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Lots Of Idiots In Private Boats Swarmed Where The SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashed Down From The ISS

There hasn’t been a splashdown of an American crewed space capsule since the Apollo capsule from the Apollo-Soyuz joint U.S.-Soviet Union space mission in 1975, at least not until yesterday, when astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned to Earth from the International Space Station in orbit, splashing down just…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Hey Yeah, The New Space Force Logo Is Pretty Much The Old Pontiac Logo Upside Down

When the Space Force, which is essentially a re-name and re-organization of the Air Force Space Command, first unveiled their emblem early this year, everyone pointed out that it looked a hell of a lot like the emblem of the fictional Starfleet Command from Star Trek. Perhaps as a result of this, Space Force just…Read […]

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America Once Planned To Send An Apollo Spacecraft To A Soviet Space Station

I’d think that even casual dorks interested in humanity’s actual space programs would be aware of the very first joint mission between two spacefaring countries: the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project of 1975, where an American Apollo spacecraft and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft docked in Earth’s orbit, allowing the crews to have…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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This Animation Of Transparent Rockets Is Ideal For Space Travel And Fuel Consumption Fetishists

This is such a wonderfully simple idea that I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before. It’s four well-known launch vehicles, launching, but with transparent bodies so you can see the amount of fuel and oxidizer in them, and how rapidly it gets consumed. It’s almost hypnotizing. Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Here’s A NASA/SpaceX Animation Showing How America’s Return To Putting People In Orbit Will Go

It’s alarming to remember that no astronauts have been launched to orbit from the United States since 2011, when the ambitious but ultimately disappointing Space Shuttle fleet was retired. Sure, plenty of American astronauts have gone to space in that time, working on and maintaining the International Space Station,…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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NASA Selects Three Companies To Build Moon Landers And Yeah, SpaceX Is One Of Them

As you may be aware, NASA is planning on a return to crewed lunar missions, partially because we left three perfectly good lunar rovers up there and partially because NASA’s Artemis program’s stated goals are to return humans to the moon by 2024 and established sustainable operations by 2028. Since we don’t understand…Read more… Continue […]

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NASA Fixes Probe On Mars By Hitting It With A Shovel

Every wrencher knows that sometimes the only cure for a misbehaving machine is to just hit the damn thing. The finely tuned machines of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are no exception. Even a whole planet away, with different gravity and no magnetic field, machines just work better with the…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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What To Do While Hiding From Coronavirus: Design NASA’s Venus Rover Using No Electronics

I know for many of you being trapped in your home until the virus invaders from the planet Corona decide to leave is a miserable proposition. While many of us can work from home, there’s many who can’t and that means many powerful minds going to waste, absorbing Netflix and pornography and video games at […]

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This Chart Will Tell You What Kind Of Space-Based Sci-Fi You’re About To Watch Just By Looking At The Main Ship

The other day, I was scrolling through Netflix, looking for a distraction from all the pain of my hair and all my terrible car opinions, seeking out some quality space-travel-focused sci-fi, because I love that crap. As I was scrolling, looking at the thumbnails of the various movies and shows and whatever, I realized…Read more… […]

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This Chart Will Tell You What Kind Of Space-Based Sci-Fi You’re About To Watch Just By Looking At The Main Ship

The other day, I was scrolling through Netflix, looking for a distraction from all the pain of my hair and all my terrible car opinions, seeking out some quality space-travel-focused sci-fi, because I love that crap. As I was scrolling, looking at the thumbnails of the various movies and shows and whatever, I realized…Read more… […]

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How My DIY Curiosity Rover Model Became A YouTube Star And Then Ended Up With A Famous JPL Scientist

I’ll admit, this is a sort of odd story, and while it involves a motorized, wheeled vehicle, that vehicle is a scale model of the Mars rover Curiosity, a kind of cartoonish take on the real thing, built by me seven years ago. It was in a YouTube video that’s oddly popular again, and has […]

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There’s An Actual Name And Reason For Those Beeps You Hear In Recordings Of Astronauts In Space

The American space program, I think we’d all agree, has its own very particular set of audiovisual signatures that immediately evoke all kinds of images and feelings. There’s a certain NASA look to the objects of space travel—that gold foil stuff, lightweight aluminum frameworks, white panels with American flags on…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Here’s A Bunch Of Names For Spaceships And Warships That Are Maybe A Bit Insulting To Famous People

Often while I’m out driving, minding my own business, I’ll see a burning mattress mounted on some bicycle wheels that gets pushed in front of my car, blocking my progress. Then, I’ll be accosted by a crowd of people who will drag me out of my car window, pin me to a wall, and demand […]

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