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Offline steveleach

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Mainstream news coverage of Starship events
« on: 12/09/2020 11:27 pm »
I knew all of us here at NSF were excited about the SN8 flight, but it looks like it is mainstream front-page news here in the UK, up there with Brexit, COVID-19 and the threatened Facebook breakup...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55239628

I went looking assuming there would be a chance I'd find it buried somewhere on page 7 of the science section at some point over the next day or two, but there it was on the front page.

[edit: thread title changed to be more generic]
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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #1 on: 12/09/2020 11:28 pm »
It's on the front page of CNN.
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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #2 on: 12/09/2020 11:31 pm »

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #3 on: 12/09/2020 11:33 pm »
Damn you should see ABC's twitter post. https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1336811865616224258?s=20

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #4 on: 12/09/2020 11:35 pm »
Damn you should see ABC's twitter post. https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1336811865616224258?s=20

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #5 on: 12/09/2020 11:41 pm »
I think The Washington Post (my local paper) did a much better job of describing the test.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/12/09/sapcex-starship-explodes-on-landing/

"Elon Musk’s Starship launches successfully but lands hard, explodes in what SpaceX calls an ‘awesome test’"

Don't forget, this is the paper owned by Musk's competitor, Jeff Bezos.

Fortunately, I've made money off of both of them due to owning both Amazon and Tesla stock. :)

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #6 on: 12/09/2020 11:45 pm »

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #7 on: 12/09/2020 11:48 pm »
The BBC article is actually quite good.

But then we have The Sun...

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SpaceX’s $216million Mars Starship rocket EXPLODES as it misses landing pad on first high-altitude test flight
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13434027/space-x-mars-starship-explodes-misses-landing-pad/

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #8 on: 12/09/2020 11:56 pm »
The BBC article is actually quite good.

But then we have The Sun...

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SpaceX’s $216million Mars Starship rocket EXPLODES as it misses landing pad on first high-altitude test flight

I mean, its not even true.  It literally exploded as it HIT the landing pad -- that's why it exploded.. hitting the landing pad.   

But I doubt there's any real malice, just pure clickbait. Like everything else they do.

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #9 on: 12/10/2020 12:03 am »
Damn you should see ABC's twitter post. https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1336811865616224258?s=20

People who live on the island of Cyprus are called Cypriots.

ABC is located on the island of Id.

They think we are too. That's why they saw the need to point out that there was no one aboard what they'd just described as an unmanned vehicle. I'm so glad they did; I'd have never figured that out on my own. :)

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #10 on: 12/10/2020 12:06 am »
In the Dutch media:
https://nos.nl/artikel/2360013-prototype-starship-spacex-explodeert-bij-landing-na-geslaagde-test.html
Apart from an obvious machine-translation Falcon-up*, it's pretty neutral and factual.

* They translated "header" as if talking about a news article.

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #13 on: 12/10/2020 12:32 am »
Any outlet trying to portray this as a failure is just doing it to rile people up and draw attention to themselves. Don't give them any.

Honestly, who cares? In less than a month, SN9 could have a successful landing. If it doesn't, there's SN10 a month after that, etc. etc. Any negativity will be completely irrelevant very, very soon.

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #14 on: 12/10/2020 01:16 am »
Adding an impression from „German“ Twitter today: what surprised me was that trending in Top 10 were and are terms like Starship, Elon, StarshipSN8, SpaceX etc.
usually there is mostly gossip talk or strange stuff like „good morning [insert name]“ trending

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #15 on: 12/10/2020 03:59 am »
Any outlet trying to portray this as a failure is just doing it to rile people up and draw attention to themselves. Don't give them any.

Honestly, who cares? In less than a month, SN9 could have a successful landing. If it doesn't, there's SN10 a month after that, etc. etc. Any negativity will be completely irrelevant very, very soon.

To be fair, it takes a bit getting used to SpaceX blowing up vehicle after vehicle. Imagine NASA blowing up Space Shuttle after Space Shuttle just for the "data".  ;D

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #16 on: 12/10/2020 04:04 am »
I think The Washington Post (my local paper) did a much better job of describing the test.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/12/09/sapcex-starship-explodes-on-landing/

"Elon Musk’s Starship launches successfully but lands hard, explodes in what SpaceX calls an ‘awesome test’"

Don't forget, this is the paper owned by Musk's competitor, Jeff Bezos.

Fortunately, I've made money off of both of them due to owning both Amazon and Tesla stock. :)

Bezos just got mogged hard, so of course his blog is going to throw shade over a sacrificial test article doing its job beautifully.  He needs to light a fire under the New Glenn team's butts before they end up as irrelevant as Arianespace or Roscosmos.

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #17 on: 12/10/2020 06:04 am »
WSJ had an article by Andy Pasztor; no more need be said.

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #18 on: 12/10/2020 07:42 am »
So very glad to have NSF and others like Everyday Astronaut providing coverage and commentary.

My local 11pm television news was very disappointing.  I learned that SpaceX tried to land on a barge in the ocean where the rocket exploded.

Last week, the same television news quoted Elon as saying his personal trip to Mars may be in 2021.

In both cases, conflating bits of different SpaceX projects.

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Re: Mainstream news coverage of SN8 flight
« Reply #19 on: 12/10/2020 08:19 am »
Imagine NASA blowing up Space Shuttle after Space Shuttle just for the "data".  ;D

That's exactly what they once did. Not shuttles, but rockets in general. And it got them to the moon...

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