APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

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APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby APOD Robot » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:05 am

Image Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit

Explanation: A new rocket, the Falcon 9, was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, last week. The Falcon 9, standing about as high as a 15-floor building, was developed by the commercial SpaceX corporation as a step toward a relatively inexpensive space launch system. Falcon 9's success follows successful launches of the Falcon 1 last year. Pictured above, a movie of the Falcon 9's launch includes an insect, the launch as viewed from far away, and images from the side of the vehicle which include the separation of the lower stage. When topped with SpaceX's Dragon Cargo or Crew capsule, the Falcon 9 may be used to lift satellites and astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station in the coming decade.

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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby tneuschatz » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:36 am

Apparently insect identification is rocket science. It was an arachnid.
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby Ann » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:42 am

The thumbnail picture referring to today's APOD is a picture of Alcyone, the brightest star of the Pleiades. The star can be identified by the triangle of fainter stars to one side of it. And because I love the Pleiades, I thought that this was a very nice birthday present for me, since it is my birthday today! :D

Of course, the real APOD for today is a picture that doesn't interest me. Well, I'll take any thumbnail image I can get! :wink:

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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby Beyond » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:56 am

Well........Its nice to see that the private sector is not much different from the public sector. They both have a hard time working out the 'bugs'.
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby Beyond » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:59 am

Hey....i just got promoted to Science Officer!! Does that mean i get double the pay of an Ensign?? And a key to the wash room??
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby fatcitymax » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:07 am

Hooray! Now the USA can send rich tourists to the ISS.
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby Ann » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:35 am

You got promoted to Science Officer, Beyond? I'm envious! I want to be Mr Spock, too!

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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby orin stepanek » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:51 am

Ann wrote: I thought that this was a very nice birthday present for me, since it is my birthday today! :D



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Well happy birthday Ann! 8-)
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby orin stepanek » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:53 am

tneuschatz wrote:Apparently insect identification is rocket science. It was an arachnid.

I thought it was a fly; but I'll take your word for it. :)
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby bystander » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:18 pm

tneuschatz wrote:Apparently insect identification is rocket science. It was an arachnid.

An arachnid with wings? Hmmm, I'm not a rocket scientist, but ...
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby geckzilla » Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:48 pm

bystander wrote:
tneuschatz wrote:Apparently insect identification is rocket science. It was an arachnid.

An arachnid with wings? Hmmm, I'm not a rocket scientist, but ...


:lol: Looks to be a member of hymenoptera, to me.

edit: and actually, probably at least one other smaller insect flying around too. They like the camera.
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby Beyond » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:47 pm

No Spider - No fly - just what it is i can't espie. ((Hey...it rhymes))

Ann -- funny you said you were envious - remember, Mr. Spock was supposed to look a bit greenish because of his blood. Perhaps you should take a little closer look in the mirror to see if you really have started to get some green points to your ears. That would be one heck-of-a birthday gift :!: :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby thebugman » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:55 pm

The bug in question is a wasp.
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby starlight » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:57 pm

The insect is a wasp, paper or dirt dobber. I have been stung by many.
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby geckzilla » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:59 pm

Aka the aforementioned "member of hymenoptera" ;)
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby glcolwell » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:29 pm

It appears to be a wasp....definitely has wings..I paused the video and did a screen capture.....shows very clearly
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby orin stepanek » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:37 pm

http://www.spacex.com/dragon.php
The Dragon must be similar to the Apollo capsule in that it is reentered into the atmosphere using a heat shield and parachutes and splashdowns. 8-) Sounds like the maneuvering ability is improved though. :wink:
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby drollere » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:00 pm

it's a wasp, probably a yellowjacket. observe the downward curl in the tips of the antennae. the head and thoracic segment are greatly enlarged in comparison to the abdomen due to extreme foreshortening. but it's a wasp.
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby Gumby Guincho » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:47 pm

Spiders From Mars ? :roll:
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby Delonix » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:54 pm

I agree. It's a hymenoptera.
And Happy birthday Ann...
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby Gedcom » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:59 pm

Very waspy looking to me so if it looks like a wasp, flies like a wasp... must be a wasp.
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby Beyond » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:47 pm

HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA -- An historic event and what gets all the attention? A BUG!! an armed bug, but a bug never-the-less.

Ever notice that most of the BIG long hard to understand words come from the ones who have over 500 posts and have been offically declared insane by the site? ((read the rules if you don't know that))

Ann, you have to wait until you have 100 posts to get the green pointy ears, so if you're a fast comentator, you can still post enough to make it for your birthday. HURRY-HURRY-HURRY :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby jb » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:55 pm

A wasp... 8-)
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby the guy » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:56 pm

it was a wasp, like a black one...
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Re: APOD: Falcon 9 Launches to Orbit (2010 Jun 08)

Postby bystander » Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:06 pm

SpaceX Falcon 9 Successfully Launches, Reaches Orbit
http://bb.nightskylive.net/asterisk/vie ... 31&t=19676
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