NASA's new Mars picture

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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:45 AM

For once, I am not the one spoiling the joke :P
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:45 AM

Also, it was the Kessel run, not Kessler. Wasn't he some kind of scientist?
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:08 AM

Yep. Don Kessler, NASA scientist, proposed the Kessler Effect.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:36 AM

As they say - keep moving forward! The next Mars robot..

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Whereas Curiosity can roam the surface on six wheels, InSight will be planted in one spot after dropping onto the Martian surface — minus the sky crane — in September 2016.

A German-built drill nicknamed “The Mole” will pound 16 feet into the Martian crust to take the temperature of the planet, while a sensitive French-built seismometer will detect any Marsquakes. Together, the instruments will provide vital clues to how Mars formed.

“We’ll be able to deduce the deep structure of Mars, which now is a total mystery,” Vane said. “That means all the way down to the core.”
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Except for the drill and seismometer, which are new, InSight will be a near-copy of the Phoenix lander NASA dropped onto Mars in 2008, which found water ice near the Martian north pole.
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Awww.. I sort of wanted to see a methane boat... AND a new place!

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In choosing InSight, NASA rejected two riskier missions: a robotic boat that would have floated on a methane lake on Saturn’s moon Titan, and a mission to examine a comet.


Though the whole "burrowing mole" just screams.. er.. Screamers

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:07 AM

InSight won't have near the hoopla and fanfare Curiosity enjoys because it won't be going anywhere and the science it'll be doing, while possibly even more important, isn't near as sexy as rolling around for two years with a lazor beam zapping random shit.

But yeah, I was kind of hoping the NASA eggheads had come up with a way to send a probe to Europa that would burn a hole down through the ice to see if they'd hit liquid water...and whether there'd be life under all that ice. Of all the places in our solar system that'd be likely to have extraterrestrial life, Europa seems like it'd be the place to look for it.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 22 August 2012 - 09:55 AM

your anus?
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 05:51 PM

View PostCraig328, on 21 August 2012 - 08:07 AM, said:

But yeah, I was kind of hoping the NASA eggheads had come up with a way to send a probe to Europa that would burn a hole down through the ice to see if they'd hit liquid water...and whether there'd be life under all that ice. Of all the places in our solar system that'd be likely to have extraterrestrial life, Europa seems like it'd be the place to look for it.


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:57 AM

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