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Thomas Jane

MARS Rover lands Sunday!

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Hi all, I am so happy to see that TJ is interested in science and especially in space exploration. Since that last thread in 2008 (... the joys of exploring this multi-threaded, disciplinary-schizophrene and diverse forum... ;-) a LOT of missions happened and brought adrenalin and bewilderment in our lives. I just wish to share the two past events that gave me MASSIVE GOOSEBUMPS and one fantastic ongoing mission.

Did you hear of Rosetta and Philae 4 years ago? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philae_(spacecraft) I managed to see the "landing" (cometting?) on Tchouri live on the Internet. Besides the scientific responsible full of tattoos and with a comics shirt starting a massive controversy (some people are crazy) http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/13/living/matt-taylor-shirt-philae-rosetta-project/index.html it was like a good movie with tension, two spaces shuttles, high speed (very high speed) and a mitigated ending while landing on a comet...

Another excellent "movie" and marketing at its best was the first launch of Falcon Heavy (Space X) last year in February. I am not a friend of marketing, advertisement and people pushing you to buy shit but this truly was a masterclass in communication. Here again I sat watching the live stream, adrenalin at the maximum, relieved at each step of the launch that succeeded. And THEN... although I knew they were aiming at recovering the boosters and although I had already heard it from previous Space X launches. THEN both boosters came back perfectly and landed simultaneously with just a hint of dust. That was flabbergastering or whatever word there is in English to express awe and admiration. I can still look at that video and feel the goosebumps. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Du0-pfzKbh2k&ved=0ahUKEwi3yYLq7OHhAhWtyYUKHSrNBEAQo7QBCCkwAg&usg=AOvVaw0OxuwL4K9hTXPD1nq48UJI

I hope you'll enjoy as much as I do.

Let then spend a few words about the ongoing Japanese mission Hayabusa II (not to be mixed up with the ohhh so beautiful motorbike with the same name). Just writing it is incredible. They shoot a spacecraft at an asteroid, circle around it, launch a projectile at the surface and gather asteroid dust during a low orbit fly-by... and THEN bring the samples back home!!! Who can remain insensitive to such a scientific beauty? I'm just saying: goosebumps. 


(Look at the sampling paragraph and the date of the sampling 😉) this mission will be finished next year and in the meantime I am crossing my fingers. 

Well people. Enough from me.

My opinion: future is right now.


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Hello forum,

I cannot resist and send you this link showing the relative sizes of objects in the near and far universe. I like it especially because it shows Ceres near the Moon at the beginning and it doesn't forget Ganymede. All important places for The Expanse fans...



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