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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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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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I'd open up a cause for canonization for this enlightened and humble man immediately.
 
Meet 100 year old Dobri Dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war. Every day he walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of Sofia, where he spends the day begging for money.
Though a well known fixture around several of the city’s churches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — towards the restoration of decaying Bulgarian monasteries and the utility bills of orphanages, living instead off his monthly state pension of 80 euros.

RESPECT!

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#wow   #impressive   #respect   #state   #pension  #euros #montly #meet   #year   #worldwar   #hearing   #facts   #killometers   #sofia   #day   #churches   #money   #amazing   #great   #story  
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Wonder example of those with little can teach us all so much.
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Ada Lovelace (the first computer programmer) would be proud. In my +Apollo45 enjoyment, still reading through the powered descent, I came across the name of Margaret Hamilton. She led the team responsible for the Apollo flight computer software--years before we'd get computers of our own. Thanks to Margaret and her team.
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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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+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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This wasn't just a tour of the refurbished facility named after Neil.

We KNOW these three. They're UP to something.

I can hear Lovell saying, "I think I'm up for it." Collins would say "I'm not just steering this time" and Buzz is getting out FIRST this time, dammit! :) #apollo45   #orionspacecraft   #neilarmstrong  
 
Mike Collins, Jim Lovell & I got a behind the scenes look at the Orion capsule being built at Kennedy Space Center. Like our bunny suits?

http://www.whosay.com/l/NOH8Rv0
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