APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

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APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:11 am

Image Little Planet Soyuz

Explanation: Engines blazing, a large rocket bids farewell to this little planet. Of course, the little planet is really planet Earth and the large rocket is a Soyuz-FG rocket. Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on June 6 it carried a Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft into orbit. On board were International Space Station Expedition 56-57 crew members Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA and Alexander Gerst of ESA. Their spacecraft successfully docked with humanity's orbiting outpost just two days later. The little planet projection is the digitally warped and stitched mosaic of images covering 360 by 180 degrees, captured during the 2018 Star Trek car expedition.

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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by Ann » Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:34 am

That's a very big rocket to overcome the puny gravity of that little boulder of a planet.

But perhaps the planet isn't a planet, but a white dwarf? Or a neutron star? Sorry, proud rocket. I don't know what kind of engines you'd need to take off from a neutron star, but in any case, you wouldn't stand so tall!

(But I can see what looks like grass and bushes growing on the little planet... I didn't think that kind of stuff would grow on a neutron star...)

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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by heehaw » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:50 am

Le petit prince!

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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by De58te » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:41 am

This APOD reminds me of a song that was on Disney, perhaps the Mickey Mouse Club, that went something like; "It's a small world after all, it's a small, small world."

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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by Sa Ji Tario » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:47 pm

If it were a neutron star, intense gravity would crush the metal in a thin layer over the surface

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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by Jim Leff » Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:29 pm

Why did it take two days to reach ISS? And why does the caption say "just" two days?

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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by Elroy2018 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:10 pm

It would be nice if we could get back to ASTRONOMY pictures on ASTRONOMY Picture Of the Day ! I'm tired of weather (cloudbow) pictures and heavily photoshopped rockets (today). There are billions of actual astronomical objects of which to post pictures.

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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by neufer » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:43 pm

Jim Leff wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:29 pm

Why did it take two days to reach ISS? And why does the caption say "just" two days?
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stat ... orbit.html
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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by neufer » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:58 pm

Ann wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:34 am

That's a very big rocket to overcome the puny gravity of that little boulder of a planet.

But perhaps the planet isn't a planet, but a white dwarf? Or a neutron star? Sorry, proud rocket.
I don't know what kind of engines you'd need to take off from a neutron star, but in any case, you wouldn't stand so tall!
If the Earth were crushed to a diameter of ~80 m (almost white dwarf density)
it would have an escape velocity of ~0.015 c.
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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by aildoux » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:54 pm

A little planet for The Little Prince.

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Re: APOD: Little Planet Soyuz (2018 Jun 15)

Post by tekcoyote » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:14 pm

"On board were International Space Station Expedition 56-57 crew members Sergey Prokopyev...." Didn't he write the music, Peter and the Rocket?