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Misc News [Dec. 8th, 2010|12:49 pm]
SpaceX Successfully Reaches Orbit and Returns to Earth

SpaceX launched a Dragon 9 today. It did a two-stage ascent to enter orbit. The capsule (a mock for the test flight) separated and returned safely to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific in the vein of the Apollo flights. The mission was nearly flawless and an amazing demonstration run.

Fursuits for Science!

How to best handle baby pandas so that they don't get used to humans? Fursuits, of course! The laudable goal is keeping the creatures as natural as possible so that they can be returned to the wild. No word on whether they use anything to cover human scent.

Being a Geek and a Parent is Hard

Yeah. It's pretty much like that.

[User Picture]From: thump
2010-12-08 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hehe nice :)
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[User Picture]From: orv
2010-12-08 08:58 pm (UTC)
I was remarking on that on my Facebook profile. It's sort of back to the future, isn't it? One-use capsules and kerosene/oxygen boosters. :)
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2010-12-09 05:02 pm (UTC)
Two in a row! They're doing very well. I couldn't see this one this time because I was on the wrong side of the state.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-09 05:28 pm (UTC)
I didn't hear until afterwards but I watched what replay video I could find. They are doing remarkably well.
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2010-12-09 05:32 pm (UTC)
I knew they were launching that day, but I was in class when it went up.

I remember the first one was a lot louder than I thought it would be. I think there are only one or two more launches in this existing configuration. They are supposed to have their newer engine on it soon. Hopefully they can keep their momentum.
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