Space, The Final Frontier

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:10 am

Pluto fly-by getting near ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33502944

I liked the BBC's helpful remark: "The spacecraft is moving so quickly it cannot stop and will simply barrel past the little world on Tuesday."

Fact is, everything in space is moving so quickly it cannot stop!

People often think of things "floating" in space. The media generally perpetuates this way of thinking.

Nigel

P.S - Another nice, and much more detailed, piece here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33500681

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:56 pm

Neil Armstrong's career prior to Apollo 11 is seldom bothered with by the mass media. Nice to see this exception ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34170799

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Post by Mike Bull » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:25 pm

As they said at the time, 'Godspeed John Glenn'-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38257445

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:02 pm

And now Gene Cernan's gone, too. Passed today.

The last of the astronauts to walk on the Moon and a super-articulate guy who was very proud of his roots as a Naval aviator.

Putting jetplanes down on the heaving decks of carriers by night was great training for a lunar landing.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38641121

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Post by Mike Bull » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:50 am

One of the more colourful Apollo astronauts for sure. I guess now we'll see them leave us in reasonably rapid order, but, they've proved to be a very hardy bunch.

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:44 am

Reminder of a tragic accident that claimed three lives 50 years ago today. Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chaffee ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38763152

Lessons were learned that made the Apollo system a whole lot better afterwards, but what a shame it took a disaster of this magnitude to shake people up.

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:40 pm

The early-mission Shuttle astronauts continue to disappear along with those from previous programmes.

Paul Weitz, who had a long and distinguished career culminating in flying Challenger as Commander in 1983, has sadly passed:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41740076

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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:22 pm

Nice piece here on Britain's Skylark launcher of 1950s vintage, which continued in use right up to 2005 ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41945654

Nigel

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