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To commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 13 incident, enjoy the Flight Controller loop. This is the actual audio between the flight controllers, the directors and the crew. Kinda like what you saw in the "Apollo 13" film, but very real. You'll hear familiar phrases, just not all from Jim Lovell as the film did for dramatic purposes. 
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Happy 46th anniversary for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing. Toasts to +Buzz Aldrin , Michael Collins and the late, great Neil Armstrong for the flight, and the millions of men and women that toiled to make it so. #apollo11  
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Once this adds Latin and Klingon to its lexicon, we geeks are all set. This is arguably the best thing that Google has done since Google Earth, or popularizing the search engine itself. The idea of active speech translation for common languages is truly incredible.
Star Trek's universal translator is here, and it's on your phone.
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Qaerda hamzindon va ajdaholar futbolchilar bor?
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+OrbitalSci has plans to return to space on their power and in style. It'll take a year or so, where the Cygnus cargo craft will fly once or twice on another launch vehicle. They'll also use an expanded Cygnus to send up more cargo per flight to make up for ORB-3's loss. Good on them. #OrbitalSci   #Antares   #ISS   #commercialspaceflight  
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This is how to report this latest developments from the NTSB regarding the SpaceShipTwo incident. It states the facts and draws no conclusions other than what the investigators have noted. Nice work.
 
Investigators pin Virgin Galactic's crash on faulty tail deployment
US aviation investigators say they now know how Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo broke up in mid-flight, but don't yet know why. The crash tragically
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A very weird and sad week for commercial spaceflight. SpaceShipTwo was the offshoot of the X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne rocketplane that I just saw at the NASM a month ago. #SpaceShipTwo   #CommercialSpaceflight   #virgingalactic  
SpaceShipTwo, the experimental rocket plane designed to someday take tourists into space, has crashed in eastern Kern County, the CEO of the Mojave Air and Space Port has confirmed.
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Based on info from folks on a space enthusiast's website, the emergency egress is a small hatch by the pilot's side. The pilot has suffered major injuries. I speculate (a bad thing, I know) that the co-pilot simply couldn't get to it (tumbling vehicle, dazed or unconscious, et al.). But prayers go to his family.
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David Portree imagines what could've been if we used the Apollo launch systems into the 1970s and beyond. Would've saved a lot of cash (and maybe lives) by not reinventing the wheel. The article's first picture, uncaptioned, shows the last Saturn V to fly as the Skylab lifter, with Skylab 1's Saturn I-B crew ferry sitting not far away on another launch pad. The crew would be delayed to learn repair procedures when Skylab became damaged in-flight.
Apollo didn’t die; it was killed. The Apollo Program might have continued for many years, evolving constantly to achieve new goals at relatively low cost. Instead, programs designed to give Apollo a future beyond the first lunar landing began to feel the brunt of cuts even before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. By…
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The Dream has come true! Congratulations to +Sierra Nevada Corporation for getting part of the Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract today with their Dream Chaser Cargo spacecraft! #NASA   #SNC   #CRS2   #InternationalSpaceStation   #SpaceX   #OrbitalATK  
Elon Musk faces a fresh challenge from a newcomer with a reusable spacecraft after NASA split a cargo pact valued at as much as $14 billion between his SpaceX venture, Orbital ATK Inc. and lesser-known Sierra Nevada Corp.
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Excellent news
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WHEEE!
Your spacecraft should not do cartwheels, kids.
Let's hope Roscosmos has a few tricks left before this cargo ship's orbit decays.
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That's right. They gave up early this AM, U.S. time. But Progress has a great track record (150 flights to this point), and being Roscosmos, they'll get a replacement up within that 45-day mission rules window.
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I mentioned Apollo programmer Margaret Hamilton before during the 45th Anniversary of the moon landing. Someone's found a darling photo of her. Brainy and cute and awesome. Somewhere, Ada Lovelace is still smiling. #Apollo45  
 
The lead software engineer for Apollo---with her code.

Read more about Margaret Hamilton, via +SpaceIL:

https://www.facebook.com/SpaceIL/photos/a.474238492618990.99594.156493204393522/823180174391485/?type=1

"In the photo, she is standing in front of the printouts of the code for the Apollo guidance system, a lot of which she wrote and which she oversaw. She was all of 31 when the ‪‎Apollo 11‬ lunar module landed on the moon, running her code."
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Actually a picture of bookish rogue practising Hide skill :)
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The earliest news in the SpaceShipTwo incident shows how confirmation bias in all of us can lead us to believe in error. NTSB's earliest findings show that the ship's reentry system activated on its own. During acceleration, that is a guaranteed way for the vehicle to fail. So far, the propulsion system isn't a culprit. Now, let's not go down the path of pilot error just yet. There are months of investigation to go.
SpaceShipTwo's unique tail section, which can "feather" at an angle to help the Virgin Galactic spacecraft make a safe descent, unfurled as it was ...
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I've commented enough on other posts and got a good night's sleep to make my own post about the Antares launch failure. +OrbitalSci have good people and, with NASA's help, they'll be back in flight soon.

But, just as critics of the Orion SLS system have noted, is it necessary to make or use so many launch vehicles that often do the same job? For example, Expedition Flight Test 1 for the Orion spacecraft is going up with a Delta IV Heavy, a capable vehicle. Perhaps the Delta hasn't quite the chops for all applications. Would Orbital be better off in using other boosters? That said, having ULA and SpaceX and ESA ensures that there's a lifter alternative, somewhere.

In my opinion, using 48-year old refurbished engines is a bad idea. The N-1 moon rocket was a fatal blow to the USSR's effort in the space race, having never flown without a serious (and, once deadly to ground crew) failure. Some of us have criticized ULA for using similar engines, so I'm not picking on Orbital. In any case, glad only your pride and pocketbook were the only casualties and good wishes to getting back in business soon.
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Apollo didn’t die; it was killed. The Apollo Program might have continued for many years, evolving constantly to achieve new goals at relati