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Fascinating.  I wonder though if any of this will even happen within the next few decades.  A return to the moon always seems to be just around the corner.

 

There’s an excellent PBS Nova program about this:

https://www.pbs.org/video/back-to-the-moon-7jjcvo/

I believe it requires a PBS Passport subscription, which I highly recommend.  

 

 

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The aliens warned us to not return to the moon.

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On 12/30/2019 at 1:13 PM, TABA said:

Fascinating.  I wonder though if any of this will even happen within the next few decades.  A return to the moon always seems to be just around the corner.

 

There’s an excellent PBS Nova program about this:

https://www.pbs.org/video/back-to-the-moon-7jjcvo/

I believe it requires a PBS Passport subscription, which I highly recommend.  

 

 

NASA has requested an increase in their 2020 budget of $1.6 billion in order to make another crewed mission to the Moon by 2024, supposedly followed by a sustained U.S. presence on the Moon by 2028 if it is budgeted. Trump says he supports all aspects of this project.

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On 12/30/2019 at 11:30 PM, pantheory said:

Trump says he supports all aspects of this project.

 

Aliens be dammed, we're going to the moon! 

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15 minutes ago, Joshpantera said:

 

Aliens be dammed, we're going to the moon! 

 Maybe Trumps secret plan is to provide plenty of underground space on the moon for aliens.

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I saw a few headlines, a practice test for this rocket just blew up the other day or something? I'll have to look into it. I saw pics of the explosion on a surf report website. 

 

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6 hours ago, Joshpantera said:

I saw a few headlines, a practice test for this rocket just blew up the other day or something? I'll have to look into it. I saw pics of the explosion on a surf report website. 

 

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I watched the launch live on NASA TV.  It was a vert short but completely successful mission, as far as I know.  The purpose was to test the escape system on the SpaceX manned spacecraft in the event of a major malfunction before reaching orbit (something like the shuttle Challenger experienced).  Around 80 seconds after launch, they shut down the main rocket engines.  The computers detected this and fired the capsule’s emergency rockets, firing it clear of the first stage, which then - as expected - tumbled out of control and exploded.  All part of the plan, as a Christian might say, but in this case it really was planned.  At the appropriate time, the drogue chutes were deployed, then the main chutes.  By the time the capsule splashed down, rescue teams were in their fast boats heading for the scene.  Of course this was an unmanned test.  It was certainly very cool to be able to watch the whole thing from my couch!

 

The Apollo spacecraft had a similar escape rocket system that was never needed.  Challenger needed it but sadly didn’t have such a system. 

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On 1/22/2020 at 6:22 AM, TABA said:

I watched the launch live on NASA TV.  It was a vert short but completely successful mission, as far as I know.  The purpose was to test the escape system on the SpaceX manned spacecraft in the event of a major malfunction before reaching orbit (something like the shuttle Challenger experienced).  Around 80 seconds after launch, they shut down the main rocket engines.  The computers detected this and fired the capsule’s emergency rockets, firing it clear of the first stage, which then - as expected - tumbled out of control and exploded.  All part of the plan, as a Christian might say, but in this case it really was planned.  At the appropriate time, the drogue chutes were deployed, then the main chutes.  By the time the capsule splashed down, rescue teams were in their fast boats heading for the scene.  Of course this was an unmanned test.  It was certainly very cool to be able to watch the whole thing from my couch!

 

The Apollo spacecraft had a similar escape rocket system that was never needed.  Challenger needed it but sadly didn’t have such a system. 

 

Oh, good. I wondered what was going on. I used to work at Cape Canaveral Air Station in the late 90's. I saw several unmanned rockets explode during that time. Those were not intentional. They were carrying payloads like satellites. It was getting common to see rocket explosions at that time. It's good that they've probably come a long, long way since then. 

 

I watched, "The Martian," recently. It reminded me of this projected mission. And how close we're getting to actually doing such a thing. 

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