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Europe's MASCOT rover dies after just one day

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acute

Can't they send a monkey up there with some batteries?

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BorizBadinov

Just the fact that they managed to land on asteroids now is pretty awesome. 

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Rolci

Over half a century into the space age we're still playing with batteries? On stuff we sent into space? To look at a rock? This cost us how much? I'm sure we couldn't think of a better way to spend that money. Oh, maybe developing more efficient energy storage systems? Just a thought...

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OverSword

A rover with a Twitter account and a sense of humor! Cool.

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toast
1 hour ago, Rolci said:

Over half a century into the space age we're still playing with batteries? On stuff we sent into space?

When it makes sense, yes. Like in space probes, heart pacemakers and defibrillator, for example.

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To look at a rock? This cost us how much? I'm sure we couldn't think of a better way to spend that money.

Calm down, it costs you, as a Briton, nothing. The carrier was build and paid by JAXA (Japan), MASCOT was designed, build and paid by the DLR (Germany), CNES (France) and Japan.

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I'm sure we couldn't think of a better way to spend that money. Oh, maybe developing more efficient energy storage systems? Just a thought...

There is enough money for both and we need the research on such objects as 60M years ago one of the big fellows switched off the light on Earth. As we need to develop a deference system against such kind of threat, fundamental research is mandatory.

 

 

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Awkward... :w00t:

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smokeycat
16 hours ago, Rolci said:

I'm sure we couldn't think of a better way to spend that money. Oh, maybe developing more efficient energy storage systems? Just a thought...

Go on then...

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highdesert50

Don't be too critical. It is the dreamers that define our destiny.

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TripGun

Never send AAA's to do the job of dual C's...

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