We get those because Stack Overflow Blog is one of our feeds. Since that is the official Stack Exchange blog, we have it as a feed so that we can quickly see any SE updates. The blog also happens to have a lot of material geared toward Stack Overflow specifically, but we can't tailor which posts we get from the feed except by deleting them from the chat room ...
Well, I didn't receive a reply to my email to the webmaster of XKCD, but the cartoon now posts like it used to, so one way or another it has been handled.
I choose to assume that the webmaster and Randall Munroe talked it over, clicked the link in the email to The Pod Bay, read the thread for a while and agreed that it is a charming place and they are ...
If, as you put it, there would be a natural synergy between the two places, then absolutely, go for it. Stack Exchange network officially declares chat as the "third place":
The third place is a term used in the concept of community
building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual
social environments of home and the workplace. ...
Chat has limited search functionality, but it is possible to search for text written by user X in room Y. Here is an example:
but you can tweak the exact search text in the form at the top of the page.
There are non-launch events too -
Juno's Earth fly-by in October 2013,
Cassini's Titan fly-by also in October 2013
to name just a couple.
Perhaps we may have SEx.SE events scheduled against non-launch events. These may not be accompanied by a video/data feed though ...
To celebrate the first music video shot in space. Commander Chris Hadfield performed a revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity aboard the International Space Station and received a tweet from David Bowie, saying simply: Hallo Spaceboy... Related news article in The Independent.
Spaceflight101 - Space Flight News and Updates
China ready to Launch its first Lunar Lander & Rover on Sunday
China is ready to launch its first Lunar Lander & Rover, one of the
most ambitious space missions conducted by China. After successfully
putting the Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2 spacecraft into ...
No, that's not so. I've been bitten once again by the "Matt Damon bug".
If you paste the naked url you get the full thing. If it's embedded with other text, you don't. That's all. End of story, nothing to see here, etc.
Test in the Pod Bay verifies this answer:
As pointed out in @JonEricson's comment, this is how it is meant to work, and so in their infinite wisdom the OP was correct in not including the bug tag.
When you paste a bare url, apparently it is ayor. If there is a picture of Matt Damon associated with it, we'll have to see him again.
Most of the time this won't happen; paste a bare link to most news ...
Astrobites - Added (... aaaaand removed) *
Example feed (click on the image to display latest results):
* This feed has been acting up since long, dumping 10 items at the same time while not updating in between. Removed to preserve the chat flow without distractions by pages long list of old items.
NASA's Project Morpheus will often live stream their tests, and it can be pretty fun to watch:
The issue with scheduling these is that they usually announce the tests the day of the event:
Good morning world! It's a great @NASA_Johnson day for a #TetherTest. Join us for a great #rocket test fire. We'll go LIVE later on the web!
The Hein Line
Obvious nod to Robert A. Heinlein the most notable Rocket Scientist and Science Fiction Author.
While there are many great authors and scientist, no one else combined the two as well as he did.