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still working on Sophrosyne, but I will no doubt end up with Hubris
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Almost made it with just one engine working

Good thing he has 9 more ready to go


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To see the whole thing (Skip to 1:48:00 or thereabout for the launch):



The flight itself lasts 6 minutes and 42 seconds.

Also Thunderf00t has a video about the explosion at the end:

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Moon rocks arrive on Earth for the first time since 1976 as China lunar mission ends

For the first time in more than 40 years, a capsule has returned to Earth carrying samples of rocks from the moon — thanks to a Chinese spacecraft that touched down Wednesday afternoon.

According to state media, a capsule from the uncrewed Chang'e 5 probe landed with its parachutes in the Siziwang district of the Inner Mongolia region just after 1:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, early Thursday morning in the region.

Shortly after the spacecraft touched down, state media tweeted photos of a ground search and recovery team hunting for the capsule at the landing site. It also reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated the success of the mission.

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Earlier this month, two of the spacecraft's four modules landed on the moon. They collected about 4.4 pounds of rock and soil samples from the surface after drilling about six feet into the moon's crust in a previously unexplored lava plain.

An ascent vehicle then carried the samples, kept in a sealed container, back to the return module to complete the apparently successful mission — yet another in a series of increasingly ambitious missions for China's space program.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/moon-rocks ... -change-5/
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WHO TOOK THAT PHOTO!!!?
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The crew that went to Mongolia to recover the capsule, of course.

It was a pretty complex mission, with the rocket that took off from the moon not being the one that returned to earth. There had to be an automated rendezvous and docking in lunar orbit, and a transfer of the rock-containing part from one rocket to the other. Impressive stuff.
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Yup, no grass on the Moon. A pity, actually. :mrgreen:
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Cue martial music:
US Space Force members will now be called 'guardians'

Vice President Mike Pence announced the US guardians of the galaxy.

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So now we know: US Space Force members will be called "guardians" going forward, US Vice President Mike Pence said Friday. His announcement came during a first-birthday celebration for the military branch.

"Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians will be defending our nation for generations to come," Pence said.
https://www.cnet.com/news/us-space-forc ... guardians/

:lmao:

You can check here: https://www.spaceforce.mil/News/Article ... essionals/
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
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Russian ISS cosmonauts struggle to find an air leak

Cosmonauts are considering sealing off the affected area, but worry this would impact the overall operation of the orbital station. Russia's space agency has said it can send more oxygen to the ISS, if necessary.

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The International Space Station is still losing oxygen but the situation is under control, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Saturday, adding that the agency was ready to send an additional supply of oxygen if the problem escalates.

The leak is affecting the Russian section of the ISS, with the fault apparently located in an access section to the Zvezda module. The exact location is not yet clear, Russian media reported.

"We have had this leak for quite some time, the rate is very small, nothing has happened. One of the leaks was found and reduced, but it still remains," Roscosmos Program Director Sergei Krikalev told Russia's Interfax news agency.

Pressure to find the source of the leak is growing, as oxygen reserves and air pressure continue to decrease.
Cause of damage unknown

A 4.5-centimeter (1.7-inch) rip was already uncovered in October with the help of a floating tea bag, and sealed.

The astronauts, unaware of what caused the damage, then realized there was another leak from elsewhere in the same section of the 20-year-old spacecraft. However, they failed to find the fault during a spacewalk in November.
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Earth needs an orbiting scrapyard. :mrgreen:
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"The Astrobotic CubeRover traverses the terrain in the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab regolith bin at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in" Florida, United States of America, on 10 December 2020. Photographer: Kim Shiflett, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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Japan to create first wooden satellites that completely burn up on re-entry to eliminate space junk

The satellite would burn up without releasing harmful substances when it comes back to Earth

Japan may soon be producing the world's first wooden satellites which would burn up when they plunge back to Earth without releasing harmful substances into the atmosphere, in an effort to reduce space trash.

Sumitomo Forestry, a Japan-based wood processing company, said they have begun researching on an ideal wood material for space and will carry out research in partnership with Kyoto University and test the material in extreme environment on earth. They announced that the satellite can be ready by 2023.

The partnership says the problem of space debris will eventually affect the environment of the earth. Quoted by BBC, Taka Doi, an astronaut and professor at Kyoto University said: “We are very concerned with the fact that all the satellites which re-enter the Earth's atmosphere burn and create tiny alumina particles which will float in the upper atmosphere for many years.”

The wooden satellites would burn up on re-entry without raining debris on the ground.

Space junk, also called space pollution, comprises human-generated objects, such as pieces of spacecraft, tiny flecks of paint from a spacecraft, parts of rockets, satellites that are no longer working, or explosions of objects in orbit flying around in space at high speeds, according to Nasa.

As of October 2019, the US space surveillance network reported nearly 20,000 artificial objects in orbit above the Earth, including 2,218 operational satellites.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 79829.html

Balsa wood, like we used for our toy planes! :mrgreen:
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Balsa wood, like we used for our toy planes! :mrgreen:
And what the aliens make their spacecraft out of. I think they also use Mylar.
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So when the wood burns it leaves carbon in the atmosphere.
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Factoid: Balsa is classified as a hardwood.
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A private astronaut explains how Axiom plans to replace the International Space Station and potentially save NASA billions per year
  • NASA wants to deorbit the International Space Station before the end of this decade.
  • The space agency and Congress want a commercial replacement in orbit before the ISS is trashed in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Axiom Space, a startup founded by a former NASA executive, is working to build, launch, and assemble "AxStation," an all-private outpost.
  • Michael López-Alegría — a former NASA astronaut and Axioms' vice president of business development — says use of the new station would cost a fraction of the $3.5 billion NASA spends each year.
  • "That just makes good economic sense," López-Alegría told Insider, noting NASA could use the savings on deeper-space exploration of the moon, Mars, and beyond.
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NASA is extending Mars and Jupiter missions, citing notable success

Juno and InSight have 'increased our understanding of our solar system,' NASA said

Citing discoveries that have "produced exceptional science," NASA has decided to add several years to two of its planetary science missions: the Jupiter Juno mission and the Mars InSight lander.

After a lengthy review process, which can be found here, the space agency concluded that both missions have "increased our understanding of our solar system, as well as spurred new sets of diverse questions."

"The Senior Review has validated that these two planetary science missions are likely to continue to bring new discoveries, and produce new questions about our solar system," said Lori Glaze, director of the planetary science division, in a statement.
https://www.foxnews.com/science/nasa-ad ... st-success (links & video)


And here's an anime of the Perseverance mission:

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Excellent sim.
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Serious Science™ at last:
French wine returns to Earth after a year in space

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)– 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and pieces of grapevine that spent a year orbiting in space returned to Earth.

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule undocked and and aimed for a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tampa. The Atlantic Ocean was initially planned as the landing spot but due to poor weather the capsule ended up in the Pacific.

Each bottle was carefully packed inside a steel cylinder to prevent any breakage.

Space Cargo Unlimited, a Luxembourg startup behind the experiments, wanted the wine to age for a year in space.

None of the bottles will be opened until the end of February. The company will open a bottle for a wine tasting in Bordeaux by some of France’s top connoisseurs and experts.Lots of chemical testing will follow as researchers are eager to see how space altered the sedimentation and bubbles.

According to Nicolas Gaume, the company’s CEO and co-founder, agricultural science is the point of this experiment.

“Our goal is to tackle the solution of how we’re going to have an agriculture tomorrow that is both organic and healthy and able to feed humanity, and we think space has the key,” said Gaume.
https://nbc-2.com/features/tech/2021/01 ... -in-space/

And what about Space Cola©, uh?
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Cork or screw-on?
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Remember the InSIght Lander that landed on Mars a couple years ago? It was supposed to drill down under the surface and stick a probe in.
Maybe you remember this image?
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Well, apparently it never really worked the way they hoped.

Mars digger bites the dust after 2 years on red planet
NASA declared the Mars digger dead Thursday after failing to burrow deep into the red planet to take its temperature.

Scientists in Germany spent two years trying to get their heat probe, dubbed the mole, to drill into the Martian crust. But the 16-inch-long (40-centimeter) device that is part of NASA’s InSight lander couldn’t gain enough friction in the red dirt. It was supposed to bury 16 feet (5 meters) into Mars, but only drilled down a couple of feet (about a half meter).

Following one last unsuccessful attempt to hammer itself down over the weekend with 500 strokes, the team called it quits.

“We’ve given it everything we’ve got, but Mars and our heroic mole remain incompatible,” said the German Space Agency’s Tilman Spohn, the lead scientist for the experiment.
The mole’s design was based on Martian soil examined by previous spacecraft. That turned out nothing like the clumpy dirt encountered this time.
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↑ "Heroic mole" :figamagee:




Report: U.S. military space programs at risk of losing domestic sources of key components

WASHINGTON — U.S. military satellites and missiles continue to rely on customized hardware and niche components that are no longer manufactured domestically, the Pentagon said in a report to Congress released Jan. 14.

These programs need to invest in new technology and qualify new suppliers to ensure they have access to domestic sources, said the Defense Department’s Fiscal Year 2020 Industrial Capabilities Report, which the Pentagon must submit annually to congressional defense committees.

“The DoD space industrial base remains a niche market with very specialized and capital-intensive requirements that are not efficiently managed through individual program investments,” the report said.

Many current and planned systems rely on dated technology and practices, as well as fragile or foreign sources, said the report. “Reliance on foreign sources for critical technologies, competition from subsidized lower-cost imports, and erratic demand from the national security space enterprise will erode essential space capabilities and critical skills, and threaten future access to space qualified domestic industrial sources.”

The 181-page report — which covers every sector of the defense industry — was written by the office of Undersecretary of Defense for Acquistion and Sustainment Ellen Lord. The space portion of the report was put together by the Space Industrial Base Working Group, a team of Pentagon, NASA, Federal Aviation Administration and National Reconnaissance Office representatives. The group was created in 2017 after President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing federal agencies to probe vulnerabilities in the nation’s manufacturing and supply sources.

Other findings from the report:
  • There is limited domestic production capacity of precision gyroscopes used in military spacecraft, launch vehicles and missiles.
  • Military and NASA satellite programs need access to lower cost space-qualified solar cells. U.S. suppliers are developing more advanced cells but foreign competitors are producing high efficiency cells at lower costs.
  • The United States is an overall world leader in commercial space, but competitors such as China are rapidly expanding their commercial space industries.
  • Recent commercial market downturns have resulted in layoffs and skills gaps in the U.S. industrial base for traveling wave tube amplifiers, used to improve radio frequency spectrum access and increase bandwidth in military satellites. A sole domestic supplier competes with a single foreign source for production of all space qualified amplifiers.
  • The long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the space industry are still unclear. Potential areas of concern include a slowdown in capital expenditures and more rapid industry consolidation than originally anticipated.
  • The largest six prime defense suppliers are Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, and BAE Systems. They collectively won 32 percent of all DoD contract obligations in 2019.
https://spacenews.com/report-u-s-milita ... omponents/