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Balazs Lanyi
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Everyone should heed this man's warning. He knows what he's talking about.

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Busy day today so I missed this launch. I just watched it and I'm glad everything went well. It's great that this launch was shown from an on-vehicle camera as well as the ground based one. If I remember correctly the first ISS berthing mission launch did not have this perspective, or at least it wasn't published. It all looks so easy when it comes together but of course it's anything but... :-)
Falcon 9 and Dragon liftoff to the International Space Station at 8:35PM ET SpaceX CRS-1 Launch to International Space Station

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Here's something fascinating, disgusting, and scary at the same time. Remote controlled cockroaches... Does anyone doubt that these would mostly be used for purposes other than rescuing people from collapsed buildings? <shudder> Now, where did I put that can of RAID?

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Curiosity has landed on Mars earlier this morning! While NASA's team makes it look easy, this was anything but. Listening to the post landing data, lateral speed, vertical speed, angle between rover vertical and Mars gravity vector, the landing was amazingly precise and gentle. If I heard it right the jetpack/skycrane had just a little more than a kilogram of fuel left before flyaway! Congratulations to all who contributed!
Edit: correction, upon re-watching the footage the fuel mass before skycrane flyaway was slightly more than 140 kilograms.
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team in the MSL Mission Support Area reacts after learning the the Curiosity rover has landed safely on Mars and images start coming in at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Mars, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Pasadena, Calif. The MSL Rover named Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/7723346960/

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Fascinating video with explanation of the MSL landing sequence from the engineer's point of view. We'll find out soon if it works. Keeping my fingers crossed...
If you're a NASA/space exploration geek and you haven't yet watched this, take five minutes out of your day now. This is great, feel-good stuff.

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Excellent presentation by Kirk Sorensen, one of the most visible and articulate proponents of Thorium based energy production. I especially like the fact that he also highlights the non-energy-related benefits of the Thorium fuel cycle which could produce an abundance of valuable isotopes for medical applications and scientific research.

We cannot afford to be asleep at the wheel when it comes to developing and utilizing this technology. All modern industrial societies are in dire need for clean affordable energy. China is already working on liquid salt reactors. The US still has a slight advantage simply because of research that was done in the 60's but that advantage is eroding daily. If we are to remain a prosperous and powerful nation we must not be followers when it comes to energy production. Not to mention the incalculable advantage of reducing our dependence on fossil fuel imported from hostle regions of the world. We have to stop bankrolling all kinds of unsavory people just to maintain our standard of living. Thorium based energy would be a huge leap towards achieving that goal.
Kirk Sorensen speaking at the Fourth Thorium Energy Alliance Conference.
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