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General Discussion / Re: LIFE BEYOND: Space Opera about Cosmic Life and its future
« Last post by apollo16uvc on December 08, 2021, 12:04:54 PM »
Holy shit. What a masterpiece.

This is the most profound documentary I have ever witnessed. Real art
The ending is so bittersweet

Thinking about all the possibilities, so fascinating, sad and inspiring, brought tears to my eyes.
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General Discussion / Re: LIFE BEYOND: Space Opera about Cosmic Life and its future
« Last post by apollo16uvc on December 08, 2021, 12:04:20 PM »
Life Beyond: Chapter Three: In Search Of Giants

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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by Peter B on November 27, 2021, 07:11:02 PM »
My name is Inigo Montoya...

= = = =

We had a family movie night last night, watching "The Princess Bride" (and if you haven't watched it yet, do yourself a favour!).

Me (before the movie): You may hear some strange things. Please don't comment on them at the time. Just watch the movie and go with the flow.

...

Vizzini: ...and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals!

11YOS: No it isn't!

Me: !!
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General Discussion / Re: James Webb Space Telescope
« Last post by Peter B on November 26, 2021, 07:28:53 PM »
I'm starting to think this mission is cursed...

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The launch readiness date for the James Webb Space Telescope is moving to no earlier than Dec. 22 to allow for additional testing of the observatory, following a recent incident that occurred during Webb’s launch preparations.

The incident occurred during operations at the satellite preparation facility in Kourou, French Guiana, performed under Arianespace overall responsibility. Technicians were preparing to attach Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, which is used to integrate the observatory with the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket. A sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band – which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter – caused a vibration throughout the observatory.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2021/11/22/nasa-provides-update-on-webb-telescope-launch/


Isn't that what they said about Hubble?

At least Hubble was fixable.

If it turns out to not be fit for its original mission it could be expended in a DART 2 mission?  ;)
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General Discussion / Re: James Webb Space Telescope
« Last post by bknight on November 24, 2021, 10:19:18 PM »
I'm starting to think this mission is cursed...

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The launch readiness date for the James Webb Space Telescope is moving to no earlier than Dec. 22 to allow for additional testing of the observatory, following a recent incident that occurred during Webb’s launch preparations.

The incident occurred during operations at the satellite preparation facility in Kourou, French Guiana, performed under Arianespace overall responsibility. Technicians were preparing to attach Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, which is used to integrate the observatory with the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket. A sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band – which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter – caused a vibration throughout the observatory.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2021/11/22/nasa-provides-update-on-webb-telescope-launch/


Isn't that what they said about Hubble?

At least Hubble was fixable.
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General Discussion / Re: James Webb Space Telescope
« Last post by Glom on November 24, 2021, 07:14:00 PM »
I'm starting to think this mission is cursed...

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The launch readiness date for the James Webb Space Telescope is moving to no earlier than Dec. 22 to allow for additional testing of the observatory, following a recent incident that occurred during Webb’s launch preparations.

The incident occurred during operations at the satellite preparation facility in Kourou, French Guiana, performed under Arianespace overall responsibility. Technicians were preparing to attach Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, which is used to integrate the observatory with the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket. A sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band – which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter – caused a vibration throughout the observatory.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2021/11/22/nasa-provides-update-on-webb-telescope-launch/


Isn't that what they said about Hubble?
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General Discussion / Re: James Webb Space Telescope
« Last post by Peter B on November 23, 2021, 03:45:12 PM »
I'm starting to think this mission is cursed...

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The launch readiness date for the James Webb Space Telescope is moving to no earlier than Dec. 22 to allow for additional testing of the observatory, following a recent incident that occurred during Webb’s launch preparations.

The incident occurred during operations at the satellite preparation facility in Kourou, French Guiana, performed under Arianespace overall responsibility. Technicians were preparing to attach Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, which is used to integrate the observatory with the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket. A sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band – which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter – caused a vibration throughout the observatory.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2021/11/22/nasa-provides-update-on-webb-telescope-launch/

Per ardua ad astra?
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General Discussion / Re: James Webb Space Telescope
« Last post by bknight on November 23, 2021, 02:13:26 PM »
And the travel pack with telescope has arrived at the launch port.
https://www.universetoday.com/152908/webb-has-arrived-safely-at-the-launch-site/

The Launch has been delayed by an accident.  The NASA technicians down there need to inspect everything and to check if the loading equipment is up to the task.
New launch date NET 22 Dec 21
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General Discussion / Re: James Webb Space Telescope
« Last post by molesworth on November 23, 2021, 05:02:51 AM »
I'm starting to think this mission is cursed...

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The launch readiness date for the James Webb Space Telescope is moving to no earlier than Dec. 22 to allow for additional testing of the observatory, following a recent incident that occurred during Webb’s launch preparations.

The incident occurred during operations at the satellite preparation facility in Kourou, French Guiana, performed under Arianespace overall responsibility. Technicians were preparing to attach Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, which is used to integrate the observatory with the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket. A sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band – which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter – caused a vibration throughout the observatory.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2021/11/22/nasa-provides-update-on-webb-telescope-launch/
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General Discussion / Re: Kids say the darnedest things...
« Last post by gillianren on November 18, 2021, 10:13:46 AM »
Yesterday morning, Zane informed me that he was so happy to be getting his COVID shot that he didn't need his traditional Treat For Getting A Shot.  This did not stop him from accepting popsicles, of course.
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