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Old 02-06-18, 09:47 PM   #1
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I can't believe none of our resident science geeks have posted about the Falcon Heavy launch today. Pretty darn amazing! The tandem booster landing was a sight to behold. But I never heard if they recovered the center booster (it was supposed to land on an at sea platform).

Anyway, there is a Tesla Roadster streaming through space playing Bowie's Starman on the radio on it's way to Mars. Gotta love Elon Musk! American ingenuity and exceptionalism at it's finest!
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Old 02-06-18, 10:59 PM   #2
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Well, if you insist.

Just cool shots:





A live recorded video of Starman at the wheel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBr2...ature=youtu.be

And rockets flying - and landing - in formation:
https://twitter.com/nerdpunch/status/960985303451357184
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Old 02-06-18, 11:14 PM   #3
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But I never heard if they recovered the center booster (it was supposed to land on an at sea platform).
No, Musk said one of the engines did not fire to bring it back to Earth and so it went into the Atlantic.

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Musk says that the core ran out of propellant, which kept the core from being able to slow down as much as it needed for landing. Because of that, the core apparently hit the water at 300MPH, and it was about 100 meters from the ship. "It was enough to take out two thrusters and shower the deck with shrapnel," Musk said. That should be worth seeing on video: "We have the video," Musk confirmed, "it sounds like some pretty fun footage... if the cameras didn't get blown up as well."
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Anyway, there is a Tesla Roadster streaming through space playing Bowie's Starman on the radio on it's way to Mars.
Actually Bowie's Space Oddity (performed here on the ISS by Chris Hadfield when Bowie died).

ETA: Bonus points for knowing the source of the DON'T PANIC! sign on the dashboard.
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Old 02-07-18, 02:24 AM   #4
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The glove box contained "the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy" and a towel(which those in the know will laugh about)

That tandem rocket landing was truly amazing. And the fact that they've done it over 9 times out of ten is what gets me.

As it was said on the internet,
A billionaire launched his private roadster into orbit with David Bowie playing on loop in the greatest aeronautical spectacle since 1973. They recovered 2/3 rockets remotely landing vertically on launch pads nearby to the launch site. The third rocket just slightly missed its remote robot controlled landing pad in the middle of the Atlantic.

Last year was a kick in the privates as far as the future of humanity. This turns that around


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I can't stop watching the live feed of him just cruising through space on the worlds most powerful rocket!
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I didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn last night but I did grow up across the street from Neil Armstrong so I have been following space flight for some time. What we saw yesterday was a great splash of showmanship and headline grabbing and this is exactly what we needed. Space remains the ultimate opportunity for those with the nerve to experiment and explore. The last round of space exploration brought back no rare minerals, but it created a trove of advances in technology and consumer products unparalleled.

The soul of this is the intent of one man to do it! Can you imagine any corporate board approving this level of expense for something they would never understand and with no promise of any ROI? Worse, can you imagine the US Congress funding anything like this? I find the whole private enterprise approach exciting and the dash of showmanship will grab the national spot light. The video of the twin landings alone is priceless!

There is one down side to all this ................ what a waste of a perfectly good roadster!
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I would love to think Mr. Musk is all about private enterprise and capitalism.

I could do a lot with $5 billion in US government handouts.

I also know first hand how investment is space travel trickles down to commerce here on Earth. I was fortunate to participate in ocular diagnostic instruments designed for the space shuttles and bring that technology to eye practices here on Earth. They helped change eye care practices for the better.
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I could do a lot with $5 billion in US government handouts.
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Where are you seeing this? SpaceX is privately funded and the only government contribution comes in the form of launch-for-hire payments; i.e.. the government is a customer. I’ll grant you that they are large payments but they are not handouts.

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The 3rd burn must have been a bit more than expected. The Tesla is now on an orbit to blow past Mars and into the asteroid belt. Where it should ride for a few million years, if not longer.

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All kinds of businesses benefit from government largess. A few that come to mind are transportation, mining, forestry, agriculture and medicine (especially big pharma). States, counties and cities provide significant tax and other development credits to new businesses. While many of these grind my shorts - like hard rock mining - many are good investments in the long run. Sometimes those handouts turn out to be great investments like the GI Bill after WWII. I forget the exact ROI but it was many, many times the original investment. Personally, I think the GI Bill should be a permanent function and do something to support our current veterans.
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