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(NPR)   NASA names a spacecraft after a person for the first time and avoids calling it the Cochrane I   ( npr.org) divider line
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2018-08-10 08:10:02 AM  
This is an excellent mission.  I just hope the probe arrives at night because of the heat.
 
2018-08-10 08:17:01 AM  
Listened to this on the way home from work.  It was so cool, I stopped calling CQ in Morse code on 14.042 MHz because I wanted to hear the whole thing.


I mean, 118 miles a second is roughly 0.06% of the speed of light!
 
2018-08-10 08:18:26 AM  

rackrent: This is an excellent mission.  I just hope the probe arrives at night because of the heat.


I want a thermos made with that foam they're using.
 
2018-08-10 08:33:47 AM  
the Kevin Spacey McSpacecraft?
 
2018-08-10 08:34:53 AM  
Webb soace telescope. The Hubble as well I guess
 
2018-08-10 08:34:55 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: the Kevin Spacey McSpacecraft?


Goes back in time and orbits a young Uranus.

/too soon?
 
2018-08-10 08:36:15 AM  
No point in calling it the Cochrane yet, Cochrane's flight isn't for another 45 years anyway.
 
2018-08-10 08:40:47 AM  

Gubbo: Webb soace telescope. The Hubble as well I guess


Living person
 
2018-08-10 08:47:00 AM  
To his critics, this idea seemed laughable. One even suggested he should go to the library and do some reading before trying to write papers on this subject. "And the question is 'Well, what do they think now?'" asks Parker, with a chuckle, adding, "they're all dead by now so it doesn't really matter."

Hah! Sounds like the kind of guy you could enjoy a few beers with!
 
2018-08-10 08:48:30 AM  
 
2018-08-10 08:54:09 AM  
First spacecraft named after a living person, subby.

Just off the top of my head, this mission flew in 1995 and was named after someone. There are probably others I've never heard of.
 
2018-08-10 08:54:29 AM  

kbronsito: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo​_​(spacecraft)

ORLY?


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ORLY?
 
2018-08-10 09:03:37 AM  
Demands a recount.
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2018-08-10 09:27:01 AM  

balko: kbronsito: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_​(spacecraft)

ORLY?

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Died in 1932.
 
2018-08-10 09:27:01 AM  
Gene Masseth?
 
2018-08-10 09:28:04 AM  
Should have called it the Crichton, but then it would just go and get itself lost.
 
2018-08-10 09:38:57 AM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Should have called it the Crichton, but then it would just go and get itself lost.


Climate change denier. No way.
 
2018-08-10 09:41:00 AM  
Oh please, like there was no child in this country prior to 1980 with one of the names columbia, challenger, discovery, or endevour,.....as if.
 
2018-08-10 09:47:06 AM  

rackrent: This is an excellent mission.  I just hope the probe arrives at night because of the heat.


Why do you think they're launching at 3:30AM?
 
2018-08-10 09:55:48 AM  

markie_farkie: To his critics, this idea seemed laughable. One even suggested he should go to the library and do some reading before trying to write papers on this subject. "And the question is 'Well, what do they think now?'" asks Parker, with a chuckle, adding, "they're all dead by now so it doesn't really matter."

Hah! Sounds like the kind of guy you could enjoy a few beers with!


Yeah. the man's got sol although his temper does flare up sometimes.
 
2018-08-10 10:26:18 AM  

Martian_Astronomer: First spacecraft named after a living person, subby.

Just off the top of my head, this mission flew in 1995 and was named after someone. There are probably others I've never heard of.


I really farked up this comment. Yes, I'm aware of Galileo, Chandra, Hubble, Cassini, Spitzer, and XMM-Newton. RXTE was just the first one that popped into my mind. I hadn't had my coffee yet.

However, I will point out that RXTE was launched only two years after Bruno Rossi died, which may make it the mission launched closest to the death of its namesake. Not sure if the name was changed after his death or it was always going to be named that.
 
2018-08-10 10:26:25 AM  

jaytkay: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Should have called it the Crichton, but then it would just go and get itself lost.

Climate change denier. No way.


Wrong Crichton.  He was referring to Ben Browder's character in 'Farscape'.

/Yeah, I know - 'What's a Farscape?'  Loved that bit in Stargate SG-1's 200th episode!
 
2018-08-10 11:17:19 AM  
They're going to park her in solar orbit?
 
2018-08-10 12:22:14 PM  
I hope they remembered the Steppenwolf. You can't launch without it
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2018-08-10 12:39:24 PM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: jaytkay: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Should have called it the Crichton, but then it would just go and get itself lost.

Climate change denier. No way.

Wrong Crichton.  He was referring to Ben Browder's character in 'Farscape'.

/Yeah, I know - 'What's a Farscape?'  Loved that bit in Stargate SG-1's 200th episode!


Yep.  I'm on a binge.

/John Crichton is best Crichton
//it's a fun name to say
///CRIIICHTOOON!!
 
2018-08-10 01:40:45 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: jaytkay: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Should have called it the Crichton, but then it would just go and get itself lost.

Climate change denier. No way.

Wrong Crichton.  He was referring to Ben Browder's character in 'Farscape'.

/Yeah, I know - 'What's a Farscape?'  Loved that bit in Stargate SG-1's 200th episode!

Yep.  I'm on a binge.

/John Crichton is best Crichton
//it's a fun name to say
///CRIIICHTOOON!!


You know what's more fun to say?

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Groinal socket.

/Kryten.
 
2018-08-10 02:28:48 PM  
First name that came to my mind was Cassini and Huygens.

We should go back to Titan.
 
2018-08-10 02:32:47 PM  

New Farkin User Name: First name that came to my mind was Cassini and Huygens.

We should go back to Titan.


I went right to Galileo but there were others sunny just forgot to say living.
 
2018-08-10 03:39:22 PM  

New Farkin User Name: First name that came to my mind was Cassini and Huygens.

We should go back to Titan.


The interesting thing to me about Titan is that you wouldn't need a spacesuit to walk on it's surface:  The surface pressure on Titan is about 1.45 times that of Earth.  But of course you'd need oxygen, and well insulated clothing with a heat source, because it's frickin' cold at around -180 C.

However, it might be worth it to vacation there despite the cold, because the low gravity (less than that of the Moon), combined with the dense atmosphere, means it should be possible to strap a pair of wings to your arms and fly like a bird.

Wouldn't that be fun?
 
2018-08-10 03:42:54 PM  

balko: kbronsito: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_​(spacecraft)

ORLY?

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John Young was da man.

Flew Gemini, Apollo (and walked on the Moon), and Shuttle missions.
 
2018-08-11 08:48:09 AM  
Tesla is floating around out there somewhere.
With Jeff Bridges behind the wheel.
 
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