SpaceX dragon

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SpaceX dragon

Postby SHBailey » Sun May 31, 2020 5:29 am

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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Re: SpaceX dragon

Postby CooperDragon » Sun May 31, 2020 1:35 pm

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.
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Re: SpaceX dragon

Postby WinFam01 » Sun May 31, 2020 5:36 pm

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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Re: SpaceX dragon

Postby SHBailey » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:15 am

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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Re: SpaceX dragon

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:08 pm

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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Re: SpaceX dragon

Postby SHBailey » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:21 am

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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