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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2120 on: December 4, 2018, 09:39:31 AM »
So far, so good with InSight. Next week is going to be interesting, look forward to images from the under-belly camera to survey the site for instrument deployment. Check out this site and its Surface Ops page:
https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/

I have no idea why the grapple hook is moving n this image:


In the second frame as the hook moves to the left, you can clearly see what looks like indentations or abrasions in the metal from it being hit and moved about. Im not sure what type of metal or carbon it is and whether it's quite light or heavy but it looks like it could have been moving/rattling about quite a lot, maybe through the descent. Hope it doesn't hinder the mission in any way as I'd imagine it's extremely important given the stability needed.

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2121 on: December 4, 2018, 09:59:17 AM »
Looks like there’s padding on the metal to prevent abrasion to me.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2122 on: December 5, 2018, 07:03:41 PM »
In the second frame as the hook moves to the left, you can clearly see what looks like indentations or abrasions in the metal from it being hit and moved about. Im not sure what type of metal or carbon it is and whether it's quite light or heavy but it looks like it could have been moving/rattling about quite a lot, maybe through the descent. Hope it doesn't hinder the mission in any way as I'd imagine it's extremely important given the stability needed.
Looks like there’s padding on the metal to prevent abrasion to me.
Yes, there is padding. The grapple hook hangs on a wire string and it can bounce a lot. The instrument deployment is a very scary sight... It's noting like the animation on the web page. The seismometer swings initially at +/-25 degrees on Earth, and +/-45 degrees unloaded for Mars gravity! You watch the damn thing and you would think it would break against a rock... But in reality, the instrument would survive being thrown from the lander deck.

And so far, so good. The IDC (instrument deployment camera) is working and the second phase of unstowing the arm has gone smoothly.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2123 on: December 5, 2018, 10:24:59 PM »

A Falcon 9 rocket spinning out of control but it did make a water landing.

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2124 on: December 6, 2018, 03:00:20 PM »
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2125 on: December 6, 2018, 09:09:05 PM »
https://blogs.nasa.gov/sunspot/2018/11/14/excitement-increases-as-voyager-2-sees-a-decrease-in-heliospheric-particles/


Thoght this was very interesting (From November)
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2126 on: December 7, 2018, 09:17:42 PM »
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2127 on: December 7, 2018, 10:31:00 PM »
Cool video! The French were actually claiming that they caught a dust devil. Check out the recent images from the IDC, the camera that’s our eyes for positioning the instruments. They just opened its dust cover a few hours ago.

Edit: This noise was excellent news for me. The 20 min of data were used to estimate the thermal time constant of the sphere at ~4h. The design requirement was >2h, which is reached with poor vacuum in the instrument (~0.01 mbar). So, the vacuum looks great, it is <0.0001 mbar where gas conductance matters, so my getters are working fine! :thumbup Feels great to help save a mission... :P 
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2128 on: December 8, 2018, 03:52:36 AM »
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Wow! First time mankind has ever heard a sound from another planet. Think about that. Thousand of years into the future, they will remember this day.

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2129 on: December 8, 2018, 05:58:35 AM »
Recent InSight images from the IDC camera show all instruments that will be deployed. This one shows all:



The close-up hexagonal shape is the seismometer, the round dome behind is its wind/thermal shield, and the straight black tube to the left is the mole. All of them have a grapple hook on top that the arm will grab to place on the ground.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2130 on: December 8, 2018, 07:18:47 AM »
Wow! First time mankind has ever heard a sound from another planet. Think about that. Thousand of years into the future, they will remember this day.

Actually no. I believe the Huygens probe carried a microphone as it descended on Titan? Seem to remember them having about 2 hours of audio.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2131 on: December 8, 2018, 08:03:42 AM »
Actually no. I believe the Huygens probe carried a microphone as it descended on Titan? Seem to remember them having about 2 hours of audio.

I think voyager recorded the sound of Jupiter before that?

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2132 on: December 8, 2018, 10:24:39 AM »
I think voyager recorded the sound of Jupiter before that?

It recorded the radio emissions yeah, but that's not quite the same thing as actual audio.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2133 on: December 11, 2018, 01:46:30 AM »
Actually no. I believe the Huygens probe carried a microphone as it descended on Titan? Seem to remember them having about 2 hours of audio.

He did say another planet, in fairness.

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2134 on: December 11, 2018, 10:16:29 AM »
He did say another planet, in fairness.

Pedant. ;D

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2135 on: December 13, 2018, 06:41:42 PM »
InSight update - grapple unstow commands are going up tonight, siesmometer (SEIS) deployment expected early next week if all goes well.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2136 on: December 13, 2018, 09:29:17 PM »
Virgin Galactic just did their first manned suborbital space flight (depending on your definition of the edge of space).
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2137 on: December 14, 2018, 05:20:27 PM »
Virgin Galactic just did their first manned suborbital space flight (depending on your definition of the edge of space).

kinda looked like a private jet with a big ass rocket on it

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2138 on: December 17, 2018, 08:03:23 PM »
Almost there, ready for action... SEIS has been captured by the grapple hook:

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2139 on: December 19, 2018, 09:38:24 PM »
looks like a piece of string youd hang a picture with.

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2140 on: December 20, 2018, 05:03:00 AM »
looks like a piece of string youd hang a picture with.
It's not too different, in all honesty...

Yippee, we have the seismometer on the ground!

Edit: the press release came on:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7310
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2141 on: December 20, 2018, 10:31:10 AM »
It's not too different, in all honesty...

Yippee, we have the seismometer on the ground!

Edit: the press release came on:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7310

That pebble on the left is moving...................................FUCKING ALIENS!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2142 on: December 20, 2018, 11:39:59 AM »
It's not too different, in all honesty...

Yippee, we have the seismometer on the ground!

Edit: the press release came on:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7310

Some good photos direct from the set there, the conspiracy theorists will have a field day with them ;)

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2143 on: December 20, 2018, 09:36:53 PM »
That pebble on the left is moving...................................FUCKING ALIENS!!!!!!!!!
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Don't think of them that way, they are our long lost cousins, twice removed.  ;D
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2144 on: January 1, 2019, 08:30:57 PM »
big day for new horizons. any insider news from farawayred?

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2145 on: January 1, 2019, 08:33:01 PM »
The New Horizons probe flew nerby Ultima Thule...
https://www.dw.com/en/nasa-probe-performs-most-distant-flyby-of-spacerock/a-46913872


...and the OSIRIS-REx was injected into orbit of the asteroid Bennu:
https://www.dw.com/en/nasa-spacecraft-enters-asteroid-bennus-orbit-sets-records/a-46912921
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2146 on: January 2, 2019, 03:03:11 PM »
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2147 on: January 2, 2019, 07:10:09 PM »
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2148 on: January 2, 2019, 07:10:44 PM »
It’s a fucking snowman.. what a swizzle
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2149 on: January 2, 2019, 07:16:07 PM »
It’s a fucking snowman.. what a swizzle

They are saying its a Red Snowman.
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2150 on: January 2, 2019, 07:17:34 PM »

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.@CarlyHowett shows the first colour images of #UltimaThule! "We can definitively say [it] is red."

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2151 on: January 2, 2019, 07:21:01 PM »
Trada's posting some good stuff from Tanya Harrison's account.

One suggestion for what we're seeing here is that it's how comets start. http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2019/mu69-baby-comet-contact-binary.html

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« Reply #2152 on: January 2, 2019, 07:57:35 PM »
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.@CarlyHowett shows the first colour images of #UltimaThule! "We can definitively say [it] is red."



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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2153 on: January 2, 2019, 08:09:44 PM »
Heads falling off all over County Road

Fuck them, they have Uranus and Neptune!

Amazing images, only just seen them.  Amazing how these two small pieces linked up eons ago as a planetesimal and then just stayed like that, without linking up to anything else.

Wonder what it's made of?  At the moment it just looks like a big, inert comet. 
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2154 on: January 3, 2019, 10:54:37 AM »
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.@CarlyHowett shows the first colour images of #UltimaThule! "We can definitively say [it] is red."



even the space is a LFC fan!

meanwhile the Chinese goes to the dark side...of the moon

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46724727

looking for minerals? 
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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2155 on: January 3, 2019, 12:54:31 PM »
They are saying its a Red Snowman.

To quote Scott Manley, actually it's more like BB8 ;D
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« Reply #2156 on: January 3, 2019, 01:48:33 PM »
meanwhile the Chinese goes to the dark side...of the moon

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46724727

looking for minerals? 

Using some foreign equipment and all data bounced off a satellite (not Chinese?) so nothing being kept secret on this one I would imagine

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« Reply #2157 on: January 3, 2019, 03:41:24 PM »
Chang'e-4 probe

Reckon it's looking for the Arteta money ;D

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2158 on: January 10, 2019, 04:42:56 PM »
Fuck them, they have Uranus

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Re: Space exploration thread
« Reply #2159 on: January 10, 2019, 07:05:02 PM »
Amazing!!

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this shot of the Earth and moon (left) and the asteroid Bennu (right) on Dec. 19, 2018. At the time, OSIRIS-REx was 71 million miles (114 million kilometers) from Earth and 27 miles (43 km) from Bennu.
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