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Reaching milestones at the shop

Well, the store officially reached 1,000 reviews. Pretty awesome stuff if you ask me. The store has come a long way since it first got started.

Tiangong-1 crashes to earth – April Fools

According to the following USA Today article, the Tiangong-1 is set to crash to earth on April Fools. Sounds like pretty exciting stuff, if you ask me.

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As a matter of fact… here is some of the sweet, sweet pre-roll video footage provided to us directly from that exact same USA Today article. It’s pretty legit.

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With that said, I challenge anyone to show me a real photo of the Tiangong-1 in deep space. All you are going to find is either CGI, cartoons, or miniature models. The thing that I find funniest about it is that none of these illustrations or models seem to show the exact came craft. They are all modified in one way or another.

April Fools… it’s real.

Sun rise from more than 250 miles high

Okay, so I have an honest question. You have on record people like Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, and others such as Stuart Clark… a well-known astronomer stating that you can irrefutably see the curvature of the earth by merely climbing a mountain or even taking a ride on an airplane. First off, the tallest mountain in the world doesn’t even exceed 6 miles in elevation. As for an airplane, commercial grade planes generally stick to an altitude of around 6 to 8 miles high.

So… here is the question.

If I can see the curvature of the earth at only 5 to 8 miles in altitude as suggested by the most brilliant minds of our time, then why is it that the following footage from the ISS exists?

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According to science people (you know, the ones that do our thinking for us), the International Space Station maintains an altitude of more than 250 miles. I don’t know about you, but that sun rise definitely looks like it is taking place against a rather horizontal line.

And if you want to argue that the footage isn’t form the ISS, then here is where I got it from. This video was published by NASA on March 5th, just yesterday. They spend the duration of the video interviewing the ISS with some school students. And then, boom… they decided to close with a shot of the sun rise from the ISS while showing the solar panels in the bottom of the shot. The footage in question starts at roughly the 21 minute mark.

If I can’t see the curvature at 250 miles in altitude, what in the world makes people like Bill, Neil, Sagan, and Stuart so adamant about observing it at the 5 miles mark?

 

Falcon Heavy Post Launch Press Conference

Elon Musk – “We didn’t really test any of those materials for space hardened… or whatever, you know. It just has the same seats like a normal car has. It is literally just a normal car in space. Which, I kind of like the absurdity of that. And, if you look closely on the dash board there is a tiny Hot Wheels roadster with a tiny spaceman. We did it, because… like that would be cool, too. It’s kind of silly and fun. I’m trippin’ balls here. I’m trippin’ balls.

Click here to watch the entire post launch conference. The above quote content was pulled from the 41 minute mark.

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Modern cars are made from a variety of materials. The materials chosen depend a lot on their cost, repairability, and durability. Fuel efficiency is just one of many variables on the minds of car designers. The typical family sedan these days is usually made from steel body panels with plastic front and rear fascias. Car exterior parts are today made of complex combinations of materials ranging from metal tailored blanks to sheet molded compounds (SMC) and glass fiber reinforced plastics (GFRP) to hybrid plastics.

The temperature that caused the exterior of that car in London to melt was a whopping 204 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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And so, how is it that this Tesla in space is not melting? It is… after all… “literally just a normal car in space”. The temperature in and beyond the exosphere varies greatly and can range from 0 to over 1,700 degrees Celsius and above. That is more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, people. That steering wheel has rubber on it. Rubber melts at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Honestly, I could sit here and point out all of the components of the vehicle and talk about their ability to withstand extreme environments, but instead… I want to point at something else.

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Die-cast Hot Wheels are made from  metal and plastic. The metal commonly used is ZAMAC (or Mazak), which is an alloy of zinc and aluminium. The melting point of Zink is 787 degrees Fahrenheit. While the melting point of aluminum is 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. As Elon Musk points out in the press conference, there is no atmospheric exclusion, preventing the heat from being diluted prior to making contact with the car and any other objects on or around the car… such as the spaceman, cameras, and even the primarily plastic and zink-alloy toy on the dash.

Now, let’s just set aside the obvious fact that this car should already be falling apart… and consider the even more obvious. I can’t help but ask a few questions.

Why don’t we see more than 6 decades of space debris?

Where are all of the satellites?

Where is the ISS?

Why don’t we ever see the moon?

Where are the stars?

Why does one entire half of the earth at times appear to not contain any land?

When is the ISS going to give us a shot of the car?

Why hasn’t the ISS commented on this at all?

Honestly, I could go on and on… But hey, what do you want to bet… this car is more than likely in fact still sitting inside of this tube, and all they did was turn on the hologram. Because, if that was in fact the shell of the rocket experiencing separation, why didn’t the camera, car, foreground, and or background jolt upon separation? That would have been a pretty hefty jarring… causing the craft to alter it’s motion in space. We should have seen some movement, somewhere. It’s almost as if the background just go “turned on“.

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I don’t know… what do you think?

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Honestly though, I clearly am the ignorant one. Let’s just ask the experts what they think about all of this. I’m sure Elon Musk as a few comments.

Elon Musk – “I think it looks so ridiculous and impossible. You can tell it is real because it looks so fake, honestly. We’d have way better CGI if it was fake. I kind of like the absurdity.”

Lastly, people might roll their eyes at me and ask why this type of stuff even matters. Well, if you go watch the live feed, take a minute and watch the chat room. It is slammed with activity. And, the primary theme that I have seen is that God does not exist, and… smoking pot and taking dumps is awesome!

Degradation, people… degradation.

Why think, when we can let the smart people do our thinking for us. I’m trippin’ balls and my hot pocket is getting cold.

It breaks my heart. Common sense tells us that this is not real.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 – Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

On this day in space – Feb. 4, 1995: STS-63 Launches ‘Orbital Debris Calibration Sphere

On this day is space, Feb. 4th, the STS-63 launched an orbital satellite to help calculate the level of space debris floating around in space in orbit around earth. Over the course of many years a lot of trash has occurred out there.

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So… the STS-63 is definitely a great tool to have, don’t you think? It is with the aid of space debris like the STS-63 mission that we have been able to asses all the other debris as it builds up over the years.

Let’s just say… according to a “reliable source“, the space junk has built up pretty rapidly since NASA’s inception in 1958.

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So… here is the question: why don’t we actually ever seen any of this so called debris? Look long and hard. I promise you, you won’t find it.

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But hey… what do I know, right? I clearly am ignorant. Don’t let the STS-63 mission full you. They are finding satellite based space junk all over the place!

NASA and the ESA probably don’t release the “actual” footage of the space junk, because they can’t afford to scare the general public. Last thing we need is an outbreak of fear in the world over space giants floating around out there!

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Seems legit NASA!

Record breaking Space Walk – in space?

Now, I could take the time to point out all of the stuff I noticed in this video (which was released yesterday) with the aid of still shots from the video. This video is however pretty short. With that, I am going to just post the video with the following comments prior to the video itself. The video is only 7 minutes long.

So, here we go… in order of the content as it appears in the video by minute mark.

0:43 – cartoons are legit.

1:04 – why would you allow an obstruction in front of the video?

1:43 – literally in front of a green screen.

1:55 – where did the second astronaut come from? He wasn’t there 20 seconds go.

2:14 – leg kicks for show… isn’t space fun (making the green screen affect even more obvious)?

3:05 – the foreground panels are layered over onto the scene.

4:13 – again the foreground is a separate layer.

4:36/4:54 – watch the mirror on his arm. The horizon of the earth changes from a left position to a right sided one. Why would the earth be in his mirror at all? It is to his hard left, not above him.

5:08 – I find it ironic that the camera glitches out right as the earth comes into view.

5:20/5:30 – the distortion of the earth from vertical to concave, and then convex before become a straight line again is a great reason to have the camera mess up. Timing is everything.

5:43/6:23 – shadows all over the jettison along with a flexing earth as seen in my previous comment.

6:24/6:42 – zero shadows on the jettison and water bubbles in space?

6:56 – let’s end the video by reminding everyone that space is real while having the shadow on the jettison reappear for our viewing pleasure.

Enjoy!