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Shenzhou 10 docks with Chinese space lab in orbit
BY STEPHEN CLARK
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China's Shenzhou 10 spacecraft flew an automated rendezvous with the Tiangong 1 space lab Thursday, docking with the prototype space station and delivering three astronauts for nearly two weeks of experiments.

The manned space capsule docked with Tiangong 1 at 0511 GMT (1:11 a.m. EDT; 1:11 p.m. Beijing time) and mechanisms pulled the two spacecraft together for tight seal seven minutes later, according to a report by China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

Shenzhou 10's three astronauts - commander Nie Haisheng, Zhang Xiaoguang and Wang Yaping - were expected to enter Tiangong 1 through a 31-inch-diameter passageway later Thursday.

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 Post subject: Re: Space Is Deep
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Sounds like the Chinese will be making and selling us our every need for space travel. At 700sqft. they have a lot more room to move around in than the ISS. Their space station is like a cabin in the woods. Nobody needs to be there 24/7, you just visit when you want to, do some experiments and close up shop until next time. Pretty cool system if you ask me! Very cost effective too and they don't have to "share" any new discoveries or technologies with anyone. Space exploration at it's capitalistic best. It makes MIR and the ISS antiques in comparison.
Now if they can just find a way to stop burning coal for fuel at home. China, a land of paradoxes. Cool article MTF. Thanks. 8) :)

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 Post subject: Re: Space Is Deep
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Want to see the International Space Station for yourself? You may not be able to see it like this; but if you know where you are, what time it is and which way is north, the website below will tell you when and where to look.

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/#.UcKhktimVrc

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 Post subject: Re: Space Is Deep
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Thanx MTF, I got the NASA notice tonight. The ISS went from N.NW. to the E. and was visible for 2:00 min. at a 45% angle. Pretty cool stuff man! 8) :D In that pix the ISS looks sorta' like the Enterprise. :wink:

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My daughter uses the site Heavens Above (a little more Geek friendly) they give all visible man made objects, it gives the trajectory and intensity…The Iridium Flares are cool they are communication satellites that have a dish that flares when the sun hits it, they can be enormous depending on the angle... :smoke:


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(a little more Geek friendly)

But is it friendly to non geeks and us hip cats too? :? :lol:

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KAPT.KIIRK wrote:
Plook wrote:
(a little more Geek friendly)

But is it friendly to non geeks and us hip cats too? :? :lol:



Hey I'm not the sharpest pencil in the box, I like on and of switch's... :mrgreen:


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The Largest Structure Ever Observed in the Universe

Rebecca J. Rosen Jan 14 2013, 3:55 PM ET

At 4 *billion* light years across, this quote-unquote "object" throws astronomical assumptions that go back to Einstein into doubt.

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Those dots may not look like much, but they represent the 73 quasars that in all make up the largest object ever discovered in our observable universe. At its longest, the quasar group (known technically as U1.27 but more colloquially as Huge-LQG for "large quasar group") runs about 4 *billion* light years, and about 1.6 billion at most points. For comparison, our Milky Way galaxy is approximately just ("just") 100,000 light years across.

Each of the 73 quasars is (or was, as the light has traveled billions of years to reach our telescopes) the center of a galaxy in the early universe. The group was discovered by a team led by Roger G. Clowes at the University of Central Lancashire in the data provided by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society on Friday.

The Huge-LQG is located very near to another quasar cluster, discovered by Clowes in 1991, known as Clowes & Campusano LQG (CCLQG). Because the Huge-LQG is so, well, huge, and particularly because it is located so near another huge object, the results throw into doubt the cosmological principle, an assumption that traces back to Einstein, which presupposed that given a large enough scale, the universe should look the same everywhere you look. But with an object this extraordinarily large, it seems that that region of the universe is quite unusual. Even given the cosmological principle, you expect to see some unusually large features, but the Huge-LQG exceeds even the largest expected size "substantially," Clowes wrote to me over email. "Some of our previous findings came close, but didn't exceed it. This one does."

Clowes wrote to me over email, explaining that the cosmological principle has "seemed plausible, but it's never really been demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt." Over time we have tried to tinker with the homogeneity scale of the cosmological principle to accommodate for unusually large objects. "But," Clowes writes, "this is a few percent of the size of the observable universe, so we might not be able to do that kind of thing any more."

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Cheezey French Jaque Cousteu type accent- "Zee octopus escapes by spraying an inky black substance at it's attacker... Le oops! Zee slide is upside down, no?" :lol:

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KAPT.KIIRK wrote:
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Cheezey French Jaque Cousteu type accent- "Zee octopus escapes by spraying an inky black substance at it's attacker... Le oops! Zee slide is upside down, no?" :lol:



As Buzz Aldren once said "which way is up" :?:

ahh hey buddy, after you, that space is looking a little deep.


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NASA: Solar system has mysterious tail, similar to comets

NASA discovers the solar system has a tail.

By Andrew McDonald, The Space Reporter
Thursday, July 11, 2013

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NASA’s Voyager 1 probe has been sailing towards the edge of the solar system since 1977, and is now in a turbulent region known as the heliosheath, where solar wind emanating from the sun is slowed by the pressure of interstellar gas. Recently, Voyager 1 entered a series of strange and unexpected transitional regions 11 billion miles from the sun. Now, thanks to a complimentary mission, scientists will gain a bigger picture of what Voyager will encounter as it speeds out of our solar system.

The new data come from IBEX, NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, which has achieved the first map of our solar system’s tail, the heliotail. According to IBEX, the heliotail’s shape resembles a four-leaf clover.

“Many models have suggested the heliotail might look like this or that, but we have had no observations,” said David McComas, IBEX principal investigator and lead author on the paper describing the new findings in the July 10 issue of the Astrophysical Journal. Quoted in NASA’s press release, McComas went on to say that scientists “always drew pictures where the tail of the solar system just trailed off the page, since we couldn’t even speculate about what it really looked like.”

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Meanwhile on Mars, The Curiosity rover takes a selfie...
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44 years later and nearly three miles under the Atlantic, Apollo 11 Rocket Engine Part Recovered, Confirms Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

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CNN) -- Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos rescued sunken treasure in the Atlantic this year: components of two F-1 rocket engines. Now he says he has verified that they are engines from Apollo 11, the first mission that took U.S. astronauts to the moon.

The timing, as Bezos is aware, is appropriate. Saturday is the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing.

"44 years ago tomorrow Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, and now we have recovered a critical technological marvel that made it all possible," Bezos wrote on his blog.

Bezos congratulated the conservation team at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, for its efforts.

One of the conservators discovered that the number "2044" had been stenciled in black paint on the side of one of the massive thrust chambers. He found it while using a black light and a special lens filter.

This 2044 was not a mystery. According to Bezos, it corresponds to NASA number 6044, the serial number for F-1 Engine No. 5 from the Apollo 11 mission.

The conservator continued his work on this thrust chamber and, after removing more corrosion, found a stamp on the metal surface that said "Unit No 2044."

"Conservation is painstaking work that requires remarkable levels of patience and attention to detail, and these guys have both," Bezos said of the Kansas conservators.


Apollo rockets recovered from ocean An Internet retail mogul might seem an unusual patron of Apollo 11 artifacts and history. But Bezos said he was inspired to dream big by watching the original moon mission as a 5-year-old in 1969
The Amazon chief announced in March that his team of researchers had discovered a set of giant rocket engines that he described as "an underwater wonderland -- an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines." They were found in 14,000 feet of water off the Florida coast.

F-1 engines powered the Saturn V rocket carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. At an altitude of about 38 miles, the first stage of the spacecraft, including the engines, separated. These parts were considered destroyed or lost forever.

Bezos had said in 2012 that he wanted to find the Apollo 11 rocket engines but noted that many serial numbers are completely or partly missing.

"The components' fiery end and heavy corrosion from 43 years underwater removed or covered up most of the original serial numbers," he wrote on his blog Friday.

More in space news: Gold comes from collisions of dead stars, scientists say

Each of the engines weighs nearly 9 tons, and they came in a cluster of five. They provided 32 million horsepower by burning 6,000 pounds of fuel every second, and together, they lifted the largest rocket in history 38 miles above the Earth in less than three minutes.

After separation, the rocket engines made their re-entry at 5,000 miles per hour, Bezos said, and then plummeted into the ocean. That's where they remained, undiscovered for decades, until Bezos' team found them using sophisticated sonar.

"The technology used for the recovery is in its own way as otherworldly as the Apollo technology itself," Bezos wrote in March. "The Remotely Operated Vehicles worked at a depth of more than 14,000 feet, tethered to our ship with fiber optics for data and electric cables transmitting power at more than 4,000 volts."

His team felt the echoes of the moon mission as they probed the icy depths of the ocean: "The blackness of the horizon. The gray and colorless ocean floor."

Having taken space venturers to the moon, the engines are now the treasure of a different breed of explorers. Bezos said he intends to put the hardware on display "where just maybe it will inspire something amazing."

The Amazon chief announced in March that his team of researchers had discovered a set of giant rocket engines that he described as "an underwater wonderland -- an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines." They were found in 14,000 feet of water off the Florida coast.

F-1 engines powered the Saturn V rocket carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. At an altitude of about 38 miles, the first stage of the spacecraft, including the engines, separated. These parts were considered destroyed or lost forever.

Bezos had said in 2012 that he wanted to find the Apollo 11 rocket engines but noted that many serial numbers are completely or partly missing.

"The components' fiery end and heavy corrosion from 43 years underwater removed or covered up most of the original serial numbers," he wrote on his blog Friday.

More in space news: Gold comes from collisions of dead stars, scientists say

Each of the engines weighs nearly 9 tons, and they came in a cluster of five. They provided 32 million horsepower by burning 6,000 pounds of fuel every second, and together, they lifted the largest rocket in history 38 miles above the Earth in less than three minutes.

After separation, the rocket engines made their re-entry at 5,000 miles per hour, Bezos said, and then plummeted into the ocean. That's where they remained, undiscovered for decades, until Bezos' team found them using sophisticated sonar.

"The technology used for the recovery is in its own way as otherworldly as the Apollo technology itself," Bezos wrote in March. "The Remotely Operated Vehicles worked at a depth of more than 14,000 feet, tethered to our ship with fiber optics for data and electric cables transmitting power at more than 4,000 volts."

His team felt the echoes of the moon mission as they probed the icy depths of the ocean: "The blackness of the horizon. The gray and colorless ocean floor."

Having taken space venturers to the moon, the engines are now the treasure of a different breed of explorers. Bezos said he intends to put the hardware on display "where just maybe it will inspire something amazing."

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Saturn's north pole...

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Victoria Crater, Mars (the Opportunity rover can be seen as a dark dot near the topmost point of the crater's rim)

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These guys may look like they're fixing to crash a frat party at Shaolin University, but in reality they're astronauts completing desert survival training near Reno, Nevada in 1964. Here, Frank Borman, Neil Armstrong, John Young and Deke Slayton show off their final projects for the class in How To Make Protective Clothing From Your Parachute.

Slayton was one of the original Mercury astronauts. After being grounded for an irregular heartbeat, he became the manager of NASA's Astronaut Corps. He selected the other three to walk on the Moon (which probably explains why he appears to be reaching for a gun: he also had to decide who went first)...

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Time-lapse animation of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant in the constellation Taurus.
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The supernova was witnessed and recorded by Chinese astronomers in 1054 AD. At the center of the nebula is the first neutron star to be observed. It's basically the core of a star, 30 km across and compressed to the density of an atomic nucleus, rotating thirty times per second. Although the nebula is 6500 light years away, it's the strongest persistent source of X rays and gamma rays in the sky.

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