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https://www.nasa.gov/specials/dm2/

It's been far too long since we've launched astronauts from home soil here in the US. Reminds me of when I was a kid waiting to see the Apollo missions take off.

That Dragon space craft is one neat piece of high tech. They'll be using the new space suits on this mission too. The whole thing reminds me of Star Trek TNG. grin

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Exciting, huh ?? yay


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Very exciting, but the website says that the launch is May 27th? wave

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I still remember all the excitement of the first space missions and they have always fascinated me. Thanks for the headsup! I will stay tuned!


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Personally, I've never really understood all the excitement about this stuff blush

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Originally Posted by Marian
Very exciting, but the website says that the launch is May 27th? wave


Uh yeah, May 27th, that's it... Oops, typo grin


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Originally Posted by oldbroad
Personally, I've never really understood all the excitement about this stuff blush



The vastness of space, the existence of objects that seemingly defy our understanding of physics, planets composed almost completely of diamond like carbon forms, stars that leave a pulsing force, almost like a beating heart behind after they collapse, the idea that the "emptiness of space" isn't really all that empty, but composed of a form of matter that we can't interact with, but has an influence on the workings and structure of the Universe we know. To me personally, It's all like a huge and wonderful gift box, with the most amazing wrapping paper ever. If I could, I'd definitely want to dive into it. grin


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I have a passion for both space science and science fiction, so I'm excited about this launch too, Trail. Fingers crossed that all goes well with it.


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I am with you, Trail! It completely fascinates me!


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Originally Posted by Trail_Mystic
The vastness of space, the existence of objects that seemingly defy our understanding of physics, planets composed almost completely of diamond like carbon forms, stars that leave a pulsing force, almost like a beating heart behind after they collapse, the idea that the "emptiness of space" isn't really all that empty, but composed of a form of matter that we can't interact with, but has an influence on the workings and structure of the Universe we know. To me personally, It's all like a huge and wonderful gift box, with the most amazing wrapping paper ever. If I could, I'd definitely want to dive into it. grin


Very well expressed, TM! yes

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Sorry. I really don't mean to be a bummer and since I didn't have anything good to say, I probably should have kept my mouth shut. That said, nope, doesn't do a thing for me duh.

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When I was in high school, I got up at the crack of dawn and NEVER missed a launch! Fascinated by this stuff! I would have gone to space in a flash if it was possible. Still would for that matter!


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There's this great passage out of Arthur C. Clarke's book "Rendezvous with Rama" that combines factual events with a later fictional occurrence, which acts as a trigger for the plot:

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. On June 30, 1908, Moscow escaped destruction by three hours and four thousand kilometers—a margin invisibly small by the standards of the universe. On February 12, 1947, another Russian city had a still narrower escape, when the second great meteorite of the twentieth century detonated less than four hundred kilometers from Vladivostok, with an explosion rivaling that of the newly invented uranium bomb.

In those days there was nothing that men could do to protect themselves against the last random shots in the cosmic bombardment that had once scarred the face of the Moon. The meteorites of 1908 and 1947 had struck uninhabited wilderness; but by the end of the twenty-first century there was no region left on Earth that could be safely used for celestial target practice. The human race had spread from pole to pole. And so, inevitably . . .

At 0946 GMT on the morning of September 11 in the exceptionally beautiful summer of the year 2077, most of the inhabitants of Europe saw a dazzling fireball appear in the eastern sky. Within seconds it was brighter than the Sun, and as it moved across the heavens—at first in utter silence—it left behind it a churning column of dust and smoke.
Somewhere above Austria it began to disintegrate, producing a series of concussions so violent that more than a million people had their hearing permanently damaged. They were the lucky ones.

Moving at fifty kilometers a second, a thousand tons of rock and metal impacted on the plains of northern Italy, destroying in a few flaming moments the labor of centuries. The cities of Padua and Verona were wiped from the face of the Earth; and the last glories of Venice sank forever beneath the sea as the waters of the Adriatic came thundering landward after the hammer blow from space.

Six hundred thousand people died, and the total damage was more than a trillion dollars. But the loss to art, to history, to science—to the whole human race, for the rest of time—was beyond all computation. It was as if a great war had been fought and lost in a single morning; and few could draw much pleasure from the fact that, as the dust of destruction slowly settled, for months the whole world witnessed the most splendid dawns and sunsets since Krakatoa.
After the initial shock, mankind reacted with a determination and a unity that no earlier age could have shown. Such a disaster, it was realized, might not occur again for a thousand years—but it might occur tomorrow. And the next time, the consequences could be even worse.

Very well; there would be no next time.

A hundred years earlier, a much poorer world, with far feebler resources, had squandered its wealth attempting to destroy weapons launched, suicidally, by mankind against itself. The effort had never been successful, but the skills acquired then had not been forgotten. Now they could be used for a far nobler purpose, and on an infinitely vaster stage. No meteorite large enough to cause catastrophe would ever again be allowed to breach the defenses of Earth.


So the moral of this story? Keep looking up! lol

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While I appreciate it all and at times find it interesting, not sure if I was ever really fascinated by science, fact or fiction. I was definitely aware of what was going on, but not to the point of wishing I was involved or anything.

About 15 years ago, I was really bummed, almost horrified, when I learned that my teen aged nephew, was taught by his high school teacher that the first moon landing was a fake done by a television station using special effects. Don't mean to go off track here, but I asked him if the same was taught about the Holocaust. He said no.


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Trail, that quote has some prophetic dates. September 11. And 2077 (sorry: I'm still playing Fallout 4 so that one is stuck).

My dad was a voracious reader of science fiction and I was weaned on the stuff. I remember going to the cinema with my older sister to see 2001 and the news reel before it was the Apollo 11 moon landing, which had just happened a couple of days before. It was all my imaginings coming true.

I know our world has bigger problems to deal with right now, but I always felt space could be a beacon of hope for our future.


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Opening my big mouth again laugh. I like the mystery of space. I prefer to believe the moon is made of cheese! laugh

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That is so exciting. I belong to a group on facebook called cosmic photography - and I can't stop looking at all the cool stuff that they post from space. Who'd a thunk it that it would be this vast? I will definitely be watching. wow.

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Now they're saying it's only 40% chance of launch because of weather. I will be so bummed!


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Science fiction becoming science fact is nothing less than breathtaking !!!! broccoli


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Originally Posted by hagatha
Trail, that quote has some prophetic dates. September 11. And 2077 (sorry: I'm still playing Fallout 4 so that one is stuck).

My dad was a voracious reader of science fiction and I was weaned on the stuff. I remember going to the cinema with my older sister to see 2001 and the news reel before it was the Apollo 11 moon landing, which had just happened a couple of days before. It was all my imaginings coming true.

I know our world has bigger problems to deal with right now, but I always felt space could be a beacon of hope for our future.



Well, Clarke is consider by many to be a scientific prophet of sorts. While he didn't originate the ideas, his writings about communication satellites and their practical application was realized only about 20 years later. The book "Fountains of Paradise" about a Space Elevator located in Sri Lanka, fleshed out the idea put forward by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and is still being seriously considered today.


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Originally Posted by Trail_Mystic

Well, Clarke is consider by many to be a scientific prophet of sorts. While he didn't originate the ideas, his writings about communication satellites and their practical application was realized only about 20 years later. The book "Fountains of Paradise" about a Space Elevator located in Sri Lanka, fleshed out the idea put forward by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and is still being seriously considered today.


A lot of science fiction seems to do that. I guess if it can be imagined, it can be done. Eventually.


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The control center of the Dragon spacecraft is soooo different from those of old. Check out this image: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/2_ksc-20200319-ph-spx01_0015_orig.jpg

You can see that a lot of the controls are done through touch screens, very much like the science fiction series' I've been watching for years. What's really cool, is that big handle in the center of the command console, is a release. If anything goes wrong with the touch screen system, they just unlock that and the whole assembly swings up over the top of them to reveal a whole console of critical manual controls and old school read-outs. Neat eh? grin


Well, they scrubbed the launch today due to weather - Better safe than sorry. Next launch window is this Saturday 05/30. Fingers crossed the weather is good.

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I am fascinated by space and was lucky to live a few miles from the space center in Florida during the early space missions. We watched the launches from our front yard. I used to read a lot of science fiction. Two of my favorites were Rendezvous with Rama and The Mote in God's Eye. A book I read recently, Death from the Skies, describes all the ways life could end on Earth due to the cosmos. One chapter that covered the Sun was very interesting. Also, Cosmic Rays.

I'll be watching the launch on TV Saturday.

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I was disappointed to see the launch was cancelled today, Trail! I wish them success on Saturday!

We saw the documentary on the flight. That console is awesome! They really did put thought behind the construction.

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