SpaceX today announced that it is planning to launch two private customers on a flight around the moon late next year. The mission appears to be mostly or entirely funded by the prospective passengers, who have paid a significant deposit, and will utilize the Falcon Heavy rocket, which is scheduled to debut this summer. This would apparently occur shortly after the first Crewed Dragon mission to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, another flight that has yet to occur.
The youngest people who have any memory of the Apollo moon missions turn 50 next year, so this would be an exciting, if ephemeral, step in human spaceflight. It comes at the same time that a political administration which will remain nameless has asked NASA to examine the feasibility of putting humans on the debut flight of the Space Launch System, currently scheduled for an unmanned launch in 2018 or 2019.
The relationship between SpaceX and NASA is kind of tricky, with NASA (wisely) contracting SpaceX for ISS cargo missions and astronaut ferrying, and SpaceX unreservedly praising NASA in the same release it announces a mission that must feel like a knife in the back. All of this is somewhat speculative, though, as all three prospective human-rated capsules (Orion, Boeing's commercial crew capsule, and SpaceX's crewed Dragon) are experiencing delays. So a little competition might be a good thing.
If US-based organizations can finally put astronauts back into orbit on their own vehicles, though, I'm excited to see it.
Title says it all. Streaming information available here: https://ulol.na.leagueoflegends.com/categories/all/news/full-btn-league-schedule
Team information, with league standings and rosters, are available here: https://ulol.na.leagueoflegends.com/competitive/bigtennetwork. Michigan leads its division (OSU is in 4th behind Rutgers and Maryland), so I will keep a lookout for any potential playoff information and hope BTN2Go won't lock future matches behind a paywall.
HT: austinnt from January thread: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/um-vs-osu-league-legends-btn2go-february-27th
FAQ: "What is League of Legends?"
Riot Games has a 5.5-minute video explaining the basic premise behind the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGtROJeMPeE
So, after months of compromising with the MGoFiance, I finally have my football watching set-up. 55 inches of 4K, curved, Samsung television now graces my wall, and I LOVE IT. (#humblebrag)
Also, because I'm an S7 kinda guy, my phone can act as a remote, an extra speaker, and mirror my activities on my phone to the TV. Super cool.
What I failed to research, however, is the general lack of 4K content right now. Or my phone possibly blowing up in my face. Still, I'm a Samsung fanboy.
So, do you think 4K is a gimmick like 3D was? What brands of electronics do you like best?
In the spirit of the long lost Discuss Man,
The University of Michigan Synchronized Skating Team took gold in the collegiate competition at the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships on Saturday night. With a Level 4 pair element and solid Grades of Execution (GOEs) on their remaining elements, Michigan finished with 88.22 points.
Miami University earned a silver medal with 86.40 points, followed by Michigan State University in third place with a score of 75.66.
U-M’s victory marks the first time in 13 years that a school other than Miami University has won the title.
1. I didn’t know there was such a sport.
2. I didn’t know we had a team.
3. Why was our team wearing red dresses? (If I could figure out how to embed a picture I’d show you. It just seems sacrilegious.)
Congratulations on your victory, ladies. GO BLUE!
For the 2nd time in 2017, the softball team took a #1 ranked team from the Sunshine State to extra innings. This time, the opponents were the Seminoles of Florida State, as a see-saw game couldn't be settled in regulation. Megan Betsa had some difficulties against a powerful FSU line-up, but got big outs when she needed them to keep the team in the game.
Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the ball, we got to see some very encouraging signs as 8 different players got hits, and Tera Blanco, who has been slumping in the early going, smacked a pair, including a 2-RBI ball to the fence to give Michigan short-lived 5-4 lead in the B6.
FSU tied the game at 5 in the 7th, and the Wolverines couldn't get anything going in their half of the inning, so the game went to extras. Even the international tie-break rule (runner placed at 2nd to start the inning) wasn't enough to get FSU on the board in their half of the inning, as Betsa weed-wacked their hitters, slinging 3 Ks. Michigan never got their turn, however, as the strict time requirements forced the game to end early.
This has to feel like a brutal missed opportunity, as well as highway-robbery, for the team to come so close, and end up not even getting the same opportunities that the 'Noles got. Even so, we saw some great signs here, and if any tie can boost the resume, it would certainly be this one.
Game 2 of the day is underway, with the Wolverines up 1-0 on ASU in the B1.
UPDATE: Softball downs ASU 3-0, finally tallying a W over a ranked opponent. Blanco looked better than she has all season, blanking the Sun Devils for 6 innings before Betsa stepped in to strike out the side 1-2-3 in the B7. Great way to end the weekend!
Happy Daytona Day to all my friends out there in fringe sports land. I am gearing up to be passed out on a pool table somewhere by lap 55, but before we get to the Great American Race, we've got some soccer to get in. Enjoy this wonderful Sunday, (and I guess, Monday), and have a few in your own honor.
Soccer Sunday/Monday Open Thread
Today & Monday’s Schedule:
English Football League Cup Championship Final
11:30am Manchester United v Southampton - BEINSports
English Premier League
8:30am Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City – NBCSports
3:00pm Leicester City v Liverpool - NBCSports
6:00am Espanyol v Osasuna - BeinConnect
10:15am Atletico Madrid v Barcelona - BeinConnect
12:30pm Athletic v Granada - BeinConnect
12:30pm Sporting Gijon v Celta Vigo - BeinConnect
2:45pm Villareal v Real Madrid - BeinSports
9:00am ASSE v Caen - BeinConnect
11:00am Olympique Lyonnais v Metz - BeinConnect
3:00pm Marseille v PSG - BeinConnect
9:30am Ingolstadt v Borussia M’gladbach – FS2
11:30am Schalke 04 v Hoffenheim – FS2
6:30am Palermo v Sampdoria - BeinConnect
9:00am Genoa v Bologna - BeinConnect
9:00am Crotone v Cagliari - BeinConnect
9:00am Sassuolo v AC Milan - BeinSports
9:00am Chievo v Pescara - BeinConnect
9:00am Lazio v Udinese - BeinConnect
2:45pm Inter v Roma – BeinConnect
2:45pm Fiorentina v Torino - BeinSports
*Games Featuring major clubs are in bold.
*This is our active Sunday and Monday Thread, to keep from needing another thread for what is usually a light day of footballing, tomorrow.
*If you don’t see a league or team listed that you want to follow and discuss, let me know and I’ll add it (within reason). I’m not going out of my way to make sure Scunthorpe or Drogheda United are covered here.
*I have heard the voice of the people. Time has shifted to your beloved Eastern Time Zone. I am a benevolent God.
Enjoy, cheers, and Go Blue!