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R2's Day: Real Science Timewaster!

I have been working pretty hard behind the scenes here to add some long overdue functionality to the site (and it will also change the way the site looks... hopefully for the better.   

In the meantime, here is a phenominal time waster.  It's a side scrolling scale map of the solar system where the Moon is one pixel.  It's seriously cool,  but it will require at least fifteen minutes of your precious, precious time....

 

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The Beauty Of Space

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I enjoy photography, and I often pride myself on getting some pretty good images. But this slide show of winning photographs in 2013's Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, showcases photos that you have to be very talented--or very, very lucky--to get:

http://local.msn.com/award-winning-astronomy-photography

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Real Space: India's Mangalyaan Mission

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On Tuesday, India launched a rocket bearing a probe destined for Mars at a fraction of the cost of similar NASA missions. However, India will need to rely on the United States to monitor its satellite as it nears Mars sometime next September. The probe will test for evidence of methane in the Martian atmosphere, a chemical which the rover Curiosity found only in trace amounts.

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Real Science: 8.8 Billion Earth-like Planets, And Counting

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Scientists have recently extrapolated how many Earth-like planets, existing within their suns' habitable zones, there might realistically be in the Milky Way galaxy, and have come up with the figure 8.8 billion.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/8-8-billion-habitable-earth-size-planets-...

This number is based on an actual calculation, not an estimation, using data gathered by the Kepler space telescope.

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Stunning Saturn Mosaic

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Here's an image of Saturn that will take your breath away. When you get to the linked article, click on the link for the massive 4000x3200 pixel image created by HOLY HALEAKALA Croatian software developer and “amateur” astronomical image processor Gordan Ugarkovic from a mosaic of images taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/10/17/cassini_s_saturn_inc...

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REALSPACE: Looking For Life In All The Wrong Places?

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It has been Mankind's dream to find alien peoples living on our neighboring planets. I believe that part of the reason why the American public has largely lost interest in the space program, is because we've learned that the only "life" we're going to find, will be on the level of microbes and bacteria, rather than the exotic, hyperintelligent creatures that populated pulp fiction in the early part of the last century.

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REALSPACE: USAF X-37B In Orbit

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The Air Force today has launched the X-37B into orbit on a classified mission. The reusable mini unmanned shuttle can stay in orbit for 270 days. This could be a new chapter in space or a handing off of low Earth obit to the military only time will tell.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/x-37b-robot-space-plane-blastoff-10...

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REALSPACE:ARES I Inescapable within first minute after launch

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In a report (available here, the USAF's 45th Space Wing states that if an Orion mission had to be aborted within the first minute of flight, there is a '100% FRATRICIDE by SECONDARY RADIATIVE WILTING of NYLON CHUTES The capsule will not survive an abort between MET's of ~30 and 60 seconds - as the capsule is engulfed until water-impact by solid propellant fragments radiating heat from 4,000F toward the nylon parachute material (with a melt-temperature of ~400F)."

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Roads The Space Program Decided Not To Travel Down…

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Remember when the Challenger blew up ‘cuz of those damn SRBs? (I was there. I saw it w/ my own eyes) The SRBs were a budgetary compromise, this is the way the shuttle was originally supposed to look and be launched, using considerably more existing (in 1975) technology than the actual shuttle ever used. http://www.starshipmodeler.info/contest5/5_scr_21.htm

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