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Starman's last photo with Earth:

My photo from Los Angeles of Starman and S2's final burn (bottom right) and the Orion constellation (top left):

psst fun fact: That footage was taken from Launch Complex 37B, which is a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy launchpad at the moment (launched Saturn I and IB rockets back in the day).

I'm glad we all forget competition for a few minutes and come together to witness tremendous events.


Not lucky enough to be in Florida but I think I'll have a decent view :)

demure  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Falcon Heavy Static Fire Successful!

Well, let's see. For one, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world (second only to the Saturn V in terms of historical lifting capability).

For two, this kind of capability has never been reusable. The payload it can take to geostationary transfer orbit and still return its three first stages to earth (8000 kg) will be more than double that of the Space Shuttle (roughly 3900 kg). Shuttle was not a fully reusable vehicle, and Heavy will be significantly lower cost to operate.

Reusability of orbital class rockets outright--not to mention Heavy's lifting capability-- has been a relatively recent phenomenon anyways, with the Orbcomm 2 first orbital rocket use and successful landing and the SES-10 first orbital rocket reuse and landing.

Cheaper flights to space have always meant more innovation and a lower barrier to entry for new, daring projects. Additionally, the traditional space companies now have competition in the super-heavy lift market. This is good for everyone. Competition is always better than monopolies when it comes to spurring innovation.

A new space age has dawned.

(all this stuff is available publicly on wikipedia and and all opinions my own)

demure  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: SpaceX is Pushing Back the Dark

notice how the hubwheel is in the same shape as the engines mounted on the bottom? coincidence? hmmm

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pssst Firefox Quantum.

demure  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hiking the 46 Adirondack High Peaks

Mt Washington was absolutely spectacular. I did it in two parts; we stayed partway up the mountain in a shelter overnight before hiking to the summit. I was fortunate to summit on a day where it was sunny and the wind was no more than 10 or 15 mph (can you believe that?! on Mount Washington!). It was gorgeous, and I had a great time hiking with my friends.

I summited Moriah with my best friend while it was raining and windy and cold and dreary...not the best view let's just say. But that comes with the territory of the Whites. It was enjoyable, but for different reasons, I guess. You can try to not encounter that sort of weather, but you probably can't avoid it completely if you want to do all 48 in a timely manner.

Other hikes I've done in the Whites were great. Two thumbs up.

Stein on Writing added to my to-read list. Thanks veen!

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