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May 20, 2021

Commies land on Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:43 am
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Commies land on Mars. (h/t to Jeff Groves)

April 8, 2021

I hope

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:56 pm
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I hope this is what happens. (h/t Jeff “Inch High” Groves)(Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 5, 2021

A helicopter on Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:06 am
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I give NASA a fair amount of crap on the blog.  Like most of government it is bloated an inefficient.  However, even bloated and inefficient government occasionally accomplishes something.  They’ve managed to put a helicopter on Mars.  It should fly next week. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 4, 2021

China is serious

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:11 am
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Are we? Story here. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 26, 2021

Mars is hot

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:43 pm
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At least as far as scientific investigations are concerned.  NASA just landed its fifth rover on MarsChina is going to land their first sometime in the coming months. Even the UAE has sent a probe to Mars. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 20, 2021

Space 2021

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:22 am
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A really nice article analyzing China’s space ambitions as well as the competition from other regional powers. If you read between the lines there are some real opportunities for the US to engage in cooperation in this arena with other non-Chinese space agencies. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

February 18, 2021

Congratulations, NASA

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:38 pm
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I give NASA a fair amount of crap for their poor manned space flight record.  However, credit where credit is due, the landing of the Perseverance giving us two working rovers on Mars is amazing.  Good job, guys.

Another Mars landing

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:46 am
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Thursday February 18th, hopefully, we will land another rover on Mars. Story here. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger who would be glued to NASA TV.)

February 8, 2021

China is serious about space

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:02 pm
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Thank gosh Elon must is, because the US government doesn’t seem to be. China has a probe and lander approaching Mars. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 22, 2020

A nuclear moon

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:43 am
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Story here.  This makes perfect sense.  You’d never get enough solar power for large scale power generation.  Until we get fusion, a nuclear fission reactor is the only reasonable way to power large scale human development on the Moon and Mars.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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