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The Meltdown 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
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Glossary
Spoiler!

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unlurking 12:39 PM 09-16-2021
Originally Posted by DaFace:


A little odd to me to think they wouldn't have looked out already, but OK. At least we finally got an "all is well" confirmation.
I'm guessing they haven't opened the hatch yet. Probably wanted to do several rounds of pressure tests inside the cupola.
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unlurking 12:44 PM 09-16-2021
Originally Posted by MagicHef:
If cupola = toilet, does this mean that none of them were able to relieve themselves from 2 hours before launch until later today?
lol, the toilet is on the "ceiling", next to the hatch. The cupola is outside the hatch. The toilet is a vacuum hose/nozzle thing, so AFAIK, you pull the toilet out, stick it where ti goes, stick your head in the cupola, and do your thing. :-)

Here's a good shot of the cupola before it gets mated to Dragon. It's not just a window...



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unlurking 01:01 PM 09-16-2021
More toilet info...

https://markets.businessinsider.com/...-design-2020-5

Looks like someone grabbed a screenshot from a Crew2 broadcast. The toilet is in the ceiling near the crew feet...



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dlphg9 01:24 PM 09-16-2021
Originally Posted by DaFace:
Is this ever going to actually launch? The things we learn from this could lead to some very very exciting things. I'm just skeptical that this thing gets off the ground anytime soon.
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Fish 01:25 PM 09-16-2021
Scuse me while I whip this out....
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MagicHef 02:14 PM 09-16-2021
Originally Posted by unlurking:
lol, the toilet is on the "ceiling", next to the hatch. The cupola is outside the hatch. The toilet is a vacuum hose/nozzle thing, so AFAIK, you pull the toilet out, stick it where ti goes, stick your head in the cupola, and do your thing. :-)

Here's a good shot of the cupola before it gets mated to Dragon. It's not just a window...


Good, I was worried.
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DaFace 10:17 PM 09-16-2021
Finally got a few photos.

The crew of #Inspiration4 had an incredible first day in space! They’ve completed more than 15 orbits around planet Earth since liftoff and made full use of the Dragon cupola. pic.twitter.com/StK4BTWSA6

— Inspiration4 (@inspiration4x) September 17, 2021

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unlurking 01:17 PM 09-17-2021

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unlurking 01:29 PM 09-17-2021
That cupola seems bigger on the inside. lol

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Donger 12:15 PM 09-18-2021
After three days on-orbit, Dragon and the Inspiration4 crew – the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit – will return to Earth on September 18, splashing down at approximately 7:06 p.m. EDT in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

SpaceX’s webcast for return of Dragon and the Inspiration4 crew will go live about 1 hour before splashdown.
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Rausch 01:46 PM 09-18-2021
As the torch is slowly passed from government to big business in space exploration I'm curious what people think. Good thing? Bad thing?

I know it's inevitable. It was always an eventuality - just like trains, trucks, or sea vessels. Eventually business would surpass govt. in space as well. But we're here to be living in it at the moment when it's happening.
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Donger 03:51 PM 09-18-2021
Live in 8:00


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DaFace 03:57 PM 09-18-2021
Originally Posted by Rausch:
As the torch is slowly passed from government to big business in space exploration I'm curious what people think. Good thing? Bad thing?



I know it's inevitable. It was always an eventuality - just like trains, trucks, or sea vessels. Eventually business would surpass govt. in space as well. But we're here to be living in it at the moment when it's happening.
Both have their place. NASA sucks at developing launchers. Let them focus on science.
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DaFace 03:58 PM 09-18-2021
Godspeed, Resilience. This has been fun. Let's keep it that way.
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DaFace 04:09 PM 09-18-2021
:-) @ Chris casually watching Spaceballs.
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