Latest Space Missions (& Other Science Stuff)

So that’s how they faked the moon landings. They moved the moon until it was 50 miles away. Sneaky rascals.

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July 20 8am CDT/13:00 UTC

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I like the reusability and the (friendly) competition.
Does „Opening space to all“ mean people can buy a ticket to be in zero g for a bit, like those rich dudes? I scanned the linked page and it doesn’t give any details.
When people (children) say they want to become an astronaut, don’t they mean, work in space, as in, produce something useful and get paid? Maybe mine and their definition of astronaut diverge. :slight_smile:

PS: I enjoy watching launches (e.g. via DasValdez on Twitch) and reading space news, but I have to admit, the “rich white men in space” stories are the least interesting and I skipped watching them. Sure, somebody has to be first, and they prove they trust their own technology, fine, now get on with it please. :woman_shrugging:

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Thing is, who else is going to explore / exploit space travel? Democratic governments can’t do it, because their electorates won’t pay the necessary taxes any more. Poor countries can’t afford to do it.

For space travel to progress, there has to be a way of making the necessary technological advances pay for themselves. And if that means vanity trips for the boys, well, they’re the ones with the money.

Following the Montgolfier Brothers’ success with manned balloon flight in 1783, there was an explosion (in the case of hydrogen balloons, quite literally) of interest in ballooning, much of which was financed by paid-for sightseeing and demonstration flights. The willingness of the public to pay for this 18th century thrill ride financed technological developments which, arguably, led directly to the aviation industry we have today.

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I know… you’re right… Guess I‘m just still waiting for the international cooperation and idealistic scientific exploration and hoverboards that my sci-fi stories promised me for the 2000s… sigh :innocent:

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The ISS is the closest thing so far.
“It is the result of unprecedented scientific and engineering collaboration among five space agencies representing 15 countries.”

Of course, a Star Trek future would be ideal but, money would have to be abolished. Sadly, many people are motivated by money more than scientific advancement. First, people have to care more about others than they care about themselves. Sadly, money-makers are motivated by self- interests…been watching too much of the series, The Men Who Made America. Greed and being on top was what motivated them and they (Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford, etc…) are the role-models most entrepreneurs follow today.
In the meantime,

Digital Trends: How to watch the ISS relocate a Crew Dragon to make room for a Starliner.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-sets-coverage-invites-public-to-virtually-join-starliner-launch

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Tasmin Archer sang a very nice song about it.

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So today it’s Blue Origin’s turn!

Commercial rocket flight to ‘space’

Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk, and Oliver Daemen

Max Apogee: 351,210 ft ≈ 107,049 m
T+ 10m18s Touchdown!

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Ok. So that was fun. At least they rode a rocket to space at over mach3. Exciting! …until everyone disembarked and then you remember you’re watching a (b)millionaires club… :money_mouth_face:
If this ever becomes something everyday people can enjoy, then we will have something special.

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Well said ! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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TIME: Forget the Bezos and Branson Spaceflights. The Real Deal Happens This Fall.

:open_mouth: my 4 year anniversary today. Time flies…

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