Curiosity on Mars

Don't feed the NASA troll.

Actually, analyzing the sun's light as it goes around that moon would give us data on the moon's physical characteristics. It's not just looking for the sake of a pretty picture.

And, if you pointed out to Ken that Curiosity works for free, he'd probably go ballistic about NASA slavery.

Total cost of the project was $2.5 billion, so it was below the 'billions of dollars per minute' figure at about minute 3 of the mission. And the Pentagon just loses, just outright LOSES, $70 billion every year. It disappears into thin air, they know not where.

I'm not kidding. $70/billion a year that's just gone, with no trace.

Malor wrote:
And, if you pointed out to Ken that Curiosity works for free, he'd probably go ballistic about NASA slavery.

That guy is some internet trolling genius.

Atras wrote:
There is less gravity. Obviously.

Only because I'm not an astronaut

Why are we not sending these things to go check out the martian caves?! With their underground cities, rivers, ancient obelisks, and mole people.

Radio reception from millions of miles away doesn't work very well in caves.

Next time we send something to Mars we need to send a secondary explorer with it so it can send it into those caves. I know that's where the Martians are!

garion333 wrote:
Next time we send something to Mars we need to send a secondary explorer with it so it can send it into those caves. I know that's where the Martians are!

Probes with probes that have more probes?

plavonica wrote:
garion333 wrote:
Next time we send something to Mars we need to send a secondary explorer with it so it can send it into those caves. I know that's where the Martians are!

Probes with probes that have more probes?

Yo, dawg. I heard you like...no, nevermind.

Probe ----> Probe ----> Probe ---> Butt

gravity wrote:
Probe ----> Probe ----> Probe ---> Butt
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Why did I not think to look for a thread on this before.

*goes back to read thread*

Since this is the most active SPACE thread, I figure this is the best place for this:

XKCD
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Alt Text: "Another thing that is a bad problem is if you're flying toward space and the parts start to fall off your space car in the wrong order. If that happens, it means you won't go to space today, or maybe ever."

Awesome.

See, it's not rocket science.

Stele wrote:
Awesome.

See, it's not rocket science. ;)

Yeah, it's not exactly... BRAIN SURGERY.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Stele wrote:
Awesome.

See, it's not rocket science. ;)

Yeah, it's not exactly... BRAIN SURGERY.

Requisite video link for those not getting it:

I love this Curiosity "Self-Portrait." It's actually a composite of 55 images taken by the camera on the end of the arm, merged together so you don't see the camera arm. Pretty clever.

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And, I haven't watched it, yet. But this documentary on the previous mars rovers popped up on the netflix instant queue "you might like" lists

http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/We...

Thank you! Will watch.

All I heard while reading it, fingers crossed

I will be celebrating, probably too much, if m0nk3yboy is right.

The rover does not have the tools to determine life.

mudbunny wrote:
The rover does not have the tools to determine life.

I thought they said it was not an active directive of the mission, not that it couldn't detect it if it was found to be there? I could be wrong on that, I'm just going of my recollection of the Google live feed were it was being discussed, so that may be different to actual spec.

Would they be able to find traces of organic material in samples taken for instance? Unusually high percentages of X that could be left by process Y of a living organism, that sort of thing?

Spoiler:
Or maybe, the Rover's arm wasn't 'shopped out and the next pic they release from one of the wheel cameras shows a Martian holding the camera for the photo.

I wish the rover would have used a mirror and an iPhone to take it's self portrait.

Yeah it would be awesome if they find some microorganism or even a fossil of organic life or something.

But honestly I'm just expecting something like current ice/water, to further prove that water once existed there.

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LouZiffer wrote:
*picture*

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
LouZiffer wrote:
*picture*

:D


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