Solar plasma eruption and break of filament – 14/4/22

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Why do the lines from the eruptions go back into the sun from where they came?


it is so fucking amazing that we have access to this footage these days

what a time to be alive


Videos like this need the size of the earth superimposed on top so folks can understand just how insignificant tiny we are


and this is held together by a transient magnetic field?


When I realize the cultural, poetic and social meanings of the sun to us on Earth, this view brings home the empirical reality of what it is.


China Is Halting Science Cooperation With Russia

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This is some interesting news. The Russian lunar programme will basically go bankrupt if the Chinese pull their funding. It may cost China a few more years, but the current Russia is too toxic– even to China. Iirc ESA and CNSA has some cooperations, and this could be Beijing’s concern.

Edit: it’s CNSA, not CASA


>”If we are talking about the southern or eastern directions, unfortunately, I can directly say that our Chinese scientific colleagues also paused, and over the past month we have not been able to enter into such serious discussions, despite the fact that we had a wonderfully built cooperation with regular communication,” Sergeev said.”

Not aligned with the central government but perhaps seeing that being too close to Russia is a major risk as Europe and the west in general has exploded over the Russian invasion.

We can easily read too much into this, it may simply be risk aversion. Or it could be not wanting to be on the wrong side of a global split with Russia, the DPRK and Iran on the one side and everyone relevant on the other.


Pretty sure the Chinese government has not instructed to halt science cooperation with Russia…so saying ‘China’ is halting science cooperations is a little far fetched.

But some Chinese academic institutions might have instructed their members to not continue scheduled projects.

Outwardly intense cooperation with Russian institutions might result in counter actions by Western instititions which none of the Chinese academic institutions want. Imagine their members getting barred from conferences in the West because they chose to attend Russian projects.

Laying low until the dust has settled and everyone is clearer about what paths to take is probably what they are doing.

But certain institutions and companies that are already sanctioned (by the US for example especially in the space sector) will probably just continue. They are already barred from cooperating with the West anyways.


Ah yes, but now they have Belarus, so watch out, NASA.


Probably just putting on a show for the west while still tacitly supporting Russia. All the Chinese state media folks are still all over RT.


Putin says Russia will resume lunar program

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Slight mistranslation: he meant the lunacy program.


And the war is going very well. And we will make the west cower. And I’ve never poisoned anyone. And I’m 6′ tall.


a very appropriate moment. Can’t think of a better one


Roscomos says a lot of stuff. I guess it’ll be good to have a manned Moon Base so Russia’s nuclear space tugs can stop off there before their journey to Russia’s Martian and Outer Planet colonies/s


This man forgot he has no money.. happens to the best of us


Mars helicopter Ingenuity aces record-breaking 25th flight

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Hmm. Isn’t every flight a record-breaking flight?


Didn’t they only design this thing to fly like five times?

Edit: Yeah I get it, I worded this poorly. I understand they didn’t design it to fly no more than five times. What I really meant to ask was more along the lines of “didn’t they only expect it to make five flights?”


It’s coming up on it’s one year anniversary of the first flight on the 19th! It currently has 25 flights under its belt!


Yawn, just another flight by a drone that was launched from another planet that was specifically designed for that planet by geniuses on earth while doing everything remotely from a planet away.

I love seeing this so much. Call me old fashioned, but I still watch every launch and landing that I can. Hans can be so cool.


Amazing how a machine designed only to prove controlled flight is possible on Mars has become a fully operational aerial scout for the Perseverance mission.


ESA ends cooperation with Russia on lunar missions

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We can’t trust the Russians not to weaponize our dependence on them in joint missions like this one. It’s better to just look for more reliable partners


The nature of modern Russia and Putin means this is absolutely the right thing to do, in both an ethical and practical sense, but I still can help but be a bit sad. Feels like a golden age of cooperation in space is ending.