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Letter to Congress about JWST

Posted 07-10-2011 at 08:48 PM by fireballs619

As you all may know, the vote to save or cancel the James Webb Space Telescope is coming up in the US HoR. I came across this open letter to congress about the telescope. The OP there gave permission for others to use it as well, and, since it is indeed very well written, I went ahead and emailed my Representative. Since it only takes a moment of your time, I strongly suggest all of the US stationed Orbinauts here to send an email to their Representative also. Feel free to write your own, but at...
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Proud new owner of a Celestron Nexstar 130SLT

Posted 04-27-2011 at 02:32 AM by fireballs619

My new toy here came in the mail today, and I got it all assembled pretty shortly after that . Unfortunately, it's cloudy out tonight (and, by the look of it, tomorrow too), so I'm not going to get a chance to give it a spin until Thursday at least

In any case, I can't express how excited I am to finally get stargazing! Hopefully I'll be able to buy a decent camera for pictures later in the summer

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The Lament of a Modern Explorer

Posted 02-16-2011 at 04:22 AM by fireballs619

I had to write a piece for my English class, and I thought I'd share. It had to be around 800 words, and this pulls in at 757. Feel free to critique.

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There was a time when, scribbled onto the borders of even the most accurate of sea charts, you could find the warning 'Here be dragons'. It was an era where you could live your entire life without leaving the comfort of the area you were born in. You could stand on top of a hill, and, seeing the distant lands that surround your
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Why it is good to wear a watch

Posted 01-26-2011 at 04:34 AM by fireballs619

It is always a good idea to wear a wristwatch. Why, you ask, should I in the electronic age? Consider the following; You are suddenly transported back in time 1000 years, with nothing but what you are wearing. Survival is going to be vital in the first few days, but your watch can help with menial tasks, such as boiling water. Then, you can begin to thrive. You should first teach the locals the base ten, Arabic numeral system, using the numerals on your watch as an example. Once they have...
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One Year of Orbiter

Posted 12-13-2010 at 02:29 AM by fireballs619

Well, I've been using Orbiter for about a year this last October, and have been registered on these forums for a year this last November. Seeing as I have nothing better to do, I figured I would talk about it a bit (as if you all care).

I gotta say, when I first found Orbiter, I was computer illiterate in most aspects, and I had never flown a flight simulator before. That's probably the reverse of most of you, who flew FS before you were initiated into Orbiter, but that's how...
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