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#861 SteampunkScientist

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 05:47 PM

Google "Pentagon loses track of 21 Billion Dollars".

There it is!

#862 Alder Logs

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:07 PM

Google "Pentagon loses track of 21 Billion Dollars".

There it is!

 

Billions, trillions... aaa, what's the difference, eh? 



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 09:44 PM

No government can innovate.  The best a government can do is encourage it.

The rate of rocket launches will be going up a bunch.

Not just big ones like SpaceX,

but there are a number of companies that are addressing smaller payloads.

I read that 100 US launches a year are expected.

 

Getting into space is very expensive.

Russia's incurable endemic corruption cannot cope.

I think they will be falling out. 

ISS is all they have to jerk off on.

China's communist party cannot do it as a government,

and I don't think the communist club will give "private" companies enough freedom to innovate effectively.

Perhaps spying will keep them up to speed.

The companies of the USA will make getting into space so cheap,

it will be a total game changer.


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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:32 AM

We need to have so many "game changers" at once that it overwhelms the current monkey brain based idiocy that allows a country to lose 21 trillion dollars, elect an orange turnip as president, arrest those who tell the truth, whilst paying millions to those who lie professionally, and most importantly, the wholesale destruction of the only planet we are aware of, that we can live on.

If that happens, perhaps we can cure all disease, extend life, and explore space.

7 Current Game changers:

1. (Previously mentioned) Proliferation of new private space companies.

2. Artificial Intelligence

3. Quantum Computing

4. Crypto Currency

5. Graphine and exotic materials

6. Nano Machine Technology

7. Man Machine biological interfaces

#865 Alder Logs

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 03:19 PM

No fear, Steam, DARPA's got 2 through 7 covered for you.  If the rich guys in space doesn't make their list, we can replace it with climate control and geoengineering.


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Posted 13 April 2019 - 05:47 PM

How 'bout we don't spend a damned dime on space?

 

Money saved

 

No militarization of space

 

No more satellites - too many already. Evidence?  Six hundred cable channels with NOTHING ON THEM

 

Seriously. We have much bigger problems at ground level that need to be corrected than anything going on up there.


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Posted 13 April 2019 - 06:01 PM

Well Pharmer, I want explore space. While I agree our problems are many, and we are doing so many things wrong as a species, that does not mean one ought not dream about how things might be...
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Posted 13 April 2019 - 08:32 PM

I would like to see some orbiters put around Uranus and Neptune.  Both would be cool to see closer up.  Drop a lander on Triton too.

More available big ass rockets mean getting a decent probe out there doesn't require 3 gravity assist flybys and 20 years.

Going backward, willingly, is not the homo sapien way.

Only nuclear fission can replace hydrocarbons.

Thorium reactors sound like a great way to go.



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Posted 13 April 2019 - 08:52 PM

As I often like to say, there are no problems here on Earth that can't be solved with the open ended Richter Scale.


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Posted 13 April 2019 - 08:54 PM

Jeeze Alder, calm down now... ;P

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 08:57 PM

Just trying to look on the bright side of life.

 

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 08:55 AM

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The Summer Solstice this year is on June 21 at 8:54 PDT. The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the shortest  in the southern.

There are many world traditions celebrated on this day, but at the very least enjoy a few moments in gratitude for the Sun's light, and its gifts of life...........

https://en.wikipedia...Summer_solstice

 

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Edited by Skywatcher, 13 June 2019 - 09:02 AM.

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 11:24 AM

Has anyone been able to take a pic of Jupiter and its moons? 


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 02:19 PM

I have been looking with binoculars, as the moons change position, while it is at its closest this month.

I don't have a camera with enough magnification or a tripod.

Jupiter is really ruling the night sky !

 

This is pretty much what I can see with binoculars.

 

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as compared to a high res image from juno...............

 

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Edited by Skywatcher, 16 June 2019 - 02:39 PM.

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 03:28 PM

I'm no help on this one, not enough night to be able to see anything here.


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Posted 02 August 2019 - 04:21 PM

It's Time for the Perseid Meteor Shower again !

 

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The annual Perseid meteor shower is one of the most beloved meteor showers of the year, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, where the shower peaks on warm summer nights. No matter where you live worldwide, the 2019 Perseid meteor shower will probably produce the greatest number of meteors on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. Unfortunately, on the peak mornings in 2019, a bright moon will drown many Perseid  from view. For those serious about seeing the greatest number of Perseid in 2019, I recommend viewing several mornings in a row, beginning the weekend of Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11. There will be considerably more moon-free viewing time then than at the Perseid’ likely peak from late evening August 12 until dawn August 13.

 

Perseid meteors have been streaking across our skies since around July 17. We’ll see Perseids for 10 days or so after the peak mornings on August 11, 12 and 13. What’s more, the Perseids tend to build up gradually, yet fall off rapidly. So, any morning in late July through mid-August should offer a sprinkling of Perseid meteors.

Don’t rule out early evenings, either. In a typical year, although the meteor numbers increase after midnight, the Perseid meteors still start to fly at mid-to-late evening from northerly latitudes. South of the equator, the Perseid start to streak the sky around midnight. If fortune smiles upon you, the evening hours might offer you an earthgrazer – a long, slow, colorful meteor traveling horizontally across the evening sky. Earthgrazer meteors are rare but memorable. Perseid earthgrazers appear before midnight, when the radiant point of the shower is close to the horizon.

 

Full information can be read here:

https://earthsky.org...d-meteor-shower

 

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Edited by Skywatcher, 02 August 2019 - 04:51 PM.

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Posted 02 August 2019 - 05:17 PM

I always love this meteor shower!
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