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Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell
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I'm a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory.
I'm a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory.

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Well, shoot: it looks like recurring slope lineae might not be evidence of liquid water actively flowing on Mars after all. Curse you, science!
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I'm sad that the Delta II is going away: it's the rocket that launched both Spirit and Opportunity. Here's more of its storied history.
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Space nukes are prohibited by my reading of the Outer Space Treaty (to which China's a signatory) and more clearly by the Partial Test Ban Treaty (China's not a signatory). But so what -- who'll stop them?

That aside, the real story here is China's plan to mine space, which we should already be doing. (Not like +Planetary Resources​ isn't trying, but they don't have the weight of China behind them.) This meshes well with their recently announced plan to effectively make China the center of global commerce in the next 20 years or so.

I have seen the future, and it's Chinese.
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I only wish all stories on this topic were as skeptical as this one, which gets it right starting with the headline. Joy!
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Cool story about the women (and they're mostly women) who sew for NASA -- making thermal blankets for spacecraft, space suits, etc., generally by hand.
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Uh-huh. If anything like a meaningful US civil war starts tomorrow, I'll give you $100. If not, you give me $10. Takers?
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Elegant mathematical solution to the gerrymandering problem, based on the "You cut, I choose" principle -- iterated.

Attention +David Brin​.
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When you're going on a long trip, you might want to take more than one camera. The Mars 2020 rover is taking 23.

(Or, as I always say: "More eyes than a potato.")
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I wish I'd been keeping a graph of the current date vs. NASA's predicted SLS launch date. My guess is it's a 45-degree angle, more or less.
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We're starting to find out what Cassini learned during its harrowing dive into Saturn. Among other things: ring material rains into Saturn's atmosphere. And there's unsuspected methane there! Cassini offers us surprises right up to the end.
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