“You can tell it’s real because it looks so fake!” Elon Musk was heard to have remarked. What’s the end game? Check out Flat Earth, Tom Delonge, Donald Trump and Project Bluebeam, here.
Is taxation theft? Who’s footing the bill for these high-dollar space shenanigans, you ask? $750 million from New York State to build a solar panel factory in Buffalo, a 10 year property tax exemption from New York worth an estimated $260 million, $500 million in direct solar power grants from the Treasury Department, $1.3 billion in incentives from Nevada to build a battery factory near Reno, $517 million in California’s emissions tax credits from competing automakers… Learn more, Brian Young video.
“…In orbit around the planet, at the International Space Station, a piece of bare metal in space under constant sunlight can get as hot as 260 deg. C. If they need to handle bare metal, they wrap it in special coatings or blankets to protect themselves….in the shade, an object will cool down to -100 deg. C. Space is as cold as it can get.” Fraser Cain, Universe Today. Watch this video, Astro Not.
“Since we started, we have published more than 20,000 articles, recorded hundreds of podcasts and videos.” Fraser Cain, Universe Today
This fun presentation by Will features the song, Disco Inferno, by American band The Trammps from their 1976 fourth studio album of the same name. The song was included on the soundtrack to the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever.
How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster, video. The sign ”Don’t Panic” sits on the dashboard, which is a clear nod to Douglas Adams’ book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. “Musk also revealed that there was a copy of the book and a towel in the car.” A towel? Read here. Musk says, “It’s just for fun…and to get the public excited….”
Speaking of cars in space, check out The Car of Tomorrow Today (1947), video, Have you ever wondered how the automobile differential allows a vehicle to turn a corner while keeping the wheels from skidding? Watch Around the Corner (1937), video. Check out Dan Beaumont Space Museum, channel; music videos from Alex, the Conspiracy Music Guru; Fake Moon Landing by ODD TV, livestream.
Tesla operates multiple production and assembly plants, near Reno, Nevada and its main vehicle manufacturing facility at Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. The Gigafactory primarily produces batteries and battery packs for Tesla vehicles and energy storage products.
In 2016, Tesla topped Consumer Reports Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey at 91%. In February 2017, Consumer Reports named Tesla as the top American car brand and ranked it 8th among global carmakers. Read more.
The dummy is reportedly listening to some tunes on its long & endless journey. Is SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadstar really headed beyond Earth’s orbit to circle the sun playing David Bowie’s Space Oddity on an endless loop? Really? Watch this presentation from Jake; Warning – F bombs!
Wired has this to say about the milestone event… About 3.5 miles away from Pad 39A, the site that hosted the first crewed mission to the moon in 1969, hundreds of reporters dispatched from around the world gathered at NASA’s press site to witness the maiden flight.
…In the shadow of the largest single-story building in the world, NASA’s towering Vehicle Assembly Building, and in front of the agency’s iconic ticking countdown clock, onlookers gasped as cloud plumes quietly billowed out from beneath the Falcon Heavy. The few moments of silence came quickly to an end as the thunderous firing of the rocket’s 27 engines startled the crowds that packed the coastline for miles and miles…read more.
Check out Wernher von Braun telling the story of Apollo 11 and the “Queen of the Night”, Footprints on the Moon (1969), video.
Falcon Heavy is rumored to be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Read here: “With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost. Falcon Heavy draws upon the proven heritage and reliability of Falcon 9….
“Its first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft. Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.” Read more.
By the way, check out this livestream courtesy of Brother Sanchez. According to Business Insider, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted out a farewell to David Bowie in January 2016. During one of his stays on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2013, Hadfield recorded his own cover of Bowie’s song Space Oddity.
According to Wired, SpaceX leased the pad from NASA and spent nearly $20 million renovating it to launch Falcon Heavy and missions for the upcoming Commercial Crew Program in which NASA crew will be taxied to the space station….
“It’s going to take us at least 9 to 12 months to get the pad back in action…” Elon Musk
Wired says: Musk explained before the Falcon Heavy demo launch that an in-flight failure, rather than an explosion at 39A, wouldn’t affect SpaceX’s day-to-day and SpaceX “could launch another in three to four months.” While the Falcon Heavy has missions on the books, SpaceX’s crewed lunar mission is no longer one of them.
….As Musk announced last summer, SpaceX is moving forward with building a massive multi-purpose spacecraft it calls BFR that will essentially make its current fleet redundant, including the Falcon Heavy. Musk says if the company can’t get its BFR off the ground soon, they could potentially return to the idea of launching Falcon Heavy toward the moon with crew, which Musk claims it is “absolutely” capable of. But for now, SpaceX is planning for all crewed deep space missions, moon included, to be launched on BFR. Read more, Wired.
Space Oddity was Bowie’s first expression of his lifelong fascination with space. “This theme is carried through in later tracks such as ‘Life on Mars?’, ‘Starman’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Hallo Spaceboy’, ‘Dancing out in Space,’ ‘Born in a UFO’, and ‘Lazarus’. Bowie was able to tie in extraterrestrial concepts to help connect him to those who felt disconnected.
Even in his most prominent acting roles, Bowie was still draped in otherworldly themes. His two most prominent films, The Man Who Fell From Earth and Labyrinth, both explore genres of sci-fi and fantasy. The space obsession doesn’t stop there. Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, became a sci-fi director most famous for his film Moon. The film explores the personal crisis of an astronaut about to leave his solitary post on the Moon to return home to Earth.” Read more.
According to MoshCam: ‘Space Oddity’ was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 1968 sci-fi film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The main character in Bowie’s track, Major Tom, is based on Kubrick’s Dr. David Bowman, and reflects his attempts at space travel….
By the way, check out these cartoons & animations by Greg Moodie.
The Moshcam article continues…. The track was first released on February 2, 1969, on a promotional half-hour film titled Love You Till Tuesday, when Bowie was just 22. Bowie’s manager Kenneth Pitt, and Pitt’s close friend Malcolm J Thomson, directed the film in an attempt to showcase Bowie’s talents to labels. Not publically released until 1984, at the peak of Bowie’s career, the VHS recording includes the first version of ‘Space Oddity’, accompanied by a music video in which Bowie plays the roles of both Major Tom and Ground Control. Read the entire article.
Performing Songwriter Bowie left this earth on January 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer. It was just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of a new album, Blackstar, which immediately shot to the top of the iTunes charts. Further proof that his music is timeless and connects with fans old and new.
To celebrate David Bowie’s life, here are portions of an interview Bill DeMain had with him in 2003 during a day in New York City, with stories behind some of his favorite songs. He will be missed, but we are so grateful for the profound legacy he has left behind…..read more from this article.