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SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth, ends historic trip
ajc ^ | 5:51 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012 | By MARCIA DUNN

Posted on 05/31/2012 6:19:10 PM PDT by MCSP2008

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thursday to conclude the first private delivery to the International Space Station and inaugurate NASA's new approach to exploration.

"Welcome home, baby," said SpaceX's elated chief, Elon Musk, who said the old-fashioned splashdown was "like seeing your kid come home."

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KEYWORDS: spacex
Salve

Fantastic work SpaceX,. Very good work. Congratulations.

Merci

1 posted on 05/31/2012 6:19:23 PM PDT by MCSP2008
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To: GeronL; tomkat

Salve

Let us smile and look at this great accomplishment.

I think this will interest you.

Merci.


2 posted on 05/31/2012 6:22:36 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: MCSP2008
who are these people?

Pity about the name. Just can't see NASA naming a shuttle "dragon". What's the next one gonna be, "Harry Potter?"

3 posted on 05/31/2012 6:23:14 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: MCSP2008

Excellent work!


4 posted on 05/31/2012 6:25:36 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: MCSP2008

So long NASA.


5 posted on 05/31/2012 6:29:20 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: the invisib1e hand

Salve

It’s all good friend, all good, well they don’t have magic wands that is for sure :}}}}}}

They really did well you know, and I admire that.

Merci.


6 posted on 05/31/2012 6:29:56 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: the invisib1e hand
The capsule name is not Dragon. The capsule series name is Dragon. Just like the Apollo capsule series was named after the sun god of Roman mythology.

Musk said they won't name individual capsules unless they start getting reused.

/johnny

7 posted on 05/31/2012 6:31:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: All

Salve

All credits giving to SpaceX, now let us move forward.

Merci


8 posted on 05/31/2012 6:32:43 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: JRandomFreeper

o phew.


9 posted on 05/31/2012 6:36:55 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I’d like to see one called the “Toejam” or “Melvin”! LOL!


10 posted on 05/31/2012 6:38:27 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: MCSP2008

Excellent


11 posted on 05/31/2012 6:39:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
I wouldn't mind seeing a Korolev.

All of the conference rooms at SpaceX are named for space engineers.

/johnny

12 posted on 05/31/2012 6:42:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Salve

Hey, be nice :}}}}}}}}}}

Merci


13 posted on 05/31/2012 7:11:44 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Salve

Yes.

Merci.


14 posted on 05/31/2012 7:13:49 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: the invisib1e hand

“who are these people?”

http://www.spacex.com/


15 posted on 05/31/2012 7:35:01 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: MCSP2008

Job well done, and mostly private Capital ................................................... FRegards


16 posted on 05/31/2012 7:38:50 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: gonzo

Salve

Yes.

Merci


17 posted on 05/31/2012 7:44:58 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: MCSP2008

Great job!!!!


18 posted on 05/31/2012 7:55:29 PM PDT by berdie
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To: MCSP2008

Forget Facebook. Space X’s inevitable IPO will actually be worth something now, 10 years from now and 50 years from now. Bravo.


19 posted on 05/31/2012 8:01:59 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

Salve

Exactly my friend, they actually produced great thoughts of engineering in reality, they are producers.

I totally agree with you friend, making good investment is knowing where producers are and have returns in long terms. Good thinking.

Merci


20 posted on 05/31/2012 8:14:35 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: MCSP2008

Thank you. I think this is great. I hope they and other private ventures will have continued success in such ventures.


21 posted on 05/31/2012 8:18:22 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

Salve

Yes my friend, I do also hope they will continue and be successful company.

I have question friend, if company like produced in less costs of what they have achieved, what was a purpose of Space Shuttle? Wasn’t like waste of money?

Just thinking

Merci


22 posted on 05/31/2012 8:26:04 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: MCSP2008

the space shuttle was meant to make us think it was reusable, making the public think it was saving money.

It was basically rebuilt between launches.

Someday the private sector will show them how its done!


23 posted on 05/31/2012 8:29:41 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: MCSP2008

I’m very curious what provision was made on the module to keep it from burning up on reentry. Did it have some sort of heat shield like the NASA capsules did.....which required the shield to face forward and take the heat? This thing was unmanned.

Seems like it would be a lot more difficult to accurately maneuver it into precise orientation relative to its trajectory via remote control from Earth than it was for the astronauts to do it from INSIDE their capsules. Or not. Just askin’.


24 posted on 05/31/2012 8:34:53 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: DownInFlames
So long NASA.

It seems NASA is heavily involved on a contractual basis for launch facilities, tech support, etc....

A fleet of recovery ships....

Who's ships?

25 posted on 05/31/2012 8:35:05 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: GeronL

Salve

Thank you, that’s what I thought, it just made no sense.

I agree with you and will make some people very upset, so you telling me friend that US has wasted billions of dollars on something that private company can do in less and more productive way?

WOW
Someone missed the cut....

Good luck SpaceX, great work.

Merci


26 posted on 05/31/2012 8:38:52 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: MCSP2008

My 0.02, the Space Shuttle was a system that was crippled from the start, because they couldn’t afford to make the booster truly reusable (one design had it manned also, a lot like the Rutan system); they couldn’t make the orbiter reusable without major refurbishment either, due to technological and budgetary constraints. The turn-around time was not even close to what had been originally planned, and the per-flight cost was also much higher than originally planned. I don’t think it was considered to be “the answer” when it was completed; it wound up to be an interim design that kept flying because it was all that we had.


27 posted on 05/31/2012 8:42:17 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Tucker39

Salve

I was thinking of that too, unless they used same approach as of materials used on Space Shuttle as well on Russian and US Apollo materials of cockpit, reentering the orbit.

I think they use same technology of materials, after all you have to, and otherwise you will burn to death.

Merci


28 posted on 05/31/2012 8:44:20 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: The Antiyuppie

Salve

Thank you for this great inside information. Now it seems a lot of things could be done better, but looks like politicians wanted to have some say.

Merci


29 posted on 05/31/2012 8:49:37 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: The Antiyuppie
A continually shrinking budget and growing requirements made it impossible to meet reusability design goals. Nixon pretty well destroyed any possibility of the shuttle succeeding and Carter nailed the lid on its coffin. It wasn't until Challenger that NASA came to terms with reality.

And it has probably only been in the last 5-10 years that NASA actually stopped actively sabotaging commercial space.

NASA should have been allowed to move forward with exploration after the moon, but instead they wound up running the shuttle. If you watch the science fiction from the time, everyone expected space exploration to grow. Instead it died on the vine.

Nixon should have killed Johnson's "Great Society" programs to fund space. He chose to do the opposite. Those programs are now bankrupting us, and we are missing the tax base a vibrant space industry would provide.

30 posted on 05/31/2012 9:07:32 PM PDT by hopespringseternal
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To: MCSP2008

“Pas du Quoi” if I remember my French correctly, and that’s a long time ago .......................................................... FRegards


31 posted on 05/31/2012 9:10:43 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: gonzo

Salve

You didn’t finish sentence sir :}}}} What is not? what?

Il est donc parfois difficile de savoir ce qui se passe ..

On serious note, I am thinking...What is happening.

Merci


32 posted on 05/31/2012 9:19:19 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: onedoug

Yes NASA is involved on a contractual basis. I guess that’s where the launchpads, etc. are.

“Who’s ships?”

From what I have read...American Marine out of Los Angeles providing services under a contractual basis.

I could be wrong, but contractual=paid for.


33 posted on 05/31/2012 9:33:41 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Jack Hydrazine

34 posted on 06/01/2012 4:27:30 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: MCSP2008
"...You didn’t finish sentence sir :}}}} What is not? what?..."

I am sorry - My French is way too old. I shouldn't have tried.

My apologies .................... FRegards

35 posted on 06/01/2012 7:19:51 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: gonzo

Salve

:}}}}}}}} it is all right friend, bene :}}}}}}}}}}

Merci.


36 posted on 06/01/2012 8:43:59 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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