What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by bkt, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    Holy cats. I just watched this brief video showing how NASA's new Mars Curiosity rover will attempt to land tomorrow (or Saturday, depending where you are). Check it out:

    http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/video-view.cfm?Vid_ID=1642

    It makes sense, I guess. But I gotta wonder if there maybe isn't a simpler means to get on the ground in one piece.

    Keep your fingers, toes and eyes crossed that this puppy makes it down OK.
     
  2. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

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    Hopefully they remembered to make sure everyone used the same form of measurments for the telemetry systems this time…

    >.<
     

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    That is AWESOME!!!. I hope everything goes according to plan.
     
  4. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    That could be highly entertaining to watch.
     
  5. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    didn't NASA already land 2 other rovers on Mars ..... with a whole lot less complication :rolleyes:


    hope it's successful but it seems to be over engineered in my opinion :eek:
     
  6. Vincine

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  7. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i bet it cost us 10million in tax to make that video...

    shoulda outsourced it to private corporations. private industry prolly could have figured out how to get something the size of a london double decker bus to mars, run it around for a couple months and bring all the samples back to earth in a quarter of the time at a third of the cost.
     
  8. Gone_South

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    I have always been amazed & awed by what NASA has done but I also think it's time to start letting the private sector do more & more of this exploration. Not as in government backed private stuff that has a tendency to happen but true private stuff.
     
  9. dog2000tj

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    this effort reminds me of the failed attempt by NASA to catch a returning probe with a helicopter a few years back :rolleyes:


    just questioning the sense of putting all their eggs in one basket :eek:
     
  10. Vincine

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    Actually the unmanned projects are done relatively cheaply for the amount of scientific payoff they return. And at a price it would be hard for a private company to beat.

    It’s the manned missions that are not ‘cost effective’. When you put people in space it becomes first, and above all else, a round trip survival mission. If the mission can increase the knowledge base, well that’s nice too.
     
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  11. MrWray

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    I wanna see rover video of the structures on mars

    https___webspace.utexas.edu_cokerwr_www_index.html_facemars1.jpg
     
  12. dog2000tj

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    Is that so? :rolleyes:
     

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  13. MrWray

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    They have also discovered some dimples on uranus that they plan on investigating

    http___ic2.pbase.com_u46_elif_upload_29613058.KlingonsOnUranus.jpg
     
  14. Gone_South

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    I read that as pimples the first time.
     
  15. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    Too late ... space aliens have already investigated :eek:



    :p
     
  16. MrWray

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    They done some harvesting

    http___www.tradenstuff.com_Misc_Non-Video_DingleBerrySoup.jpg
     
  17. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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  18. MrWray

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    Yep, even in the alien language "proctologist" is universal :)
     
  19. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Bkt: cool link! I've always loved this type of exploration of our solar system.

    As far as the round trip part- there has got to be people that are smart and trustworthy enough to not want to come back to earth. They would be a true star trek type hero, but people would throw a fit! Imo, it will happen, eventually.
     
  20. USEBOTHHANDS

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    wait, we gotta land on the moon first!!!

    lmaoaoao