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Nerdfighters in Space
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So we all know there's a strong contingency of Nerdfighters out there, myself included, who are completely batshit crazy about space exploration.  And even if you aren't one of them, I think it could…Continue

Tags: Geology, Space, Gemini, SpaceX, Hubble

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Christoph Jun 22, 2012.

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John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"I've been away for a bit, so this is old news, China has successfully sent its first crew to their Tiangong-1 space station.  Exciting.http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/06/chinas-shenzhou-9-successfully-docks-with-tiangong-1/"
Jun 22, 2012
Inklings replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"That's fantastic!  I can't say I have much knowledge in space aeronautics or engineering, but I heartily approve."
Jun 10, 2012
John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"Yes, I've been following that one pretty closely.  :)  I actually developed a proposal with a few other students to mine platinum-group metals from a Near-Earth Asteroid called 1986 DA and bring them to Earth for profit. …"
Jun 10, 2012
Inklings replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"Yes, I was aware of the NASA contracts.  I still think private entrepreneurs and investors will pave the way better than a public pool (for the very same reason that NASA is contracting from SpaceX; it's cheaper, less constrained by…"
Jun 10, 2012
John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"Well, for now at least, SpaceX is getting its money from contracts with NASA, which are subject to approval by politicians and the public checkbook.  At least it's not as expensive as the Shuttle program, so we can potentially have…"
Jun 10, 2012
Inklings replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"I thought the whole thing was absolutely brilliant.  I'm hoping that eventually the endeavor will lead toward an enterprise for privatized space travel, as that will certainly get us places leaps and bounds quicker than a devastated,…"
Jun 10, 2012
John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"In other news, it seems like SNC's Dream Chaser is making pretty rapid progress through its CCDev milestones.  They've already done a captive carry test with a helicopter, and now they've released plans for free-flight glide…"
Jun 9, 2012
John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"I'm not saying I disagree with you, I'm just saying I think going to Mars for the sake of television is the wrong way to go to Mars, and I'm skeptical that they'll be able to pull it off.  That being said, if Mars One does…"
Jun 9, 2012
John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"Aah!  I wanted to see it but there was an overcast.  Smh.  Oh well, that's what the internet is for."
Jun 9, 2012
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Jun 9, 2012
Latch33570 replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"Yes I to am excited about this.  But on to the MARS ONE thingy. The pioneers  would be volunteers with full knowledge of the risk of starvation ect. I for one am all for their right to choose their own path. If someone wants to go and…"
Jun 9, 2012
John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"It's very similar to Mars Direct, except that you don't bring the people back.  Colonizing other planets isn't like colonizing the Americas was; we can't grow our own food on Mars unless we bring a greenhouse, and we…"
Jun 8, 2012
Latch33570 replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"It would have scientific value and economic value. The people sent there will die there. They aren't supposed to come back. Every 2 years we send stuff over there and maybe more people and they also grow some I think. It is very similar to the…"
Jun 8, 2012
John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"I realize this is a bit late, but what did everyone think of SpaceX's successful COTS 2+ mission to the ISS?  I'm certainly excited about it."
Jun 7, 2012
John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"I'm actually a bit hesitant to back Mars One, especially having read Robert Zubrin's The Case for Mars.  Yes, Mars is a planet we can settle permanently, but our exploration of the Red planet needs to have some scientific or economic…"
Jun 7, 2012
John Christoph replied to John Christoph's discussion Nerdfighters in Space
"Civ IV is my favorite game ever, especially with the Rise of Mankind mod."
Jun 7, 2012

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What Kind of Nerdfighter Are You?
I come to you in three parts: Part 1 - Mad Scientist, Part 2 - Curious Polymath, Part 3 - Youthful Partaker of Amusements
About Me:
First of all, I'm a student who will shortly be attending the College of William & Mary pending successful conclusion of this summer.

I am absolutely obsessed with learning stuff; my number one pastime is reading, be it books or magazine articles (The Economist and Scientific American ftw) or Wikipedia articles or online forums (nasaspaceflight.com is a personal favorite). And I take pride in my ability to remember things that I read that may at some point be useful to have in my head.

I'm a bit of a space geek (kinda like how Hank gets at the mention of JWST), and I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take a few classes in orbital mechanics, astronautics, and space science. Through these and other outlets (including the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program and the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge) I've worked with several teams of other high schoolers to design space mission architectures, including a Lunar colony, a Mars probe, a piloted Mars mission, and an asteroid mining operation, all of which we presented to teams of aerospace scientists and engineers working for NASA, Lockheed Martin, and other industry-relevant institutions.

Space isn't my only interest, however; I enjoy history, philosophy, chemistry, biology, physics, debate, politics, economics, engineering, neurology, psychology, literature, art, music, and any possible combination thereof, among many other things. I love having intelligent conversations with people who, like myself, enjoy the simple act of thought. I think the highest compliments one can receive are to be called "clever" or "reasonable."

In terms of what I actually do: I run, although I'm a bit out of practice now that the cross-country season is over (I do plan to start back up in earnest in college). I'm also a private pilot with about 75 hours in Cessna 172s. I have recently developed a liking for air guitar, and I'd like to get involved more with it, perhaps on a competitive level. Additionally, I have maintained a childish fascination with making things, particularly things that move, like RC airplanes and model rockets.

I firmly believe that all of us innately possess the capability to change the world for the better, and I believe that as the beneficiaries of the past millennia of civilization, we have a responsibility to carry forward the work begun by our forefathers: the continual and unceasing advancement of humanity beyond the limits of any one generation's imagination. On that note, as HAL 9000 put it, "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I hope any conscious entity can ever hope to do."
Favorite Books, Movies, Music, and more
Books/Authors: Ender's Game, The Case for Mars, Brave New World, Shakespeare, Calvin and Hobbes, Green Metropolis, Lee Child, James Thurber, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Outliers, George Orwell, Lord of the Flies, The Next 100 Years
Movies: Apollo 13, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Hunt for Red October, I Robot, Monty Python (all of them), V for Vendetta, Citizen Kane, October Sky, 21, Casino Royale, North by Northwest, It's a Wonderful Life, WALL-E, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Fugitive, Catch Me If You Can, nearly anything with Kenneth Branagh
Music: Vangelis, John Adams, Beethoven, Frank Sinatra, Stacey Kent, David Benoit, Tom Lehrer, ACDC, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Fox, Linkin Park, Santana, Green Day, lots and lots of soundtrack
What's your favorite thing to put on your head?
Ideas (Well, in my head moreso than on my head, but still)
If you could do your happy dance with anyone who would it be with?
Humanity. I'd like the whole of humanity to do one great big happy dance.
When did you start watching the Vlogbrothers?
July, 2011
Make up your own DFTBA initialism!
Deuterium Fusion Triumphs Beyond Amazement

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