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  1. What's new in this club
  2. That enigmatic figure from the not so distant past...Grand Mufti al-Husseini. Not only was he the father of the Palestinian Cause...which has as much to do with the Hashemites as it does with the Jewish Israelis...but also a key figure in Hitler's Third Reich.
  3. Scott Manley on NASA's tracking ships and their colourful history.
  4. I recall coding sprites on the C64...what a great machine for the day. The best game available for it was the classic Pirates by Sid Meier in my opinion. Epic...
  5. I collect, and code, on 8 bit computers. I presently have a C64, an Atari 130XE, an Apple IIe Platinum and a Ti-99/4a.
  6. I had a few for the C64 from SSI. Germany 1985 and such. The C64 also had Silent Service from Microprose which was the first decent sub game I had played.
  7. I'm a big fan of the old Simulation Canada and SSI computer wargames. But my favorite was Harpoon since I was a Navy nut when I was younger. I was in the RCN cadet from the age of 12 to 16.
  8. With Mars being in the headlines again...a quick Celestia pic of the Red Planet. This is an 8k 3D Mars...very sweet. The Horse Head Nebula is visible bottom left. A high resolution Phobos drifts through the frame. Celestia is 100% free and very accurate... https://celestia.space/ http://celestiamotherlode.net/
  9. Fairey Gannet spooling-up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Gannet The Gannet had a unique double folding wing...needed to fit inside Royal Navy aircraft carrier elevators of the time.
  10. Teapot Apple II May 5th, 1955 Yield 29 kilotons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Teapot This was the much filmed Doom Town Shot where a fake village was nuked to see the effects. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Teapot#Apple-2
  11. Members of the ARVN 1st Division at Firebase O'Reilly (near Hue) in 1970 during the NVA siege. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firebase_O'Reilly
  12. The Hanomag Sd.Kfz. 251 Halftrack The standard ride of the Panzer Grenadiers during WW2. Over 15,000 made in various forms. The basic 251 was for transporting infantry, but there were MANY specialized versions...both factory and field-rigged. From engineering to flamethrower vehicles. First used in limited numbers during Case White (Poland 1939), it became ubiquitous to all fronts and theaters right through 1945. Obviously used to thwart bullets and artillery shrapnel...it was an essential component of the Blitzkrieg. The Allies had nothing comparable until the introduction of
  13. The Vietnamese Perspective...2009 film documentary on veterans and witnesses to the Viet-Nam War. Very good. It's age restricted for some reason.
  14. Redwing Cherokee May 20th, 1956 3.8 Megaton Yield https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Redwing Cherokee was the first test of a deliverable H-Bomb...but the B-36 that dropped it made a navigation error resulting in ground zero being four miles off the mark. This actually exposed numerous personnel to the massive nuclear flash resulting in some eye injuries. The miss was leaked by a technician resulting in a bit of a media circus surrounding the event. He was soundly punished. Cloudy weather obscured some of the test...but nukes don't care about your weather. Tempe
  15. A Celestia aside.... If you get the large star database and what-not...you can drift along Star Trek-like at about 1 ly per second and watch the stars streak by. Even at a blinding speed like that, if you turn and lock onto M31 or something similar, you get a sobering reality check as to HOW far 2,000,000 light years away is...two million seconds in this case. Over 500 hours...
  16. That's interesting. The twenty Solar mass limit for collapsed stars ---> black hole seemed like one of those rules that was bound to be broken. Good looking black holes in Celestia... Cygnux X-1 in Celestia http://celestiamotherlode.net/catalog/fictional.html#1800
  17. I read something new about Cygnus X-1 just the other day: Famous Black Hole Gets a Massive Update
  18. It lurks in the centre... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittarius_A* Celestia attempts to display Sagittarius A*...it's one of those OMG, it's full of stars things up close. Doubt one could get a good night's sleep near the core...mind the X-Rays.
  19. Egyptians and Mayans observed the planets and made forecasts on flooding. They aligned their buildings to the stars. So I would say space history starts when human history does. Probably went back before that, we don't know what they knew back before about 5000 years ago. The same curiosity and ingenuity is what drove their interests back then as now. Mythology is a living force that still exists today. Only instead of saying "God is in the gaps" we now say "Dark Matter".
  20. In honor/honour of us getting screwed for well over a year straight... The history of the screwdriver.
  21. The Mysterious Return Of NASA's Centaur Rocket
  22. we have already discussed things like the discovery of Neptune, which is pre the modern "space age". No one has reported us. You may have to report yourself...
  23. Interesting point. I don't know, but it's possible and could explain why they thought it was 360 days. My belief is that they were just a little inaccurate. You would have to make a long and narrow slit to allow the light to pass through very precisely. If the ground heaved you might be screwed up, so make it a really big rock. These neolithic types certainly knew how to handle that!
  24. I'm not sure what problem you're having, Charles. If you wish to discuss Piccard and his various adventures, this or the General Chat area would be a good place for it. Or just make a new topic...anyone can start one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Piccard
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