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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Bruce Wayne, Apr 13, 2015.
That's either the most or the least self-aware man ever to live, I can't decide which.
"I'd like to thank all of my employees, most of whom can't afford or get the time to take their family on a weekend vacation for helping me afford a multi-billion-dollar 11-minute space vacation. Your hard work and dedication to the job by peeing in bottles to save time has really helped me achieve my dream."
Fuck their wives. Drink their blood. Come on, Jeff, get em!
Not my problem.
Too bad it can’t be 161 days
I’m always amazed when I see this type of thing because I think most people look at it and don’t really fathom what they are looking at. Like i look at this and its such a mind fuck to really think about how that is a real physical place incredibly far away but most people will look at this and go “wow that’s cool” and not really think about it any deeper than that
most times I have to stop myself from thinking about badass space pictures bc it hurts my brain trying to fathom them
If Pluto’s ice mountains and frozen plains backlit by a distant sun don’t get you going, I don’t want to be friends
This is my favorite thing about spending time looking at the stars. If you just lay there and let your mind wonder, you can really trip the fuck out, all while stone cold sober
I about melted my kid's brain when I told her when we look up at the stars at night we're really looking into the past because it takes their light thousands of years to get here, so some of them may not even exist anymore we just don't know it
New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to reach this great distance, following the legendary Voyagers 1 and 2 and their predecessors, Pioneers 10 and 11. It’s almost 5 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) away; a remote region where one of those radioed commands, even traveling at the speed of light, needs seven hours to reach the far flung spacecraft. Then add seven more hours before its control team on Earth finds out if the message was received.
“It’s hard to imagine something so far away,” said Alice Bowman, the New Horizons mission operations manager at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. “One thing that makes this distance tangible is how long it takes for us on Earth to confirm that the spacecraft received our instructions. This went from almost instantaneous to now being on the order of 14 hours. It makes the extreme distance real.”
To mark the occasion, New Horizons recently photographed the star field where one of its long-distance cousins, Voyager 1, appears from New Horizons’ unique perch in the Kuiper Belt. Never before has a spacecraft in the Kuiper Belt photographed the location of an even more distant spacecraft, now in interstellar space. Although Voyager 1 is far too faint to be seen directly in the image, its location is known precisely due to NASA’s radio tracking.
Now tell her we’re made of stardust
Ooh ooh ooh, then tell her if all of time were compressed into one year and the universe began on January 1, we humans showed up at one second to midnight on December 31
This sounds like a great 9-5 job.
“9 am; sent message to space craft”
“5pm, no reply yet, clocking out”
“9 am, no confirmation of receipt, resent message”
The guy who picked up lunch for the NASA office that day:
Staying out at the Cape for a few days, caught the Falcon booster coming back in yesterday and then had lunch across the channel from the SpaceX docks today.
Fucking finally. Only 14 years late. 12-18-21
Jupiter, taking body blows for us little guys on earth, you da real mvp
I wonder what an explosion of that size would look like on earth. Like how big of an impact zone would it be? I need some perspective.
If it’s roughly the size of the Jovian moon to the right, roughly the size of our moon, or roughly the size of Australia. But that’s the explosion, the object is likely a lot smaller.
it’s about 600 mi less than the length of of the continental US, it would be the end
The ballpark guess by the tweet guy: "the explosion looked nearly the size of the Jovian moon to the right (Io?)"
Io diameter 2,263.8 mi, so maybe Atlanta to Los Angeles.
way to say the same thing as me but better buttmunch
Just remember when you’re trying to sleep tonight there are much larger objects floating through space that could hit us
Could see it pretty well from my apartment in jax beach. I should have gone out pre launch bc then I could have seen the entire thing. First time seeing one since the shuttle missions. Pretty cool
Or a gamma ray burst just ripping us apart in seconds like a giant sci-fi ray gun.
An explosion the size of Australia? Merely a flesh wound.
This might be just the thing for you.
I would have thought the waves would have grown bigger. And that person screaming really made it hard to stick through the video.