Cosmologist, pilot, connoisseur of cosmic catastrophes. @TEDFellow. Author: "The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)". Personal account. She/her. Dr.

Raleigh, NC
Joined April 2009
Quick thread about my book, "The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)", with FAQ. #EndOfEverythingBook astrokatie.com/book
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Replying to @BrandonLBradfor
Like how computing was low pay until dudes decided it was man work
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Replying to @sciencewithtyus
I am 100% team badgyote
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Katie Mack retweeted
When animals got their coexistence down better than people *screams internally*
Best friends? A badger and coyote caught on camera strolling through the woods near South Lake Tahoe. (via @tahoetoogee/IG)
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Replying to @jayrosen_nyu @AP
“shouting contests between deeply political constituencies” good lord 😑
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I also couldn’t find the document they say they use for the US distribution
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Replying to @_cingraham
I DMed @SaltLakeHealth to ask them for their data but they didn’t reply ☹️
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Absolutely, 100% coolest way to make an entrance
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Thank you!!
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✒️📖 Stopped by @quailridgebooks and signed about 10 copies of #EndOfEverythingBook! You can order them online here quailridgebooks.com/book/978… or visit the store if you’re local! 📚
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The illustrations currently on their website don’t have that feature. It would be interesting to see it developed if possible.
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See this and other replies from @cirquelar for some Mars landing hope… Seems like some landing spots can be much better than others, but maybe giant heavy vertical rockets won’t turn out to be the optimal vehicle for humans.
The paper does point out that heavy landing is difficult, but maybe it just means humans shouldn’t land in at 40 MT vehicle. A titled cargo lander maybe isn’t a problem. A smaller human only landing system would give more stability.
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Replying to @cirquelar
I like the idea of little two-seater sky-crane-enabled vehicles dropped down from some orbiting mothership. Would still need an ascent vehicle but at least you could launch from a spot where you have established ground-truth.
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Replying to @cirquelar
I’d be interested to know how sure we can be ahead of time about the stability of a particular landing site under the kind of stress a heavy rocket would create. Angled thrusters or some kind of sky crane seem like they’d solve it, if they could work for such a heavy load.
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Do you know how reliable the simulations described in the paper are? Is that group the only one doing them?
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Okay I would like to see the cinematic adaptation of @Av_Stories’s Winter’s Orbit now.
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While we are all waiting impatiently for this, I can recommend the audiobook as the closest substitute, but really, we need to see this on the screen
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