The 9pm Giant Goatse in the Sky with Rami Mandow

Rami Mandow and two telescopes, one an optical scope and one part of a home-made radio telescope. (Photo: Supplied; Post-processing: Stilgherrian)

The autumn series of The 9pm Edict continues with a look at some recent space news with astrophysicist Rami Mandow, founder of

We talk about black holes and pulsars, darkness and space chemistry, Dyson spheres, tequila, how to get started with astronomy, extraterrestrial life, whether faster-than-light travel will ever be possible, and even that Elon Musk chap and the commercialisation of space.

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Episode Links

  • DUBAI, March 11 (Reuters) - Crypto firms in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are being deluged with requests to liquidate billions of dollars of virtual currency as Russians seek a safe haven for their fortunes, company executives and financial sources said. Some clients are using cryptocurrency to invest in real estate in the UAE, while others want to use firms there to turn their virtual money into hard currency and stash it elsewhere, the sources said
  • [17 May 2022] Hypersonix Launch Systems have been awarded $8 Million to manufacture and launch the 3D printed Multi-mission hypersonic drone - Dart AE.
  • A CubeSat (U-class spacecraft) is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that is made up of multiple cubic modules of 10 cm × 10 cm × 10 cm size.
  • Electron is a two-stage, partially recoverable orbital launch vehicle developed by Rocket Lab, an American aerospace company with a wholly owned New Zealand subsidiary] Electron was developed to service the commercial small satellite launch market. Its Rutherford engines are the first electric-pump-fed engine to power an orbital-class rocket.
  • Nulka is an Australian-designed and -developed active missile decoy built by an American/Australian collaboration. Used aboard warships of the United States Navy (USN), Royal Australian Navy (RAN), United States Coast Guard (USCG), and Royal Canadian Navy, Nulka is a rocket-propelled, disposable, offboard, active decoy designed to lure anti-ship missiles away from their targets. It has a unique design in that it hovers in mid-air while drawing the incoming anti-ship missile.
  • This publication covers the timeline chart for the Nulka Program from the beginning to completion of the Full Scale Engineering Development phase from the early 1970s through to its production and introduction into service in 2001. "Nulka: A compelling story" was written jointly by Dr David Gambling, former Chief of DSTO’s Electronic Warfare Division, Don Northam of the US Naval Research Laboratory, and Mal Crozier from BAE Systems Australia.
  • [26 May 2022] Johnny Depp railed against Amber Heard and Elon Musk in texts the actor himself admitted in court today were “horrific” to read.
  • [25 April 2022] On Monday, users rushed to post a 2014 photo of Musk and Maxwell, who was convicted on charges tied to Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring last year, poking fun at Musk and suggesting that Twitter's new owner would soon ban the image from the platform.
  • [20 May 2022] The attendant worked as a member of the cabin crew on a contract basis for SpaceX's corporate jet fleet. She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, according to interviews and documents obtained by Insider.
  • Gwynne Shotwell (née Rowley; born November 23, 1963) is an American businesswoman and engineer. She is the president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, an American space transportation company, where she is responsible for day-to-day operations and company growth. As of 2021, Shotwell is listed as the 38th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. In 2020, she was included on Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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