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July 30, 2020

Another Mars probe

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:20 pm
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This one a sophisticated NASA effort. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

 

July 7, 2020

Green Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:15 pm
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Very interesting. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 23, 2020

A helicopter on Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:11 am
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This is cool.  Glad to see that we are finally putting an effort into really studying Mars.  Now we just need to get there. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 27, 2020

China’s space ambitions

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:45 am
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China is going to Mars.  Frankly, the US has spent the last 10 years on a space exploration vacation.  That needs to end. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 28, 2020

Go SpaceX, Go

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:31 am
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Mars or bust. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 19, 2020

Percussive maintenance

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:18 pm
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As a last resort, NASA engineers used percussive maintenance to fix their Mars lander.  That is the kind of can do spirit we saw from NASA in the old days. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would have loved this story so much.)

March 10, 2020

Elon Musk, mad genius

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:24 pm
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Story here.  Whatever else you say about Musk, he gets it. He understands what needs to be done and why it needs to be done now.

In addition, SpaceX just landed its 50th rocket booster.  They first did this in 2015.  Woo would have thought you could successfully pull this off, time and time again, to the point it becomes routine?

(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:04 pm
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This is cool.  It is amazing that they can get this quality from that far away.  Now, if we can only get off this rock and get there. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would have loved this.)

January 14, 2020

China launches new heavy rocket

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:33 pm
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At the end of 2019, China launched a new heavy lift rocket.  This rocket is said to form the basis of the Chinese plans to have their own space station as well as launch missions to Mars.  The US better stop dragging its feet. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 6, 2020

SpaceX, on to Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:44 am
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More space news.  It looks like 2020 could turn out to be a banner year in spaceflight, much like 1961 and 1969.  I’ve waited about 45 years for this to happen.  I am glad to see it finally happening. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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