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Thread: The thrust of curiosity that leads men to try to go where no one has gone before. (The Space thread)

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    SLS is complete and standing free!

    The crawler is due to driver under her this week and it will start the journey out to LC39B for further testing in preparation for a launch in the coming weeks.


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    Nice!
    I thought I read they had fuelled up, must be a pressure test. Id imagine you fuel out, wouldn't want that while moving it, for either weight or safety.

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    I believe the main testing they will do is a “wet test”, which I assume means filling it wilt various liquids and ensuring it all holds pressure and nothing leaks out.

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    Ah so maybe the wet test is after moving.

    Anyway good to see progress.

    And I got all excited the other day as a Starlink train was due to pass overhead, about 50 satellites just a couple of days after launch. There was even a smaller set of about 6 that was going to cross it. And of cause - bloody weather, clouds came over and saw nothing.

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    They always do fuelling tests on the launch pad. First of all, because that’s where the fuel lines and storage tanks are, secondly because if anything leaks you don’t want to be cleaning up the VAB, thirdly the launch pad is built to withstand huge explosions if it all goes wrong; remember SpaceX losing a rocket on the pad roughly five years ago during a fuelling test?

    To my knowledge NASA has never transported a fully fuelled rocket from the VAB. Much safer and easier to transport an empty rocket which weighs maybe a fraction of its launch weight.

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    Yes.

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    Russian cosmonauts arrived at ISS wearing yellow and blue suits.

    https://www.npr.org/2022/03/19/10877...ukraine-colors

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    Not sure if this is a great news source, but....huh?

    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-t...n-17273903.php
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    And unfortunately it hadn't been tracked long enough ago to identify it. This mystery might remain till exploration of the moon is common.

    And while Im here...
    NASA did a launch from Australia earlier this week...
    https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/27/a...hnk/index.html

    The Northern Territory is a good launch place - its much closer to the equator than Florida (Cape Canaveral is 28øN, Arnhem Space Centre is 12øS) and it also has a large body of water to the east (although there is then some land a bit further east). Its a bit "in the middle of nowhere" but still inside a stable 1st world country.
    https://ela.space/arnhem-space-centre/

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    Inside a more stable 1st world country than the country launching it...

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