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Such eery picture. Its so black, no sign of the stars at all.
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Just think.  Everything that mankind has ever done, lived, loved, hated, dreamed, accomplished, and been has been right there on that little blue marble and its grey friend.  Every story of life, everything that's ever happened to humanity, all in one photo.
Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen,
Tod und Verzweiflung flammet um mich her!
Fühlt nicht durch dich Jadefalke Todesschmerzen,
So bist du meine Tochter nimmermehr!

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And in the coming decades, the greatest frontier of all will open to us.  We're only knocking on the door and hanging out on the porch right now, so to speak...

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Second fly-by complete. Orion is now heading back direct for earth.

« Last Edit: 05 December 2022, 15:07:51 by Bedwyr »
Alas poor Photobucket. I knew him Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.

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Holy hell, THAT'S a picture!
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BTW, Eric Berger's musings on the schedule for the Artemis III landing mission: https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/12/artemis-i-has-finally-launched-what-comes-next/
Alas poor Photobucket. I knew him Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.

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Meanwhile, this morning...Orion/Artemis I has begun its return trip.

"Men, fetch the Urbanmechs.  We have an interrogation to attend to." - jklantern
"How do you defeat a Dragau? Shoot the damn thing. Lots." - Jellico 
"No, it's a "Most Awesome Blues Brothers scene Reenactment EVER" waiting to happen." VotW Destrier - Weirdo  
"It's 200 LY to Sian, we got a full load of shells, a half a platoon of Grenadiers, it's exploding outside, and we're wearing flak jackets." VoTW Destrier - Misterpants
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*looks at the picture 3 posts above Wrangler's*

"Thanks to Megamek, I can finally play BattleTech the way it was meant to be played--pantsless!"   -Neko Bijin
"It's just that the Hegemony had one answer to every naval problem. 'I kills it with my battleships.'" - Liam's Ghost
"...finally, giant space panties don't seem so strange." - Whistler
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*looks at the picture 3 posts above Wrangler's*
Do not worry, a lot of people can not see pictures from such links that Bedwyr is using.
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The funny thing is I can see Bedwyr's, but only Wrangler's attachment...  ???

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It’s probably because I linked a Twitter picture and you need to be logged in to see it. Oh well.
Alas poor Photobucket. I knew him Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.

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??? I don't even have a Twitter account...

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Nor do I, but I could see all the pics.
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Sorcery!  :D

But I expect no less from our formidably bearded ombudsman!  :thumbsup:

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Meanwhile, this morning...Orion/Artemis I has begun its return trip.



That's a nice photo of Proxima Centauri.

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I missed this when it came out from the Artemis I / Orion mission.  So such epic and beautiful shot.

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Epic indeed!  :thumbsup:

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It really messes with your sense of scale knowing how much smaller the moon is.
Alas poor Photobucket. I knew him Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.

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Forced perspective will do that...  8)

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Recently, the Russian Federation's Roscosmos agency launched Soyuz 2.1B rocket with satellite.



I thought the picture looked nice since launch site was covered in snow.  When the rocket launched, you can see in the picture of snow falling for the shockwaves being created by vehicle lifting off.

I don't think I would have thought of seeing actual snow lingering around a launch site.  Every launch site I've ever seen was from tropical location.
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Well, it's not like any part of Russia is in the tropics...  8)

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This thread reminds me of Celestia; I used to go on there for hours; and going to another planet, can take a long-time, even at light-speed.

Well, it's not like any part of Russia is in the tropics...  8)

At least not for half a billion-years; I know, there were a few times when the tropics game to Russia.

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In Protozoic Russia, tropics come to you!   :D :D :D

OK, I'll show myself out....

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That's a good one!  ;D

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Well Artemis 1 has come back

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1601995737449263104
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After traveling 1.4 million miles through space, orbiting the Moon, and collecting data that will prepare us to send astronauts on future #Artemis missions, the
@NASA_Orion
 spacecraft is home.

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Awesome!  :thumbsup:

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That is excellent news given that reentry was the other major systems test.
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Remember the Viking Martian-landers?  well, it turns out, the plain they landed on was a flood-plain from a massive tsunami that hit the Northern Martian Sea about 3 billion years ago.



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How did they figure that out? ???

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Hopefully, they can confirm it was ocean or some kind. I really want prove it with no doubts. There too many doubters.
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