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Site J "top of duck's head" has just been announced as Philae's landing site....  8)

...and site C on the large lobe of the comet is the back up site.
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So someone please explain to me why the Falcon Heavy cant just fly straight up, directly up, in a straight line to orbit? Seems this would solve their boost back problem?

So the rocket flys diagonally across the sky, it doesn't fly straight up? There must be a good reason for this, please explain?

Oh dear...

This must be trolling.

Please let it be just that.

Personally I'd place my bet on "general level of education in [insert country of the original poster here]".

Not a big deal, plenty of people ready to educate a new guy in these forums :)

I doubt most high schools all around the world teach even basic orbital mechanics to be honest.
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Space and space flights are not intuitive.

Adding this to the fact that general level of education about technical and science topics is generally very low, sometime people has glorious misconceptions about space mission and the way they are performed.

For example:

(1) most of the people (including MANY journalists...) think that there is no gravity in space"

(2) "but we have never been on the Moon!". No, this is not the conspiracy theory but about a most striking total ignorance about Apollo etc. Once I got this comment by an educated person above 50 years old, that let me think he was on Mars in the sixties...

(3) On the other side for some people "the Space Shuttle was used to go to the Moon". For a portion of the public "flying to space" is equivalent to "going to the Moon".
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8.4 seems to be too small for the concepts we've been presented.

Cheers, Martin
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Site J "top of duck's head" has just been announced as Philae's landing site....  8)
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Rockets are like women Billy...
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you will find that most of them think that space exploration is about altitude

It's about attitude. (like Elon Musk & co.)
:)
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Not a big deal, plenty of people ready to educate a new guy in these forums :)

I also HAD a girlfriend asking me in the middle of some space-related conversation (or monologue as I am usually the only space-geek in the group) that "But how can they drive rovers on Mars because there's no gravity there, because space is weightless place?".


I will start a thread about most funny questions and misconceptions we got about space right now. Hope Chris and moderators will find it usefuls.  ;)
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Any ideas? It's big, it can make things. Is there any future there after SLS is cancelled?

My first thought is using the SLS tooling to build Musk's MCT tankage.
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This must be trolling.

Maybe. But I noticed that If you speak to 100 people, including some with an high level degree, you will find that most of them think that space exploration is about altitude, not speed.
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