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Mars Rover attempting landing tonight - BFD

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by webbie, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. ScotO

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    Maybe we should deploy some of those NASA scientists to fix the economy. I think they could do a better job than the clowns we have in there now.
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  2. begreen

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    Uh oh, first color picture is coming in now.

    go home.jpg
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    ROTFLMAO......that's probably right on the money! Suprised the sign doesn't say "You screwed up your planet, go back the F@#K home and leave ours alone!"
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    LOL. Love the sign BeGreen. Perhaps it is true.

    As an ex-scientist, I can appreciate what it took and the level of precision required to pull this off. Sending something to another planet is easy...it can crash on it and simply not work.

    Sending something to another planet, have a rocket propelled descent after the supersonic parachute disengages, crane drop off delivery system and everything work afterwards is a different story.
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    Meme of the day

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    at long last we will get to see the ruins of the great cities of Barsoom. With any amount of luck we will be able to discover how they were able to harness the 8th and 9th rays of the spectrum to power their mighty flying ships. Ya, I read those Edgar Rice Burroughs books. I did not see the movie though.
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    I just want them to get pics of Marvin's house.
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    I find there is a good bit of cynicism in the fact that a bunch of old school wood burning men/women (wood burning as a source of heat being fairly primitive) have such an interest in a technological feat. Then again, stove technologies are progressing quite quickly. If only I could get my hands on a radioisotope power generator....lol. See, I was right, Nuclear Energy is the way of the future...just look at my icon!

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    Cool read Kalevi.
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    We need a hobby. People need a hobby. Mars is a hobby, so are pyramids, so is religion. I pick Mars.

    After we got past the point of starvation we needed something to do. As a nation we've spent over 900 billion dollars maintaining a fleet of 12 nuclear submarines equipped with warheads for which we've never had an occasion to use. We spend over 50 billion dollars yearly on pets in this country, and we spend more money in America every year on chewing gum (something with almost no purpose) than a 10yr mission to Mars. All the while poor children around the planet are starving to death.

    Please people, don't chew gum. Just think how evil it is to support a 20 billion dollar worldwide market devoted to chewing mouths while people go hungry. OH THE SHAME!
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    Not exactly. Currently active in the fleet are 11 nuclear powered Aircraft Carriers and 71 nuclear powered Submarines, 14 of which are configured to launch the ballistic missiles to which you refer.
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    How much do they cost?
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    Well, if you have to ask...
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    More than cat food?
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    I don't think there are that many cats. ;lol
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    About time to take this one to the Ash Can but I believe there are some folks in Libya today that would say that our investment in those subs with something other than nukes in the tubes was well worth it.
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    Here's some tweets from Curiosity.

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    Tomahawks'll git 'er done without a messy mushroom cloud.
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    I just read a book called Thirteen Things That Don't Make Sense by Michael Brooks (my personal list is a lot longer) that went through the Viking probe and how they thought they'd discovered life, then redacted, but then the scientist who thought up the experiment waited 10 years and said the only explaination that makes sense for what they found was that Mars has life. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/mars-life_n_1429380.html

    This time around we've designed the experiments only to test for "the conditions that will support life" and not try to answer the other question. Hmmmmmm. Why is that?


    I'm not saying they're not cool, only trying to quantify how much money that we spend on a host of things. 2.5 billion dollars is not a lot of money to answer questions of this magnitude. I'll give up chewing gum for a year to find out what's on another planet.
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    Curiosity's first kill
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    When did we land in New Mexico?

    Dang - that is cool. Really cool. I love how you can just pan the horizon or even check out rover (where is the nearest car wash, he is looking a bit dirty).
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    It's already dirty. Who's going to wash that thing?

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