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    The dust problem on solar pannels in Mars attacks again, this one time the victim was the tiny Ingenuity helicopter that is part of the Perserverence mission.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDEp0iSdit4

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    Magnitude 5 Marsquake detected bi Insight probe.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27br7remzx0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuor View Post
    The dust problem on solar pannels in Mars attacks again, this one time the victim was the tiny Ingenuity helicopter that is part of the Perserverence mission.
    It'll be interesting to see if the increased weight allowances provided by new launch capabilities will lead to some sort of allocation for automated cleaning of the panels, or if it's the microfines actually causing abrasions that would permanently degrade them.
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    For the first time, pictures have been taken of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.

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    Time to roll Artemis 1 back out to the pad and do more WDRS then SpaceX has done in about a year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilithvia View Post
    do more WDRS then SpaceX has done in about a year
    What is a WDRS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fantomen View Post
    What is a WDRS?
    Wet Dress Rehearsal, I presume. Not sure about the S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masark View Post
    Wet Dress Rehearsal, I presume. Not sure about the S.
    Yeah, originally wrote WDR, it got autocorrects to WARS, tried to fix it but forgot about the S

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    The engineering team with NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is trying to solve a mystery: The interstellar explorer is operating normally, receiving and executing commands from Earth, along with gathering and returning science data. But readouts from the probe’s attitude articulation and control system (AACS) don’t reflect what’s actually happening onboard.

    The AACS controls the 45-year-old spacecraft’s orientation. Among other tasks, it keeps Voyager 1’s high-gain antenna pointed precisely at Earth, enabling it to send data home. All signs suggest the AACS is still working, but the telemetry data it’s returning is invalid. For instance, the data may appear to be randomly generated, or does not reflect any possible state the AACS could be in.
    https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/engine...telemetry-data

    It’s wild that it still works at all after 45 years and nearly a lightday traveled. Hopefully they can figure out what’s going on with it as it continues to explore interstellar space.

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    I am troubled by the fact that the richest person in the world and the only person who is pushing spaceflight forward has become sympathetic to a group with conspiracy and anti vaccination beliefs.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/elon...nd-hate-2022-5

    I fear he may be the cause of many of the first Mars colonists dying from a Martian virus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CmdrShep2154 View Post
    I am troubled by the fact that the richest person in the world and the only person who is pushing spaceflight forward has become sympathetic to a group with conspiracy and anti vaccination beliefs.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/elon...nd-hate-2022-5

    I fear he many be the cause of many of the first Mars colonists from a Martian virus.
    You really need to pay better attention if you think Musk is solely responsible for pushing space flight forward.

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    Forgot that Starliner, the othet capsule that's supposed to take astronauts to the ISS, is getting its 2nd (or 3rd depending on who is counting) to getting its green light. I haven't been following it too much but if successful it would multiple the capability of the US. Realistically, probably not because I think the NASA has already adjusted to only having SpaceX to get to the ISS. Starliner will be a redundancy that's unlikely to be ever used.

    If you don't remember Starliner, it's first test failed to reach its target orbit. The second test never got to launch, bad weather and putting a valve in a bad spot - the capsule basically went bad on the pad. Computer issues should be fixed. They made the capsule more serviceable, and the weather is clear. Hopefully this launch goes as planned.

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    And Starliner's flight is a success willing no unforeseen fluke happens. Crewed fight should be in the Fall.
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    Hey Boeing actually did a thing

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    Who knew President Bartlet or to some, the "Illusive Man" was a big promoter of 90s commercial space!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas82 View Post
    You really need to pay better attention if you think Musk is solely responsible for pushing space flight forward.
    ..or implying that he hasn't always been a weirdo susceptible to conspiracy bullshit.

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    Update on SLS.

    Its back on the launch pad having another go at its WDR (wet dress rehearsal). That's when they load the rocket full of fuel and simulate a launch.


    NASA is calling the WDR a success, getting to within 29 seconds of an actual launch if they were doing a real one. There's an asterisks though. They wanted to get within 9 seconds of launch but missed that mark due to a hydrogen leak. It must not be a huge issue because they still view the rehearsal as successful. If the same thing happened on a real launch they would have just launched the next day, that kind of leak is usually easy to fix if they don't have a burn off system already in place.

    So maybe we'll get to see a launch before 2022 is over???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas82 View Post
    You really need to pay better attention if you think Musk is solely responsible for pushing space flight forward.
    You really, really need to get over your ridiculous and illogical bias towards Musk. You've been categorically wrong on a number of issues centering around Musk and SpaceX's objective achievements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACOX View Post
    Update on SLS.

    Its back on the launch pad having another go at its WDR (wet dress rehearsal). That's when they load the rocket full of fuel and simulate a launch.


    NASA is calling the WDR a success, getting to within 29 seconds of an actual launch if they were doing a real one. There's an asterisks though. They wanted to get within 9 seconds of launch but missed that mark due to a hydrogen leak. It must not be a huge issue because they still view the rehearsal as successful. If the same thing happened on a real launch they would have just launched the next day, that kind of leak is usually easy to fix if they don't have a burn off system already in place.

    So maybe we'll get to see a launch before 2022 is over???
    Super exciting if they can get off the ground this year. Having only one viable source for LEO is not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    Super exciting if they can get off the ground this year. Having only one viable source for LEO is not good.
    SLS isn't viable even if they can launch it. It's simply too expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    Super exciting if they can get off the ground this year. Having only one viable source for LEO is not good.
    SLS is the giant Moon rocket. The LEO project is Starliner, which went up about a month back. It was successful and might take people up to LEO by the end of year


    More news:

    Also SpaceX recently got the approval it needs to go forward with an orbital test of Starship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osmeric View Post
    SLS isn't viable even if they can launch it. It's simply too expensive.
    What?

    NASA's in-house rockets will always be expensive and overbudget. They aren't even trying to be commercially viable. That's just the nature of pioneering endeavors. The plan is and always been for SLS missions to law the foundation for returning people to the Moon. SLS establishing the foundation then more commercial entities like SpaceX take over.

    SLS is viable as long as it can safely transport an expedition to the Moon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    You really, really need to get over your ridiculous and illogical bias towards Musk. You've been categorically wrong on a number of issues centering around Musk and SpaceX's objective achievements.

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    Super exciting if they can get off the ground this year. Having only one viable source for LEO is not good.
    Well this is an embarrassing post. The SLS isn’t about LEO, it’s for deep space exploration. Its first manned mission is scheduled to be to the moon. And it isn’t built by Musk. Soooo, no, he’s not solely responsible for pushing space flight forward.

    See the news about how racist Tesla is? It’s so bad they force arbitration due to the numerous issues.

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