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Human Life on Tidally Locked Planets Could Thrive - The Atlantic
“I’m from Minnesota. People manage to live in all sorts of places astronomers would describe as ‘not habitable.’”
science  astronomy  exoplanets  space 
25 days ago by pozorvlak
youzicha — My favorite part about the economically dubious...
Buran was built because the Russians knew the economics of the Shuttle made no sense and deduced that it must have a secret military use, and that they needed to build their own so they were ready when they worked out what it was good for.
space  ussr  coldwar 
6 weeks ago by pozorvlak
Are Those Spidery Black Things On Mars Dangerous? (Maybe) : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
From Earth, lifeless Mars can seem like a serene and boring planet. However, scientists noticed some little black dots in a satellite image of the Martian sand that may hint at an exciting, explosive geography.
space  science  mars 
november 2018 by pozorvlak
What if we had a warp drive? – Piekniewski's blog
Milky Way is probably 100-180 thousand light years across. Which means that with our "warp-capable" ship at maximal velocity of stunning 1ly/h (almost nine thousand times faster than light!!!) it would take 11-20 years to fly across the Milky Way one way! At that velocity the Andromeda galaxy would still be prohibitive 228 years of travel away. It would however only take 2.5 months to travel the galactic disk across the thinner axis.
space  sf  startrek  astronomy 
october 2018 by pozorvlak
Soyuz 7K-ST No. 16L - Wikipedia
The launch control team activated the escape system but the control cables had already burned through, and the Soyuz crew could not activate or control the escape system themselves. The backup radio command to fire the LES required 2 independent operators receive separate commands to do so and each act within 5 seconds, which took several seconds to occur... the escape system motor fired... with an acceleration of 14 to 17g (137 to 167 m/s²) for five seconds... Upon being greeted by recovery crews, they immediately asked for cigarettes to steady their nerves. The cosmonauts were then given shots of vodka to help them relax.
space  rockets  russia  fire  safety  drink 
october 2018 by pozorvlak
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