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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2017
     
    I don't think we actually know what shape it is. The elongated shape was postulated to explain why its magnitude seems to vary periodically. Maybe its a ball painted black on one side.
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    Strange relative?
    Without exception.

    its
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2017
     
    Got me there. Mea culpa. I jumped off the orthographic rails. A most grievous vault.
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    I'm not one to pommel.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2017
     
    NASA Is Hosting a Conference to Detail a Major Alien Planet Discovery.

    https://futurism.com/nasa-hosting-conference-detail-major-alien-planet-discovery/
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    Correction: "Hosted".

    It was yesterday:

    https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/artificial-intelligence-nasa-data-used-to-discover-eighth-planet-circling-distant-star

    Seems a bit ambitious to post this in the colonization thread!
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2017
     
    SpaceX Just Launched A Completely Recycled Spacecraft For the First Time in History.

    https://futurism.com/spacex-just-launched-a-completely-recycled-spacecraft-for-the-first-time-in-history/
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2017
     
    SpaceX Just Landed The First Stage Of A Completely Recycled Spacecraft For the First Time in History.

    https://futurism.com/spacex-just-launched-a-completely-recycled-spacecraft-for-the-first-time-in-history/
    • CommentAuthorkorkskrew
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2017 edited
     
    I think that's the third first stage they've landed twice.
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2017
     
    Posted By: TrimSpaceX Just Launched A Completely Recycled Spacecraft For the First Time in History.

    The second stage motor is not recovered other than the capsule. With the first stage booster, refurbished would be a better description than recycled.
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    Space travel is getting shabbier and used. Soon astronauts will affect Expanse-ive haircuts and swear a lot.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2017
     
    Soon is very close to hair then.
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    Will we get to carry those big lumpy electronic handguns that fire tiny little frangible grenade rounds that splatter human flesh but won't penetrate a pressure hull?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2017
     
    No.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2017 edited
     
    Uber Rocket

    Refund if we get it back
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2017
     
    Movement with Skylon at last?

    Hypersonic spaceplane company building test facility with DARPA funding.

    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/12/hypersonic-spaceplane-company-building-test-facility-with-darpa-funding.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2017
     
    The Greatest Leap, Part 3: The triumph and near-tragedy of the first Moon landing.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/apollo-triumph/
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2017
     
    Fake news. The 'Moon' is a Big Cheese conspiracy. Don't believe their emmentales.
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    Spare us the gruyere details
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    <insert Monty Python cheese shop skit here>