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Ben Wright McGee
Intrepid geoscientist, nuclear analyst/responder, hoopy frood. Studies trinitite, asteroids, atomic rockets, space archaeology & human factors. Jazz, INTP.
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Ben Wright McGee 6h
Replying to @DrPhiltill
(2/2) But on flip side, the very presence of NEAs, comet-detritus sufficient for showers, and the moon itself (binary planet system?) immediately made the IAU def waters murky, to say nothing of its lack of utility. Struck me as an astronomer’s answer to a geologist’s problem. 😎
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Ben Wright McGee 6h
Replying to @DrPhiltill
Dig it. Thanks for pointing me toward the thread! (Particularly love your “sea by its foam” analogy.) — Honestly, to me the most useful/coolest thing about IAU def was the effect it had on pulling Ceres out of the historical dark. (1/2)
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Ben Wright McGee 10h
Further, mention to any asteroid folks that taxonomy doesn’t matter and you’ll find yourself in the midst of a small riot. Which to use? SMASS? Gaffey? Binzel? Orbital? (Aten, Apollo, Amor)? Taxonomies are intensely important for sorting, communicating, and eliciting new info.
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Ben Wright McGee 12h
Yes. Every planetary geologist I know and have worked with refers to differentiated bodies — (and especially huge ones like Titan!) — planets. Io. Europa. Luna. Heck, ironic that he singles out Titan, the most geomorphologically Earth-like world in the Solar System. 🤔
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American Nuclear Soc 12h
: Tell the world ! It's easy to get involved. Contact LZec@ans.org for more information!
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Ben Wright McGee Oct 17
By this measure (which I wholeheartedly agree with), I’ve often endorsed thinking about our (enormous) moon as not a moon but rather a sister planet - and for that matter, using its proper name, . These are places. Destinations. Worlds.
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NNSS Oct 16
Congratulations to our four teams who received NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence! Their work significantly contributes to the success of the nation’s Stockpile Stewardship program. Read more at: .
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Rod Adams Oct 16
I've always been confused by notion that "Environmentalists" are naturally opposed to energy. Clean enough to run inside sealed submarines. Doesn't fill canyons with water, cover huge swaths of deserts, or dominate rural skylines.
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David Grinspoon Oct 16
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars…” Happy 164th birthday to Oscar Wilde!
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Jeff Foust Oct 16
Hague on what he and Alexey Ovchinin did after the Soyuz landing: we looked at each other and had grins from ear to ear. We shook hands and then started to crack jokes about how short our flight was.
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American Nuclear Soc Oct 16
ANS member Steve Clement speaks to the audiences during about the future of space exploration.
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Jeff Foust Oct 15
Kluger: are you frustrated, annoyed, angry that there’s been no one on the moon since you? Harrison Schmitt: all of the above. I realized in 1972 there was going to be a hiatus after Apollo 17, but didn’t think it would be 50 years.
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Jeff Foust Oct 15
Question: Buzz Aldrin once called the moon “magnificent desolation”; do you agree? Schmitt: Buzz was not a geologist. The moon is a fantastic, beautiful place to be.
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ToughSF Oct 13
Nuclear rockets are coming back. BWXT was awarded $18.8M last year to develop 500MW rockets using safe pebble-bed designs and low-enrichment fuel. They produced demonstrators for three key technologies this week. News: Details:
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Tony Dunn Oct 13
New Horizons is getting very close to Ultima Thule. Here is its position as of this afternoon.
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David Grinspoon Oct 13
Are you freakin’ kidding me? Siberian Worms Buried in Arctic Permafrost for 42,000 Years Come Back to Life
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Mike Shellenberger Oct 14
If only we had a cheap & reliable way of making pollution-free electricity on tiny amounts of land, solving climate change while lifting everyone out of poverty would be so much easier... I know, I know — I'm a dreamer
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Anatoly Zak Oct 11
My very preliminary visualization of the emergency situation. UPDATES HERE:
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Northolt Branch Obs Oct 11
ZT187A2 is an Apollo-type asteroid with a diameter of 30-70 metres. It was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey on October 10th. ZT187A2 will make a close approach about an hour from now, at a distance of 0.018...
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Mark Boslough Oct 8
I cannot wait until we can predict a bolide far enough in advance to get footage like this. Keep up the search for death plunge asteroids!
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