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(NPR)   SpaceX scores 100 points with 1x difficulty touchdown on Atari Lunar Lander   (npr.org) divider line 61
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2013-08-15 06:39:35 PM  

GoGoGadgetLiver: John Carmack and ARmadillo Aerospace basically did this back in 2004.


And Neil Armstrong did it by hand in 1969.

But, SIZE MATTERS. See the square-cube law.
 
2013-08-15 06:39:55 PM  

Flt209er: 18,000

mph

18,000 mph?  That like....18 times the speed of light!
 
2013-08-15 06:44:47 PM  

OnlyM3: Darth_Stimpy

>>>> OnlyM3: Neat.
>>>> In the mean time, NASA's big accomplishment this month is figuring out people like tasty food.

Actually, NASA's Johnson Space Center is working on a somewhat similar vehicle:
While that's interesting, all they're saying is "we might do...", which is nowhere near as impressive as "we just did..."

NASA's other big accomplishment this week (I read about after posting my first NASA jab) is losing Kepler ~3.25 years earlier than planned.

Nice work boys.


Space is unforgiving.  Space wants to kill you and all your little toys.
 
2013-08-15 06:59:07 PM  
OnlyM3:
NASA's other big accomplishment this week (I read about after posting my first NASA jab) is losing Kepler ~3.25 years earlier than planned.

Nice work boys.


According to Wikipedia, Kepler's designed lifetime was 3.5 years.The mission was extended because Kepler was still functional and producing amazing results. Then it broke, after working for a few months longer than it was built to last.

I fail to see any reason for snark here. 134 confirmed exoplanets and 3,277 unconfirmed candidates is far more than I can recall any scientist or NASA spokesperson daring to predict it'd find.
 
2013-08-15 08:29:43 PM  

Mutated-Snoopy: Flt209er: 18,000 mph

18,000 mph?  That like....18 times the speed of light!


Almost fast enough to go plaid.
 
2013-08-15 08:40:48 PM  
Beowoolfie
2013-08-15 06:59:07 PM


OnlyM3:
NASA's other big accomplishment this week (I read about after posting my first NASA jab) is losing Kepler ~3.25 years earlier than planned.

Nice work boys.

According to Wikipedia, Kepler's designed lifetime was 3.5 years.The mission was extended because Kepler was still functional and producing amazing results. Then it broke, after working for a few months longer than it was built to last.

The article I was reading said Kepler was 4.x years of an 8 year mission. If you're right I retract my 2nd snark.

/// I still believe NASA is pretty impotent these days.
 
2013-08-15 09:44:04 PM  
I landed on Duna like that last night.

/one-way trip, not enough fuel to return to Kerbal
 
2013-08-15 11:00:24 PM  
Saturday is a 20 yr reunion for the living DC-X guys in New Mexico.

Well done! Could cut thru the BS and turn around in 6 hrs if wanted.
I believe 12 flights.
Had 4 RL-10 engines.

/RIP Bernie!
 
2013-08-16 12:33:44 AM  

sat1va: I landed on Duna like that last night.

/one-way trip, not enough fuel to return to Kerbal


Same here.  In fact, I ran out about 5 seconds before touchdown, which had me laughing like a loon.  Good thing I had parachutes as well.

It was a Lander/Rover anyways, so Jeb is not stuck on Duna
 
2013-08-16 01:05:50 AM  

Big Man On Campus: Sopwith was harder, things shoot back.
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Damn you, the music started in my head the instant I saw the plane.  Now I have to go download DOSBox...
 
2013-08-16 02:22:27 AM  

Rocketdude: Saturday is a 20 yr reunion for the living DC-X guys in New Mexico.

Well done! Could cut thru the BS and turn around in 6 hrs if wanted.
I believe 12 flights.
Had 4 RL-10 engines.

/RIP Bernie!


[offers beer]
 
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