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Old 12-03-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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Default OT - 12/4/2014 NASA will launch the 1st orbital test of the Orion space craft

Which will send men back out beyond low Earth Orbit. They are pimping this launch as the 1st step on the way to Mars but I would be happy with any manned deep space target, even the Moon.

Critical Step on Journey to Mars
The countdown is on for Thursday's 7:05 a.m. EST launch of NASA's new human spacecraft, Orion, on its first voyage to space. Lifting off aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket, the un-crewed Orion will orbit 3,600 miles above Earth before splashing down in the Pacific. Meteorologists upgraded their outlook to a 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions. Orion is being designed to carry astronauts on exploration missions into deep space, including a trip to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.

More here: http://www.nasa.gov/

This is as big as the Shuttle tests, Saturn V command module tests, etc...

VERY EXCITING

Oh and to keep this on the main page and football related, this launch will be more exciting than the Cowboys @ duh bears.
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:36 PM   #2
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Pretty bad ass for sure. Hope there are no sail boats around for this launch.
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That doesn't look very aerodynamic.
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Thats a pretty big chunk of metal to push in the air. What size is it compared to a shuttle ?
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We are living in sort of a goldenage of space exploration. I remember in highschool humans had never been able to see planets in other solar systems, now we've mapped hundreds of them. New Horizons is almost to Pluto, the Europeans just landed the Rosetta on a freaking comet, cool times.
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Thats a pretty big chunk of metal to push in the air. What size is it compared to a shuttle ?
That's a cover. It pulls away before the launch. The actual Orion launch vehicle looks more or less like your standard rocket circa 1960.

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http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/1...w-it-will-work

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Well that makes more since . I was wondering how they were going to blast a square box off into the sky.
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Well that makes more since . I was wondering how they were going to blast a square box off into the sky.
DUDE?!?!?

That is a clean room and the gray metal tubing frame is the gantry. We saw the new gantry a couple years ago on our last trip to FL.
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Pretty cool; glad we're at least making progress in fixing the national embarrassment of being unable to put people in space by ourselves.
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Thats a pretty big chunk of metal to push in the air. What size is it compared to a shuttle ?
Those towers next to it have some really big rubber bands on it to help push it into orbit. Sorta like the reverse bungie rides.
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That's a cover. It pulls away before the launch. The actual Orion launch vehicle looks more or less like your standard rocket circa 1960.

Here is a better article:

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/1...w-it-will-work

So in other words our rocket ships continue to look like a large Penis?
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I think it would be pretty exciting if the US finally put someone on the moon. It's amazing that with all the technological breakthroughs that have been made in the last century, we still haven't broken the barrier of putting someone on the moon.

It's time that the moon lost its proverbial cherry. I think you hear me knocking.
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Which will send men back out beyond low Earth Orbit. They are pimping this launch as the 1st step on the way to Mars but I would be happy with any manned deep space target, even the Moon.

Critical Step on Journey to Mars
The countdown is on for Thursday's 7:05 a.m. EST launch of NASA's new human spacecraft, Orion, on its first voyage to space. Lifting off aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket, the un-crewed Orion will orbit 3,600 miles above Earth before splashing down in the Pacific. Meteorologists upgraded their outlook to a 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions. Orion is being designed to carry astronauts on exploration missions into deep space, including a trip to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.

More here: http://www.nasa.gov/

This is as big as the Shuttle tests, Saturn V command module tests, etc...

VERY EXCITING

Oh and to keep this on the main page and football related, this launch will be more exciting than the Cowboys @ duh bears.
Awesome

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I think it would be pretty exciting if the US finally put someone on the moon. It's amazing that with all the technological breakthroughs that have been made in the last century, we still haven't broken the barrier of putting someone on the moon.

It's time that the moon lost its proverbial cherry. I think you hear me knocking.
Moon landings faked, you imply?
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Aw, come on man! It's so simple. Maybe you need a refresher course.
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I think it would be pretty exciting if the US finally put someone on the moon. It's amazing that with all the technological breakthroughs that have been made in the last century, we still haven't broken the barrier of putting someone on the moon.

It's time that the moon lost its proverbial cherry. I think you hear me knocking.
Really hope this is some sort of joke that's going over my head...
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Really hope this is some sort of joke that's going over my head...
I think we all feel frustrated when we discover a fraud that's been perpetrated on the American public.

Remember the balloon boy incident? Same concept. That guy was a clown.
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So in other words our rocket ships continue to look like a large Penis?
Perfect to fly to Uranus
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OK, I'll ask the obvious question, what role does that bird in the OP photograph play? Added propulsion? Seems unlikely to be able to travel into deep space, but I'm not a rocket scientist.
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Flight was scrubbed for today, trying again tomorrow. Typical of test flights.
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Here is a better picture, the black background is night time (for the benefit of Quoydogs)

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