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Huge kudos to +SpaceX for the successful launch and landing of a Falcon 9 rocket today. This is the first time anyone has ever flown a rocket to orbit and landed it upright. That's a big deal, because:

- Right now, rockets get dumped into the ocean or otherwise discarded after use, which is a big part of why flying to space is so expensive. It's like building a 747 and using it once.

- While people have flown to orbit and landed again (in the Space Shuttle), that required the use of a winged lifting body, which is enormously more complicated and expensive than a simple rocket. Also, the Shuttle required a big external tank and two booster rockets – which got jettisoned.

- While people have launched rockets and landed them vertically before (Blue Origin, just a few months ago), those rockets weren't capable of going into orbit. And going to orbit is a big difference from going into space: space isn't very far away at all, you just need to go about 60 miles straight up. Orbit isn't high, it's fast: orbit basically means that you're going fast enough that you keep falling towards the Earth and missing. Getting to that speed is a lot harder than just going up and falling down again.

- While people have tried to launch non-winged rockets into orbit and land them again (SpaceX, twice in the past year or so), it hasn't worked, because you're basically trying to land a pencil on its tip as it descends at a speed of a few thousand miles per hour. Previous attempts tried to land on boats (a pair of robot-controlled "autonomous spaceport drone ships" named the Just Read the Instructions and the Of Course I Still Love You), and the reason for the failures can be summarized as "now try to do that in high seas." This time, they landed on solid ground, which isn't as good from an orbital trajectories perspective, but which has the advantage of not moving about underneath you. (Usually)

This was a full-scale mission: a Falcon 9 took off from Cape Canaveral carrying eleven communications satellites. The first stage separated from the upper part of the rocket and landed safely, while the upper stages deployed the satellites into orbit.

So that's a major success for one of the most exciting companies in space travel today, and something that's likely to seriously cut the price of space travel over the next few years.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida this evening, after traveling into space and back. It's the first time SpaceX has been able to gently...
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The modern bouquet...in preparation for some lighting upgrades.

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Thank You, Yes Most Definitely, Use the LED light bulbs, they reduce the amount of electricity, last around 18 to 20 years, it's a win win, Very Nice Share, Happy Healthy Blessed Week, Everyday Happy, All Wishes Come True, Much Joy Love Peace Happiness Health Wealth Hope to You, Cheer for good work ! Love your brother Michel Thank You Open Heart ! ^~^` 
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A view of NYC from the Google offices. I'm still amazed by what cell phone cameras can do, even on overcast, windy days.
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+Milan Mody​​ galaxy s6 and lg g4 are amazing. Hands down best cell phone cams available, including non-android. They rival point and shoots. 
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I'm really loving the iPhone camera! Just five years ago I remember searching for any compact camera which could capture moments like this. Now there are options that fit in the back pocket of my skinny jeans. Yay!
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My alpha is best for me.
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Scarecrow, New Zealand

I wonder if he has a name? This little guy seemed so tranquil looking over the hills.
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Turnip Head!
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Something old, something new (from N+P's wedding)

I love finding those moments of calm within crazy excitement. This picture really reminds me of all the contrasts that day and how wonderfully it all balances.
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I like the light distribution and color contrast.
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Contemporary exhibit at Le Centre Pompidou.

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It would be cool if the shadow in the central square was the shadow of that mystery ^__^

P.S. "placard" has a completely different meaning in French. Threw me off a bit :)
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Underside of the Apollo 17 Command Module at the Johnson Space Center. I wonder why it's lit in red ~ conservation?

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Agree, NASA wants to demonstrate that they know how to drop it like it hot.
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Jupiter and Saturn, Hayden Planetarium, NYC.

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Thanks +Leo Deegan!
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Mr. Jingles comes in plushie form?!?!!
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Searching for 'mr jingles' got me unexpected results that had nothing to so with this Mr jingles
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Happy Safer Internet Day! Take a few moments for a quick security checkup on your Google accounts and receive a permanent 2GB bump in storage.

http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2015/02/safer-internet-day-2015.html
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