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    Long time ago I did not follow US politics as...

    Long time ago I did not follow US politics as much as I do now. But back then my impression was that working together across party lines was quite common and I admired that. The ruthless opposition...
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    Same booster after its fifth flight and...

    Same booster after its fifth flight and successful landing on a drone ship. Landing just short of Cuba on a polar orbit.

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    Besides being quite dangerous, hydrogen is less...

    Besides being quite dangerous, hydrogen is less energy efficient by about a factor of 4 compared to battery electric. Nothing green about it.
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    President Biden has a moon rock on display in the...

    President Biden has a moon rock on display in the Oval Office.

    https://twitter.com/TheRealBuzz/status/1352725216292728832

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    This is how a well used rocket booster looks like...

    This is how a well used rocket booster looks like before its fifth flight. Not shiny white like the one shot boosters their competition still launches.

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    That some stocks inflate like a bubble does not...

    That some stocks inflate like a bubble does not make my statement wrong. Hydrogen cars are not going to cut it. I followed the "development" for over 40 years now, it is not going to happen.
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    Putin and Russia profited from rising oil prices....

    Putin and Russia profited from rising oil prices. Their economy collapsed together with the oil price. A sure sign of a third world economy.
  8. What's that? Should I know?

    What's that? Should I know?
  9. A fan of Gordon R. Dickson? I love the novels,...

    A fan of Gordon R. Dickson? I love the novels, very funny.

    The right to arm bears.
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    The ISS is getting an upgrade for their solar...

    The ISS is getting an upgrade for their solar arrays. They have been deteriorating over time. The new arrays are flexible. They are sent up in rolls in the trunk of Dragon supply capsules and are...
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    I like one fact on WD-40. It was initially...

    I like one fact on WD-40. It was initially developed specifically for protecting the Atlas rocket with a steel body. Only when employees starting taking the stuff home for private use the...
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    Tesla is probably overpriced. There was a rise...

    Tesla is probably overpriced. There was a rise after Tesla was included in the NASDAQ index and it was expected after index funds had bought their share prices would drop somewhat. But even Tesla...
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    They are on track, but it is still a long way to...

    They are on track, but it is still a long way to go. The Raptor engines keep getting better. They have built ~60 of them by now, most of them destroyed in tests. A second test flight up to 12.5km...
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    Yes. But it is mostly the share value of Tesla,...

    Yes. But it is mostly the share value of Tesla, though SpaceX is also highly valued. Tesla with a higher share value than General Motors, VW, BMW and Daimler combined, is a bit over the top, given...
  15. You must be the last optimist. I expect nothing...

    You must be the last optimist. I expect nothing will come from it beyond a few friendly word of warning.

    I do expect the cop will be charged who shot that woman. Lucky if he gets away with a stern...
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    Poll: Seems to make a lot of sense and is likely to be...

    Seems to make a lot of sense and is likely to be an effective solution to the shortage of vaccine. The companies who developed and tested the vaccines naturally cover their asses by pointing out that...
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    By the way. Happy new year to all of you. I am...

    By the way. Happy new year to all of you.

    I am in the process of making the traditional Berliner Pfannkuchen.

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    Whenever we think Elons ideas can not get any...

    Whenever we think Elons ideas can not get any more outlandish, he proves us wrong.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1344327757916868608



    This is about landing the huge booster rocket of...
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    Poll: Immigration gets a lot of data by scanning your...

    Immigration gets a lot of data by scanning your passport. Covid vaccination should be in there. But that's too easy. I guess the experts can come up with a multitude of reasons why that is not...
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    We know we can live in 1g, Earth gravity. We do...

    We know we can live in 1g, Earth gravity. We do not know if it is necessary to live. We know that 0g is a problem, we can not reproduce under that condition, producing healthy offspring. I expect...
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    I have a very different opinion on terraforming....

    I have a very different opinion on terraforming. Actually one point I disagree with Elon Musk. :)

    Mars is the place where we need to learn how to build and operate closed circuit ecosystems. That...
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    The great filter. Have we passed it or is it...

    The great filter. Have we passed it or is it ahead?

    Why Alien Life Would be our Doom - The Great Filter - YouTube
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    Poll: Will take it as soon as I can get it. I am above...

    Will take it as soon as I can get it. I am above 70 so should not bee too long, in the second wave. My wife is just short of 70 and may have to wait a little longer.

    Priority here seems...
  24. Do you seriously anticipate the state can run...

    Do you seriously anticipate the state can run this or any business better than the private owners? Bring all those businesses back under direct state control and the economy will tank.
  25. Which is a good thing, I believe. It undermines...

    Which is a good thing, I believe. It undermines the chinese power rise.
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    I really do not understand your baseless ranting...

    I really do not understand your baseless ranting against China. I don't like them any better than you. But try to be realistic.
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    That's not how it works. The US bought the full...

    That's not how it works. The US bought the full construction plans for the Russian RD-180 engines including the license to build them. They have a stock of flightworthy engines to look at. Yet when...
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    Simon43 is right as far as NASA is concerned....

    Simon43 is right as far as NASA is concerned. NASA, micro managed by Congress, is structurally incapable of achieving anything. Especially in human spaceflght but the blight is spreading to science...
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    Humans are still vastly superior to robots in...

    Humans are still vastly superior to robots in most tasks. Especially when flexibility is required. A human can pick up a hammer and hit deficient equipment, often an adequate method of fixing things....
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    Yeah, but only when Biden is president. Or Trump...

    Yeah, but only when Biden is president. Or Trump would pardon them again.
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    A recap of the latest Starship flight. A...

    A recap of the latest Starship flight. A surprising success, just at landing it blew up. Elon Musk was happy like a little child at christmas. He received a lot of congratulations. Including private...
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    Starship in Boca Chica, Texas, near the mexican...

    Starship in Boca Chica, Texas, near the mexican border at the gulf coast. From a YouTube live stream view of the Starship launch site at early dawn.

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    Same view a few minutes later
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    Just over $20 billion a year for NASA is a quite...

    Just over $20 billion a year for NASA is a quite small part of the US budget. Much of it goes to exciting science projects. We can do a lot of things in parallel.

    A real problem is Congress...
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    Read "The Three Body Problem" The Three-Body...

    Read "The Three Body Problem"

    The Three-Body Problem (novel) - Wikipedia

    My first chinese novel, well worth reading IMO.

    Not a central theme of the novel but an interesting perspective....
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    I would hope he tried. We would be rid of him...

    I would hope he tried. We would be rid of him permanently as a result. But I agree, he would probably be not that stupid. But somebody did suggest it.
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    https://teakdoor.com/images/TD/misc/quote_icon.png...

    https://teakdoor.com/images/TD/misc/quote_icon.png Originally Posted by Looper https://teakdoor.com/images/TD/buttons/viewpost-right.png
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    I thought it is a Calla lily. They...
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    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1341088596598525...

    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1341088596598525952



    Only 5 years and they already have launched as many reused rocket boosters as they have new ones over the whole existence of the company....
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    US spy agency is also weird. SpaceX launched...

    US spy agency is also weird. SpaceX launched NROL-109 national security payload. Always very secretive. No pictures of the sat, understandable. But they tried to hide the satellite orbit data....
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    Conflicting infos about the ISS leak out of...

    Conflicting infos about the ISS leak out of Roskosmos. Smacks of deliberate obfuscation to me.

    There is no new leak.

    Leak to be fixed before end of the year.

    Materials to be delivered by...
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    I had the link to the archive bookmarked after a...

    I had the link to the archive bookmarked after a method of access first came up. But the bookmark no longer works. Maybe it is gone. Maybe the mods can help.
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    BFR was the name in 2016. Names change, Starship...

    BFR was the name in 2016. Names change, Starship is the successor. Starship is also smaller. Only 9m diameter and 120m high. 100-150t to LEO, 100t to the Moon and to Mars with LEO refueling. Limited...
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    A nice new graphic on the status of coming...

    A nice new graphic on the status of coming Starship prototype builds.

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    SN9 seems to be ready after a slight accident that left one flap damaged. It is now replaced, with a flap from SN10....
  43. A transparent attempt to break Germany out of its...

    A transparent attempt to break Germany out of its western links, making it vulnerable to Soviet pressure. It would have been a total disaster.
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    You may remember that there was a leak at the ISS...

    You may remember that there was a leak at the ISS and there was a slow loss of atmosphere. It was found after a long search and fixed. But now there is a fresh leak. Replacing the losses is now...
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    They have landed before. Lots of data received...

    They have landed before. Lots of data received from landers and rovers, even by amateurs.

    They will make samples available to foreign scientists. Fakes would be detected quickly.
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    Is this just trolling or are you serious? That's...

    Is this just trolling or are you serious? That's on the level of the ancient moon hoax conspiracy theories. A lot of nations today and even a lot of private amateurs have the means of tracking the...
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    They have crashed the ascender on the Moon, which...

    They have crashed the ascender on the Moon, which is good practice compared to leaving it in Moon orbit. The orbiter is the return vehicle that pushed the lander back to Earth. So, being on the same...
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    A short video of the full mission. Beginning with...

    A short video of the full mission. Beginning with the launch and ending with the return capsule landing and recovery.

    A few comments. The rocket is a chinese development, no more copy of early...
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    The return capsule has landed. 61699 ...

    The return capsule has landed.

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    Infrared, the capsule is still warm. Obvious Soyuz heritage, but much smaller.
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    The wildly successful flight of Starship SN8 let...

    The wildly successful flight of Starship SN8 let SpaceX double their value to now $92 billion and sell new stock to increase their financial buffer. Raise money not when it is needed but when there...
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