Historic SpaceX flight's final test this weekend

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If weather allows, Bob and Doug will depart the ISS, and become the first astronauts to come back to earth via a water landing since 1975. This final step will complete the successful return of American capability to send man to space and safely back home.

https://www.theguardian.com/science...prepare-to-make-first-splashdown-for-45-years
Space X test fired its next gen rocket today using the Raptor engine which is twice as powerful as the Merlin engines in the Falcon rockets. Musk will use this rocket to take people to Mars.
 

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Space X test fired its next gen rocket today using the Raptor engine which is twice as powerful as the Merlin engines in the Falcon rockets. Musk will use this rocket to take people to Mars.
I was just talking to Mama Goat about this. I am unfortunately too young to have witnessed the moon landing as it happened. It is my fervent hope that I will live to see Americans set foot on Mars. There is very little I wish to witness more than that.
 

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I was just talking to Mama Goat about this. I am unfortunately too young to have witnessed the moon landing as it happened. It is my fervent hope that I will live to see Americans set foot on Mars. There is very little I wish to witness more than that.
I saved the Denver Post for each day of that mission. They are fun to look at every year or so.

Chappaquiddick was a surprising side show.
 

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I was just talking to Mama Goat about this. I am unfortunately too young to have witnessed the moon landing as it happened. It is my fervent hope that I will live to see Americans set foot on Mars. There is very little I wish to witness more than that.
I was 15. I remember being more concerned -- and relived and excited when it occurred -- about the actual landing/touchdown than the "setting foot on the moon" part. At the time there was concern (not sure how valid it was, but it was definitely a thing) about whether or not the surface would be solid enough, or that the lander would sink into the dust.
 

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hey look, they actually got a picture.

moving pictures sent through the air in 2020, incredible!!!!

what a scientific and technological breakthrough.
 

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Russia put Gagarin in full orbit and back just short of 60 yrs ago.

NASA put a man on the moon and brought him back 51 yrs ago, and his walk on the moon was televised live on earth.

NASA put a working rover on Mars 23 yrs ago that sent pics back earth,

8 yrs ago NASA put a rover on Mars that's still functioning today.

21 yrs ago the pure socialist enterprise NASA and Russia put a station in orbit that's been maned for almost 20 yrs, and still going.

pardon me if i'm not totally blown away by the vast superiority of capitalism and private enterprise to do anything and everything, especially considering most of the tech they built on was all socialist generated.

blasphemy, i know..
 
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Russia put Gagarin in full orbit and back just short of 60 yrs ago.

NASA put a man on the moon and brought him back 51 yrs ago, and his walk on the moon was televised live on earth.

NASA put a working rover on Mars 23 yrs ago that sent pics back earth,

8 yrs ago NASA put a rover on Mars that's still functioning today.

21 yrs ago the pure socialist enterprise NASA and Russia put a station in orbit that's been maned for almost 20 yrs, and still going.

pardon me if i'm not totally blown away by the vast superiority of capitalism and private enterprise to do anything and everything, especially considering most of the tech they built on was all socialist generated.

blasphemy, i know..
More ignorance than blasphemy.
 

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looks a lot like the govt setting up privatization.

and who holds the rights to intellectual property developed while collaborating with NASA.

and what did Musk pay for all the NASA intellectual property built upon.

that said, what total and complete morons would put our space capabilities in the hands of a private company..

oh ya, possibly the same ones that put them in Russian hands.

or our communications, pharma, medical supplies, and most everything else too, in Chinese hands

i see zero gain to the US citizenry here, and unlimited potential for loss.
 

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looks a lot like the govt setting up privatization.

and who holds the rights to intellectual property developed while collaborating with NASA.

and what did Musk pay for all the NASA intellectual property built upon.

that said, what total and complete morons would put our space capabilities in the hands of a private company..

oh ya, possibly the same ones that put them in Russian hands.

or our communications, pharma, medical supplies, and most everything else too, in Chinese hands

i see zero gain to the US citizenry here, and unlimited potential for loss.
More ignorance.

The Merlin rocket engine and the Falcon rocket are ground up a creations of Space X engineers; as is the Dragon capsule and the next gen Raptor engines. Reusable launch vehicles are exclusively Space X. The payloads are mostly private, with some government and military payloads thrown in. NASA is not Space X’s only government client.

Of corse there is an existing body of knowledge about orbital mechanics and other aspects of successful launches, but that body of knowledge is known around the world.