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Bob departed PC on Apr 21 @ 7:21pm ET

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1781826068329934937

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Gav Cornwell
@SpaceOffshore
Departure! SpaceX's Bob is outbound to support Starlink 6-53. 📸 http://nsf.live/spacecoast
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Doug + ASOG + B1080 returned to PC on Apr 21 @ 1:58pm ET
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Signet Warhorse III + JRTI departed PC on Apr 20 @ 11:34am ET
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SpaceX Starship Program / Re: Mars Crater Village
« Last post by Barley on Today at 03:29 am »
Not saying they will, but it might be useful to try it on primates first.
You probably want to start with small rodents and work your way up to human sized animals like small pigs or large dogs.  If you use small primates you probably want some larger animals as well, since there may be things that scale with size.

You want lab animals for things like food testing anyway, as soon as the settlement is on a sound enough footing to support a biology lab.  Once you have that breeding tests come along for the ride, and animals could be used to vary the diet if breeding is successful.

Ideally you'd go all the way to chimps, but there are practical and ethical issues that could delay that until some other large primates make it a moot point.
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SpaceX Starship Program / Re: The Starbase pilgrimage thread
« Last post by meekGee on Today at 03:04 am »
So just to pindrop my last visit, April 11 2024...

My previous visit was way back in 2021 (Man time flies) when you could literally walk up and almost touch it... (Thx Nomadd!)  The village was small and mostly original houses, and while activity was all over, it had a feeling of a brand new construction site.  (first picture)

This time around - woah.   Everything is 100x as organized, there's signs, and gates, and parking lots...  The launch site itself is all secured, but you can still go to the beach, clamber up a dune, and watch it from almost zero distance.  (Sadly the tower is empty now, but is still super impressive just on its own).

(Most angles have already been captured by the NSF staff at much higher quality, this is just what one can see walking around and with no special equipment)

One thing that's still easily possible is to walk around the back side of the factory (past the hovercraft launch), to see the rocket garden up-close.  It's a bit of a walk through the mud, but nobody bothers you.  You see plenty of construction of new housing units, but then it's the back side of the new factory (Look at the supply conduits and the giant door) and the rocket garden.  It's possible to continue all the way around but we decided to turn back since the marsh-mud was getting soggier.

Otherwise - it's quite the rush. We only came by as a side trip to watching the eclipse a few days before, and I recommend it whether there's vehicles on the pads or not - but make use of your NSF membership - try to get here when there's some vehicle activity - nothing like seeing a ship passing by as if it's just a normal thing.

If you're not a US citizen the friendly agents of the Border Patrol will ask you for documents on your way back out, so have them with you, but you know that.

Next trip hopefully will be for flight #5...
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SpaceX Starship Program / Re: Mars Crater Village
« Last post by SpeakertoAnimals on Today at 03:01 am »
And people are very good human analogs.
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SpaceX Starship Program / The Starbase pilgrimage thread
« Last post by meekGee on Today at 03:01 am »
I just recently made my second (wait, third!) trip to Starbase, and was thinking we can use a thread where pilgrims can coordinate upcoming trips, leave tips, and maybe post a picture or two documenting a personal angle.

A tiny bit of overlap perhaps with the "watching launches" thread, but it's actually a pretty different experience.
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Signet Warhorse III + JRTI + B1077 returned to PC on Apr 20 @ ~2am

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Gav Cornwell
@SpaceOffshore
JRTI departs for Starlink 6-53!  - A super rapid turnaround.

Not certain what the record is for the time between delivering a F9 and departing for the next but 8 hrs and 15 mins must be close!

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1781764723710525538
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SpaceX Starship Program / Re: Mars Crater Village
« Last post by Nomadd on Today at 02:59 am »

Assuming children born and raised in Martian gravity experience normal bone development, but that can't be guaranteed until you try it. They may end up with spindly, weak bones, an underdeveloped musculature and circulatory system which may not support survival on Earth.

Not saying they will, but it might be useful to try it on primates first.


 People are primates.
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SpaceX Starship Program / Re: Mars Crater Village
« Last post by docmordrid on Today at 02:45 am »
Children first: congratulations, you now have a cohort of children your colony is not capable of adequately raising.

Then you can abandon building industry and send the children back to Earth.

Assuming children born and raised in Martian gravity experience normal bone development, but that can't be guaranteed until you try it. They may end up with spindly, weak bones, an underdeveloped musculature and circulatory system which may not support survival on Earth.

Not saying they will, but it might be useful to try it on primates first.
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