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Old 01-05-2019, 04:59 AM   #11
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So many amazing things happening in astronomy and space travel these days. And yeah, this one is particularly cool!

Nonetheless, hats off to the Chinese for landing on the far side of the moon, yet another brilliant accomplishment!
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Old 01-05-2019, 05:58 AM   #12
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Everything at NASA is cool
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Old 01-05-2019, 07:21 AM   #13
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When you stop and consider that they had to work out the geometry for this intercept THREE YEARS IN ADVANCE, the cool factor goes up just a lil bit...
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Outer Space is the most thrilling thing there is, universally
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Nonetheless, hats off to the Chinese for landing on the far side of the moon, yet another brilliant accomplishment!
Agreed. Now I have try that in KSP.
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Loving the recent influx of astronomy threads
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Yeah, it really puts into perspective how fortunate we are on our little blue planet and how immense the known universe is.

The mathematics involved to plot an intercept on a celestial scale over such a long distance just boggles my mind. Well done NASA and all involved.

Cheers!
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The mathematics involved to plot an intercept on a celestial scale over such a long distance just boggles my mind. Well done NASA and all involved.

Cheers!
There are some great articles explaining what they did to calculate the information needed to allow NH to find Ultima Thule and capture those images. Truly amazing.
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Now I have try that in KSP.
Yeah, KSP really helps put things into perspective, and give an appreciation of just how incredibly difficult this rocket science and space travel stuff actually is.

It's still mind blowing to imagine how vast the distances are, and how small the objects.



I guess in this video, Ultima Thule would been represented by, what, a grain of sand? Nah, waaay too big. And how far out from the center? 10 miles? Yeah, visiting that microscopic dot out in the middle of nowhere, that is an accomplishment!
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Yeah, KSP really helps put things into perspective, and give an appreciation of just how incredibly difficult this rocket science and space travel stuff actually is.
It also lets you appreciate how completely screwed you are if you make a mistake.
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