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(The Register)   Zombie Lagrange satellite was shut down 15 years ago, ignored command, and has been collecting data ever since. A HOW HOW HOW HOW?   (theregister.co.uk) divider line 23
    More: Cool, Lagrange, NASA, Halley's Comet, overpass, Lagrange Points, Lunar Orbiter, magnetosphere, Morehead State  
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2014-04-26 07:43:07 PM  
At least 2 greenlights and an XKCD strip about this thing. It's rapidly on its way to being the Kim Kardashian of space.
 
2014-04-26 07:46:17 PM  
Well, it sure was passed around to all the NASA guys, wasn't it?  A-how-how-how-how, indeed.
 
2014-04-26 07:48:37 PM  
Probably cause it ran out of electrocharge for a while.

/its been known to happen.
 
2014-04-26 07:51:34 PM  

HenryFnord: At least 2 greenlights and an XKCD strip about this thing. It's rapidly on its way to being the Kim Kardashian of space.


www.ninfinger.org

Dat ass!
 
2014-04-26 07:55:43 PM  
Every problem has a perfect solution.

media.animevice.com
 
2014-04-26 08:10:23 PM  
A LaGrange lasting longer than expected?

Someone must have collected something of the thread, something of the head, something of the body, and something of the dead.
 
2014-04-26 08:14:55 PM  
+1 subs
 
2014-04-26 08:19:57 PM  
*off*

I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave.
 
2014-04-26 08:28:02 PM  
And thus V'ger was born....
 
2014-04-26 08:35:22 PM  
What if the Creator does not respond?

/worried Carbon Unit
//still liked that movie
 
2014-04-26 08:55:16 PM  
That's some solid engineering. Anyone know what the planned retirement date for that satellite was?
 
2014-04-26 09:33:21 PM  
regmedia.co.uk

Can't wait for KSP to be able to do orbits like this
 
2014-04-26 09:35:08 PM  
This is farking hilarious. Bob Farquhar never worked for NASA, he was the JHU Applied Physics Lab's orbital prediction superstar for many years prior to his retirement. As might already be surmised, he was a bit of a personality. But he delivered the goods, and still does, apparently.

And now I get to use the word technoarcheologist in casual conversation. How cool is that?
 
2014-04-26 10:00:43 PM  
I remember reading about the GZ flyby in Astronomy magazine back then. All those false-color rainbow pixel mosaics. Good times, good times.
 
2014-04-26 10:26:09 PM  
Nice one, sub-a-reeno!
 
2014-04-26 10:48:21 PM  

cretinbob: [regmedia.co.uk image 850x637]

Can't wait for KSP to be able to do orbits like this


It can, sort of.
Problem is you can't pre-plan a bunch of complex burns.  But you can yo-yo around the system if you've got the skills and remember to stay INSIDE the rocket.

dl.dropboxusercontent.com


and I mean you really should stay INSIDE the rocket.
There are alot of things they don't mention in the manual when you sign in, but among those unmentioned things the part about staying INSIDE the rocket is very important.

Outside... Outside just doesn't work.
 
2014-04-26 11:07:07 PM  
Paging Doctor Kreiger.
 
2014-04-26 11:11:26 PM  
 
2014-04-26 11:17:02 PM  

way south: Problem is you can't pre-plan a bunch of complex burns. But you can yo-yo around the system if you've got the skills and remember to stay INSIDE the rocket.


And the time.  Biologicals do not hold up well in free space over time.  That is why I always back myself up in quartz crystal and send that into space instead.
 
2014-04-27 12:25:47 AM  
thearcademan.net

RUN

THE

RED

LIGHT
 
2014-04-27 01:26:39 AM  
img.fark.net

Go home, satellite!  You're drunk!
 
2014-04-27 10:30:56 AM  

Twitch Boy: RUN

THE

RED

LIGHT


Suspect ran a red light. Over.
 
2014-04-27 12:04:29 PM  

way south: Problem is you can't pre-plan a bunch of complex burns. But you can yo-yo around the system if you've got the skills and remember to stay INSIDE the rocket.


iirc you can only be affected by one major body at a time, which makes lagrange points hard I would think, but never tried it.
 
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