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#46    Sundew

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:12 PM

View PostDKO, on 06 August 2012 - 02:34 PM, said:

I think this is great news but there will always be the few that will say "Why did they waste money on this? Why not spending it on curing cancer?"

Great job mankind. :tu:

Well, I heard from a radio announcer that the cost of the mission per capita of the U.S. population comes to $7 per American. I think we can afford that and still have money left over to donate to cancer research. And who knows what the research could yield?

Also, now that we have successfully landed a vehicle using this method, perhaps we could land one on one of the ice moons with liquid oceans and, armed with an ROV (and something to melt a hole), find out if there is life there as well.


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:30 PM

It looks like it was a big mistake to use Microsoft Windows as Curiosity's operating system...

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:02 AM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 06 August 2012 - 10:11 PM, said:

We did, but (pardon me being both pedantic and partisan) Cassini may have been a NASA project but the Huygens lander was made by ESA.

I stand with you, WSaspie!

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..besides, with a name like Huygens, how could I have missed that fact??? :blush:


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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:53 PM

The heat shield as photographed from above after it was discarded during descent.  I can't get enough of these images and can't wait to see what is to come when it starts its mission proper.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 07:30 PM

Congrats NASA on Curiousity...kills a Martian alien bug. :su :st  (space module makes a touchdown landing) :alien: "OUCH!"  :whistle: The endless quest for extraterrestrial life isn't a waste of money, it's part of human curiousity explores the universe farther into infinity, as long as it takes. It's unfortunate NASA cut-ended the Space Shuttle program when manned space exploration is in the process of complete multi-national privatization in an era where the entire human race needs to work together in exploration of outer space.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:16 PM

View PostQuake Storm Maverick 66er, on 08 August 2012 - 07:30 PM, said:

It's unfortunate NASA cut-ended the Space Shuttle program when manned space exploration is in the process of complete multi-national privatization in an era where the entire human race needs to work together in exploration of outer space.

it's unfortunate that the Obama administration, and it's Congress saw fit to scrap Constellation and not continue the Shuttle Program in lieu of spending tens of millions per seat on Russian Soyuz capsules while sacrificing the heavy lift capabilities the Shuttle provided.


The only involvement NASA had in that was signing off on about 10,000 unemployment compensation claims.

You refer to manned space exploration.  That died under President Nixon, 40 years ago.
Any attempt to really get it moving again happened under President Bush in 2004, but that, as all good things that the U.S. has done, was scrapped by short-sighted government (Obama ,  in 2010).
We'll have to start over again.

It's a completely ridiculous situation.  Someone needs to be fired because of it, but it's not NASA, nor is it the partnership we've developed in the past 15 years of work (ISS....).

Don't ever blame NASA, or ESA, or any partner for it.
They didn't scrap Apollo, and allow Apollo Applications to fade away.
They didn't cancel Constellation.

It was short sighted governments that did that.  We had them in the 1970s, and we see another one right now.
So the next time you speak about cut space exploration  programs, leave NASA out of it.

Edited by MID, 08 August 2012 - 09:18 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:44 PM

A video that shows how reality sometimes is way cooler than science fiction.


http://mars.jpl.nasa...sl/participate/

I still await the compelling Exhibit A.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:06 PM

View PostHazzard, on 09 August 2012 - 02:44 PM, said:

A video that shows how reality sometimes is way cooler than science fiction.


http://mars.jpl.nasa...sl/participate/

True enough, Hazz! :tu:

The reality that NASA lives in is preferable to any science fiction... :tsu:


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:24 PM

One must get out and vote .remember ? We the people ? Not just Putting the blame on the POTUS.
We do need a Real Change maker in the Big-House though ! I say vote  NDG

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:43 AM

this is a good deal i realy wish oboma hadnt killed the space program just to suport his life styal like many other things across the country he's killed out but this is all way better then thatthis is a step in mankinds futur maybe  i know if i was a resident of mars an ran across this prob..yeah i'd have to be a smart ass at sum point an bend over  just to show my ass nutting like a good unexpected mooning


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:50 AM

A cool video about the rover.



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Posted 15 August 2012 - 12:28 PM

View PostDKO, on 15 August 2012 - 11:50 AM, said:

A cool video about the rover.

Great vid thanks DKO

Edited by david_36, 15 August 2012 - 12:29 PM.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:52 PM

MNN Update: The object seen landing near Gale Crater on MSD 49,269 at around 05:50:16 AMT local time has been conclusively identified by the Martian Space Agency to be a weather balloon. Due to possible radioactive contamination, Mars citizens are forbidden to approach Gale Crater until further notice. Stay Tuned To Mars News Network for the most dependable coverage!


In all seriousness though... I held my breath while watching the event on Xbox Live. I hope this really brings a younger generation to the forefront where space and exploration are concerned. It seems that over the last 10 years or better, people have lost all interest in whats out there and most dont understand the benefits of space exploration. NASA and Space Exploration have brought us many things we may take for granted today, such as: invisible braces (for your teeth), water filtration systems, scratch resistant lenses, cordless power tools and even shoe insoles... those are just a few of the inventions that NASA helped give birth to...


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:30 PM

TOO  good for school  AIRBORNE !   THats a fact jack ! Someday we shall walk upon Mars surface !

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:45 PM

View Postdavid_36, on 15 August 2012 - 12:28 PM, said:

Great vid thanks DKO

I concur with that sentiment.

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