December 2020 Archives

Thursday, December 31, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Understanding Synthetic Aperture Radar

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CONTEXT: The New Spirit—1942 Donald Duck Propaganda for the U.S. Income Tax

In 1942, the U.S. Income Tax, which was previously paid by only 13 million people, was increased and extended to hit more than 50 million, or 75% of all working Americans. It was called the “Victory Tax” and promoted as supporting the war the U.S. had just entered. In October, 1942, Time magazine called it “The biggest piece of machinery ever designed to separate dollars from citizens.” The Treasury Department enlisted Disney Studios and Donald Duck to promote the tax as a patriotic “privilege, not just your duty.”

“Taxes to beat the Axis!”

The film was nominated for a 1943 Academy Award as Best Documentary.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Clam Pollution Sensors

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Large Objects in Low Earth Orbit over the Years

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CONTEXT: Ice Age Woolly Rhinoceros Carcass Found in Siberian Permafrost

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CONTINUITY: BLC1—The Proxima Centauri SETI Candidate

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

THE HAPPENING WORLD: Arianespace Flight VS25 - CSO-2

In the last Arianespace launch scheduled for 2020, a Soyuz rocket will launch the CSO-2 reconnaissance satellite for the French Ministry of Defense into a Sun-synchronous orbit. The Webcast is scheduled to start at 16:25 UTC on 2020-12-29.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: SpaceX's Launch Pad Problem

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CONTEXT: Earth During a Solar Eclipse

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CONTINUITY: Nobel Physics Prize Lectures, 2020

Addresses by laureates Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez. I have elided the five minute sanctimonious scientism liturgy at the start.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: SLAMU! SCANALYZER Second Life Avatar Meet-up, 2020-12-29

The first, and possibly last, if it doesn't work, SCANALYZER live meet-up will occur in Second Life on Tuesday, 2020-12-29 at 21:15 UTC (Universal Time—go here to convert to your local time zone).

The meeting will occur in Second Life at the beach fire pit on Fourmilab Island.

To participate, sign up for Second Life (it's free), choose an avatar, and teleport in to the meeting. The meeting will last at most one hour. If it works, we may do it again.

Voice will be enabled for the meeting, but if you haven't yet got voice working (it's tricky), not to worry—you can still participate through text chat.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

CONTEXT: Robin Hanson — How Far Away Are Expansionist Aliens?

Related blog posts:

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CONTINUITY: Ma Deuce: The Venerable Browning M2 .50 Caliber Heavy Machine Gun

Still in service more than a century after its introduction. Here's an exemplar in action at the range.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Deep Faking the Queen's 2020 Christmas Speech

“… which is why I was so saddened by the departure of Harry and Meghan. There are few things more hurtful than someone telling you they prefer the company of Canadians.”

The making of…

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

CONTINUITY: Original Autochrome Colour Photos from Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition

Frank Hurley took a small number of photographs in Autochrome, an early colour process, during Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition. These pictures have been corrected for fading, but are not colourised: the colour is in the original.

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CONTINUITY: How Sonar Works (Submarine Shadow Zone)

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CONTEXT: The Floppotron: Stayin' Alive

Floppotron 2.0 includes 64 floppy drives, 8 hard drives, and two flatbed scanners, all driven by an array of custom controllers built from various hardware. It was designed and constructed by Paweł Zadrożniak in Poland.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Reverse Engineering the Source Code of the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: “It's a Christmas Miracle!”—The Flight and Rescue of Soviet Space Dogs Kometa and Shutka

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Dominic Frisby: The National Anthem of Libertaria

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CONTINUITY: Voyager 2 Phones Home for Christmas

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Friday, December 25, 2020

THE HAPPENING WORLD: I Wired My Tree with 500 LED Lights and Calculated Their 3D Co-ordinates

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CONTEXT: The Scale of Everything — The Big, the Small and the Planck

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

CONTINUITY: The Construction and Wiring of Professional LED Strings

This is the serious stuff, for outdoor displays with up to 5,000 LEDs from a common power supply, water-tight, safe for public fingergepoken, and lasting for years. Prepare to pay around five times the price of consumer-grade Chinese junk.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Drawing a Drop of Water

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CONTINUITY: Annotated Recap of SpaceX Starship SN8 High-Altitude Flight

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

CONTINUITY: Aerojet Rocketdyne—Historic Rocket Engine Maker Sold for US$4.4 Billion

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CONTINUITY: A Plane without Wings: The Story of the C.450 Coléoptère

French military aircraft prototypes of the 1950 were often wacky, but this one really pushed the limits: tail-sitting vertical takeoff and landing, with the circular wing intended to double as the inlet for ramjet propulsion above Mach 2. Without fly-by-wire and stability augmentation, it proved too difficult for human pilots to fly.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: COVID-19 Reaches Antarctica

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020


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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Why Those Dishwasher “Detergent Pods” Don't Get Stuff Clean

Eewww! Rinse without detergent, then wash dishes in filthy water—that makes sense! But it's so convenient.

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CONTEXT: Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction Observed at Radio Wavelengths

At Jupiter, what you're seeing is a cross-section of the “plasma torus” around the planet formed by emissions from the moon Io. This outshines the planet at the 2 cm wavelength of the image.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Jupiter-Saturn Great Conjunction: Live Feed

Real-time images from telescopes around the world.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Winbond W538T808 speech/melody/LCD Controller Has an Embedded 6502 Processor

Wanna bet 23rd century implanted all-brain neural interfaces will have an embedded 6502 for maintenance and diagnostics? That way, when you're bored, you can still run all your favourite Commodore 64 programs.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction

Some people are getting great pictures. So far, Fourmilab is getting dense fog. Observers in the northern hemisphere should look toward the southwest starting around half an hour after sunset. It's a glorious naked eye sight, and binoculars or a small telescope will provide stunning views.

Update (2020-12-21 17:01 UTC)

Update (2020-12-21 19:56 UTC)

Update: (2020-12-22 00:48 UTC)

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

CONTEXT: What Is The Great Reset? Explaining the World Economic Forum's Controversial Initiative

Update: And…it was gone. (2020-12-21 12:43 UTC)

With Peter Whittle, James Delingpole, and Ben Sixsmith: how COVID-19 has advanced the technocratic agenda.

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CONTINUITY: SETI Institute: “Did Proxima Centauri Just Call to Say Hello? Not Really!”

Here is additional information from SETI Institute Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak, “A Signal from Proxima Centauri?”.

I'm surprised that nobody I've seen so far has mentioned how suspicious it is that the narrow-band signal was detected at 982.002 megahertz. The base frequency unit is the Hertz, which is simply 1/seconds, and the second is a human social construct originally derived from the mean length of Earth's day and other social constructs such as the units into which days are divided. It is extremely unlikely an alien technological species would choose a transmission frequency which came out so close to a “round number”. This frequency is within 2000 hertz of exactly 982 megahertz, which is within around two parts per million to an integer value in megahertz, so the odds that a randomly chosen frequency (as would likely be used by aliens who had no knowledge of the Earth's rotation or how naked apes reckon time) would be so close to an integer in megahertz is around 500,000 to one. According to the International Telecommunications Union, this frequency band (960–1164 MHz) is assigned to “Aeronautical Mobile (R) 5.237A” and “Aeronautial Radionavigation 5.328 5.328AA” services.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

THE HAPPENING WORLD: Chateau Egout Grand Cru 2020

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Chang'e 5 Samples Removed from Return Capsule

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CONTEXT: Alien Hunters Discover Mysterious Signal from Proxima Centauri

As usual, Scientific Enquirer goes for clicks over accuracy. “[F]rom Proxima Centauri” overstates the precision: a single radio telescope, and the Parkes dish in particular, is sensitive to “side lobes” coming from directions other than where the telescope is aimed. This makes them vulnerable to picking up signals from terrestrial sources or those in Earth or solar orbit, and any SETI candidate signal requires confirmation by at least two independent observatories in different locations. That hasn't happened here, nor has the narrowband, unmodulated signal repeated.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: “Guardians”…of the Galaxy!

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CONTINUITY: SpaceX/NROL-108 Launch, Second Attempt

Weather is predicted as 90% favourable for launch.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

THE HAPPENING WORLD: Jupiter and Saturn in One 300 mm Frame

Jupiter and Saturn, 2020-12-18

Tonight provided the first opportunity to observe the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn from Fourmilab. Weather this time of year tends to be foul, with dense ground fog which often doesn't clear until the time the giant planets are setting. At 16:33 UTC on 2020-12-18, which is well before the end of nautical twilight (16:58) at this location, and an hour before the end of astronomical twilight (17:58), both planets were easy naked eye objects. Clouds threatened to obscure the planets (and carried out that threat a few minutes after I took this picture). I set up my Nikon D600 camera with its “do-everything” 28–300 mm zoom lens and tried to get some pictures showing both planets in the same 300 mm frame. With the clouds rolling in, I didn't have as much time as I'd have liked to experiment with ISO sensitivity and shutter speeds, and since I had to extend the centre pillar on the tripod to its maximum to dodge a pesky tree branch, the camera tended to be jiggly, even using the mirror lock-up feature (which I always employ for astrophotography). I ended up with a lot of squiggles and potato-shaped gas giants: this is the best of the lot. The apparent sizes of Jupiter and Saturn can be discerned, along with Saturn's more yellow colour, and with a little imagination you can glimpse a hint of Saturn's ring structure. This is a straight crop from the original camera image with no processing other than a little contrast stretch and sharpening. Even three days before the conjunction, the planets really are that close together with respect to their apparent sizes! This is a 1/15 second exposure at ISO 400 with the lens wide open at f/5.6 and a focal length of 300 mm.

If the above picture was devoid of trickery, that can't be said of the one below. I've superimposed the picture of Jupiter and Saturn on a shot of the crescent Moon taken a few minutes before with the same lens and focal length, sloppily focused and blurred by being viewed through a thin cloud. But what you can see is that Jupiter and Saturn are closer already than the apparent diameter of the Moon, which was 0.5144 degrees when this picture was taken.

Jupiter and Saturn superimposed on the crescent Moon

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CONTEXT: Larry Niven and Gregory Benford on Designing an Alien Megastructure: Bowl of Heaven

Read Bowl of Heaven.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: New England Journal of Medicine: Remove Sex from Birth Certificate Identity

No sex, please, we're “doctors”!

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Hayabusa-2 Returns 5.4 g Sample from Asteroid 162173 Ryugu

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Astra's Tiny Rocket Gets To Space; SpaceX Wreckage Explored; Angara, Delta IV, and RocketLab Launches

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CONTINUITY: Happy Holiday Wishes from INGSOC

Bubble heads…

The safest way to spend this Christmas is with your household or support bubble in your own home. From 23 December to 27 December, you may choose to form a Christmas bubble. To protect you and your loved ones, think very carefully about the risks of forming a Christmas bubble. You should keep your Christmas bubble as small as possible and minimise the time you spend with your bubble.

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The three-hour launch window opens at 14:00 UTC on 2020-12-17. The first stage booster is planned to return to the launch site for landing. Here is the webcast of the launch.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

CONTEXT: Starman Now Tailgating the Earth

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Chang'e 5 Lands in Inner Mongolia (China)

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CONTINUITY: UCLA's Mechanical Brain

UCLA's Bush Differential Analyzer appeared in two Hollywood movies: When Worlds Collide and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. It was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1977.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Chang'e 5 Re-entry and Landing on the Earth—Live Stream

Stream is scheduled to start at 16:00 UTC on 2020-12-16.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Bitcoin: IRS “Setting the Trap” for U.S. Taxpayers

U.S. IRS Form 1040, 2020

No matter what country you live in, your country sees you as a milk cow. If things get tough for them [the political class], they will treat you as a beef cow.

Doug Casey

In other news, today (2020-12-16), Bitcoin traded above US$20,000/BTC.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

THE HAPPENING WORLD: Stephen Wolfram on Computation and the Fundamental Theory of Physics

For much more information, visit the Wolfram Physics Project Web site and/or read his book, A Project to Find the Fundamental Theory of Physics. I believe this is one of the most interesting intellectual undertakings at the present time.

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CONTINUITY: Mechanical Frequency Meters

I haven't seen one of these for decades. They're a remarkably clever application of resonance in an electro-mechanical system.

UPDATE: Responding to viewer comments, and demonstrating with a variable-frequency driver.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Out of Fuel at 41,000 Feet: Understanding the “Gimli Glider” Incident

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CONTEXT: Dead Simple Time-Domain Reflectometry with Just a Battery and an Oscilloscope

We used optical time-domain reflectometry here at Fourmilab to figure out where to dig up the street when rats interrupted our fibre-optic Internet connection.

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CONTINUITY: 1966—NASA Strands Ten Million Living Organisms in Earth Orbit

Me no Laika.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: SpaceX Starship SN8 Test Flight—Clean Audio and 4K Video

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CONTINUITY: Simulated Nuclear Weapon Testing: 500 Ton TNT Detonation in Canada, July 1964

500 tons of TNT produce an airburst comparable to a one kiloton nuclear weapon.

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CONTEXT: Why Is It Impossible for Telescopes on Earth to See Spacecraft on the Moon?

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Hayabusa-2 Sample Container Opened

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: World Economic Forum: Welcome to 2030, Serf

From the 2016 document “8 predictions for the world in 2030”, well before anybody had heard of COVID-19. This is where the oligarchs are taking us with their “Great Reset”. Here are the bullet (ahem) points.

  1. All products will have become services.
  2. There is a global price on carbon.
  3. US dominance is over. We have a handful of global powers.
  4. Farewell hospital, hello home-spital.
  5. We are eating much less meat.
  6. Today’s Syrian refugees, 2030’s CEOs.
  7. The values that built the West will have been tested to breaking point.
  8. “By the 2030s, we'll be ready to move humans toward the Red Planet.”

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CONTEXT: Barotropic Global Ocean Tides

Continents interrupt the flow of tidal bulges, causing water to “slosh” in the oceans, resulting in complex timing and amplitude of tides.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: French Solar Road a Total Failure

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CONTEXT: The Closest Stars

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CONTINUITY: Spaceships, then and Now

Not all that different from Starship, at first glance, although the stage allocation is different. And who imagined everything being reusable?

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

THE HAPPENING WORLD: Virgin Galactic Flight Aborts after One Second

After the engine cut off, the craft made a gliding return to the runway and landed safely.

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CONTEXT: James Flynn, R.I.P.

James Flynn was the discoverer and explorer of the Flynn effect, one of the greatest mysteries in the human sciences in the last century.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: SpaceX Starship SN9 Goes Wobbly

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The launch window is 2020-12-11 from 16:21 to 18:20 UTC. If the Falcon 9 launches on time, it will be 15 hours, 12 minutes after the Delta IV Heavy launch last night, the shortest interval between two orbital launches from Cape Canaveral since September 1967.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

CONTINUITY: 1950s Teleregister Numerical Displays

In the 1950s big city stockbrokers' offices had large boards that showed near-real-time quotes of the most traded stocks. These boards had hundreds of these Teleregister electromechanical displays, which could be set by simple pulses of DC current and required no power unless they were changing. By 1964, these quote boards were installed in around 650 brokerage offices in the U.S. A few years later, they had all been replaced by quote machines.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Delta IV Heavy / NROL-44: Will the Hangar Queen Finally Fly?

ULA have been trying to launch this rocket since August 26th. Today's attempt will be its sixth announced launch date, with two prior countdowns halting shortly before liftoff. The scheduled launch time is 23:15 UTC on 2020-12-10, with weather predicted as 90% favourable for the attempt.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: SpaceX’s Biggest Starship Flight Is a Spectacular Success Even after Crash Landing

Here is Scott Manley's analysis of the SpaceX Starship SN8 flight test. Scott believes that the two Raptor engine shutdowns during ascent were intended, as part of a thrust reducing programme to slow and halt the ascent near the intended altitude and hover during the horizontal translation toward the landing site. Based on the most recent information I can find, the Raptor cannot be throttled below 40% of full thrust, so shutting down engines as the vehicle loses mass due to propellant consumption may be necessary. Further, maintaining engine power is the only way for the vehicle to remain stable during the ascent phase.

This analysis is reinforced by the observation that the two engines which that restarted to perform the flip maneuver and landing (which failed due to fuel starvation) were the ones shut down during ascent. If they had been shut down due to a detected failure, it's unlikely they would have restarted.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

THE HAPPENING WORLD: SpaceX Starship High Altitude Test Flight

I have set the video to start at 30 seconds before launch.

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CONTEXT: Textron Battlehawk, “Squad-Level Loitering Munition”

Scott Adams envisioned the consequences of the integration of model airplanes, high explosives, satellite guidance, and facial recognition software into “personal killer drones” in his 2004 book The Religion War.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

THE HAPPENING WORLD: “Smellicopter” Drone Uses a Live Moth Antenna to Seek Out Smells

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: SpaceX Starship SN8 High Altitude Flight Test

The webcast is currently scheduled to start at 16:00 UTC on 2020-12-08.

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CONTEXT: SpaceX Falcon User's Guide

Geek out! Everything you wanted to know about the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, with detailed information on design, performance, and payload integration are in the 72 page Falcon User's Guide [PDF].

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Monday, December 7, 2020

THE HAPPENING WORLD: Parking Scarce at the International Space Station

996,828 pounds is 452 tonnes in civilised units.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Chang’e 5 Spacecraft Lands on the Moon and Returns Moon Rocks to Orbit

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CONTINUITY: Paris Air Show 2021 Cancelled

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CONTEXT: Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Tearing Down a Starlink User Terminal

It doesn’t appear that you can realistically get into the exceptionally thin antenna array without pulling it all apart, thanks in part to preposterous amount of adhesive that holds the structural back plate onto the PCB. The sky-facing side of the phased array, the key element that allows the antenna to track the rapidly moving Starlink satellites as they pass overhead, is also laminated to a stack-up comprised of plastic hexagonal mesh layers, passive antenna elements, and the outer fiberglass skin. In short, there are definitely no user-serviceable parts inside.

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CONTEXT: Tiny Chain-Link Fence Made With Hand-Cranked Brilliance

The narration in the following video is in Russian, but you can turn on English subtitles.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Chang'e 5 Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, Docking, and Sample Transfer

Click the tweet to see the sample capsule transfer and undocking of the return vehicle from the ascender.

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CONTINUITY: Hayabusa-2 Sample Capsule Recovered in Australia

Why Australia? Because Japan is a long, skinny country with little east-west extent, varied terrain, and dense vegetation. The Australian outback is a much larger target and an easier place to find the capsule when it comes down.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Chang'e-5 Ascent Vehicle and Orbiter Rendezvous and Dock in Lunar Orbit

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

CONTINUITY: X-Plane: Starship — Flight Simulator for SpaceX’s Starship Rocket

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CONTEXT: Forced Landing at Night

Masterful airmanship by an aerobatics champion following engine failure in a single engine light plane results in a night landing on a freeway in Minnesota with no injuries to passengers of the plane or cars.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Hayabusa-2 Asteroid Sample Return Re-entry and Landing

Live stream is scheduled to start at 17:00 UTC on 2020-12-05. And it will start then: the capsule has been released and from now on Prof. Newton is in the driver’s seat.

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: New Cargo Dragon Ready for Launch to the International Space Station

Launch is scheduled for 2020-12-05 at 16:39 UTC. Probability of acceptable weather is 50%. This will be the first flight of the new model Cargo Dragon, based upon the Crew Dragon design.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Spots Chang'e 5 on the Moon

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Friday, December 4, 2020

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Analysing Video Footage of Collapse of Massive Arecibo Telescope

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CONTEXT: Visualising the True Size of Africa

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: ONE Apus: 1900 Containers Lost or Damaged

More on the incident.

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TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Explosive Hydroforming a Steel Sphere

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Hayabusa-2 Asteroid Samples On-course for Australia Landing

Atmospheric entry is expected to start on 2020-12-05 at 17:28 UTC, with landing around 20 minutes later. More information.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

CONTINUITY: DeepMind Solves Protein Folding: AlphaFold 2

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

CONTEXT: Lutetium

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THE HAPPENING WORLD: Chang'e 5 Panorama

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