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SpaceX dragon

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 5:29 am
by SHBailey
So did anyone watch the launch on C-Span? :blob5: While waiting for the astronauts to get all settled in the capsule, they were showing pictures from people's FaceBook pages and whatnot, and one of them was a photo of a bearded dragon -- did anyone else notice that? It didn't stay on the screen long enough for me to get a good look at the surroundings, but it was enough for me to see that it was definitely a beardie.

Our beardie was apparently not interested in humans making human history -- he crawled into his hide while they were still on the ground and slept through the liftoff. :|

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 1:35 pm
by CooperDragon
I had the SpaceX youtube feed going yesterday and this morning. Very exciting stuff. I'm so happy and relieved that everything went smoothly and they docked successfully. Such an important step forward for the space program. Was able to get outside last night and see the station fly over. I might try to get a photo when it flies over tonight.

Re: SpaceX dragon

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 5:36 pm
by WinFam01
We watched on YT, and I didn't notice the feed on there.
But it was pretty neat getting to watch with my kids.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:15 am
by SHBailey
I didn't know you could see the space station with the naked eye? Or do you need a telescope? :?

My husband says we're too far north to see it. :( I've been here in Alaska since before it was built, so I wouldn't know.

I remember watching the moon shot when I was a kid. I'm glad today's kids are getting to see this again. :blob5: :blob8:

I googled Elon Musk and found a little tidbit on Wikipedia (source not verified, so it's legend at best). Apparently he named the Dragon spaceship after the song "Puff the Magic Dragon" (and the Falcon rocket after the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars, BTW). That's where my husband got our beardie's name, too.

Puff the "magic" (bearded) dragon still doesn't seem to care about his namesake. He spent Saturday night in his hide, slept in on Sunday morning, and missed the docking. My husband and I were glued to the TV. And yes I'm glad they made it safely and that they didn't do something stupid on Wednesday and try to launch when the weather wasn't good. Like they said, "A good scrub is better than a bad launch." :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:08 pm
by CooperDragon
Yeah you can see it. it's very bright after sunset and before sunrise (while sunlight is still reflecting off of the solar panels) and moves quickly across the sky (usually visible for a minute or two). The GoISSWatch app lets you know when it is coming overhead and shows where it will be in the sky. The days and times it is visible varies a lot so it's best to use an app or website based tracker to plan for it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:21 am
by SHBailey
To my surprise I found out that the space station is supposed to be visible from Anchorage sometime in the next couple of weeks, in the middle of the "night" (twilight, this time of year) and very low on the horizon for only a couple of minutes. I probably won't be able to see it from the city, but if I can drag myself out of bed at that hour I might make an attempt anyway.

Puff is definitely going to sleep through the whole thing. That little beardie is hard core diurnal. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:09 pm
by SHBailey
Gave up on seeing the space station. I would probably have to get out of the city and go up on a mountain to see it at all for just a couple of minutes. Oh well. :(

Puff is sleeping in the daytime now too. I think he'd probably brumate if we let him, but I'm afraid he's not healthy enough, so we get him up for a bath and a meal every evening when my husband gets home from work. He usually eats and basks for a couple of hours afterwards, so he's not too determined to brumate.

But he definitely does not care at all about the space program. :wink: He just gave us "The Look" when my husband and I were glued to the TV watching the launch.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:31 pm
by CooperDragon
They're scheduled to come back down on Sunday. I hope all goes well. Successful mission so far! It was good to see the Mars mission launch successfully too. I hope that all works. Having an aerial drone view from Mars will be amazing.

Re: SpaceX dragon

PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:15 pm
by SHBailey
Where do you get your information about when and where this stuff is going to be televised? I missed the Mars launch and I didn't hear anything about the scheduled return from the space station until now from you. I'd like to glue myself to the TV again to watch that.

Off topic, so I'll mention that Puff is sleeping in his hide with his back to the room, as usual these days. I'm too short and too fat to reach the bottom of the tank, so we'll get him up for his bath and his dinner when my husband gets home from work (lucky to still have his job -- they're closed to the public and working a skeleton crew, but they still have stuff for him to do). :)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:21 am
by CooperDragon
My sister watches Nasa stuff pretty closely and some I see in news feeds. They are going to undock tonight and are expected to splash down early afternoon (EST) tomorrow depending on the weather (hurricane in the area) Here is more info https://www.npr.org/2020/07/31/897870610/astronauts-set-to-return-to-earth-in-first-u-s-splashdown-in-decades

I was able to watch the launch on the SpaceX or Nasa youtube channel so I'd imagine it will be available on that feed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13OkD0C_TWU

https://www.youtube.com/user/spacexchannel

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:32 am
by SHBailey
Thanks for the links. It turned out we were able to watch it all on C-SPAN both days. I was glad they got home safe and things turned out almost perfect. I grew up with the Apollo space program and watched the moon landing when I was 12 years old. :blob5: My mother worked for the Aerospace Corporation and they had some contracts with NASA so we always watched the launches. It's good to see Americans in space again. and I'm all excited about them going back to the moon and then to Mars. :blob8: I'm getting old now so I hope to see it within my lifetime.

Puff couldn't care less :| -- he spent most of his time on his ramp between his hide and his basking platform and zoned out. He tolerated a brief cuddle while we were glued to the TV. Exciting weekend for the human slaves but just another day for the beardie. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:21 pm
by CooperDragon
It was fun to watch. First splash down I've seen. I was able to use my FlightAware app to track the Nasa planes circling (the one providing the video feed of the capsule returning) and isolate the location off of Pensacola. Saw the chopper approach from the NAS too. Huge relief that Bob & Doug are back safely. I'm glad that everything went smoothly.

Re: SpaceX dragon

PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:29 pm
by SHBailey
I also discovered http://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/ -- gives dates of future launches and landings so I'm not so likely to miss them. There's also a half hour show called "Planetary radio" on public radio that often talks about such things. It comes on Friday nights in our area.

As far as I'm concerned, takeoff and re-entry are the scariest parts, so I'm glad they made it through it all safe. :D Now all that's left is for them to get used to gravity again and see their families, and that without risking Covid, if at all possible.

Sounds like you were able to see some extra stuff with your app. I didn't see the helicopter on C-SPAN. They signed off and went to reruns just after the ground crew got Bob & Doug out of the capsule.

Puff is still zoning out on his ramp today. He can relax without sliding down because of the one-way scales on his underbelly.