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(Gizmodo)   All the stuff we'll be doing in outer space in 2018   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
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2017-12-29 03:39:40 AM  
Sex? Is it sex? It's sex, isn't it?
 
2017-12-29 03:46:37 AM  
James Bond Moonraker - Space laser fight scene
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Why yes, I do still want my f*#king jet pack!
 
2017-12-29 04:40:00 AM  
What I hope we will be doing in 2018 is finalizing plans to launch at least three laser interferometer gravitational-wave observatories into space.
 
2017-12-29 06:32:46 AM  
1.  Nothing.

I guess Voyager is still hurtling along, which is nice.
 
2017-12-29 06:38:25 AM  
"Lots of contracts to all my millionaire buddies"
 
2017-12-29 06:56:20 AM  
I'm surprised the list missed out on 3D printing of human organs and the manufacture of fiber optic cable on the ISS.

Really, very surprised. Those seem like the most important things.
 
2017-12-29 07:09:47 AM  
I ain't doin shiat in space.  Damn space, you scary.
 
2017-12-29 07:17:38 AM  
Make sure all the cameras are off. Pretend to be Superman.
 
2017-12-29 07:44:02 AM  
We?  We are probably going to sit on our asses and read about it.
 
2017-12-29 07:47:25 AM  
I'm not going to space.  No way.  Too cold.  Or hot.  One of the two.  It's not nice out there.
 
2017-12-29 08:01:11 AM  
Two private companies, Boeing and SpaceX, launching astronauts with their own manned space programs.  That's huge.  Enormous.  There are massive strides in space exploration presently, year by year.  Since the beginning of the International Space Station program, there's been a tremendous advance in manned space exploration.  Can't wait for the Chinese to construct their own permanent, multimodular space station.
 
2017-12-29 08:15:53 AM  
What do you mean "we", Kimosabe?
 
2017-12-29 08:50:03 AM  
Thank god we have a president now that won't cut nasa funding like the previous star trek nerd.
 
2017-12-29 09:19:04 AM  
What we won't be doing in space in 2018: cleaning up the trash we've left floating around up there in the last 50 years.
 
2017-12-29 09:23:42 AM  
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2017-12-29 09:24:09 AM  
Launching toward Mercury in November of 2018 and not arriving there until 2025? That seems a bit long.

China's 2014 moon mission- tfa roasts China for calling it a success and links to an article on how it was messed up - IMHO, landing the probe on the moon and sending back images sounds like a success to me.
 
2017-12-29 09:41:25 AM  

Sarah Jessica Farker: Launching toward Mercury in November of 2018 and not arriving there until 2025? That seems a bit long.

China's 2014 moon mission- tfa roasts China for calling it a success and links to an article on how it was messed up - IMHO, landing the probe on the moon and sending back images sounds like a success to me.


That's one reason I really hope the Falcon Heavy is a success, because it could really lower the cost and travel time for interplanetary mission. New Horizons, for example, could have gotten to Pluto a hell of a lot faster with a FH pushing it instead of an Atlas V.
 
2017-12-29 11:24:15 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: Two private companies, Boeing and SpaceX, launching astronauts with their own manned space programs.  That's huge.  Enormous.  There are massive strides in space exploration presently, year by year.  Since the beginning of the International Space Station program, there's been a tremendous advance in manned space exploration.  Can't wait for the Chinese to construct their own permanent, multimodular space station.


More than two.  Virgin and Blue Origin, while slower, are both moving to do sub-orbital then later orbital launches.  There are tons of companies trying to get into this market.  And while most of them will fail it's a sure bet a few of them will succeed.

And (in my opinion) the most exciting part is there is now a huge cloud of space oriented companies forming. From sub-sub-contractors feeding to sub-contractors feeding to main contractors all the way to vertically integrated monsters like SpaceX.  All this will really open up commercial space.
 
2017-12-29 12:55:41 PM  

Sarah Jessica Farker: Launching toward Mercury in November of 2018 and not arriving there until 2025? That seems a bit long.


It goes past Mercury in 2021 after a few gravitational assists from Earth and Venus, then has several more flyby encounters until it slows down enough to be captured in 2025. It's using solar-powered ion engines which are efficient but with very low thrust.
 
2017-12-29 04:25:17 PM  
Outa-space?

*cues up Billy Preston*
 
2017-12-30 09:21:03 AM  

Sarah Jessica Farker: Launching toward Mercury in November of 2018 and not arriving there until 2025? That seems a bit long.

China's 2014 moon mission- tfa roasts China for calling it a success and links to an article on how it was messed up - IMHO, landing the probe on the moon and sending back images sounds like a success to me.


Ever try running down a mountain slope and stop on a dime?  Your knees and ankles WILL complain.
 
2017-12-30 10:18:31 AM  
Multiple things were left off the list... but that's all I can say.
 
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