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Not sure if it belongs here as it's technically not in space but only looking for things in it, but China's "FAST" radio telescope, the largest of it's kind in the world just entered operational status as of 2 days ago. (confirmed now.)

 

Mostly testing now though.

 

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-china-world-largest-radio-telescope.html

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127.8 fucking meganewtons

 

Edit: Apparently in fully expendable mode it can put 500 tons in LEO.

 

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Edit: have a fuel tank

 

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So I guess this means Elon Musk does not buy into the idea that you "only" need 50t LEO launch capability. ;)

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No kidding. "Godspeed, John Glenn". Last of the seven.

 

Someday I might post the pic of a much younger me, meeting Donald "Deke" Slayton. 

Genuinely a really nice guy. I liked talking to him about simple, stupid flying.

 

Anyhow, obligatory youtube link-

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5soUes2-LrU

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19 hours ago, Xlucine said:

The tendency to oversell makes it hard to get excited but I am cautiously optimistic that it will be more than a "we found xyz number of planets around other stars".

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Don't get me wrong, I think it is good they found those planets, I just find they way they make these announcements to be too similar to crying wolf.

 

Edited by Ramlaen

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