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Dean Calahan
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Genes, Cells, Informatics, …Algae!
Genes, Cells, Informatics, …Algae!

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Space history may be made tonight. A successful launch will herald release of Space 2.0.


http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/finalses10presskit.pdf
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In a couple of days, should the schedule not slip, SES-10 will launch atop a first stage initially flown on CRS-8. A successful launch will be the first time in history that a liquid-fueled orbital booster has been reused. Arguably the first day of Space 2.0.

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OK, I'll twitch on this one.

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IIRC, I took an electronics class in the UW physics department with Prof. Dehmelt.
What a life story! Former German WWII POW becomes physicist, wins Nobel, and proposes to wife-to-be on the day he wins the prize: http://www.geekwire.com/2017/nobel-hans-dehmelt-physics-uw-dies/

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Mosses and lichens would likely be among the first organisms to survive in the open on Mars during terraforming.
Lichens grow as little as 0.04 inch (1 millimeter) every one hundred years, and some patches may be more than five thousand years old. Mosses are not as hardy as lichens and also grow slowly; a boot print in a moss carpet may be visible for years.

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The question of an idle moment turns up some interesting claims about the number 2017, which I hardly have time to vet!



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I see Orbital as kind of Space 1.5. They have done some innovative things but are mostly dependent on the Space 1.0 supply chain. They did recently create one of the most memorable rocket explosions recently, although that's not really to their credit.

Launch window: 0100-0130 GMT on 25th (9:00-9:30 p.m. EDT on 24th)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
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Ah, good. Splashdown and imminent recovery.

Evidently there will not be live splashdown coverage.

From SpaceflightNow:

Ignition of the capsule's thrusters is set for 9:55 a.m. EDT (1355 GMT) for an appoximately 10-minute deorbit burn. Splashdown a few hundred miles west of Baja California is scheduled for 10:54 a.m. EDT (1454 GMT).

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The Mote in God's Eye is usually within my top five, and always within my top ten, science fiction novels*. In my youth, even as a poor college student, I would often almost resent it** when Heinlein came out with a new novel, because I would enter an algorithm by which as soon as I saw it on the stack at the U bookstore I would walk half a block to the ATM and then half a block back to buy the book, no matter the status of my checking account. Hardback. Sometimes cursing in sort of a reflexive Shadenfreude.

Anyway, suffice it to say I today have a much more nuanced view of Heinlein and others, and have read Patterson's biography.

All that said, if you have any interest in the above, and haven't read it yet, you will surely be delighted to follow the supplied link, a letter from Robert to Larry and Jerry after reading a draft of their epic novel.

*I don't really keep a list, but if one were to ask me off hand, this is probably how it would break down.

**Right, not really.
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