The "post cool pictures of space" thread!

Discussion in 'Science' started by Sir poppin, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Sir poppin

    Sir poppin Member

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    Just saw this picture on digg, which made me wonder if anyone else has some impressive shots?

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    Feeling insignificant has never been so much fun.. :shock: :p
     
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  2. Zylatis

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    astronomy picture of the day? :p
     
  3. 3Toed

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    Very cool pic but I think it's chopped. I thought astronauts were always tethered to either the Shuttle or the space station when out and about. Please correct me if I'm wrong. :)
     
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    Sir poppin

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    APOD is cool and all, but they have a lot of pictures that aren't that interesting (well, to me anyway! :p).


    Apparently not.. this was in the description of the picture:

    I can't imagine how scary that would be! One wrong move and you'll end up jetting off the wrong way, then once you've run out of fuel there's no going back. :wired:
     
  5. tobes

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    Yup, it sure was.
     
  6. GreasyBear

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    Pray that the gravitational pull of the earth is less than the force exerted by your rockets.
     
  7. dohzer

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    Yeah, but if you had any problems you could just ditch the MMU and swim back to the shuttle.
     
  8. blue520

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    Swim? One word for you - vacuum.
     
  9. Assasinator_2

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    You're in orbit. If you were completely stationary, sure, but you're in orbit, so you'll not need any thrust (in theory) to stay at the same height.

    Also, LOL @ dohzer. My god. I hope he was joking, cause if not, wow.

    edit: Anyhow, to contribute, here's some ISS shots from earlier this year:
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  10. SyN

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    throw the pack directly opposite direction to the shuttle, and hope you aimed well
     
  11. Iceickle

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    This might work, you could sorta push it away from you, making you head back to the shuttle... but then you would have no control at all. Need one of those James Bond magnet rapel guns :D
     
  12. UB3R

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    thats about your best bet i reckon...
     
  13. Dezza Bot

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    They'd probably just get you to grab onto the shuttles arm and haul yo ass back in. They probably wouldn't appreciate throwing away the no doubt expensive rocket pack.
     
  14. UB3R

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    he is 100m away... pack schmack!
     
  15. Walshy

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    Reminds me of a few lines from Larry Niven's novel "The Integral Trees" (good sci-fi):

    Forward to go up;
    Up to go back;
    Back to go down;
    Down to go forward;
    North and south bring you back again.

    Talking about basic orbital manoeuvring. Remembering that you're in orbit around the earth, just because you push in one direction doesn't mean that's the direction you're going to move... :)

    Still, if I were going to get vertigo, floating in orbit completely un-tethered to the spaceship/station would be the place... :D

    And speaking of APOD, today's is pretty damn spectacular!
     
  16. GreasyBear

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    Wouldn't you eventually be pulled in by the earth though, to the point of no return where your thrusters can't let you escape??
     
  17. N1zmo

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    more pics please! :)
     
  18. Foliage

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    No its called being in orbit, the moon doesn't crash into the earth does it?
     
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    The best bet would be to move the shuttle to the astronaut.
     

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