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Rocket Report: Virgin Galactic cleared for flight, Blue Origin “bet and lost”
"Blue Origin's culture sits on a foundation that ignores the plight of our planet."

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... -and-lost/
Rocket Report: Falcon Heavy delayed due to payload issue, DART gets a date
Also, an update on Arca's first orbital launch attempt.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... or-launch/
Putin slashes Russia’s space budget and says he expects better results
This cannot be a comfortable position for a certain Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... r-results/
Revealed: The secret notes of Blue Origin leaders trying to catch SpaceX
"They have a customer focus. We should too."

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... ch-spacex/
Boeing Starliner test flight delayed until 2022
The spacecraft has been plagued by technical problems

https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/9/2271 ... -nasa-2022
NASA likely to move some astronauts off Starliner due to extended delays
Astronauts assigned to Boeing flights may end up on SpaceX's Crew-5 mission.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... ed-delays/
After years of futility, NASA turns to private sector for spacesuit help
"A flight-ready suit remains years away from completion."

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... suit-help/
Rover’s pictures show long history of rivers flowing into Martian crater
Jezero Crater's river delta left behind a distinct geometry we can see in photos.
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The key to the discovery is a feature that has picked up the informal nickname "Kodiak," a butte that's located almost due west of Perseverance's current position. Its height relative to the crater floor is about the same as that of the larger delta fan that is contiguous with the crater wall, indicating that they were once part of the same formation but that the material that connected them has since eroded away.

Critically, on the larger delta fan, details of the former delta's structure are covered by mounds of rubble, making them difficult to interpret. By contrast, on Kodiak, some of the delta deposits are clear of the rubble, meaning they can be observed. And since those rocks are nearly vertical, it's impossible to see them from orbit. But Perseverance was able to obtain some excellent images of them, and they turned out to be very revealing.
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https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... ater-lake/
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The first Arab mission to Mars is delivering some interesting science
"Our goal is clear: To accelerate the development of innovation."

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... g-science/
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impar wrote: Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:27 am Greetings!
Rover’s pictures show long history of rivers flowing into Martian crater
Jezero Crater's river delta left behind a distinct geometry we can see in photos.
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The key to the discovery is a feature that has picked up the informal nickname "Kodiak," a butte that's located almost due west of Perseverance's current position. Its height relative to the crater floor is about the same as that of the larger delta fan that is contiguous with the crater wall, indicating that they were once part of the same formation but that the material that connected them has since eroded away.

Critically, on the larger delta fan, details of the former delta's structure are covered by mounds of rubble, making them difficult to interpret. By contrast, on Kodiak, some of the delta deposits are clear of the rubble, meaning they can be observed. And since those rocks are nearly vertical, it's impossible to see them from orbit. But Perseverance was able to obtain some excellent images of them, and they turned out to be very revealing.
...
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... ater-lake/
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azazel1024 wrote:
Skyfire77 wrote: It's certainly looking that way. The current theory, IIRC, is that Mars had enough of a magnetic field to maintain an atmosphere and liquid water, but due to its relatively small size, the planet's core cooled off faster than the Earth's, so the air was ripped away by the solar wind, and the water either froze or sublimated.

The Earth, meanwhile, was about 10°C warmer during the Mesozoic Era (250-65myo).
You kid, but the idea has come up from time to time, with varying degrees of seriousness. Doesn't hold up though; our DNA proves that we evolved here.
We certainly evolved here, but we still don’t know if life did. Could have been seeded from another planet. Maybe not like Prometheus shows…but more like meteorite deposits bacteria billions of years ago
Oh, I think life is ubiquitous in the universe. Earth life takes 4 out of the top 5 elements in the universe and makes itself. Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon and Nitrogen (Helium being inert). What does life require? Water. H2O. Check. Life is Carbon based, which is convenient since Carbon is the most useful element. There are more molecules with carbon atoms than any other element. Carbon gets along well with other atoms. Nitrogen makes up a majority of our (present) atmosphere. Throw in the rest of the periodic table in proportions to the rest of the universe, and we got a thriving life laboratory with all the ingredients needed to make it. It's all there here because it came from Out There.
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NASA’s massive next-generation space telescope arrives in South America ahead of launch
Just a few months left before flight

https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/12/227 ... ana-launch
Small satellite launcher Astra identifies cause behind strange sideways rocket launch
Moving on up, not to the side
https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/12/227 ... ied-lv0007
Astra explains previous failure, sets October date for next launch attempt
"The issue we encountered was something we hadn’t seen before."

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... h-attempt/
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This is a great line from the ars story:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... ace-today/
"To me, Shatner’s presence serves as a reminder of how unlike the aspirational Federation we are today, and will continue to be, if nothing changes. Star Trek is about exploring our shared humanity and evolution as a species; I worry we're becoming the Ferengi of our own story."
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thegrommit wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:52 pm This is a great line from the ars story:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... ace-today/
"To me, Shatner’s presence serves as a reminder of how unlike the aspirational Federation we are today, and will continue to be, if nothing changes. Star Trek is about exploring our shared humanity and evolution as a species; I worry we're becoming the Ferengi of our own story."
We ARE the Ferengi. That will not change as long as we use money.
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impar wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 8:31 am Greetings!
thegrommit wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:52 pm This is a great line from the ars story:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... ace-today/
"To me, Shatner’s presence serves as a reminder of how unlike the aspirational Federation we are today, and will continue to be, if nothing changes. Star Trek is about exploring our shared humanity and evolution as a species; I worry we're becoming the Ferengi of our own story."
We ARE the Ferengi. That will not change as long as we use money.
Not really, most humans aren't that smart or entertaining. Greedy and untrustworthy? Yeah, mostly that.
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I was just thinking it is fitting that the "impossible space telescope" gets launched by the end of this impossible, implausible year
NASA’s massive next-generation space telescope arrives in South America ahead of launch
Just a few months left before flight
By Loren [email protected] Oct 12, 2021, 1:32pm EDT

After more than two decades of delays and ballooning development costs, NASA’s next-generation space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, has arrived in French Guiana, South America — the site of the spacecraft’s planned launch later this year. Its arrival sparks the beginning of weeks of final preparations before the telescope is loaded on the top of its rocket for flight.

The James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, spent 16 days at sea, packed inside an environmentally controlled, custom-built shipping container aboard a French cargo ship. The vessel transported the spacecraft from Redondo Beach, California, the site of the telescope’s primary contractor, Northrup Grumman. JWST had been at Northrop since early 2018, where it was undergoing final assembly and testing.
https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/12/227 ... ana-launch
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Tabajara wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:59 am
impar wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 8:31 am Greetings!
thegrommit wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:52 pm This is a great line from the ars story:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10 ... ace-today/

We ARE the Ferengi. That will not change as long as we use money.
Not really, most humans aren't that smart or entertaining. Greedy and untrustworthy? Yeah, mostly that.
For reference, the line particularly resonated because it was about Blue Origin - aka Amazon Rockets :lol:
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