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Stereo image released of MU69, New Horizons will be behind the sun for 5 days so no more science/images for a while. Then the 20 month downlink begins.



 

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Dragon crew variant on pad 39A for testing. Test launch w/in the next month or so hopefully.



 

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it's going to be a piece of art for a facility and musk is fucking with everyone

this guys video makes our videos in the ancient civ thread look tame
 

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Scientists Have Discovered a Mysterious Repeating Radio Signal from Deep Space
Don't look now, but Earth is being bombarded with mysterious, invisible light. Among the typical array of radio signals and microwaves cast out by distant stars, black holes and other celestial bodies, there exists a brand of intergalactic light that consistently boggles scientists' minds — and their instruments. These signals are known as fast radio bursts (FRBs). These ultrastrong, ultrabright radio signals last only a few milliseconds and are thought to originate from billions of light-years away, though their precise source is unknown. (Aliens have not been ruled out.)

The mystery is partially owed to a lack of data; since astronomers first discovered FRBs in 2007, only about 60 have been observed. Now, those numbers are growing fast. According to two new papers published today (Jan. 9) in the journal Nature, scientists working at the CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) radio telescope in the hills of British Columbia have detected 13 new FRBs in just a two-month span. Among these newly captured signals are seven bursts that registered at 400 megahertz — the lowest FRB frequency detected so far — and, for only the second time ever, an FRB that flashed repeatedly, six times in a row. [Stephen Hawking's Most Far-Out Ideas About Black Holes]


 

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Scientists Have Discovered a Mysterious Repeating Radio Signal from Deep Space
Don't look now, but Earth is being bombarded with mysterious, invisible light. Among the typical array of radio signals and microwaves cast out by distant stars, black holes and other celestial bodies, there exists a brand of intergalactic light that consistently boggles scientists' minds — and their instruments. These signals are known as fast radio bursts (FRBs). These ultrastrong, ultrabright radio signals last only a few milliseconds and are thought to originate from billions of light-years away, though their precise source is unknown. (Aliens have not been ruled out.)

The mystery is partially owed to a lack of data; since astronomers first discovered FRBs in 2007, only about 60 have been observed. Now, those numbers are growing fast. According to two new papers published today (Jan. 9) in the journal Nature, scientists working at the CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) radio telescope in the hills of British Columbia have detected 13 new FRBs in just a two-month span. Among these newly captured signals are seven bursts that registered at 400 megahertz — the lowest FRB frequency detected so far — and, for only the second time ever, an FRB that flashed repeatedly, six times in a row. [Stephen Hawking's Most Far-Out Ideas About Black Holes]


Cant belive they brought up FRBs. That's fantastic.
 

meStevo

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5 days ago:


Today:


Edit: Now that I'm not on my phone, lets have just the images:



Additionally:

 
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Is it supposed to hover or something?

What that previous video said was that just like the falcon 9 had a test vehicle that started with very simple tests (ie go up a few meters and land, then go more complicated from there), the final starship w/ever the name is wil have a test vehicel to do these things, which this is. So probably that.

Only, much bigger than the falcon 9 test vehicle, of course.
 

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Is it supposed to hover or something?

Shaky cam video looks like something out of the movie Contact or something.

Anyways, it's been posted previously but what the FAA had to post publicly has provided some insight into their otherwise private testing plans: FCC license application sheds light on SpaceX vehicle testing plans - SpaceNews.com

SpaceX is planning both low- and high-altitude tests of the vehicle. During the low-altitude tests, taking place as frequently as three times a week, the vehicle will ascend to no more than 500 meters on flights lasting about 100 seconds. High-altitude tests, taking place weekly, will see the vehicle as high as 5,000 meters on flights lasting up to six minutes.​