Author Topic: Sputnik at 60: Ambition ties first satellite to SpaceX’s BFR, Mars plans  (Read 1373 times)

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October 3rd 1942 - first man made object to reach space on sub orbital trajectory
15 years later
October 4th 1957 - first orbital object to reach orbit
12 years later
July 20th 1969      - We land on our celestial neighbour for the first time..
3 1/2 yrs later
Dec 19th 1972      - We leave the Moon for the last time

it only took 30 years from launching into Space for the first time, to leaving the Moon for the last time...
let that sink in...
in the lifespan of a person born in 1942, less than half of their life had gone by...

Unusual times, yes,
Unusual people, no...

SpaceX has been around 15 years....
we know what it has accomplished...
15 years later
What can it have accomplished when I'm 85...

Ad Astra indeed


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Great article! Very little out there on this anniversary, or the usual rinse and repeat stuff, but this is cool with the future angle!

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great backward AND forward looking article. Shared.

Remember people share those articles to your social media circles... especially good overview ones like this that speak to those less intensely fannish than us.
"I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact." -Elon Musk
"We're a little bit like the dog who caught the bus" - Musk after CRS-8 S1 successfully landed on ASDS OCISLY

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Sputnik almost didn't make it to orbit--one of the R-7 strap-ons experienced low thrust at liftoff and the booster started to pitch over to one side. However, the strap-on then reached 100% thrust level just before the pitch over would have been enough to trigger an automatic shutdown command, in which case the flight would have ended just like Vanguard two months later.

Considering that this was only the fourth R-7 flown and the first two had failed, they got incredibly lucky here.

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Feature article with a twist, by Chris Gebhardt

Really great article. Top class!

Slight typo in one of the last sentences: "Are they tide.." -> "Are they tied.."

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Awesome feature! Best one on the net.

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Definitely the best feature on the entire internet on this!  Great twist.

Just passed it around on the company's "space" channel for those involved with our several space-related projects.

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