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    Default Space & Science megathread

    A good day to kick this off. At lunchtime I watched the NASA simulator's realtime 3D model of New Horizons passing close to Pluto. At first, you could sweep the camera around the ship, the solar system was behind it, Pluto in front, with its moons. I went to make a cup of tea. Coming back, we were five minutes from closest point. Within ten minutes, you could angle the camera so that the spacecraft, Pluto and the entire of the rest of the solar system was on-screen at once. 30,000mph relativistic speed - the fastest spacecraft and therefore fastest anything ever made by mankind. Powered by, of all things, plutonium. Just now, at 2:10am we received the first telemetry back, that's how long it takes. Now follows 15 months of data, all systems nominal. A perfect mission. 3.3 billion miles. That's further into touch than Danny Fox can kick a cross to a striker.

    Since the shuttle grounded and the commercial rockets began losing their shit a few miles up, it's felt a bit flat, space-wise, but we've had so many triumphs recently - the mars rover providing me with desktop wallpapers, Voyager finally leaving the solar system - mankind reaching out into interstellar space for the first time, Philae landing on the comet and waking up months later, and now this.

    It's humbling and I love it. Puts our mediocre sports club's issues into perspective for one thing. Let's have this thread for all such scientific awesomeness.

    Here's another one for you. Theoretical physics predicted pentaquarks in the 60s. Today we found them, thanks to the Large Hadron Collider. Considering we are stuck here and started off knowing nothing, we're doing alright.

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    Default Re: Space & Science megathread

    I think before we allow further research on this thread, we need to define 'mega'...

    ‘This at bottom is the wish and prayer of all human hearts, everywhere and at all times: “Give me a leader, a true leader, not a false sham-leader; a true leader, that he may guide me on the true way.”’

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    Default Re: Space & Science megathread

    It's an aspirational term. Go to bed!


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    Default Re: Space & Science megathread

    The initial pictures of Pluto are rather concerning:

    1113758-ds2.jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Penguin View Post
    The initial pictures of Pluto are rather concerning:

    1113758-ds2.jpg
    I was half expecting this



    Back on topic, I'm always amazed by the accuracy of the trajectory these deep space probes take, considering that for almost all the journey they are unpowered and driven by gravity. I read a book about the voyager missions - an amazing achievement considering it was back in the day of slide rules.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Penguin View Post
    The initial pictures of Pluto are rather concerning:

    1113758-ds2.jpg
    But it didn't look quite so bad as they got closer.

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    Default Re: Space & Science megathread

    Being as Scientists are oft complaining that they are seen as aloof and self-centred and generally "Sheldon" like, I think they missed a trick when they named the dwarf planets associated with Pluto. Instead of naming them after people or Gods from Greek Mythology, why not just name them Bashful, Sleepy, Dopey, etc. I bet they could even get Disney to sponsor them.


    (If I was clever enough I would put a tongue-in-cheek type thingy here).


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    Quote Originally Posted by virgo View Post
    Being as Scientists are oft complaining that they are seen as aloof and self-centred and generally "Sheldon" like, I think they missed a trick when they named the dwarf planets associated with Pluto. Instead of naming them after people or Gods from Greek Mythology, why not just name them Bashful, Sleepy, Dopey, etc. I bet they could even get Disney to sponsor them.


    (If I was clever enough I would put a tongue-in-cheek type thingy here).
    who you calling Sheldon like?


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    So there's ice mountains on Pluto... does that mean there could be life there?

    David Bowie will have to write a new song...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    So there's ice mountains on Pluto... does that mean there could be life there?

    David Bowie will have to write a new song...
    He'll never get anything to rhyme with Pluto ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Wolfgang Schnell BSc. PhD. View Post
    He'll never get anything to rhyme with Pluto ...
    Maputo? (capital city of Mozambique-well, it was at one time).

    EDIT-also, having thought about it, and recited it in my head, I don't think Bowie actually rhymes anything with Mars (my head may be incorrect, so I will stand corrected if that is the case).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Wolfgang Schnell BSc. PhD. View Post
    He'll never get anything to rhyme with Pluto ...
    He didn't bother rhyming "Mars" in the original... stop being such a sceptic!


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    Pedantry snap!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Pedantry snap!
    We've out Sheldoned him.


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    Default Space & Science megathread

    "Look at those cave-men go...
    It's the bestselling show...
    Is there life on Maaaarrs?"

    Is about the best I can find, from a quick listen of Ziggy Stardust

    "It is better to live one day as a lion, than one hundred years as a sheep"

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    Whereas Debbie Harry went to the trouble of rhyming "Mars" with "cars", "bars" and "guitars". Bowie really needs to push himself a little more if he wants to make it n in the pop world...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Whereas Debbie Harry went to the trouble of rhyming "Mars" with "cars", "bars" and "guitars". Bowie really needs to push himself a little more if he wants to make it n in the pop world...
    I think you might be on to something here.

    Mr. Bowie, take note!


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    Sounds like another Gene Hunt themed dead/undead/coma alternate reality police show set in the 90s this time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Whereas Debbie Harry went to the trouble of rhyming "Mars" with "cars", "bars" and "guitars". Bowie really needs to push himself a little more if he wants to make it n in the pop world...
    Much as I loved Debbie Harry when I was an adolescent that song was pure shit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sheldon Cooper View Post
    Much as I loved Debbie Harry when I was an adolescent that song was pure shit.
    Considering it was the first time a white person had tried rapping, and how few of us have managed to do any better since, I don't think it was too bad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sheldon Cooper View Post
    Sounds like another Gene Hunt themed dead/undead/coma alternate reality police show set in the 90s this time.
    "You are surrounded by armed bastards!"


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    "Fire up the Quattro"


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    I found a few interesting bits on the New Horizons mission and Pluto that I thought some might find interesting

    Here's the New Horizons Twitter feed

    https://twitter.com/NASANewHorizons

    Here's a CNN story with some photos going back to the start of the mission.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/15/us...s-pluto-flyby/

    And my favourite. Anyone remember when they sent the probe to Jupiter and they played the sound that it emitted? Well someone as uploaded the sound of Pluto to Youtube -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FYTL8ydERw


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Here are the sounds I remember from Voyagers flyby of jupiter. (Sounds very Tomita-ish)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3fqE01YYWs


 

 

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