• Space Chat General
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[QUOTE=Blazyd;35239690]I was thinking of making one of these threads myself, since this is my favorite subject. The universe never ceases to amaze me. Heres a picture of a sunset on mars [IMG]http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/117988main_image_feature_347_ys_4.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] Imagine seeing that with your own eyes. *sniff* It's beautiful I actually shed a tear.
[QUOTE=MC3craze;35239930]Imagine seeing that with your own eyes. *sniff* It's beautiful I actually shed a tear.[/QUOTE]Yeah, it just isn't the same looking at it on a computer monitor than it is with your own two eyes.
[img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3965132/shit%20past%201013/shit/thread/spacethread/newsban.png[/img] Things have happened this week: [b]Mercury may have a liquid core, and other suprises from the innermost planet.[/b] [img]http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/articles/detail.png[/img] [quote]NASA’s Messenger spacecraft entered orbit around Mercury one year ago this week, and the spacecraft has been hard at work. It has captured nearly 100,000 images, mapped Mercury’s gravity field, and taken sensitive altimetry measurements that are shedding light on the planet’s surface features like never before. This week, scientists on the Messenger mission published another round of new findings about the innermost planet, which turns out to be an altogether weirder world than we'd thought. The planet’s crust is thicker in low latitudes and thinner at the poles, a distribution that suggests the planet could have a liquid outer core. Its core is also large relative to the planet, comprising 85 percent of the planet’s radius, much more than Earth. The findings suggest that a layer of liquid iron sulfide lies beneath Mercury’s crust, which would make the planet much different from the other terrestrial planets. Mercury’s elevation changes are also much smaller than those of Mars or the moon, the new research found. The most prominent topographic feature is an uplift inside a major volcanic plain in the planet’s northern latitudes. Somehow this area lifted up after the plains formed. There are also some weird features relating to Mercury’s largest impact basin, Caloris, actually one of the largest craters in the solar system. The floor of the 1,500-kilometer (932-mile)-wide crater is now higher than the rim, scientists found. This implies that Mercury underwent some major topographic changes after it formed — perhaps through tectonic forces. This is still up for debate, though, and an extended one-year mission could help settle it.[/quote] There's a lot more cool pictures in the [url=http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-03/mercury-smoother-moon-and-other-new-surprises-innermost-planet]article[/url]. Really cool, and it shows that we know a lot less about our solar system than many people would like to believe. [b]Space Shuttles Atlantis and Discovery meet for the last time.[/b] [img]http://www.nycaviation.com/newspage/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/discovery-atlantis-meeting-suresh-630-620x413.jpg[/img] The article is too big to quote here, so I'll paraphrase: Atlantis has been sitting in the VAB since her return to Earth from STS-135 last year, Discovery has been undergoing a strip-and-fit inside the Orbital Processing Facility. Discovery was stripped of all functioning avionics, engines and all her fuel tanks were drained and pressurized. Even if the government wanted it, she would never be able to fly again. Atlantis is now on her way to the same fate, as both vehicles are set to become museum pieces. As they switched places for the final time, they posed for a photo opportunity with each other, then carried on. [url=http://www.nycaviation.com/2012/03/photos-space-shuttles-discovery-and-atlantis-meet-one-last-time/]Link.[/url] [B]BONUS IMAGE:[/b] [img]http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/articles/632996main_image_2203_946-710.jpeg[/img] A self portrait of the rover Opportunity on Mars as it prepares for another harsh Martian winter. It's incredible how long these rovers have been functioning, and how well they're working.
[QUOTE=Zombii;35252620][img]http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/articles/632996main_image_2203_946-710.jpeg[/img][/QUOTE] That's a lot of dust. Amazing how it's still going. [editline]edit[/editline] Dust devil on Mars, taken from orbit. [t]http://www.uahirise.org/images/wallpaper/2560/ESP_026051_2160.jpg[/t]
Speaking of mars and dust on mars, one of the rovers was ready to die, because of the amount of dust on it. Amazingly, a dust storm (like in the pic above) came across it and wiped it clean. this was a while ago though
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoMhwtg36K4[/media] I wish they showed this on tv.
I love space. When I look up at the sky at night, it just takes my breath away. If you haven't tried going to the top of a mountain or hill in an area with no light pollution, do it. You just look up and my god, the stars. Sometimes it seems as if they nighttime sky has just turned pure white.
space is cool as fuck, there is a metric ton of shit to learn about space. I wish we could all end the worlds conflicts and turn our attention toward space programS
Anyone else here own a Telescope? I have a 150mm Skywatcher Dobson, it's a fantastic thing.
[QUOTE=Rapist;35259374]Anyone else here own a Telescope? I have a 150mm Skywatcher Dobson, it's a fantastic thing.[/QUOTE] Do you rape people with it?
[url]http://facepunch.com/threads/1172250[/url] ITN Space thread!
Black holes are the coolest thing ever.
They'll fuck your shit up though.
Am I the only one thinking it's too optimistic for SpaceX to even be talking about Mars at the moment? Sure it's great to see them start work on the next stage, but heck, one thing at a time, work on the current project at the moment. Pretty keen for Virgin Galactic to get off the ground in the next 2 years as well, I really like their feather design on the spacecraft.
I always loved these videos. [video=youtube;527fb3-UZGo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=527fb3-UZGo&feature=plcp&context=C40baf07VDvjVQa1PpcFM0a3g851JOGNBGTwaIa96n QAOUyRLfRLI=[/video]
[QUOTE=Alan Ninja!;35211912]Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen... I've always had an interest in space but it's been growing lately. Particularly I'm interested in how to get around space at any sort of reasonable speed. Does anyone know of some books that deal with propulsion in depth?[/QUOTE] To put it into perspective how mindbogglingly big space is: [t]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Earth%27s_Location_in_the_Universe_%28JPEG%29.jpg[/t]
Space is really goddamn huge. Its a shame that it'll take centuries to reach even the closest other stars.
[video=youtube;4WlCfuPrszU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WlCfuPrszU[/video] This is the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Daylight_1972_Fireball]Great Daylight 1972 Fireball[/url] which is an asteroid that "grazed" the atmosphere, coming within 35 miles (57 km) of the surface, and is still in orbit around the sun today.
[QUOTE=Zackin5;35264121]To put it into perspective how mindbogglingly big space is: [t]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Earth%27s_Location_in_the_Universe_%28JPEG%29.jpg[/t][/QUOTE] Hah, and some people still say we are all alone in the universe.
I am wearing a NASA shirt. Fear me.
I just ordered, among other nerdy shirts, this one :v: [img]http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/de4a_rats.jpg[/img]
well shit, now I've wandered onto thinkgeek and found a whole stack of things to want.
If you have a telescope check out mars [url]http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/23/10831821-mysterious-cloud-spotted-on-mars[/url]
[QUOTE=Alan Ninja!;35278422]well shit, now I've wandered onto thinkgeek and found a whole stack of things to want.[/QUOTE] I have over USD$1,000 of stuff in my wishlist :v: [editline]24th March 2012[/editline] It's like TVTropes but for shopping
[QUOTE=finbe;35278497]If you have a telescope check out mars [url]http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/23/10831821-mysterious-cloud-spotted-on-mars[/url][/QUOTE] SWAMP GAS [i]IN [b]SPACE[/b][/i]
[QUOTE=Dacheet;35278030]I just ordered, among other nerdy shirts, this one :v: [img]http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/de4a_rats.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] I love that shirt. and it's not nerdy at all!
Whats that? Space related music! [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vioZf4TjoUI[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HBkZPyfpdE&feature=relmfu[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ5sWfhkpE0&feature=related[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc&feature=relmfu[/media] [editline]24th March 2012[/editline] Oh shit almost forgot this one too [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akek6cFRZfY&feature=relmfu[/media] [editline]24th March 2012[/editline] Oh yeah this one is space-related too. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGK84Poeynk[/media]
[QUOTE=Aerkhan;35220951][t]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3965132/shit%20past%201013/shit/thread/spacethread/Crab_Nebula.jpg[/t] Looks more like an elephant to me broskis. Also fuck yeah space, it's weird as hell but holy fuck do I love space.[/QUOTE] I see neither a crab nor an elephant, but instead, a weird person. [img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10492850/things/mrcrabs.png[/img]
I will never unsee that you bastard
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