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    More: Followup, Jupiter, Asteroid, Planet, NASA's Lucy spacecraft, Solar System, Sun, Earth, Mercury  
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2021-10-18 12:17:25 PM  
Someone forgot to clink the nickel
 
2021-10-18 1:09:50 PM  
Man I hope the James Webb deployment goes without a hitch.
 
2021-10-18 1:18:16 PM  
One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?
 
2021-10-18 1:27:01 PM  

NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?


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2021-10-18 1:28:29 PM  

Ivo Shandor: NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?

[i.imgur.com image 700x663]


anything but the metric system.
 
2021-10-18 1:29:25 PM  
Oh no, and Here comes the Sun!
 
2021-10-18 1:34:57 PM  

khitsicker: Ivo Shandor: NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?

[i.imgur.com image 700x663]

anything but the metric system.


THAT'S A METRIC BANANA!
 
2021-10-18 1:36:34 PM  
Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!
 
2021-10-18 2:04:15 PM  

khitsicker: Ivo Shandor: NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?

[i.imgur.com image 700x663]

anything but the metric system.


WTH are you and the Farker who smarted you doing in the STEM tab anyway?
 
2021-10-18 2:13:29 PM  
At least the array deployed so that they have power to troubleshoot.  Hopefully it is a false reading on the latch not working as it isn't as if they can be repaired in orbit.
 
2021-10-18 2:15:29 PM  

Daedalus27: At least the array deployed so that they have power to troubleshoot.  Hopefully it is a false reading on the latch not working as it isn't as if they can be repaired in orbit.


Orbit? What's an orbit, Lucy?
 
2021-10-18 2:19:18 PM  

PirateKing: Oh no, and Here comes the Sun!


And its not alright
 
2021-10-18 2:19:56 PM  
So Charlie Brown finally decided to aim for something other than the football?
 
2021-10-18 2:20:25 PM  

WelldeadLink: Daedalus27: At least the array deployed so that they have power to troubleshoot.  Hopefully it is a false reading on the latch not working as it isn't as if they can be repaired in orbit.

Orbit? What's an orbit, Lucy?


It's the periodic elliptical path of a smaller body around a more massive body, but that's not important right now.
 
2021-10-18 2:20:59 PM  

Ivo Shandor: NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?

[i.imgur.com image 700x663]


Her husband says it's 19", so its really 12"?
 
2021-10-18 2:26:35 PM  
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I really dont care about the article with that picture below it
 
2021-10-18 3:20:08 PM  

Mr.Tangent: Ivo Shandor: NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?

[i.imgur.com image 700x663]

Her husband says it's 19", so its really 12"?


You have to start measuring from underneath the CRT.
 
2021-10-18 3:21:29 PM  

Daedalus27: At least the array deployed so that they have power to troubleshoot.  Hopefully it is a false reading on the latch not working as it isn't as if they can be repaired in orbit.


They can (as long as the entire panel hasn't been torn off), but it helps if a crew was headed there anyway.

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2021-10-18 3:26:08 PM  
Sounds like we'll need a team of oil rig workers to sort this out.
 
2021-10-18 3:30:16 PM  

Zaphod42: Man I hope the James Webb deployment goes without a hitch.


JWST Deployment Sequence
Youtube dlJtO7EbK-U


I have done work on a couple of space instruments (including one that was almost terminated when a single actuator failed to actuate after launch) and I get anxious and twitchy every time I watch this video.
 
2021-10-18 3:31:29 PM  
Have they tried turning it off, then on again?
 
2021-10-18 3:39:07 PM  

NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?


Like Rhode Islands or metric feet?  I wonder how many sticks of light that baby can handle.
/If you know what I mean...
 
2021-10-18 3:40:38 PM  

Daedalus27: At least the array deployed so that they have power to troubleshoot.  Hopefully it is a false reading on the latch not working as it isn't as if they can be repaired in orbit.


They should be able to look at the power output from both arrays and get an idea of how far it deployed.
 
2021-10-18 3:41:23 PM  

Destructor: Have they tried turning it off, then on again?


There could actually be merit to that, provided they built in a retract solar array function. Maybe not for something that is supposed to be a one and done deployment.
 
2021-10-18 4:31:19 PM  
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Fine... I'll do it.
 
2021-10-18 5:20:39 PM  

Martian_Astronomer: Zaphod42: Man I hope the James Webb deployment goes without a hitch.

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I have done work on a couple of space instruments (including one that was almost terminated when a single actuator failed to actuate after launch) and I get anxious and twitchy every time I watch this video.


Congrats, as a project manager, you've now made me anxious.
 
2021-10-18 5:21:45 PM  
"In the current spacecraft attitude, Lucy can continue to operate with no threat to its health and safety"

/Lucy has a problem attitude?
 
2021-10-18 5:59:59 PM  
They have a year to design a drone to intercept it on the 2022 gravity assist pass to Earth and nudge the panel.
 
2021-10-18 6:04:35 PM  

KarmicDisaster: They have a year to design a drone to intercept it on the 2022 gravity assist pass to Earth and nudge the panel.


Ethel, get in there and help out Lucy!
 
2021-10-18 6:11:27 PM  
Not to worry, NASA wisely used those new self-healing latches.
 
2021-10-18 6:30:36 PM  

NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?


I was hoping they'd use elephant hide.
 
2021-10-18 6:30:58 PM  

Corn_Fed: Not to worry, NASA wisely used those new self-healing latches.


The fools should have gone for self-sealing stembolts!
 
2021-10-18 8:06:45 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: khitsicker: Ivo Shandor: NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?

[i.imgur.com image 700x663]

anything but the metric system.

THAT'S A METRIC BANANA!


That is waaaay to bendy to be metric.  This is the banana the British fought and sacrificed so much for.

Soon a pint will be a pint again, a mile will be a mile again, and a stone will be... well fark if I know what a stone is.  I know they use it to weigh people, but I'll be damned if I know what it really is.

In any case bananas will be bendy again!

I think maybe I should be in the COVID brain-fog thread
 
2021-10-19 1:32:14 AM  

PartTimeBuddha: NewportBarGuy: One of the Lucy spacecraft's solar arrays, with a human for scale.

Humans don't make very effective scales. Have you tried using an actual scale?

I was hoping they'd use elephant hide.


Is that something you spray in the air after your uncle Joe uses the bathroom?
 
2021-10-19 6:20:47 AM  

KarmicDisaster: They have a year to design a drone to intercept it on the 2022 gravity assist pass to Earth and nudge the panel.


I was going to suggest that they have a year to build another satellite to launch.

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2021-10-20 12:49:48 AM  
you people, your old jokes are both old and idiotic.
 
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