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2022-01-04, 04:10   #56
kriesel

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 In another bit of good news Monday, officials said they expect Webb to last well beyond the originally anticipated 10 years based on its fuel efficiency.

2022-01-04, 08:54   #57
henryzz
Just call me Henry

"David"
Sep 2007
Liverpool (GMT/BST)

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 Originally Posted by kriesel And
They probably suspected this already but couldn't commit.

2022-01-04, 09:34   #58
retina
Undefined

"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair

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 Originally Posted by henryzz They probably suspected this already but couldn't commit.
Under-promise and over-deliver.

It sure would be embarrassing if after all these longevity predictions the heat shield rips, or the secondary mirror jams, or a meteorite strikes the transmitter.

2022-01-04, 14:06   #59
tServo

"Marv"
May 2009
near the Tannhäuser Gate

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 Originally Posted by retina Under-promise and over-deliver..

Probably some of that.

However, I did read that it depended on how good that launch was, as precious fuel might have to be used to achieve an acceptable trajectory. A few days after the launch, technicians monitoring the flight path were ecstatic at how well the launch went. Not only was it spot on course but the Ariane delivered superb boost.

Great job, Ariane !

2022-01-04, 16:49   #60
Dr Sardonicus

Feb 2017
Nowhere

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 Originally Posted by tServo A few days after the launch, technicians monitoring the flight path were ecstatic at how well the launch went. Not only was it spot on course but the Ariane delivered superb boost.
Back in the day, when live TV coverage of space launches was thorough, Mission Control engineers monitoring a launch would be heard saying things like "Trajectory (or flight trajectory, or flight path) is nominal."

Thus, a new use for an old word was born.

The word "nominal" has long meant (among other things) a figure given in a specification (particularly in manufacturing) like a weight or dimension. The "nominal" is what's in the plan. Of course, actual manufactured items rarely conform precisely to nominal specifications.

When a NASA flight controller described some aspect of a flight as "nominal," it meant that it was actually going according to plan, or at least close enough not to require any correction.

 2022-01-04, 17:57 #61 firejuggler     "Vincent" Apr 2010 Over the rainbow 1011000101102 Posts https://twitter.com/NASAWebb/status/1478412564983959553 Code: NASA Webb Telescope @NASAWebb · 50 min This is it: we’ve just wrapped up one of the most challenging steps of our journey to #UnfoldTheUniverse. With all five layers of sunshield tensioning complete, about 75% of our 344 single-point failures have been retired! Last fiddled with by Dr Sardonicus on 2022-01-04 at 20:55 Reason: Clean up link
2022-01-05, 12:39   #62
pinhodecarlos

"Carlos Pinho"
Oct 2011
Milton Keynes, UK

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 Originally Posted by tServo My favorite way to keep track of the status of Webb is one of NASA's pages seen below. It has all kinds of neat stuff on it like distance counters, a timeline of the steps it has done/yet to do, and links to animations of what it is doing or about to do. Check it out! https://webb.nasa.gov/content/webbLa...ereIsWebb.html

Thank you, now we are addicted to it. Also this encouraged me to look to where the Voyagers are, stats, etc

 2022-01-05, 15:09 #63 firejuggler     "Vincent" Apr 2010 Over the rainbow 283810 Posts xkcd 2564
2022-01-05, 18:21   #64
kriesel

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by firejuggler xkcd 2564
Now just wait ~28 billion years for the portrait to be available here.

2022-01-05, 19:43   #65
chalsall
If I May

"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002

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 Originally Posted by kriesel Now just wait ~28 billion years for the portrait to be available here.
I actually almost fell out of my chair laughing when I saw firejuggler's link! Thanks; I needed that! I'm going to send it to some friends of mine tonight, after our collective workdays are finished.

What to me is the most amusing about the idea is I have personally observed many people with really high-end cameras (and built-in super-computers) in their hands trying to take a photo of something they find interesting at night.

But the device is misconfigured and so the flash goes off...

2022-01-05, 20:00   #66
kriesel

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 Originally Posted by chalsall But the device is misconfigured and so the flash goes off...
This can produce some interesting effects in the right circumstances. I have a photo from long ago, of a sunrise, taken in a familiar woods, with flash, which makes the photo seem 3-D with nearest twigs and branches highlighted. The hypothetical xkcd "snapshot" would be a record longest time lapse photo. The trick is keeping the camera still; compared to what?

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