Science Tidbits #5

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:59 pm

Yeah, they came so close. I was hoping it got down on autopilot or something and they'd be able to restore communications, but that hope has faded. At least they still have the orbiter. I wonder if it, or another satellite, will be able to spot the lander like they did with the Israeli one.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:17 pm

Actually, I read today that they're still trying to re-establish communications, so I guess there's still some hope that it soft landed.
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:38 pm

Yeah, space.com has an article on that.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:55 pm

Wow, so they did see it and it is intact. That's some good news. Although their characterization of the situation as "bleak" is not so encouraging.

I can't wait to see some pictures from the orbiter, though. That's pretty amazing resolution.
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:48 pm

Water might have been discovered on an exo-planet! :eek:
Chances for "life as we know it" seem slim, though not impossible. But interesting this could also be a new type of planet. Whereas we have gas giants and ice giants, I suppose this one could be called a water giant.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:22 pm

A Vapor Giant? It sounded pretty promising until they got around to saying how massive it is. I'd love to see it, though. What does a planet made of rainy skies look like?
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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by Lupine » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:13 pm

An article on why people should take dinasaur reconstructions with a grain of salt.
Granted things have been improving lately, but we shouldn't be certain whether the reconstructions are wholly accurate.

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Re: Science Tidbits #5

Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:05 am

I think I just heard an asteroid go by. :unsure:
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Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:13 pm
An article on why people should take dinasaur reconstructions with a grain of salt.
Granted things have been improving lately, but we shouldn't be certain whether the reconstructions are wholly accurate.
It's definitely impossible to know exactly what dinosaurs looked like, which is very sad. But it's also impossible to know exactly how they behaved, or what they sounded like, or what they smelled like. The extrapolations and guesses that people come up with are cool and intriguing. I love those illustrations of how contemporary animals might be reconstructed by future paleontologists. That's definitely a book worth getting.
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