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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
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Falcon 9 launch rescheduled for Sunday

SpaceX has scheduled their next Falcon 9 launch attempt for 6:47 pm (eastern) on Sunday, February 28.

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3 comments

  • wayne

    Hopefully awaiting the launch.

    -Edward, I downloaded the Falcon 9 “users manual” pdf from spaceX, –answered all my techie-questions & because of your prior effort, I was able to follow it pretty well.

    I’m getting older, but how Cool is all this! We can watch a rocket launch, into space, on-demand, in streaming HD, on our Computers or phone.
    (Sound like my parents now)– Remember when television was B&W, we had 3 networks, there was only The Phone Company, all telephones were basically black, we had am radios, TV-sets had tubes, music came on vinyl records, we had more Freedom, our money had value…?

    Boy… our ancestors didn’t struggle, so we could get to this point, and let it all crash down, into some dystopian politically-bizzaro, world of the Future.

  • Edward

    Wayne wrote: “I downloaded the Falcon 9 “users manual” pdf from spaceX”

    Great find! Clearly I am not perusing the commercial space companies’ web pages well enough. I used to write shake-test and acoustic-test procedures using documents like this.

    “but how Cool is all this!”

    Yeah, it’s amazing.

    If you get the chance, watch a rocket launch in person. You miss the technical explanations that are seen in a video, such as SpaceX does, but there is something about the roar and the sight that I find thrilling.

  • wayne

    Edward-

    Good deal. The SpaceX website is fairly complete & they present everything w/o dumbing it down.
    Sorry to hear the launch was scrubbed today.
    YES! I did see Apollo-8 blast-off, in person, in 1968. Most spectacular thing I ever saw, in my entire life. Highly recommend everyone witness a (any) rocket launch. Tour NASA as well– amazing stuff. Fortunately as a kid I was able to visit every State east of the Mississippi & a large fraction of their respective Planetarium’s & Historical Landmarks.

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