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September 17, 2019

Another interplanetary visitor?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:25 am
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It looks like we may have found the second interplanetary visitor to our solar system.  This is only the second ever discovered and both have been within the last year.  This one appears to be a comet and is very much like the comets seen in our own solar system.  Of note, it was discovered by an amateur astronomer.

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August 29, 2019

Good

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:34 am
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Glad to hear it.

August 22, 2019

Robots in space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:57 pm
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Is it the next step in Skynet?  I doubt it.  However, I have no doubts that robots like this will be vital in space travel, especially on trips to Mars and to more distant objects.

August 15, 2019

Sooner rather than later

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:45 pm
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we are going to get whacked from out space, and I just hope it isn’t a big one.

August 12, 2019

More X-37B stuff

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 2:24 pm
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Article here.  The current X-37B in orbit has been there almost two years.  It seems like the USAF keeps one in orbit at nearly all times. (Some great photos in this article.  I may  have to get the kit of this thing.)

July 25, 2019

More X-37B

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:57 pm
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Story here.  I am amazed that the USAF has managed to keep so much about the X-37 program secret.  It reminds me of the success they had with the F-117.  There is an amazing story here that we’ll one day hear and be amazed.

July 12, 2019

Way to go JAXA

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:20 pm
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JAXA, the Japanese space agency (their version of NASA) has just landed a satellite on an asteroid in order to sample it and better understand its composition.  This is a tremendous achievement and is good news for all of us hoping to see a more vigorous exploration of space.  ( post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who passed away 5 years ago this week)

July 2, 2019

Speaking of aliens . . .

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:03 pm
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The scientists at UKs SETI program want to get the public’s input on how we should respond to alien contact.

June 25, 2019

SpaceX success

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:47 am
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So far, the latest Falcon Heavy mission looks pretty successful.  They’ve managed to land the side boosters, catch half of the payload fairing, and get satellites into orbit. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 24, 2019

Falcon Heavy

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:07 pm
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Another Falcon Heavy launch tonight.  SpaceX is a real bright spot in the US space sector.  Keeping our fingers crossed for another success.

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