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Could Curiosity Return to Earth One Day?

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:23 PM

Curiosity may one day return to Earth, says Nasa boss



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The director of Nasa's Mars exploration programme has spoken of hopes that one day the rover Curiosity might be brought back to Earth by astronauts.

Doug McCuistion said it was his personal hope that humans would visit the Red Planet in the 2030s or 2040s.

He said he could imagine astronauts walking up to Curiosity.

McCuistion said the roving laboratory's mission was scheduled to last two years, but it could have enough power for 20 years.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:55 AM

Anything is possible, but we will have to get a lot more advanced and a lot better at space travel before we start thinking about bringing back "space antiques" for museums, as neat as that would be. We had also better make sure we don't brink back any hitchhiking microbes, should they exist.

(I guess I could be sarcastic and ask, in which Chinese museum will the Mars Rover be displayed?)


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:11 PM

Yeah, the idea sounds interesting but pointless.


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:35 PM

I think catching up with Voyager 1 & 2 and bringing them home would be a much better and worth while achievement


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:01 PM

View Postpallidin, on 25 October 2012 - 05:11 PM, said:

Yeah, the idea sounds interesting but pointless.
It would be far from pointless.

If we are to build bases on Mars then learning how well materials survive long term exposure on the Martian surface would be invaluable. Returning Curiosity, or at least parts of it, would provide huge amounts of information.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 12:32 AM

I can imagine when in 30,40 or 50 years, when humans have set up base on the moon that the Apollo 13 landing site will become a museum similar to the Acropolis in Athens, with a glass bottom floor to observe Neils boot prints.  That would be an extraordinary exhibit!


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Posted 27 October 2012 - 01:25 AM

So shall it be dreamed ,so shall it be Done ! :tu:

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:59 PM

And they can find the one(s) that crashed and bring them back for analysis.


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:36 AM

It would be good to see what effects the Martian atmosphere has on Man Made materials and you would see wether any Microbes had escaped Earth.

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