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    NASA is doing some planning for a Venus mission....

    NASA is doing some planning for a Venus mission. A Venus rover which operates purely mechanical, handling a wide variety of obstacles on the surface. Venus is extremely hot and conventional...
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    Another take on the title question ...

    Another take on the title question

    does-elon-musk-suffer-asperger?

    I don't think he suffers from it.
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    Elon Musk is trolling the short sellers and the...

    Elon Musk is trolling the short sellers and the SEC.

    He is selling short shorts. But they were sold out in minutes.

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    When somebody warned him that trolling the SEC is dangerous he...
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    Unfortunately I have used my upvote for you...

    Unfortunately I have used my upvote for you already. This post would be even more worthy.
  5. Probably true. It shows well what Taiwan would...

    Probably true. It shows well what Taiwan would have to expect if they would move one inch in the direction of any kind of union with China. Which they now would consider even less than before.
  6. In Germany, Stuttgart, police declared it was a...

    In Germany, Stuttgart, police declared it was a party crowd. Sure, quite naturally a party crowd would rampage through the streets shouting Allah hu akbar.
  7. Lack of world wide controls. The bogus...

    Lack of world wide controls. The bogus transactions were mostly in the Philippines and the german authorities did not feel responsible to check those.

    The world wide economy has huge control gaps....
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    The tank was fixed and was used for another test....

    The tank was fixed and was used for another test. This time Elon delivered on the promise of test to failure. The tank was filled only with liquid nitrogen, not dangerous propellant. Still the event...
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    Many people say that's fake. I am not sure. There...

    Many people say that's fake. I am not sure. There is the same photo without shoe.

    BTW, the outburst was certainly real and it was in response to the speech of a Filipino diplomat. :)
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    In a way this was disappointing. It failed but...

    In a way this was disappointing. It failed but the failing was very benign, just huge clouds caused by cold nitrogen through a miniscule leak. The tank is being fixed and outfitted with more sensors....
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    The russian-american spaceflight engineer and...

    The russian-american spaceflight engineer and political scientist Sergei Nikitisch Chruschtschow died June 18, 2020, aged 84 years.

    He was the son of KPdSU party chief Nikita Chruschtschow. He...
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    Any country he has not alienated where he could...

    Any country he has not alienated where he could emigrate to?
  13. Not to defend this. But remember President...

    Not to defend this. But remember President Arroyo. Under her presidency the Philippines were more dangerous for critical journalists than Iraq. Not much outrage heard back then.
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    If anybody likes big bangs, this test is planned...

    If anybody likes big bangs, this test is planned to go to destruction. Will happen soon, I expect.

    No big fire, just a big bang. The tank is filled with liquid nitrogen.


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    NASA is doing a very exciting mission to the...

    NASA is doing a very exciting mission to the Moon. Looking at water and other volatiles deposits is overdue. It is called VIPER.



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    Not only the mission is interesting. NASA is...
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    Some amazing short video of fairing separation on...

    Some amazing short video of fairing separation on the latest Starlink launch. Taken from one of the separating fairings with the second stage and payload under thrust powering away.

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    Russia has free and fair elections. With the...

    Russia has free and fair elections. With the minor problem that everybody who might have a chance against Putin gets shot or poisoned.
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    No way I want to defend him. But he is one of the...

    No way I want to defend him. But he is one of the few politicians who is genuinely interested in space.

    The news this moment is the landed Falcon booster is back in Port Canaveral. Julia Bergeron...
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    Not sure he will lose a lot of support. But a lot...

    Not sure he will lose a lot of support. But a lot of people who stayed home last time because they did not like Hillary Clinton, should come out and vote against Trump this time.
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    This photo shows his face better. Another photo...

    This photo shows his face better. Another photo with a wider frame showed that he was actually jumping. He had his feet in the air.
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    Arrived at the ISS, docking went well. Group...

    Arrived at the ISS, docking went well.

    Group photo including the 2 russian cosmonauts. Congratulations by some politicians. At least one of them expressed thanks to the russian cosmonauts as well....
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    The present night time view is very SF.

    The present night time view is very SF.
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    They mentioned yesteraday that this is something...

    They mentioned yesteraday that this is something very hard to do for the astronauts. Switching off all manual controls and let Dragon do the docking fully automatic. They are test pilots and have it...
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    Not so much now. But plenty of it in the time...

    Not so much now. But plenty of it in the time around launch.
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    Fortunately there is a mute button on the Youtube...

    Fortunately there is a mute button on the Youtube viewer. Lot's of NASA coverage is social media stuff, people posting their pets in a space suit or just waving into the camera and such stuff....
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    Just before the successful Dragon launch with...

    Just before the successful Dragon launch with crew to the ISS there was a mishap in Boca Chica, Texas.

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    On previous occasions Elon Musk clarified that these were not explosions but...
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    You should be able to go back to before launch on...

    You should be able to go back to before launch on the live stream.
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    Picture of the launch pad minutes before launch...

    Picture of the launch pad minutes before launch taken when the ISS passed over Florida.

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    On the way to the ISS at one point the astronauts...

    On the way to the ISS at one point the astronauts will perform a mock docking maneuver. When they actually approach the ISS the docking maneuver will be done automatically. Astronauts are able to...
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    Complete success so far. Dragon is in nominal...

    Complete success so far.

    Dragon is in nominal orbit. Separated from Falcon second stage.

    Left picture Dragon drifting away from the second stage Right picture...
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    They did fuel. The first stage was fully fueled,...

    They did fuel. The first stage was fully fueled, the second stage partly, when hold was called. That's part of the reason why it took so long to get the astronauts out of the capsule, they had to...
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    Let's hope they go up today. Doing many tries...

    Let's hope they go up today. Doing many tries must be tiresome to all involved. But manned flights have more requirements for go, mostly weather related.
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    They use a realtime OS, certainly not Windows....

    They use a realtime OS, certainly not Windows. Though realtime is relative, a nearly real time version of linux.
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    For a handful of essential functions they have...

    For a handful of essential functions they have buttons. Like deorbit and deorbit now. Difference being that deorbit gets them down on water, deorbit now gets them down no matter what the target area...
  35. I was thinking about another plane. They still...

    I was thinking about another plane. They still sometimes use a soviet design heavy lift cargo plane for some very large payloads. Seems that is not a Tupolew.
  36. An antique plane that can lift large payloads....

    An antique plane that can lift large payloads. Useful sometimes.
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    There is basically no difference in fuel...

    There is basically no difference in fuel requirements. Just more drifting. Maybe a little more small corrections but that takes very little. They have plenty of reserves. In fact way too much. They...
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    There is only one window a day to get to the ISS....

    There is only one window a day to get to the ISS. They launch the moment the ground track of the ISS passes over the launch site. Actually two but one trajectory would go over land, which is a NO NO....
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    10 minutes later they could have launched but ISS...

    10 minutes later they could have launched but ISS has an instantaneous window.
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    Next try on saturday. About 1 hour earlier.

    Next try on saturday. About 1 hour earlier.
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    clouds over the pad 51385

    clouds over the pad

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    Tornado warning in Brevard county, near the pad....

    Tornado warning in Brevard county, near the pad.

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    But they say weather is presently go, it gets better.
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    I am watching the SpaceX stream because it is...

    I am watching the SpaceX stream because it is ahead of the slightly lagging NASA stream. But I switched off the sugary comments and listen to the commentary of NASAspaceflight forum.
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    Looks like it. But the rocket is quite reliable....

    Looks like it. But the rocket is quite reliable. NASA calculated the risk as a little better than 1/270 for loss of crew. Which was the formal requirement by NASA.

    The astronauts are about to...
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    You want detail info? What about the traditional...

    You want detail info? What about the traditional astronaut breakfast?

    Get the photo here, it's real.

    https://twitter.com/Astro_Doug/status/1265661081873195008

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    To get details on visibility at your location you...

    To get details on visibility at your location you can use

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    They already have DM-2 under the name Crew Dragon.
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    Launch time moves ~23 minutes earlier every day....

    Launch time moves ~23 minutes earlier every day.

    Weather is still a major concern. Not only in Florida but sea state all the way along the flight path from Florida to Ireland needs to be...
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    Time is running for the first manned flight of...

    Time is running for the first manned flight of Crew Dragon to the ISS. It is scheduled for wednesday, May 27 but the weather may not permit it.

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    Some news on the Mars Insight mole. It stil is...

    Some news on the Mars Insight mole. It stil is not successful in going deeper inside Mars. The latest photo.

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    Over the last weeks they seem to have stomped and scraped some surface...
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    Sticky: Respect. I understand you volunteer to be exposed...

    Respect. I understand you volunteer to be exposed to Corona virus and then take cannabis only?
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