on three anniversaries for NASA.

Jan 27, 1967 - Apollo 1
Jan 28, 1986 - Challenger
Feb 1, 2003 - Columbia

Glad NASA's got a bit of good news in how long Opportunity's been running for. And keep in mind, it was actually built even further back than that as it takes at least 18 months (I think) to make the trip to Mars.
User avatar
starkat
Moderator Emeritus
 
Posts: 18589
Joined: Feb 26, 2004

PreviousNext

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 3 guests