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Comment: Re:The Crab Nebula wasn't born in 1054 AD (Score 1) 145

by Skyth (#26966093) Attached to: First Evidence of Supernovae Found In Ice Cores
That is not how time and the speed of light work. From the reference point of people on earth, we Witnessed it in 1054. It went supernovae ~6,500 years before 1054. Depending on which reference point you are claiming... your first sentence comes close to something that makes sense... but no matter what reference point you take, the supernovae still happened ~6,500 years earlier than 1054 to someone standing on earth.

Comment: Re:Sounds fine to me (Score 1) 1246

by Skyth (#26910319) Attached to: Student Arrested For Classroom Texting
being arrested for this is ridiculous... this kind of garbage is what detention is for. Now if she was selling drugs or something along those lines... ok maybe. I am not sure they are allowed to read her texts but if they are then whatever, she is a moron. But getting arrested for texting during class is just an abuse of power.

Comment: Re:Great idea, but the ISS wouldn't be very useful (Score 1) 161

by Skyth (#26861725) Attached to: Russia Aims Towards Mars
because the ISS was not designed for any of the defenses OR travel like has been mentioned, and yes i meant mass. i was refering to the ION drive as a newer propulsion system, i didnt specifically say they should use it.. but something with better efficiency.. why waste mass on rocket fuel when something lighter and more efficient is available. Rockets are a smart idea for this.

Comment: Re:access to space (Score 1) 183

by Skyth (#26861347) Attached to: Fly Me To Which Moon?
Government contractors? Do you even realize what Lockheed, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrup Grumman and other companies like this accomplished? I have to assume not, otherwise you wouldn't be insinuating they only want to do the bare minimum... that or you have no clue what actually goes on with contracts like these.

Comment: Great idea, but the ISS wouldn't be very useful (Score 2, Informative) 161

by Skyth (#26861281) Attached to: Russia Aims Towards Mars
the ISS needs the earths magnetic field to protect it from solar radiation... the 2 most reliable defenses against it are 1.. about 6 feet of lead to shield from it or 2. create a magnetic field large enough to protect the ISS once it out of earths magnetic field, i am not sure if we have this technology yet and if we did... it would be HUGE so not very likely to fit on the ISS anyway. Another problem assuming the first is fixed.. is fuel... rockets would be a waste of money... would be better off with a newer technology(like deep space one had, ion propulsion) might take a bit to get up to speed but if you are only going to stick it in an orbit around the moon it wouldnt take much with a slingshot from earth. its only about 200k miles anyway.(also dont forget how much fuel you would need for each type of propulsion system... rocket fuel isn't very efficient for long distances and it would take up a LARGE LARGE LARGE amount of space and add weight that you just cant have for this type of thing) It would be more effective to build a spacecraft thats actually designed for interplanetary travel and use the ISS as a "hub" for the spacecraft or something... there are plenty of uses for the ISS beyond 2020, but having it be a manned interplanetary spacecraft just doesn't seem like a viable one.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun