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The Lounge>Space Exploration megathread
DaFace 09:40 AM 06-01-2014
Since a number of cool things are happening in space exploration these days, we'll widen the scope of this thread a smidge. Conversation about all things space exploration are welcome, whether it be from NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Blue Origin, or anyone else. Chances are most of the discussion will still be about SpaceX since they love to make things public and fun, but nothing's off limits. I'll eventually get around to modifying the OP to include resources for other companies too, but in the meantime, feel free to post any cool stuff you run across.

Lists of Upcoming Missions

Spoiler!


How to Watch a Live Launch
Spoiler!


Where to Learn More
Spoiler!


Glossary
Spoiler!

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eDave 02:42 PM 04-14-2015
Damn. I missed it.

So cool how the after Stage 1 separation the spent rocket falls away, then goes vertical, then descends.

Stuck the landing, but too hard. "We falcon punched the barge." Can't wait for that footage.

Good stuff here:

http://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comme...ssion_updates/
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DaFace 03:09 PM 04-14-2015
The aim was there. Just gotta slow it down a little more.

#Falcon9 first stage approaches Just Read the Instructions. pic.twitter.com/XzmnYslNlc

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 14, 2015


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DaFace 03:12 PM 04-14-2015

Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing pic.twitter.com/eJWzN6KSJa

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2015


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eDave 03:17 PM 04-14-2015
Originally Posted by DaFace:
The aim was there. Just gotta slow it down a little more.


Hot damn! That looks awesome. They'll stick it next time.

EDIT: Looks like it's a few degrees off? Maybe 10?
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GloryDayz 04:30 PM 04-14-2015
Hope this link works...

https://mtc.cdn.vine.co/r/videos/787...MG14kkGtFfvkpE

Yes, they're getting much closer...
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DaFace 05:08 PM 04-14-2015
Originally Posted by GloryDayz:
Hope this link works...

https://mtc.cdn.vine.co/r/videos/787...MG14kkGtFfvkpE

Yes, they're getting much closer...
That's from the first attempt a few months ago.
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eDave 04-14-2015, 05:29 PM
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GloryDayz 05:43 PM 04-14-2015
Well poop....
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GloryDayz 05:47 PM 04-14-2015
Very cool pic...


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vailpass 08:16 PM 04-14-2015
The Human Factors engineering that went into that capsule...damn.
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DMAC 08:47 PM 04-14-2015
I was there. Very damn cool.
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DaFace 08:54 PM 04-14-2015


It was swinging quite a bit coming into the barge. Gotta get that stabilized.
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BigRedChief 09:32 PM 04-14-2015
Originally Posted by GloryDayz:
Hope this link works...

https://mtc.cdn.vine.co/r/videos/787...MG14kkGtFfvkpE

Yes, they're getting much closer...
Thats a major jump forward.:-)
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DaFace 04:35 PM 04-15-2015
Better quality + explosion.



If you turn on high res, you can see the thrusters at the top trying to keep it upright. Just not quite.
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DaFace 01:50 PM 04-16-2015
One more for posterity:


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BigRedChief 03:09 PM 04-16-2015
I took an advanced College Physics course. We had to plot a trajectory and landing on the moon. This was pre-internet so there was no cheating. Those landings are so damn hard to do because of weight/mass/height and trying to keep the center.
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