My friend Brian Davis sent me a link to these great pictures on Spaceflight Now of the Space X Falcon launch. I made friends with Brian from YouTube during the days after the Solar Dynamics Observatory launch when we were all trying to figure out what the hell happened in my sonic boom video. The Falcon had a neat vapor cone effect too. We don't know what it is. I'm too exhausted from pounding through rough brackish water in a fiberglass boat to formulate an explanation. The rocket condensation is pretty and I'm glad for something engineered to focus on for a few minutes. (What was I thinking getting involved in the squishy sciences?! Most interesting part of the day was visiting with the boat captain who told me he can't read. He has an iPhone.)
Phil Plait had a little debunking to do about the Falcon launch too. Apparently Australians saw it in orbit and immediately gave it mystical properties. Not a UFO. Is identified. Use science and math.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I miss high tech
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