headlikeanorange:

Song thrush

headlikeanorange:

Song thrush

 when this baby hits 88 m’ladies per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit

 when this baby hits 88 m’ladies per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit

headlikeanorange:

Fledgling house sparrow

headlikeanorange:

Fledgling house sparrow

First public video of the F9R.

SpaceX is planning to eventually have the individual stages of their rockets come back and land instead of smashing into the ocean, the F9R is a test vehicle to study control and guidance.

It is similar the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket, the biggest difference is that is has only one engine instead of nine since it is only meant to study the landing phases and doesn’t need to carry a second stage or a full load of fuel.

You can see it’s predecessor, the Grasshopper, in the background.

It’s that time again! Tune in for todays launch launch attempt possible launch attempt of a Falcon 9 carrying a Dragon to the ISS. The schedule is available time zone corrected and with a countdown at the link.

Even the russians came to watch!

If it doesn’t work today there’s backup dates tomorrow and on tuesday, after that there’d be a longer delay until june as far as i know.

bistromatic:

After after quite a few delays it looks like today we’ll finally get to see this launch.

A Falcon 9 1.1 will send up a Dragon capsule with experiments and supplies for the ISS as part of the Commercial Resupply Services program that has private companies delivering supplies to the International Space Station.

It will also feature the first Falcon 9 with landing legs! After separation the first stage will attempt to slow down and softly splash into the ocean. Eventually SpaceX plans to make most of their rockets reusable by having the stages return to the launch site and land there. for now they’re focusing on the first stage since that has most of the expensive parts in it, namely nine engines as opposed to one on the second stage. Until they’ve proven they can reliably control the stages during descent they’ll go down in the ocean, just much gentler that usual.

The SpaceX webcasts i’ve watched so far have all been well produced and pretty interesting, with senior staff action as commentators.

kefkafloyd:

tropicaljohn:

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

ikkimikki:

the-feminist-fangirl:

chandra75:

George Takei,

You rule. 

George Takei is a beautiful human being.

I love George Takei!

George Takei being amazing and mocking these sad, pathetic bigoted idiots in his glorious style

It is the best thing

LOOK AT ALL THIS STAR-SASS RIGHT HERE :D

George Takei is all sass, all the time

Oh myyyy. Sulu ownage.

bistromatic:

bistromatic:

After after quite a few delays it looks like today we’ll finally get to see this launch.

A Falcon 9 1.1 will send up a Dragon capsule with experiments and supplies for the ISS as part of the Commercial Resupply Services program that has private companies delivering supplies to the International Space Station.

It will also feature the first Falcon 9 with landing legs! After separation the first stage will attempt to slow down and softly splash into the ocean. Eventually SpaceX plans to make most of their rockets reusable by having the stages return to the launch site and land there. for now they’re focusing on the first stage since that has most of the expensive parts in it, namely nine engines as opposed to one on the second stage. Until they’ve proven they can reliably control the stages during descent they’ll go down in the ocean, just much gentler that usual.

The SpaceX webcasts i’ve watched so far have all been well produced and pretty interesting, with senior staff action as commentators.

If you are an especially huge nerd (like me), NASA will be doing some additional pre-flight coverage at ustream.tv/nasahdtv/ starting in about fifteen minutes (3:45pm EDT)

Welp, the launch was just scrubbed. Propellant is being unloaded. Not going to space today. Better luck next time. I’ll delete these in a bit

Edit:

Today’s launch has been scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9’s first stage. A fix will be implemented by the next launch opportunity on Friday April 18, though weather on that date isn’t ideal.

Radio astronomy in Australia

an educational video by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation from 1958

itcamefrommypictures:

Good article