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January 17, 2019

Weird interstellar object

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:08 am
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Story here.  I wish it were aliens, or maybe I don’t. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)



January 14, 2019

Space round up

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:49 pm
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NASA plans to smash a satellite into an asteroid as an asteroid diversion test.


Repeating radio signals from deep space discovered.


NASA is looking at launching an interstellar probe.

(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)




January 3, 2019

Space news-China

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:01 pm
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The Chinese have soft landed a probe, with rover on the far side of the moon.  This is a further demonstration that China intends to compete with the US in all strategic realms.  NASA needs to wake up and kick it into high gear.

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:33 am
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NASA has done a fly-by on an object far beyond the orbit of Pluto.  It is the farthest object that a man-made satellite has closely observed. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

December 17, 2018

Movie review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:19 pm
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I never saw this film when it came out, which is a bit of a surprise.  It should have been right up my alley.  Sci Fi, check. British comedy, check. Zooey Deschanel, super check. Martin Freeman, check.  Yet I didn’t ever see it until I recently found out it was on Netflix.  So, I took the time to watch it.   Surprisingly, it was just so-so.  I am sure that part of the problem was that the book was very hard to adapt into a movie,, given its odd nature. All the actors did a good job, but nothing stood out as great.  I didn’t regret the time I spent with the movie, but by the same token, I wouldn’t have wanted have paid to see it in a theater.  5 out of 10 stars.

December 14, 2018

Space tourists

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:02 am
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It looks like Virgin Galactic is close to actually taking tourists to space.  I’ll be interested to see what the demand is.    ( Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

December 11, 2018

Comet’s close approach

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:44 pm
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I haven’t seen it yet, but I haven’t made an effort.  I should try to get a look.

December 7, 2018

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:28 am
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SpaceX has another successful launch, but the first stage doesn’t make it back to land. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

December 4, 2018

Space news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:25 am
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Branson says that they’ll have their first manned space flights by the end of the year.  I am skeptical, but I hope they do.  I think that this particular spaceflight path isn’t as likely to do much for mankind, at this point I think anything space related is generally a good idea to get us off this rock ASAP. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 29, 2018

The future of near-Earth space

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:31 am
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Since space has been in the news lately, here is a nice article on the possible first permanent steps off the planet.

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