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The Marty 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

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How to Watch a Live Launch
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Where to Learn More
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Glossary
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Donger 12:32 PM 02-19-2021

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Hydrae 12:54 PM 02-19-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
Those rocks are fascinating to me. They sure look volcanic in my very uninformed opinion.
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Donger 01:19 PM 02-19-2021

Every picture tells a story. This one captures me in midair, floating over Mars while hanging from my parachute during the final #CountdownToMars.

Latest update and images: https://t.co/fnnEOOMWsV pic.twitter.com/39aGp963a3

— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 19, 2021

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Detoxing 02:06 PM 02-19-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
"eeehhhh it was just a weather balloon" /Martian Military
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Detoxing 02:07 PM 02-19-2021
So im guessing they figured out how to keep the dust off the solar panels this time?
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Donger 02:13 PM 02-19-2021
Originally Posted by Detoxing:
So im guessing they figured out how to keep the dust off the solar panels this time?
Perseverance doesn't use PV for power.
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GloryDayz 08:25 AM 02-20-2021
:-)


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philfree 08:37 AM 02-20-2021
I don't know much about this stuff but I was telling the wife that this thing needs to have drones on it so they can go out and gather info. Then I heard there was some kind of helicopter they were going to try and fly. Helicopter or drone? Being able to "spread out" I think would be a big deal.
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2112 08:46 AM 02-20-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
Perseverance doesn't use PV for power.
How many sols until ingenuity takes off?
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unlurking 08:55 AM 02-20-2021
Originally Posted by philfree:
I don't know much about this stuff but I was telling the wife that this thing needs to have drones on it so they can go out and gather info. Then I heard there was some kind of helicopter they were going to try and fly. Helicopter or drone? Being able to "spread out" I think would be a big deal.
It's a drone helicopter. :-)
I saw somewhere that the atmosphere is something like 1% of earth's in terms of density, so they had to test lift characteristics in a vacuum chamber. I'm super excited to see the video of it taking off and flying away!
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allen_kcCard 10:31 AM 02-20-2021
From what I read the drone's biggest impact is that it will be able to map out the area around the rover so it knows best course to areas around it they want to check out. A top down view will be able to provide a lot more data to use for course planning.
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Donger 01:39 PM 02-20-2021
https://www.space.com/faa-closes-inv...ship-sn9-crash

"The FAA closed the investigation of the Feb. 2 SpaceX Starship SN9 prototype mishap today, clearing the way for the SN10 test flight pending FAA approval of license updates," an FAA spokesperson said Friday (Feb. 19) in an emailed statement.

"The FAA provided oversight of the SN9 mishap investigation conducted by SpaceX. The SN9 vehicle failed within the bounds of the FAA safety analysis," the statement continued. "Its unsuccessful landing and explosion did not endanger the public or property. All debris was contained within the designated hazard area. The FAA approved the final mishap report, including the probable causes and corrective actions."
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eDave 02-20-2021, 11:13 PM
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Donger 01:05 PM 02-22-2021
Videos Live:


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Donger 01:43 PM 02-22-2021

Your front-row seat to my Mars landing is here. Watch how we did it.#CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/Avv13dSVmQ

— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 22, 2021

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Pants 11:15 PM 02-22-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
Better quality for those who even care:


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