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A great day for space exploration!

  1. Jan 4, 2004 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    So far...The Mars Rover Spirit: WOW!!!

    Cheers to NASA!!!

    I can't take my eyes off of the NASA live feed.
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/landing.cfm
     
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  3. Jan 5, 2004 #2

    Phobos

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    Very cool!

    And a second NASA rover, Opportunity, is scheduled to land Jan 24!
     
  4. Jan 5, 2004 #3
    Pretty damn sexy news.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2004 #4
    YAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

    had to pry my eyes off the pics to type this post
     
  6. Jan 5, 2004 #5

    Monique

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    There only is a news conference :frown:
     
  7. Jan 5, 2004 #6

    Monique

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    ok, why is the sky WHITE??
     
  8. Jan 5, 2004 #7

    Monique

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    :frown: the landscape looks really featureless
     
  9. Jan 5, 2004 #8

    Monique

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    hehee! I like seeing scientists enthousiastic about their work this is actually quite fun to watch!
     
  10. Jan 6, 2004 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    This was site was chosen partly for that reason. In order to allow for easy movement, they wanted rocks to be available, but not so many that it becomes difficult to maneuver. Also, being the bottom of a crater we don’t expect much for an exciting view, but we might find evidence of an ancient lake the size of New Hampshire [I think this was the reference used...maybe Rhode Island]. In particular, for one, certain types of rocks are sought that would indicate a long history of liquid water on the surface of Mars.
     
  11. Jan 6, 2004 #10

    Monique

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    So how many rovers have successfully landed on mars and sent us back data?
     
  12. Jan 6, 2004 #11
    This one and the one back in 97. The british would still prefer to believe that there's is alive and well, and any minute they will get data, but I don't think that's happening :(

    The japanese aborted their's as well.
     
  13. Jan 6, 2004 #12
    yup, that steve squyres is absolutelly crazy. it's what i would expect from a true scientist. can anyone confirm if he's a physicist? ok, i checked, he's an astronomer. close enough...
     
  14. Jan 6, 2004 #13
    The atmosphere of Mars is 95% CO2. It can freeze into clouds of tiny ice crystals at high altitude. The sky can turn red of course when there are big storms.
     
  15. Jan 6, 2004 #14

    It better work. I am forced to pay for it. If I decided one day not to pay for it anymore on the grounds that there are other things I want to pay for besides sending other ppls stuff to Mars, the police would come and put me in jail.

    Watching the spectacle of those engineers whooping for joy in their contrived, stiff and uncomfortable way was a reminder that I need to waste no time in finishing my space ship and leaving this lunatic planet.
     
  16. Jan 7, 2004 #15

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    usually, it's pinkish due to the red dust in the atmosphere
     
  17. Jan 7, 2004 #16

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    Just the Pathfinder & Spirit, as previously mentioned. (Another one due to land Jan 24)

    1971 - USSR's lander (not a rover; failed right after landing)
    1976 - NASA's 2 Viking landers (not rovers)
    1997 - NASA's Pathfinder (rover - highly successful)
    1999 - NASA's Polar Lander (lost upon landing)
    2003 - ESA's Beagle 2 lander (lost upon landing)
     
  18. Jan 7, 2004 #17

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    Re: Re: A great day for space exploration!

    What did it cost you, something like $2? ($400M divided by all U.S. taxpayers) Show a little adventurous spirit. :wink:

    Welcome to civilization. This is true for all government programs.
    Maybe someday we'll be able to allocate our tax funds...when that day comes, I'll be sure to chip in for you to NASA. :smile:

    Oh please. Did you expect an end-zone dance or a Broadway production? These people were celebrating years of hard work...while still at work...on national TV.

    Good luck doing that without a space program.
     
  19. Jan 7, 2004 #18

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    Re: Re: Re: A great day for space exploration!

    Lol, it would've been nice :wink: probably I've been watching too many Hindi movies though..
     
  20. Jan 7, 2004 #19
    Re: Re: Re: A great day for space exploration!

    Originally posted by Vosh
    It better work. I am forced to pay for it.


    What did it cost you, something like $2? ($400M divided by all U.S. taxpayers) Show a little adventurous spirit.


    That's how the rich get that way. If a million ppl. send me one dollar, it's quite painless for them, but I'm a millionaire! Ppl. think frittering away a few dollars here and there for things like fast food, cable tv, porn (but I repeat myself), etc. is painless, but a) it adds up, which leads to b) some preppie brat out of business school becomes absurdly unnecessarily wealthy and c) the rest become more poor.


    If I decided one day not to pay for it anymore on the grounds that there are other things I want to pay for besides sending other ppls stuff to Mars, the police would come and put me in jail.


    Welcome to civilization.


    Relatively speaking. People of every age seem prone to assuming that, "we've arrived". Ppl. today think, "this is it; we've achieved liberty and democracy. All there is to do now is make more toys...". Civilization? Yeah, compared to Rwanda.


    This is true for all government programs.
    Maybe someday we'll be able to allocate our tax funds...when that day comes, I'll be sure to chip in for you to NASA.



    Someday ppl. will know the difference between a right and a privilege. The idiotic space program is a privilege. Housing and health care are rights. A thousand years from now (if not a few hundred; history is progressing differently these days) there will be Renaissance Faires that feature 20th century life and there will be actors portraying the spectacle of 20th century citizens declaring, "Why, sah, I say, sah, that is radical and I do declare you are a damn weirdo...!" Ha ha! They'll just laugh, laugh at the way ppl. were back in primitive times -- I just wish I lived in the future lauging with them.


    Watching the spectacle of those engineers whooping for joy in their contrived, stiff and uncomfortable way


    Oh please. Did you expect an end-zone dance or a Broadway production? These people were celebrating years of hard work...while still at work...on national TV.



    You don't understand.


    was a reminder that I need to waste no time in finishing my space ship and leaving this lunatic planet.

    Good luck doing that without a space program.



    Too right, since it's illegal to do that sort of thing as a private venture. Countries only pay for that stuff out of hegemonic and military considerations, competition and national feeling. They're not dreaming of an enlightened Gene Roddenberry space faring future...
     
  21. Jan 12, 2004 #20

    Ivan Seeking

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    Spirit Ready to Get Down 'n' Dirty on Mars


    http://space.com/missionlaunches/spirit_update_040111.html
     
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