SpaceX Grasshopper 744m Test

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On October - 15 - 2013

 

From the spacexchannel on YouTube: “On Monday, October 7th, Grasshopper completed its highest leap to date, rising to 744m altitude. The view above is taken from a single camera hexacopter, getting closer to the stage than in any previous flight.

Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up on atmosphere reentry, SpaceX rockets are being designed not only to withstand reentry, but also to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing. The Grasshopper VTVL vehicle represents a critical step towards this goal.

Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage tank, Merlin 1D engine, four steel and aluminum landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure

What an Astronaut’s Camera Sees at Night (from ISS)

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On October - 14 - 2012

 

via SpaceRip

NASA | SDO’s Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On June - 6 - 2012

The YouTube description from NASA Goddard: “Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun’s atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and climate. SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.

On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event–the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.

The videos and images displayed here are constructed from several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum. The red colored sun is the 304 angstrom ultraviolet, the golden colored sun is 171 angstrom, the magenta sun is 1700 angstrom, and the orange sun is filtered visible light. 304 and 171 show the atmosphere of the sun, which does not appear in the visible part of the spectrum.

How A Panerai Is Made

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On November - 17 - 2011

Bullitt Car Chase With Slot Cars

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On February - 14 - 2011

A stop motion version of director Peter Yate’s famous car chase scene from the Oscar winning film, Bullitt. Emigre says, “The completed film will be ready for youtube in early 2011.”

from Hemming’s Blog

NSR 24 Hour World Endurance Race

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On May - 1 - 2010

The NSR 24 Hour World Endurance (Slot Car) Race was held in Soragna, Italy, April 17, 2010 on Ninco tracks.

I used to like racing on a King track under USRA (United Slot Racers Association) wing car rules, but these slot cars are great looking scale cars. The drivers couldn’t be more dedicated to their sport to race for 24 hours.

Spaghetti Tree

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On April - 1 - 2009


There seem to be a lot of lame April Fools jokes on the internets today, but he Spaghetti Harvest story wasn’t, when it first came out in 1957. Things were different then.

I remember seeing the US rebroadcast of the story when it aired in 1957. It was originally produced by the BBC television series, Panorama; it seemed plausible at the time.

Wassup 2008

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On October - 28 - 2008


60frames over at YouTube put up this video and writes, “It’s been eight long years since the boys said wassup to each other. Even with the effects of a down economy and imminent change in the White House, the boys are still able to come together and stay true to what really matters.

The original Budweiser commercial.

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