Thursday, April 23, 2015

N 10,000 onboard footage

A CTI N 10,000 lofts a Madcow Frenzy (30+ lbs) to two miles with 50 g's maximum acceleration.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Earth visualizations

Seasonal change in ice cover and plant growth.

Diurnal internet use.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Giant smoke ring over Russia

Of course, the plebs who looked up at the sky for the first time in 3 years were unable to identify this and quickly went for government or extraterrestrial explanations.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Easy does it...

Workers remove large nuclear bomb lost in B-52 accident, carefully.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Keep saying how a Mars mission won't work because of radiation...

No doubt that a two way trip with 1.5 years on the surface will give astronauts a major dose, probably enough to make it their one and only trip in a career. (They will take on something like the lifetime limit of a nuclear power employee, albeit over the course of only a few years.) However, this is clearly not a show-stopper at all. Especially if some basic shielding is provided by spacecraft fuel, water, and some low-z materials as needed. Note that several astronauts have already spent about a year in LEO, meaning that they got perhaps a third as much radiation exposure already.