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Originally posted by Overload
I am happy to know those "lines" seen in images are actually laser beams. I didn't buy the whole space elevator thing, but this explanation is the best yet.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
Speaking of lasers --- how have they managed to deal with the spread and diffusion over hundreds of thousands of miles, a la' from Earth to Moon?
Smear - An image smear is the undesirable product of CCD chips. A smear appears as a vertical stripe across the image and is caused by distortions in high brightness values.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
More scratches in film media, being enhanced by overexposure techniques again?
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by Overload
They aren't space elevators and they aren't laser beams.
Properly aided, your eyes would see something like this:
it'll look a lot like what's in these pics.
Originally posted by wishfixer
Sigh...the far side. Cant see it or get to it. I would love to see it in detail.
but to settle it would be simple. We will just raise funds for our personal probe
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"The sixteen partners in the International Space Station (ISS) project currently spend well over $1 billion per year to resupply ISS. NASA's budget for ISS crew and cargo services is scheduled to grow to approximately $500 million per year after the Space Shuttle is retired in 2010. Meanwhile, private ventures are planning private space stations which will need low cost economical resupply."
CSI first presented a concept for a low-cost, near-term trip around the Moon on July 17, 2004 at the "Return to the Moon Conference V." We call this concept the Lunar ExpressSM Space Transportation System. CSI's approach could enable a human mission to the Moon in 2-3 years. More importantly, by re-using an existing Soyuz that is first used in a mission to ISS, CSI may have discovered a way to make a human trip to the Moon commercially viable. "Low Cost" and "Human Trip to the Moon" are not mutually exclusive terms. Because of this, CSI is pondering some interesting, and unusual, possibilities. We are asking ourselves, and potential partners, the following questions:
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* Would another nation be willing to pay for the second seat, and to send their first citizen ever around the Moon?
* What are the branding opportunities?
Originally posted by weedwhacker)
I can look it up myself, but you might save me some time. I'll throw up an idea: Are they (the Pleidaes...) NOT the actual "home" of some ETs, but just a very recognizable 'waypoint' (farpoint waypoint???) from our POV???
Christopher John "Chris" Cassidy (born January 4, 1970, Salem, Massachusetts, United States) is a NASA astronaut and former Navy SEAL. Chris Cassidy achieved the rank of Commander in the U.S. Navy. Cassidy attended York High School, in York, Maine. He then graduated from the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993 and a Master's degree in Ocean engineering from MIT in 2000. He resides in York, Maine with his wife Julie Byrd and their three children. His first Space Shuttle mission was STS-127. Cassidy has worked as a CAPCOM for both International Space Station and Space Shuttle missions in the past.