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    What is your favorite thing to do in Orbiter?

    My favorite is re-entering Earth's atmosphere in NASSP. Rolling the Apollo CM back and forth while watching the G's, making sure not to come in too steep or too shallow, is very enjoyable.
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    Question Are astronauts insurable for life insurance?

    I was thinking about the upcoming SpaceX DM-2 flight and how Bob and Doug have hopefully kept their life insurance policies paid up in case something happens during the mission, but it got me thinking about life insurance for astronauts. Can they get life insurance, and if so, is it at normal...
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    Who will put people on Mars first?

    In my personal opinion, I believe that big, bloated space agencies like NASA have had their time (with Apollo 11 being the pinnacle of NASA's achievements). Now, there are private companies that run leaner and meaner without all of the red tape and politics involved with big government...
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    Changes in orbital trajectory over time

    I performed the TEI from the Moon and I've noticed that PeD of Earth gradually increases under time acceleration, and thus a few course corrections are needed. What causes that?
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    Do you ever think of your car as a spacecraft?

    The air conditioner is the environmental control system, rack and pinion + wheels is the gimbal, power steering pump is the gimbal motor, the steering wheel itself is the hand controller, the radio is the communication system, the GPS is the guidance and navigation system, fuel gauge shows the...
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    Apollo 11 CSM/LM Separation

    I'm trying to get the CSM to separate from the LM in the Apollo 11 scenario in NASSP 7. I've gone through the checklist and for some reason it isn't happening. Is this a bug or operator error?
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    Passengers movie (SPOILERS thread)

    Anyone see the new Passengers movie? *Spoilers below!!!* I just watched it and really enjoyed the space ship. It is what comes to mind when I think of a ship for a long interstellar cruise. The detail for the different rooms in the ship and the space scenes were amazing. The whole love...
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    Approaching the Unknown

    Has anyone seen this movie? I checked it out from Redbox and it is about a man's 9 month journey to Mars. I found it to be quite interesting and very well made, surprising considering the tiny budget and complete lack of media attention. I'd give it an 8/10.
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    High resolution photographs of exoplanets

    I found a website that has pictures of exoplanets, but of course they all just look like colored blobs. I wonder if we have the ability to resolve details of the surface of these exoplanets to the point where you can make out land masses, oceans, and ice caps. It seems like you would just need...
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    Question What is the largest ship created for Orbiter?

    Just wondering....
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    Humor NASA Scientists Working On Top Secret Missile To Destroy Doomsday Asteroid I'm scared. :rofl:
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    Question Mission to Alpha Centauri

    I read in an article recently that it would take 50,000 years for a :hailprobe: to reach Alpha Centauri using current technology. Obviously the probe would run out of power a long time before then with a full battery of scientific instruments active (I believe the Voyager probes have a decade...
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    What if the Apollo 13 explosion happened in lunar orbit?

    Let's say the lunar lander had already made it to the surface of the Moon, and the explosion occurred in the service module while Swigert was waiting for Lovell and Haise to return. I was wondering about a few things. 1. Would Lovell and Haise, knowing that they were doomed anyway, open the...
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    Question Why do pilots hold each other's hands to throttle up for takeoff?

    I was in Vegas a couple of years ago and took a little plane with about 15 seats to the Grand Canyon. The two male pilots held each other's hand when they pushed up the throttle to take off. Why do they do that? Can't the main pilot just do it himself?
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    Building a Real USS Enterprise- Price Tag: $1 Trilion

    I saw something on Fox News about this the other day: Personally, I'm more of a Star Wars fan. I would much rather see the Millennium Falcon built.
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    The Apollo astronauts really had to trust each other

    I was watching Apollo 18 tonight and one of the major themes of the movie is trust. Nate (the guy who was infected) pleads with Anderson not to kill him even though his eyes are bloodshot, he has a gray spiderweb thing on his chest, and he is bleeding profusely. Eventually Anderson has to...
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    Apollo 18

    Has anyone heard of this stupid movie that's supposed to come out next month? I might go just to see how bad it is. :lol:
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    News Engineer Behind Iranian Saucer Technology Comes Forward Nuclear Engineer, Mehran Tavakoli Keshe, has came forward as being the developer of the technology being used in Iran's new "flying saucer." His technology is claimed to harness magnetism and gravity...
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    Science Number of sex partners in your life

    How many girlfirends have you had???
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    News Nasa unveils bold plans to send humans 'one-way to Mars to colonise planet' I don't know about you, but there are a few people in my life who I would LOVE to send on a one-way trip to Mars. :lol: