The World, the Universe and everything...

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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Andymac-47 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:38 am

Blackwhite wrote:

Made by folks probably now dead, bombarded with radiation, peppered with high velocity particles, controlled through rudimentary uplink tech, fires first time and keeps on trucking :salute:


They really did hire the best Nazis to work this stuff out.


I love it when we always look on the bright side! :cheers:
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Blackwhite » Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:51 am

metalsmurf wrote:Yet LUTV can't mantain a fucking stream

:mrgreen:

Andymac-47 wrote:
I love it when we always look on the bright side! :cheers:


If you're ever in Washington, on the Mall is the National Air and Space Museum. Highly recommended. Free to get in (after the x-ray business...) and packed full of cool shit. The von Braun bit is by a V2 IIRC and steps along the progress towards Saturn rockets, in an atrium.
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Tycipa » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:59 pm

Blackwhite wrote:

They really did hire the best Nazis to work this stuff out.

Hire you say? Yet the Russkies were first with manned space flights - the thieving bastards!
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Andymac-47 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:33 pm

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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Blackwhite » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:53 pm

Andymac-47 wrote:We may not be alone.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/14/nasa-kepl ... 58749/amp/

If we're going to visit we'd best take some oven gloves: humans would cook alive on the spot AFAICS.
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Blackwhite » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:44 pm

Timelapse of the Falcon 9 launch a while back.


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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby OWETB » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:21 pm

Mustafaster wrote:


The fucker's coming back!? :scratch:


The fucker has sent a picture on its way there anorl...

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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby FER » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:49 pm

Not one spot of light between the Earth and the Moon, nor beyond both bodies, from 3 million miles away?
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Mustafaster » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:35 am

FER wrote:Not one spot of light between the Earth and the Moon, nor beyond both bodies, from 3 million miles away?

Fake!
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby topbin » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:28 am

Wasn't sure what thread to put this on, but watched Hidden Figures - properly good feel-good film surrounding how integral 3 black women were in the race for space.

Just made me realise how much of that time I have little/no knowledge of other than the highlights (i.e. I pretty much know Yuri Gagarin, Loki and Apollo crew). Has anyone any recommendations for a good book covering the Race for Space in that period?

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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby the flying pig » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:32 am

topbin wrote:...Has anyone any recommendations for a good book covering the Race for Space in that period?


sometime roundabout the turn of the millennium i chanced upon a well-thumbed old american paperback, i think it'd been left behind in a resort hotel of some kind, possibly in the Caribbean, kind of a tech-heavy attempt at a ripping yarn, by turns compelling & unintentionally comic [it's seriously patriotic/pro-USA]. only covers moon landings, not the earlier 'space race'.

hope this helps :thumbl:

[edit - maybe it was this??? - Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon see google etc]

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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby FER » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:46 pm

topbin wrote:Has anyone any recommendations for a good book covering the Race for Space in that period?


Not book-wise, but check out the Stuff You Should Know Podcast. They've done an episode on the space race, might be worth a listen.
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Blackwhite » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:11 pm

Book first then movie of The Right Stuff if you can cope with USA only...
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby topbin » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:19 pm

Hmm, thanks for the thoughts, (especially you, tfp...).

SYSK podcast is good, but probably after something more in-depth than a 45 minute discussion on it. And was looking for the whole thing, astronauts v cosmonauts being a big part of it.

So far looking at this one, but hugely judging it by it's cover (which is excellent).

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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby eric olthwaite » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:21 pm

Blackwhite wrote:Book first then movie of The Right Stuff if you can cope with USA only...


Think that's definitely considered the bible of the genre, I just can't get on with Wolfe's writing style.

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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Mustafaster » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:34 pm

eric olthwaite wrote:
Blackwhite wrote:Book first then movie of The Right Stuff if you can cope with USA only...


Think that's definitely considered the bible of the genre, I just can't get on with Wolfe's writing style.

Amen to that, brother.
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Blackwhite » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:20 pm

Mustafaster wrote:
eric olthwaite wrote:
Blackwhite wrote:Book first then movie of The Right Stuff if you can cope with USA only...


Think that's definitely considered the bible of the genre, I just can't get on with Wolfe's writing style.

Amen to that, brother.

My first read of his was The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which I loved... maybe after that anything goes.

To balance that out, an elderly relative gave me the newest Dan Brown, and after public politeness the scientific test gave me three sentences before it hit orbit, so my critical faculties aren't TOTALLY gone...
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby eric olthwaite » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:34 pm

Unsurprisingly the first book of his I read was From Bauhaus To Our House. It’s hideous: just this ‘gosh darn it y’all good ol’ homespun American common-sense’, with a fruity sprinkling of anti-Semitism regarding European emigres. Not fun at all.

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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Blackwhite » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:40 pm

Will swerve. Wasn't really a fan of Vanities neither. Wanted everybody to burn.

Try Acid Test and read it quickly (it tries to be evocative), bit like reading Thompson but with better manners and more detachment.
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Re: The World, the Universe and everything...

Postby Man Called Sun » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:19 pm

topbin wrote:Hmm, thanks for the thoughts, (especially you, tfp...).

SYSK podcast is good, but probably after something more in-depth than a 45 minute discussion on it. And was looking for the whole thing, astronauts v cosmonauts being a big part of it.

So far looking at this one, but hugely judging it by it's cover (which is excellent).

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I asked exactly this question after Nelly Armstrong carked it, either on the book thread or the death thread if you can be arsed looking it up. I got some good answers.

You should’ve seen this cosmonauts exhibition at the Science Museum too, bloody astonishing it was.
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