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REALSPACE: It's odd to be on this end of history, isn't it?

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These are come current photos of the Soviet Buran space shuttle, the only soviet shuttle to ever fly (in 1988). The collapse of the Soviet union caused the financial meltdown of their shuttle program (The development phase ran from 1973-1987), and that was that. There were six shuttles in various stages of construction, the Buran ("Blizzard") itself actually flew, and the Pitchka ("Little Bird") was more than 90% complete.

http://www.mk.ru/photo/social/1090-buran-prinesennyiy-v-zhertvu.html

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REALSPACE: The Goddess of Discord spreads more…uhm…well, Discord, obviously. What did you expect?

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Remember “Eris?” It was in all the papers a couple years ago - a snowball larger than Pluto out in the Kuiper Belt. The discovery of Eris by Mike Brown (And his team) was the thing that re-ignited the whole “Is Pluto a planet or not?” debate. In a more general, and more interesting effect, it generated the larger debate of what the heck a planet is, anyway. Turns out there was no definition, just “I know it when I see it.”

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Colony Now! Is Separating “Exploration” from “Colonization” a bad thing?

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Because it’s a slow news month, everybody’s talking about this article here which shows the allegedly-startling news that weightlessness is bad for you. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100821/ap_on_sc/us_sci_space_weaklings;_ylt...

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Across The Ocean In Seven Minutes, Realtime!

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In twenty-nine years of following the Shuttle program, this is singularly the most amazing footage I've ever seen. It's taken from a camera on the side of on of the Solid Rocket Boosters, those big things on the side of the main fuel tank that killed all those folks in '86.

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REALSPACE: Coppenhagen Suborbitals

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As most of you are aware, I’m basically a ten year old boy in a middle-aged man’s body. Check this out:

Now, if you’re an adult you’re going to view that and say “What the hell? Nothing happened there! Why is he wasting my time with this?” And of course you’d be right. Sad and joyless, but right. (And frankly, ‘right’ generally is the vestige of the sad and joyless anyway, but that’s an article for another day) If, however, you’re a hypertrophied kid like me (Which is also sad, but not joyless) you’ll have noticed a bunch of super-hyper-mega-cool stuff in there like:

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REALSPACE: Is there is or is there ain't?

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Thanks to president Obama, we're unlikely to get an answer to this question in our lifetimes, but scientists are once again saying there's water on the moon. This debate goes back and forth quite a bit - there is, there isn't, there is, there isn't, you're a jerk, your mom says you're a jerk, you mom says I'm good in bed, and then the punches begin flying - but short of actually going there, we'll never know.

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