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Space Race vol. II

- Fri, 02 Sep 2016 21:37:46 EST hdztUjP6 No.56357
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Some of you probably know about this already, but I was casually scrolling down the science section of Reuters, and I noticed that there seems to be some kind of race to the space going on these days. The hour is upon us.

>China to launch "core module" for space station around 2018


>China shows first images of Mars rover, aims for 2020 mission


"Advancing China's space program is a priority for Beijing, with President Xi Jinping calling for the country to establish itself as a space power."

>Luxembourg sets aside 200 million euros to fund space mining ventures


""Luxembourg's aims is to be in the top 10 space faring nations in the world," Schneider said."

>U.S. astronauts prepare station for commercial space taxis


Youtube link vaguely related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPN-ec4FLWA
Russel Hulse - Fri, 02 Sep 2016 21:50:56 EST d5o+epTm No.56358 Reply
Wonderful. This should be a higher priority for humans than it currently is.
Fritz Zwicky - Sat, 03 Sep 2016 06:59:03 EST rszf0FN0 No.56368 Reply
No leave /pol/ infiltrator your anti-science nonsense is not welcome.
Fritz Zwicky - Sat, 03 Sep 2016 07:08:48 EST rszf0FN0 No.56373 Reply
You think you're a realist, but actually you're just fixated on what's immediately around you. Science's vision is necessarily on larger timescales, which is much more real, and emerges from empirical (often very difficult to naively see) observation. What is immediately around you (fighting mongoloids...smh) just seems more real because your primate brain is interpreting those immediate stimuli as danger signals and drowning out everything else.
Space technology is good for you, even if you can't comprehend why. What does it benefit you to try to stop it's progress?
Georges-Henri Lemaitre - Sat, 03 Sep 2016 08:44:40 EST tQX5ylFX No.56386 Reply
I give this tool another hour before he starts posting some god damn frogs.
Tycho Brahe - Sun, 04 Sep 2016 01:38:27 EST rszf0FN0 No.56401 Reply
Naw see the other thread he started, he already ran home crying.
Let's go back to talking about the space race fellow glorious interstellar master race.
I was so sad when this latest SpaceX bit the dust. It seemed like they had finally worked out a lot of the kinks :(
Joseph von Fraunhofer - Mon, 12 Sep 2016 02:34:37 EST tQX5ylFX No.56424 Reply
It was a facebook satellite so I'm, not too bummed about it. Launch enough rockets and one is bound to explode.
George Gamow - Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:05:01 EST rszf0FN0 No.56426 Reply
If anyone thinks we are developing recoverable rockets just to save on rocket fuel, they are entirely missing the point. The current recoverable rocket basically just tries to do what a normal rocket does in a new way, but it is the stepping stone to completely new kinds of space vehicles where we can put a lot more effort and expense into the vehicle itself because we know we will be able to recover it. It is not an end in itself.
Fred Hoyle - Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:30:08 EST rszf0FN0 No.56433 Reply
People who care about advancing space technology.
Jocelyn Bell - Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:57:09 EST YHjXylC8 No.56434 Reply
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Because the vehicles can be reused.
Fuel only accounts for like 1% of a rocket launch.

The Space Shuttle was supposed to have a far lower cost per launch, but then they ended up with a bunch of extra requirements and the design when through a bunch of mutations, and the end result required so much work between launches that it would have been cheaper to stick with totally-disposable rockets.
Joseph-Louis Lagrange - Fri, 16 Sep 2016 02:53:13 EST tQX5ylFX No.56435 Reply
when it lands you don thave to buy another? sort of the key feature.

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