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The Gonzo 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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DaFace 09:49 PM 09-13-2021
It's super foggy. Been a while since we've had a west coast launch.
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DaFace 10:05 PM 09-13-2021
Well, this has kind of been shit for visuals, but meh, it's a launch.
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MagicHef 11:42 PM 09-13-2021
Looked like a Halloween launch.
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DaFace 07:41 PM 09-14-2021
Just a reminder that Inspiration 4 launch is tomorrow. Two more episodes of Countdown are up on Netflix for pregame.

Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete – targeting Wednesday, September 15 for launch of Dragon’s first all-civilian human spaceflight. The 5-hour launch window opens at 8:02 p.m. EDT

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 13, 2021

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DaFace 07:42 PM 09-14-2021

Dragon’s first all-civilian crew https://t.co/bJFjLCilmc pic.twitter.com/BefnuerQa2

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 14, 2021

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DaFace 11:22 AM 09-15-2021

All systems and weather are looking good for today’s Falcon 9 launch of Dragon’s first all-civilian spaceflight. Webcast will go live ~4 hours before liftoff https://t.co/bJFjLCzWdK pic.twitter.com/kkSiWcv6qc

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 15, 2021

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DaFace 03:40 PM 09-15-2021

A look at the "cupola" window that SpaceX created for this mission, which replaced the docking hatch under the nosecone of Crew Dragon:https://t.co/2H1uPXOL52 #SpaceX #Inspiration4 pic.twitter.com/YovYJvIqem

— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) September 15, 2021

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Donger 03:58 PM 09-15-2021
For those with a couple of hours to spare before launch:


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Deberg_1990 04:16 PM 09-15-2021
This is so cool. How much training did these People have to go thru?

He a much did they each pay to get on board?

No pilots? Did these modern space craft fly themselves?
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DaFace 04:23 PM 09-15-2021
Originally Posted by Deberg_1990:
This is so cool. How much training did these People have to go thru?
Watch the documentary on Netflix. They did quite a bit, but obviously not anywhere near the level that a NASA astronaut would get.

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He a much did they each pay to get on board?
It's all being paid for by Jared Issacman. They picked the other three to represent other "pillars," including Hope (cancer survivor), Generosity (donor to St. Jude who was randomly selected from all donors), and Prosperity (small business owner who also happens to be a space geek). Jared himself is "Leadership".

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No pilots? Did these modern space craft fly themselves?
Pretty much. They do need to be able to take over in an emergency, but Dragon is designed to be autonomous.
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Donger 04:34 PM 09-15-2021
Originally Posted by DaFace:
Watch the documentary on Netflix. They did quite a bit, but obviously not anywhere near the level that a NASA astronaut would get.
Thanks (think it was you) who mentioned the Netflix series. I watched them all last night. My logic tells me that I shouldn't be more anxious with a civilian crew than professionals, but I am. And that series made it worse.

Thanks!!!
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Hog's Gone Fishin 04:36 PM 09-15-2021
How long until launch?
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DaFace 04:38 PM 09-15-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
Thanks (think it was you) who mentioned the Netflix series. I watched them all last night. My logic tells me that I shouldn't be more anxious with a civilian crew than professionals, but I am. And that series made it worse.

Thanks!!!
There's no question that the stakes are high on this one. With astronauts, you know they at least signed up for it as a career. It's Jared's idea. Sian has dreamed of it her whole life. I feel like they know what they are in for.

But Haley and Christopher both basically got pulled out of a pile of names. Haleys' mom recently lost her husband. Christopher has a family and kids. Suffice it to say, that would be really tough for them.

I'm confident that SpaceX is as safe as anyone, but as Elon would say, the "pucker factor" is high.
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DaFace 04:39 PM 09-15-2021
Originally Posted by Hog's Gone Fishin:
How long until launch?
8:02pm Eastern
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DaFace 04:41 PM 09-15-2021
Probably worth noting that they have a 5-hour launch window today. Super weird for a manned launch, but when you're just aiming for a general orbit, I guess time isn't particularly critical.
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