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Been awhile since I took the time, really need to do that more often because when you get a really good fly-over it's totally worth breaking out the birding scope.
Looks like there will be a few good opportunities here, weather permitting, in the next few days, ranging from 3 minutes @40° tomorrow evening up to 5 minutes @82° on Tuesday...

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Total segue with this, but for airplane fans this is a pretty cool Concorde takeoff/landing sequence compressed into 10 minutes...

 

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Elon is bringing "The Jetsons" to the 21st century - on land and sky.
Four years ago (more or less) the notion of a truly practical electric "car" was a fringe thought.
Two years ago the concept of landing a LEO-capable launcher six times was off-the-charts thinking.

Yet, here we are...

Pretty much the giga-version of "Hold my beer and watch this!"

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Now that SpaceX launch and returns are verging on mundane there's time to look at other interesting spacey stuff.
Like, having a vehicle grab some gravel from an asteroid - autonomously!


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Crew-1 launch this evening at 7:27 PM Eastern. Night launches can be spectacular!
Live broadcast already happening....


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[edit] Launch and booster recovery looked flawless. The only apparent glitch is "Propellant Line Heaters" are suddenly a thing, but apparently SpaceX came up with a workaround/fix.

The one thing that strikes me about the Crew Dragon is the apparent spaciousness (no pun intended). Four peeps in the cabin and it still looked like a handful of weirdly dressed folks watching the game from equally weird chairs in someone's living room :D
 
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Check this out: Starship does some badass flying before going subterranian :D
Fast forward to 7:30 on the player timer for the fun!


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Check this out: Starship does some badass flying before going subterranian :D
Fast forward to 7:30 on the player timer for the fun!


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Awesome. I guess the plan is to freefall until the last second, then use the vectored engines to get it vertical and enough thrust to have a soft landing. This minimizes the amount of fuel necessary for the return trip.

Seems that they waited until the last second, plus one.
 

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Still hasn't gotten old. That launcher has done 8 full cycles and stuck the landing every time :)


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Can't wait for the next Mars lander in March. I always wondered why they didn't dispatch drones or air balloons to travel longer distances. I believe this one has a drone
 

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I've been reading speculation that one of the two Raptor engines failed to relight during/after the "flip", and I did notice there was only one engine lit in the last few seconds shot under SS9 in the video before it switched to a tower or drone view for the crash.

In the video at 11:47 - shortly after the announcer said "two engines to flip" - you can see only one Raptor is energized.
Some speculators think there was skirt debris that clobbered the second engine. I'm wondering if the transition to landing fuel tanks did not work as planned...
 

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Elon does make the best fireworks! I can't wait for them to get this working as good as there other booster landings and see what they come up with next.
 

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Perseverance landing coming up.

 

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SO COOL! Perseverance landed - apparently safely - and is already sending low-res imagery home.
Imagine that the last course correction was like two months ago and they hit the entry window dead nuts. Amazing!
Awesome job by all involved :mug:
 

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NASA put a synchronized video together of the EDL phase of the Perseverance rover.
Pretty cool, though I really wanted to see the heat shield slam into Mars :D


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That is bad ass! Also looks one hell of alot like parts of Arizona or Southern Utah. I never thought I wanted a triple display. I was wrong.

@passedpawn @day_trippr Not sure if either of you would be interested but a recent episode of the “How I heard it” podcast had an interview with Dr. Michelle Thaller, Director of communications at NASA Goddard flight center. Its pretty light hearted and not overly technical.
 
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That is bad ass! Also looks one hell of alot like parts of Arizona or Southern Utah. I never thought I wanted a triple display. I was wrong.

@passedpawn @day_trippr Not sure if either of you would be interested but a recent episode of the “How I heard it” podcast had an interview with Dr. Michelle Thaller, Director of communications at NASA Goddard flight center. Its a pretty light hearted and not overly technical.
I bought that book for my neighbor. he's from Baltimore, same as Mike Rowe.

Anyway, I love the podcasts, and also Mike Rowe. I'll give it a listen.
 
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