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nothingtoseehere-move-along  asked:

With all the traveling that Cress and Thorne do, I assume that they end up back in the Sahara at some point for one reason or another. How does their return go? What kind of memories does it dredge up? What do they do while they're there?

As you can imagine, they are quite weary when their schedules begin to take them to northern Africa. Like anyone who hasn’t had the chance to deal with physical and emotional trauma in a healthy way, they try to hide all of their anxiety from each other and worst, themselves. 

  • Their schedules never take them into the Sahara proper, but whenever they fly overhead and Cress gets a glimpse of the vast ocean of sand, an ice cold shiver runs down her spine. 
    • Once, she thought she might be able to track down her satellite, but after hours of searching she could find no trace of it or the Lunar podship that was smashed. She decided it was probably for the best.
  • One of Cress’s biggest fears about returning to that region in Africa was the idea of running into Jina again. They were never turned in for kidnapping Cress and there was a very real possibility that Jina and her group were still running the trade routes. 
    • Luckily, their delivery schedule took them to the major cities in the area: Cairo, Tripoli, Timbuktu; where the antidotes would then be delivered to the surrounding regions. Still, for a long time Thorne and Cress tried to spend as little time in these places as possible, only stopping long enough to refuel and hand the shipments over. 
      • Even the sweltering heat that hit them when they stepped off the Rampion was reminder enough of their many brushes with death. 
  • It wasn’t until their second trip to Cairo, when the Rampion’s engine was overheating from excessive sand intake and Cress and Thorne had to spend a couple of days in Egypt while the ship was being worked on, that they began to really experience the beauty of the region. 
    • They would walk hand in hand through the spice markets and quiz each other on different smells and tastes. 
    • They ventured out to tour the great pyramids of Giza and took hilarious forced perspective photos that were promptly sent to the rest of the Rampion crew.
    • They even allowed themselves to be talked into visiting Algeria (by one of the friends they made at the Cairo port) and they fell in love with the Ancient Roman ruins that dotted the country.
    • And when Cress caught a glimpse of the herds of camels lazily lounging in the Guelta d'Archei, well, she was a goner. 
  • Soon, every one of Cress and Thorne’s horrible memories of their experience in the Sahara were replaced by wonderful new ones.
    • Memories of fitful and fevered sleep were replaced with new ones of falling asleep in each other’s arms while a cool night breeze floated through an open window.
    • Memories of looking up into the vast night sky, wondering where they could possibly be were replaced with new ones of moonlit kisses and stargazing–making wishes on shooting stars and trying to guess what each other’s wishes were.
    • Memories of greedy, hateful people were replaced with new ones of smiling faces and dinners with new friends that last well past midnight. 

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India launches fourth domestic navigation satellite.

A PSLV-XL launch vehicle successfully deployed India’s fourth domestic navigation satellite Saturday afternoon, 28 March, at 5:19 PM India Standard Time (7:49 EM EDT). The IRNSS-ID satellite is part of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, a series of seven satellites the country will eventually rely on for navigational data. Currently, India relies on foreign navigation constellations.

Launch occurred from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan space center near Sriharikota.

The 144 foot tall rocket is the strongest version of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - one of two rockets in India’s fleet. PSLV, as its name implies, specializes in polar-orbiting missions, while the GSLV specializes in Geostationary transfer orbit.

The PSLV-XL has been flown eight times previously including India’s two deep-space missions, the Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission in 2008 and the Mars Orbiter Mission in 2013.

Nineteen minutes after launch, the IRNSS-ID satellite separated from the fourth stage of the rocket, completing the mission. Controllers on the ground will perform a series of tests over the next month before the satellite becomes operational.

IRNSS will provide two types of services; Standard Positioning Services (SPS) - provided to all users - and Restricted Services (RS), provided to authorized users. The constellation is expected to be completed by 2016.

This was the second launch of navigational satellites in a 24 hour period, the first being the 7th and 8th satellites in Europe’s Galileo constellation. That launch occurred from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana at 5:46 PM EDT Friday.


Watch a replay of the launch here.


Check out our ISRO launch archive here.

anonymous asked:

For the writing prompt thing!! (If you're still doing that!) 21! Bonus for some sort of neighbor type deal? 😖

I’m always taking prompts, anon! This one actually fits kinda well in with my Duplex AU that I’ve been working on. So enjoy! (Maka’s a little OOC but I dunno maybe she got into some philosophy books)

21. “We’re in the middle of a thunderstorm and you wanna stop and feel the rain?” plus the bonus


Singin’ in the Rain

Soul Evans’s new neighbor was weird, of this much he was sure. She moved into the other unit of his shitty duplex several months ago and he’d barely spoken a word to her. Granted, that was probably his own fault considering he’d sped off on his motorcycle when she tried to introduce herself. She was kinda cute with her pigtails, ok? He tended to lose his cool around cute girls and her big green eyes made him nervous.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense has released footage of Monday’s Rokot launch, which deployed three civilian communication satellites and a classified payload. Launch occurred at 9:48 AM EDT from Launch Site 133 at the Plestek Cosmodrome, 550 miles north of Moscow.

The three Gonets-M satellites were deployed two hours after launch, marking the 21, 22 and 23 members of the Gonets constellation to achieve orbit.  Kosmos 2499, a classified military satellite riding piggyback, also rode into orbit, although the Defense ministry did not release any further information.

Rokot is based off the SS-19 Stiletto ICBM used during the latter years of the Cold War. During the mid-1990′s, decommissioned SS-19′s were modified for commercial launch purposes. The addition of a Briz-KM third stage allows Rokot to launch payloads into Earth orbit.

This was the 24th orbital flight of the launcher, which will be decommissioned in 2016.

L - 2 hours - SES and Falcon 9 ready for second launch attempt.

Tonight’s launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the SES-9 satellite is now two hours away. Liftoff is slated for 6:46 pm EDT. Weather is currently 80% chance of favourable conditions, with ground and upper lever winds being the primary concerns.