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Virgin Galactic’s pilots reach the edge of space: "Spaceship Unity, welcome to space." "Copy base. Million dollar view!"

Virgin Galactic’s pilots reach the edge of space: "Spaceship Unity, welcome to space." "Copy base...

Million dollar view. Advertising ticket price much? Jk.

You joke but it’s currently $250,000 a person

Pilots have died in the endeavour to make this a possibility. If ever I fulfil my dream of seeing the earth from space, I’ll be thinking of them with enormous gratitude and honour.

Still, though, $250k to ride a damn rocket plane to 271,000 feet is...a thing. It's not quite your own personal X-15 flight but it's getting there.

Virgin Galactic lands safely after first time successfully reaching space

Virgin Galactic lands safely after first time successfully reaching space

I feel like Virgin Galactic is going to end up like Concorde. High price tickets for the wealthy and elite of the world only. Eventually it will have some terrible accident and be deemed to risky and eventually the wealthy will get bored of it and it will fold because of the cost.

82 kilometers, which isn't above the Karman line - it only counts as space according to the US Air Force and Virgin Galactic.

Virgin Galactic is purely Space Tourism.

SpaceX is commercial launches and private expeditions.

NASA is purely science and exploration.

Not really a space race.

True, but it's a successful test after a very long and difficult road. Onwards and upwards from here!

Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko knifes the outer insulation of Soyuz MS-09 orbital module to investigate the puncture beneath it

He's cuttin' that thing like it owes him money.

“It seems the puncture is actually several incisions that are approximately the same width as this knife I’ve just been u—... oh...”

The only thing I could think was how fucking nervous I’d be worrying about nicking my space suit during an EVA.

There's an engineer, or a few of them, sitting down somewhere thinking "CRAP. Should've just come clean about drilling that hole in the wrong place instead of bodging it over and hoping it would be ok. Crap!"

Hi, I am Alan Stern, head of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on its way to explore Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object one billion miles beyond Pluto! AMA

Hi, I am Alan Stern, head of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on its way to explore Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object one billion miles beyond Pluto! AMAHello Reddit. I’m here with members of the mission team to answer your questions about NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond. Just three years after our historic exploration of Pluto in 2015, New Horizons is speeding toward a New Year’s Day encounter with the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule – the farthest spacecraft flyby in history. Ask us anything about plans for the Ultima flyby or our mission of discovery and exploration in the farthest reaches of the solar system! 


New Horizons mission website: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu
Alan Stern’s Wiki Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Stern


We are:


Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of New Horizons 
Dr. Amanda Zangari, New Horizons Science Team Co-Investigator 
Dr. Simon Porter, New Horizons Science Team Co-Investigator 
Ms. Helene Winters, New Horizons Project Manager 
Some good New Horizons resources are: 
Why visit the Kuiper Belt?
More about the spacecraft mission
Where is New Horizons right now?
New Horizons Image Gallery
NASA’s New Horizons mission page


Proof: https://i.redd.it/ceecgblbbh321.jpg

ALL: We have to go back to our preparations for the Ultima flyby, which is now just three weeks away! But we’ve had a lot of fun answering your questions. Keep up with the discoveries at the websites we've listed here, and on Twitter at @NASANewHorizons. See you on New Year’s Eve! 
- Alan and the New Horizons team
Hi, I am Alan Stern, head of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on its way to explore Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object one billion miles beyond Pluto! AMA

Hello Reddit. I’m here with members of the mission team to answer your questions about NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond. Just three years after our historic exploration of Pluto in 2015, New Horizons is speeding toward a New Year’s Day encounter with the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule – the farthest spacecraft flyby in history. Ask us anything about plans for the Ultima flyby or our mission of discovery and exploration in the farthest reaches of the solar system!

New Horizons mission website: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu Alan Stern’s Wiki Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Stern

We are:

Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of New Horizons Dr. Amanda Zangari, New Horizons Science Team Co-Investigator Dr. Simon Porter, New Horizons Science Team Co-Investigator

Ms. Helene Winters, New Horizons Project Manager

Some good New Horizons resources are:

Why visit the Kuiper Belt?

More about the spacecraft mission

Where is New Horizons right now?

New Horizons Image Gallery

NASA’s New Horizons mission page

Proof:

ALL: We have to go back to our preparations for the Ultima flyby, which is now just three weeks away! But we’ve had a lot of fun answering your questions. Keep up with the discoveries at the websites we've listed here, and on Twitter at @NASANewHorizons. See you on New Year’s Eve! - Alan and the New Horizons team

i just want to personally say hello to someone at nasa

hello

On Earth, we use the three NASA Deep Space Network 70-meter dishes in California, Spain, and Australia, combined with some artisan crafted receivers. On the spacecraft, we have a 2.1 meter dish, driven by an ultra-stable oscillator.

You can track when we're talking to Earth at: https://eyes.nasa.gov/dsn/dsn.html and looking for "NHPC", our DSN callsign.

-Simon

Hello back!

-Alan

As a ham radio operator, I have to ask how the heck you can effectively send and receive signals to something so far away. I'm guessing antenna design is a big deal. How powerful are the transmitters involved?

Thanks.

Voyager 2 trajectory from 1977-2017.

Voyager 2 trajectory from 1977-2017.

I'm trying really hard not to anthropomorphize those probes but my god I'm 100% certain they're super lonely and I hope they're okay

I am just baffled at what the calculations must have been to have it successfully slingshot off each of those planets...

I know right. I can't imagine how smart someone must be to figure out how this works and then do the calculations and have it actually work.

People at NASA living in the year 3000.

Hah, I'm right there with you. When 1 and 2 split off from each other at Saturn for a moment I was thinking about how sad it was for them.

Someone needs to get on an animated movie about space related equipment going through a bevy of emotions throughout their missions.

The Moon through my 6" f/4.3 telescope which I ground the mirror for by hand

The Moon through my 6" f/4.3 telescope which I ground the mirror for by hand

Taken with a Windows Phone at 39x, it looks far better visually

Holy crap, another windows phone user, I thought I was the last one.

Please post a picture of the telescope/mirror. That'll be more interesting than just another moon pic.

At least you have a clear view of the moon. Lol I just bought a new telescope and got the viewfinder all dialed in and stuff and... the moon hasn't been visible in weeks here where I am due to various things like phase, weather, etc. Womp-womp. Haha

A spiral-like aurora

A spiral-like aurora

Is this something that is visible to the naked eye? I really never understand when it comes to pictures like this or of space.

Come to northern Canada. They're every color of the rainbow(well- red, blue, yellow, green and purple anyway) and bright enough to read a book by on very active nights.

I've seen the aurora where I live in New Zealand. Yes it's visible to the naked eye but nothing like this. Typically you will see washed out grey. It will look like clouds that are moving above you if it's a weak aurora. If it's strong then you will start seeing shades of red and green but not to the extent that photos show. it's not like someone is waving glowsticks in the air. It's more like staring at a pastel painting.

Source and credits: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160830.html

Save us from the End Game

Save us from the End Game

I didn't think comic sans had competition for worst font.

I'd probably think this was funnier if it was a real font

That's the font you choose to look at all the time?

Oh, so you can save Matt Damon but not Iron Man?

Rain on different planets

Rain on different planets

Titan is by far the coolest place in the solar system other than earth.

I really hope NASA ends up going with the Dragonfly mission for their next New Horizons project mission. The Dragonfly proposal is to send a probe to Titan with a big ass octocopter drone to fly around and scope shit out for as 100 km between landing sights where it can sample the soil and recharge. It'll be able to sample the soil and the hydrocarbon seas and drill through the ice. Should be able to keep going for 3 to 4 years.

The other finalist for the next New Horizons mission is.... another comet sample return mission :/

They choose between them in January and I say they are insane if they choose the comet sample return over the fucking giant ass octocopter drone that can fly 100 km at a time, recharge and keep going again for years on fucking Titan.

Yeah, everyone does Asteroid sample return missions now.

The wikipedia article on extraterrestrial diamonds is interesting, and has a brief section related to Neptune. Apparently the source would be methane gas in the atmosphere. At suitable temperature and pressure, the methane becomes unstable and releases its carbon atom. The carbon atom is then free to crystallize with other released carbon atoms and forms diamonds. Based on the entry, while it appears the phenomenon has been reproduced in various labs, it's unclear if conditions on Neptune are actually suitable for diamond formation, so the diamond rain is still currently only a theory. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraterrestrial_diamonds#Solar_System

Please ELI5 this for me. How can it rain solid diamond and molten glass. Is the surface covered in this then? How does it get into the atmosphere to fall again?

Valley of The Gods, Meteorite.

Valley of The Gods, Meteorite.

Not to be that girl, but an interesting fact; a rock in space is a meteoroid, flying through the atmosphere its called a meteor then once its found on the ground its a meteorite 👩‍🔬👩‍🔬

So this is a meteorite... now?

The picture is a picture of a meteor.

Depends if it hit the ground (meteorite), skipped back into space (meteoroid), or burned up (big ball of nothing)

Try one of these subthreads