By the gram.
Hooray for prices coming down . I can't say I ever imagined a time when a price drop of $0.30 per gallon for gas would mean so little. It seems we have found the 'interesting' times.It looks like gas is getting cheaper. At the station I use, the price has dropped $.30 per gallon. Now it is only $6.70 for 91 octane.
And here in California, the gas tax goes up another $.03 per gallon on July 1. Sure wish all the gas taxes they collect would be put to making the roads better. At least that is what they say it is for.Hooray for prices coming down . I can't say I ever imagined a time when a price drop of $0.30 per gallon for gas would mean so little. It seems we have found the 'interesting' times.
I'm disappointed too, but it wasn't in the cards this time. Still, this is intended to be the first launch of many, culminating in manned trips to first the Moon, then Mars. I hope to get to see one or more later launches. Mrs. Newleaf and I did get to see the Space Shuttle go up once, from Coco Beach back in 2006. That was STS-121, the shuttle Discovery. It launched on our anniversary, which was cool. Also absolutely awesome to see live. The SLS should be much more spectacular. Go Artemis! Go SLS! Go Orion!Disappointed that you sent Mrs. Newleaf off on her own.
Grateful that you announced this and provided the link, though.
I must admit to some confusion over a show ripping the space program for the obvious: yes, of course the SLS is very similar to the Saturn V, though the latter lacked the former's SRBs (solid rocket boosters). Orion is indeed very much like the capsules used in the Apollo program, just scaled up and modernized. At our present level of space flight tech, Physics dictates a lot of the design choices. Similarly, the goal of going exo-LEO, or outside Low Earth Orbit, does the same. That's why you need a heavy lift rocket in the first place: getting past LEO takes even more fuel than getting there, and there are only so many ways of getting the fuel into orbit. Fuel, plus a vehicle with engines to burn it, life support, a cool little buggy to ride around in, some food, and so on. There's a fair argument to be made as to whether going to the Moon is necessary, but we'll get there in a minute.Watching an interesting documentary called "Fight for Space" which pretty much rips the current space program .... the SLS, it says, is basically a Saturn 5 and Orion ids basically a big Apollo capsule .... and we went to the Moon with a Saturn 5 sixty years ago. Basically, Congress only judged money, not science, and since it could budget a rocket, it did, but didn't bother to consider Why a rocket? Why a huge, heavy-lift rocket? To build Moonbase? Why? If there is no serious plan, there will never be success.
The premise (put forth by that popular TV-Internet-talkshow astrophysicist .... I will get his name later (Neil deGrasse Tyson)) is that the space program originally succeeded because it was considered a military venture---we had to Beat the Russkis---now there is no broad understanding of why to do space exploration. Neil deGrasse Tyson says that humans basically do things for war or profit .... exploration is only native to a tiny fraction of the human species.