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1  Meadville Space Center / Orbiter / Re: What is the name of the classical symphony featured in Orbiter sound addon? on: October 27, 2010, 11:15:48 AM
I just listened to that... it's a beautiful piece.

There needs to be more clips, on Youtube, or space orbit to classical music.  It's the only type to really sum up the majesty of space.
2  Meadville Space Center / Site News / Re: Avatars on: October 27, 2010, 11:13:05 AM
Those are really pretty!

I need to change mine to a moving image... is that a .GIF?
3  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / Re: Merry Christmas on: September 27, 2010, 04:18:29 PM
Since christmas is coming up... I wish them a preemptive merry Christmas!
4  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / Re: Movie mistake in Apollo 13? Wrong CM panel placements?! on: September 27, 2010, 04:17:28 PM
The bottom line is that it is just an enjoyable movie. And that as well... it's just a movie.

I find the flub found here to be pretty interesting, don't get me wrong, I'm giving my humble opinion that people shouldn't look into it too much.
5  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / What does everyone think about the commercial space program 'Virgin Galactic'? on: July 12, 2010, 12:43:07 AM
Hi everyone!

Just wanted to get a feel for what everyone thinks about this. Virgin Galactic.

In case you're not familiar, Virgin Galactic was started by Richard Branson. It is the one of the first attempts to bring the average man into space. They just mad a big leap last march with the flight of their vehicle, and appear to want to bring things to the next level asap.

Do you think this will help space programs across the world? Do you think it will hurt them? Will this make space accessible to everyone, or will it turn spaceships nascar with the amount of advertising on their wings?

What do you think?  Two Cents 
6  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / Re: Screen Shot? on: July 12, 2010, 12:33:49 AM
I'm stepping in a little late to the party, I know.

There's a program called snagit. It works pretty well for simple screenshots. It can to full screen, selected area, and more. Also allows arrows and stuff to be added.

Just thought you may want to know.

Oh, yeah, FREE trial too
7  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / Re: Movie mistake in Apollo 13? Wrong CM panel placements?! on: July 12, 2010, 12:30:18 AM
It's a great movie, but and it's aim is to give the masses a interesting and entertaining look at Apollo 13. It's not about perfect accuracy (or even semi decent accuracy). It's entertainment.

The best thing about the movie for me is Jim Lovell's commentary. If you've watched A13 lately, watch it again with the commentary.

If I got bothered every time I saw something inaccurate in a movie I'd go loopy Happy

And, hey, at least they bothered filming the space sets in a Vomit Comet. Happy

They may have taken plenty of creative liberty, but they at least got plenty of stuff right.

Also, the scene at 13:35 was a dream sequence, technically; do you think Lovell's wife would know that a DSKY goes there, not a cabin pressure gauge? Especially when it's a catastrophic hatch failure she fears?

Good point! You've clearly done your home work... maybe even eaten your 'Wheaties' too.

I would have to agree that that movie is made by the masses for the masses.

On the other hand, if we don't have authenticity we'll never move forward. People will get a false impression.

I still don't get why they would have changed the panel. Oh well

In short, I agree with both opinions. I'm torn! It's the dichotomy of life I suppose
8  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / Re: Any good movies about Space programs to recommend? on: July 12, 2010, 12:25:02 AM
Hey Guys,

Thanks for all the great input! I may not be able to make it to space but I can dream with by watching some of these!

I'm surprised no one mentioned "War of the Worlds" or something like that. We're far too logical a group for that!

9  Sol 2018 / Planning / Future Planning for Space Programs on: June 02, 2010, 06:57:51 PM
Do they really plan all the way to 2018? It seems like so many changes in the law and funding would happen that they would be forced to think on a more temporary basis. But perhaps they save money, like a few dollars from each paycheck, to prevent this contingency from happening.

Does this really happen? I'd love for someone to drop some knowledge on me
10  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / Any good movies about Space programs to recommend? on: June 02, 2010, 06:50:30 PM
Hi There!

I wanted to know if anyone had a recommendation for a movie about a space program? I've seen Apollo 13, 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc.

Now I'm looking for a new movie... something realistic. Any picks?
11  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / Re: Movie mistake in Apollo 13? Wrong CM panel placements?! on: June 02, 2010, 06:45:57 PM
I don't get it... so they took a real panel and moved buttons? Why would the movie makers do that, wouldn't it be extra work for no gain? Could it be an old panel or something?

As long as no more space movies like "Battlefield Earth" are made I'm happy!
12  Meadville Space Center / Orbiter / Re: We might have a publicity problem on: June 02, 2010, 06:42:17 PM
Well, if the post is a few years old then it seems the publicity problem is gone... or a few years old.

I can see value in both. But, then again, it's hard for me to decide on dinner let alone these two.

All in all, good work making something valuable.

13  Meadville Space Center / Orbiter / Re: Apollo to Venus, AMSO Style on: June 02, 2010, 06:39:05 PM
This vid is particularly interesting because it gives multiple views of the rocket. It's like you're there, but your experience is being filmed by James Cameron or something...

I wish there were a few more "inside the rocket" views. But, then again, I wish I could take a trip into space. To have that experience would be so surreal. Too bad I'm too tall.

I hear Richard Branson's space program costs $100k to make it to space. I'd better start saving Sad
14  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / What does the average man think about Space exploration? on: March 30, 2010, 11:44:24 AM

I think space is the future of mankind. But then, I am an avid fan of science fiction.

I'm wondering what the average man thinks about space exploration. Richard Branson has brought it to private industry with his subsidization program, but where does Joe the plumber fit into this?

An article:
15  Meadville Space Center / Off Topic / What level do politics and bureaucracy take in the Nasa program? on: March 30, 2010, 11:41:33 AM
I am just a mere civilian, having never worked with Nasa.

I always wondered what effect politics and government controls play on the Nasa program.

Is Nasa somewhat in control of their own operations or do they have to answer to higher authorities? Do they make changes to their missions or do they OK with someone who does?

I'd love to get a perspective on this. Any articles are welcome!
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