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demure  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The sound of Martian wind.

This is wonderful.

demure  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Former President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94

Sorry, this comment is private.

Answer!

am_Unition is spot-on. Vandenberg launches typically are for sun-synchronous polar orbits, so they launch south/southeast along the coast but over the ocean.

There's tons of 'range safety' work that goes on with these launches. There's an envelope that the rocket is approved to fly within on its way from the ground to space. Most flight termination systems are controlled by hand--a radio signal can be sent by mission control to remote-explode the rocket if it's deemed that its a risk to something on the ground. SpaceX is unique at the moment (as far as I know) in having an automated termination system that passes control of that termination decision to the rocket. You can read more here.

(as an aside, this photo was taken 300+ miles away from the launch site!)

demure  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Still Life

demure  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Leading Lines

Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

demure  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Space and Space Launch Updates

Awesome updates!!

Don't mind if I follow-up with a couple more routine missions:

An Antares launched today early morning East coast time carrying a Cygnus supply vessel to the ISS.

Spaceflight Industries' SSO-A mission is launching 64 satellites (49 cubesats, 15 slightly larger) on a Falcon 9 out of Vandenberg on Monday, which would set a new record for number of SpaceX launches in a year (this will be #19 for 2018).

demure  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Their Soybeans Piling Up, Farmers Hope Trade War Ends Before Beans Rot

I prefer the title I thought I read:

    Their Soybeans Piling Up, Farmers Hope Trade War Ends Before Beans Riot
demure  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Transportation

A wicked thunderstorm viewed from the air, over Atlanta. April 2017.

demure  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

From my Thirty in Thirty project: Tracks, Torrance, CA, 2018.03.31.

psychoticmilkman please add me to the tags!

As an aside, I've learned just how infrequently I use symmetry in my photography. Maybe I should experiment more with it.

psychoticmilkman  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Done!

demure  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Acknowledged! Will comb through the library soon

demure  ·  34 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Democracy Participation Th{ubski}read

Voted via mail-in!

The do-your-civic-duty atmosphere is strong here, which is awesome.

I've got about 5500 photos on Flickr at the moment, which is probably on the low end of photos backed up for those who are photography hobbyists.

still frustrating as hell.

kleinbl00  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's just over the 5000-photo limit for what they'll let you download in bulk. Apparently people are currently waiting 8-12 hours for a download link.

demure  ·  55 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss

Pretty fitting for a wrong link, though...

veen  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·  

God dammit...

Shame on me. Was gonna post both but confused my tabs.