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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2019
     
    Few will want to brag that their ashes are going to Uranus. Neptune, maybe.
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    In my head I always read it as "ooo-RAH-noos" anyhow.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2019
     
    I avoid the issue by using the Latin version, Caelus. I can't say that either but it doesn't get me into so much trouble.
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2019
     
    Posted By: alsetalokinIn my head I always read it as "ooo-RAH-noos" anyhow.

    I had a German astronomy professor many years ago, in Huntsville, Alabama -- he earlier had been the head of the wind-tunnel division at Peenemünde, in the V-2 days. He pronounced it (the planet) as OOO-rah-noos.
    • CommentAuthorkorkskrew
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2019 edited
     
    SpaceX just landed a Falcon 9 booster for the 4th time. Time to get it ready for it's fifth flight. Preatty amazing, I think.

    https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1193907602637365250
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    First time we had perfect video from the barge too.

    But fairing catches called off due to bad weather for the boats. Thinking ahead to SuperHeavy and StarShip landings, these are going to have to be on land I think. It makes the terrestrial point-to-point plan a bit iffy
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2019
     
    With Mars methane mystery unsolved, Curiosity serves scientists a new one: Oxygen.

    https://phys.org/news/2019-11-mars-methane-mystery-unsolved-curiosity.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2019
     
    At future Mars landing spot, scientists spy mineral that could preserve signs of past life.

    https://phys.org/news/2019-11-future-mars-scientists-spy-mineral.html
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2019
     
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    I've been thinking along those lines myself lately.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2019
     
    The dust of momentum on arrival.

    Takes five times longer though.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2019
     
    This Startup Says It Can Create “Meat” Out of Thin Air.


    https://futurism.com/the-byte/this-startup-creating-meat-air
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    Why bother with the meat? Just go ahead and create money out of the thin air.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2019
     
    That's routine. It would never make the headlines.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2019
     
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2019
     
    Nano satellite launchers?

    Lightweight heat shield protects superfast aircraft.

    https://www.theengineer.co.uk/lightweight-heatshield-hypersonic-aircraft/
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2019
     
    What’s the Best Way to Sail From World to World? Electric Sails or Solar Sails?

    https://www.universetoday.com/143992/whats-the-best-way-to-sail-from-world-to-world-electric-sails-or-solar-sails/
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    Interesting - thanks
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    Tethers by Kurzgesagt
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqwpQarrDwk

    A compelling paradigm. If you were of a mind to compete against SpaceX, this would be a way to go.

    Trim knows.

    ETA
    "A bunch of studies were done on this in the 80s/90s and the main problem that isn't solved yet is the instability of super long structures in orbit. Long objects in such a close orbit to earth are extremely unstable and would require constant corrections along the whole length to not be chaotic."

    "It's expensive, really expensive. To get one operational you would need billions of dollars. Also the technology hasnt been tested. Tons of things could cause issues, not to mention the near constant atmospheric drag that would require you to constantly be shifting the orbit of the tether. Also rotating objects are a bitch to course correct."
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2019
     
    I like the idea of a rotating cable on asteroids or Phobos, could be a cheap way to transfer carbon to the moon.