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Re: The Science Thread

Postby seanimal » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:23 am

i checked out Lex Fridman's podcast interview with Avi Loeb and I really enjoyed the discussion of interstellar objects, in particular oumuamua, who we all know is the coolest and most lovable of all interstellar objects

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Postby seanimal » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:28 am

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Re: The Science Thread

Postby seanimal » Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:35 am

anyway that's not even what i came here to post about

nasa's new mars rover drops tomorrow

https://www.space.com/perseverance-mars-rover-ready-for-landing
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Re: The Science Thread

Postby OleMissCub » Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:19 pm

Despite being an Uber space dork, I only just today realized that NASA is planning to land people back on the moon by 2024. They already have the astronaut candidates and everything. They’re sending a crew to orbit the moon and do a sort of Apollo 8 type mission in 2022.

As far as Mars goes, Musk is predicting 2026. Seems optimistic, but regardless, if it’s in the next decade that’s pretty badass.
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Re: The Science Thread

Postby OleMissCub » Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:23 pm

seanimal wrote:i checked out Lex Fridman's podcast interview with Avi Loeb and I really enjoyed the discussion of interstellar objects, in particular oumuamua, who we all know is the coolest and most lovable of all interstellar objects

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Love that guy. He’s so (justifiably) upset about how incredulous his fellow astronomers are toward his hypothesis.

It’s so far away and so small it could in fact be a smooth object with alien writing on the side for all we know since we can’t get an actual look at it. All the drawings of it looking like a Baby Ruth bar are just conjecture.
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Re: The Science Thread

Postby minnesotacubsfan » Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:23 pm

seanimal wrote:anyway that's not even what i came here to post about

nasa's new mars rover drops tomorrow

https://www.space.com/perseverance-mars-rover-ready-for-landing



I was reading it has a drone on it, attached to its belly. because the atmosphere on Mars is so thin, it had 4' rotors. It sounds like a mosquito
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Re: The Science Thread

Postby Soul » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:55 pm

minnesotacubsfan wrote:
seanimal wrote:anyway that's not even what i came here to post about

nasa's new mars rover drops tomorrow

https://www.space.com/perseverance-mars-rover-ready-for-landing



I was reading it has a drone on it, attached to its belly. because the atmosphere on Mars is so thin, it had 4' rotors. It sounds like a mosquito


FYI, it's in landing sequence now, all systems look good. Yeah, I'm a science geek.

I'm more excited for the James Webb Space Telescope later this year (unless it's delayed YET AGAIN).
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Postby Soul » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:56 pm

.......and touch down successful.
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Re: The Science Thread

Postby OleMissCub » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:20 pm

Those poor JPL guys always look like they’re about to have a stroke during the landing sequence of these. I can’t imagine the pressure and the nerves involved.
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Re: The Science Thread

Postby seanimal » Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:42 am

Soul wrote:I'm more excited for the James Webb Space Telescope later this year


i mean, juno is great and all that, but ever since cassini died, this has been the thing. every time an update on it pops up into my google news feed, i'm like "they better not have hurt our baby!"

Soul wrote:(unless it's delayed YET AGAIN).


let us purge those bad vibes, the jwst needs only positive vibes from here on out
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Postby Soul » Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:17 am

seanimal wrote:
Soul wrote:I'm more excited for the James Webb Space Telescope later this year


i mean, juno is great and all that, but ever since cassini died, this has been the thing. every time an update on it pops up into my google news feed, i'm like "they better not have hurt our baby!"

Soul wrote:(unless it's delayed YET AGAIN).


let us purge those bad vibes, the jwst needs only positive vibes from here on out

Not gonna lie, I’m nervous about it. You can’t give JWST a set of eyeglasses like Hubble.

...ok I’m done with the bad vibes tonight :)
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Postby seanimal » Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:43 am

Soul wrote:
seanimal wrote:
Soul wrote:I'm more excited for the James Webb Space Telescope later this year


i mean, juno is great and all that, but ever since cassini died, this has been the thing. every time an update on it pops up into my google news feed, i'm like "they better not have hurt our baby!"

Soul wrote:(unless it's delayed YET AGAIN).


let us purge those bad vibes, the jwst needs only positive vibes from here on out

Not gonna lie, I’m nervous about it. You can’t give JWST a set of eyeglasses like Hubble.

...ok I’m done with the bad vibes tonight :)


we really should have made two of them (for twice the cost), like how they did in contact
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Postby OleMissCub » Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:14 am

Can’t wait for a new Deep Space Field picture with the jwst. The Hubble shot has been my phone and desktop background for years and years. It’s the most important photo ever taken IMO. The jwst version will be even cooler.
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Postby Soul » Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:08 pm

OleMissCub wrote:Can’t wait for a new Deep Space Field picture with the jwst. The Hubble shot has been my phone and desktop background for years and years. It’s the most important photo ever taken IMO. The jwst version will be even cooler.


Yeah. Well my background is the Cubs celebrating 2016 but admittedly that's just a tad less important :)

The leaps forward in terms of understanding the Cosmos are potentially game-changers, unlike any of our current telescopes, either because they are earth-bound or limited-scope endeavors.

But it's such a huge gamble. Sent out far beyond the Moon, 10 billion bucks worth of the most complicated machinery imaginable, all of it must deploy flawlessly for it to be operational. One shot, that's it. I think getting it in place might be one of the greatest human engineering achievements in history.
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“One of the strengths of the paper, just from the perspective of its scholarly work, not necessarily the analytical science that it does, is just the degree to which it stitches together all of these disparate sources of information to make its case,” said Jason E. Smerdon, a climate scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in New York, who was not involved in the study. He called it a “tour de force.”


As an aside, I went to a Super Bowl party at that guy's apartment. I was basically the only person paying attention to the game because Packers.
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Very astute point from...MC Hammer?!?
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Postby javy knows my name » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:38 am

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/MCHammer/status/1363908982289559553?s=19

Very astute point from...MC Hammer?!?


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Re: The Science Thread

Postby seanimal » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:54 am

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/MCHammer/status/1363908982289559553?s=19

Very astute point from...MC Hammer?!?


he was going to stop that tweet half way through but it was too legit to quit
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Postby Derwood » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:03 am

seanimal wrote:
Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/MCHammer/status/1363908982289559553?s=19

Very astute point from...MC Hammer?!?


he was going to stop that tweet half way through but it was too legit to quit


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What a surreal life.
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