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Old 02-06-2018, 03:15 PM
 
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What sort of space nerds are you?

Elon Musk just put his Tesla Roadster into space atop the most powerful US rocket launched since Saturn V, and not a peep?
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:16 PM
 
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saw it, was amazed

Elon Musk can pretty much do whatever he wants in the universe



launch starts at ~29:50
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:40 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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One here and at least one in the Aviation forum.
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:55 PM
 
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Live view of the Tesla going through radiation belt about to blast out towards mars in about 5 hours:
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:46 PM
 
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"Though the Falcon Heavy’s outer cores successfully landed after launch this afternoon, the middle core of SpaceX’s huge rocket missed the drone ship where it was supposed to land, a source tells The Verge. SpaceX later confirmed The Verge’s reporting in a press conference.

The center core was only able to relight one of the three engines necessary to land, and so it hit the water at 300 miles per hour. Two engines on the drone ship were taken out when it crashed, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a press call after the rocket launch."


https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16...failed-landing
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Old 02-06-2018, 08:49 PM
 
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"Though the Falcon Heavy’s outer cores successfully landed after launch this afternoon, the middle core of SpaceX’s huge rocket missed the drone ship where it was supposed to land, a source tells The Verge. SpaceX later confirmed The Verge’s reporting in a press conference.

The center core was only able to relight one of the three engines necessary to land, and so it hit the water at 300 miles per hour. Two engines on the drone ship were taken out when it crashed, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a press call after the rocket launch."


https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16...failed-landing
Aww, man - so close to perfect. Although Elon Musk pointed out that it was the side cores that had the cool new titanium grid fins that he really wanted back.
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Old 02-07-2018, 05:58 AM
 
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Congrats to SpaceX!

Now let's get a rover on the moon so we can drive up to the Apollo sites and take high res video to be streamed down to Earth. That would be cool. I never saw the original Apollo landings, I would love to see the Apollo sites now (I am sure millions of other people would too), close to 50 years later. I wonder how the dune buggy fared after all these years.
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:54 AM
 
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I wonder how the dune buggy fared after all these years.
Well, it probably is in the same exact condition as when they first left it there. No oxygen, no wind, or changing seasons, etc on the moon.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:58 AM
 
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Well, it probably is in the same exact condition as when they first left it there. No oxygen, no wind, or changing seasons, etc on the moon.
Pretty interesting thought experiment when you think about it. No oxidation, no humidity. However, there is heavy radiation from the sun and other galactic particles. There are also wild temperature swings between day and night (-298F to +224F) that would stress the components over time due to expansion and compression. I would venture to say that the electronics are fried and non-functional and would have no idea if any of the mechanical components cracked over time
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