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(NASA)   China's giant rubber duck found tumbling through space   (apod.nasa.gov ) divider line 17
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2014-07-21 09:21:20 AM  
I vote we name it 'Howard'.
 
2014-07-21 11:19:56 AM  
Giant rubber di...oh, duck. Wow, I need better glasses.
 
2014-07-21 11:21:09 AM  
Indeed
 
2014-07-21 11:21:25 AM  
That's hilarious, subby!
 
2014-07-21 11:34:15 AM  
I don't want to say it's aliens, but, really, people, haven't you fantasized, just for a second, that this strange piece of rubble is a part of some technology?... Have you no soul? :)
 
2014-07-21 11:36:18 AM  
Stuff like THIS is why I am such a supporter of our space programs, all of them.

The amount of brain sweat needed to do this just makes me swell with pride that we have the money, the skill and the talents to do something this cool - think about it - we are going to orbit around a ball of ice that is in an elliptical orbit around the sun....AND send back pictures and possibly land a probe?  Really, is this great or what?
 
2014-07-21 11:52:46 AM  

bmwericus: Stuff like THIS is why I am such a supporter of our space programs, all of them.

The amount of brain sweat needed to do this just makes me swell with pride that we have the money, the skill and the talents to do something this cool - think about it - we are going to orbit around a ball of ice that is in an elliptical orbit around the sun....AND send back pictures and possibly land a probe?  Really, is this great or what?



The sad part is the money thing.

I just heard a higher up from NASA give a talk about robotic missions last week. The rough starting estimate for a robotic mission is a billion dollars, which can be more or less depending on the size and scope of the mission.

That's a lot of money in absolute terms, but as a society with about 200 million adults aged 18-65, that boils down to $5 per person per mission. Even a relatively expensive mission like the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity rover) settles out to about $12.50 per person.

I know it's cliche, but we spend a lot of money in other sectors (cough cough *defense* cough cough) that absolutely dwarfs our contributions to science and engineering, and this is made even worse by the fact that a lot of the research and most of the engineering that goes into defense projects is kept secret, while research that comes out of a place like NASA is made available for anyone to use.
 
2014-07-21 12:02:29 PM  
I just hope we don't have a quack-up with it!
 
2014-07-21 12:29:40 PM  
The picture from yesterday is pretty farking awesome.
 
2014-07-21 01:50:14 PM  

Tobin_Lam: The picture from yesterday is pretty farking awesome.


The 9th circle of hell.

/it is awesome!
 
2014-07-21 05:55:07 PM  
I hypostulate that at the apex of its traversal through its climax of eccentrical orbital inclination, its overall momentum reduces to zero as it was before being knocked off of its high oort-horse and into whatever tangle left it just out of the standard oort-type of orbital pattern with whatever natural eccentricity its supposed to have.

This would mean that the oort cloud is akin to antarctica of space, and comets are basically fragments of an ice shelf mesa that basks in slightly warmer water 'plains' or flat jets warmed by a network of collisions in a disk pattern, before finding ground currents and complete gravitational body unraveling towards our tropical water oasis.
 
2014-07-21 05:59:32 PM  
Also, it could be a turd in our steam-room, or whatever the sun is blowing off of its soon soup.
 
2014-07-21 06:20:53 PM  

Grahor: I don't want to say it's aliens, but, really, people, haven't you fantasized, just for a second, that this strange piece of rubble is a part of some technology?... Have you no soul? :)


Too spherical, too many crystal ball equivalencies and Streets of Rage 2 intros.

At best its the sun blowing solar wind+ combinations of ions from each planets particular geodynamo into disks that combine and cool down to dark and distant nuclear sensitivities due to water production acting as a gaseous solvent, so we may be able to do better than absorbing simple stellar fusion pressure from the solar wind in non-planetary deep space with solar sails and other collection devices.

That or its similar to the whitewash from over-exerted propellers in a still medium.
 
2014-07-21 08:22:00 PM  

Xxplosiv: I hypostulate that at the apex of its traversal through its climax of eccentrical orbital inclination, its overall momentum reduces to zero as it was before being knocked off of its high oort-horse and into whatever tangle left it just out of the standard oort-type of orbital pattern with whatever natural eccentricity its supposed to have.

This would mean that the oort cloud is akin to antarctica of space, and comets are basically fragments of an ice shelf mesa that basks in slightly warmer water 'plains' or flat jets warmed by a network of collisions in a disk pattern, before finding ground currents and complete gravitational body unraveling towards our tropical water oasis.


You seem to exist to string together hyperbolic collections of sciencey-sounding words in an attempt to overwhelm and amaze the average person with what appears to be, but is not, an astounding intellect. The end result of this attempt at verisimilitude is that we have all come to realize that in order to speak this level of junk-speak without actually describing anything accurately (or correctly), you must actually have some knowledge of space and mathematics even if it is self-taught, or at least have browsed wikipedia one too many times. Hence, you have become an interesting alternative to that foul presence that used to bubble up in all space threads (may he be forever reviled, but never forgotten) with one of the most negative attitudes ever to grace a thread with his foul presence.

/In case you have difficulty deciphering this post, yes, it was a compliment :)
 
2014-07-21 09:07:05 PM  
Looks like a boot to me.
 
2014-07-22 09:48:34 PM  
Rubber Ducky, you're the one
You float between us and the Sun
Or possibly the Saturn or Mars
Or something else. Da da! Da da!


Possible names:

a) The Donaldus
b) Planet Daffy
c) Brantgoose

Well, it's worth a try.

There's already a Wild Duck Cluster, a Swan, an Aquila, and several other birds in the Heavens.

Wild Duck Cluster. Don't try to say that fast, especially if you are at work.

upload.wikimedia.org

What a duck cluster might look like to an astronomer

 
2014-07-22 09:50:39 PM  

RoomFullOfMonkeys: Looks like a boot to me.


I thought more Mickey Mouse shoe myself.
 
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