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On thing the really pissed me off lately is the lack of coverage for the mars rover (curiosity) instead we are being bombarded by the fecking Olympics on every channel! Now I'm not saying the Olympics aren't important but I am saying the fact that mankind has successfully landed on a planet 350 MILLION miles away is a damn site more important than watching someone dressed as the queen jumping out of a helicopter with daniel craig or watching some run slightly faster than the other person etc.

The mars rover travelled 350 MILLION miles in just 9 months!!!! it also landed within its target landing zone of just over a kilometre, its already sending back HD photos and its got a 2 year nuclear battery!

You may be thinking so what why bother? Curiosity is searching for several things including water, bacteria (other lifeforms), valuable minerals (stronger metals, energy sources etc) Its also looking to see the practicalities of sending people! the opportunities are endless!!

Here are some great links

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/rover/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19244888

Rant over! :p
 

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There should definately be more news about this subject - unbelievable feat of engineering to achieve what they have achieved - maybe its just all dry riverbeds and rocks at the moment though? guess we wont know unless they tell us!!

Loved every minute of the olympics from opening to closing but it is now over and so couldnt believe that the news was still full of it today. Hopefully tomorow will be different.
 

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There is no doubt that its a fantastic accomplishment and the pictures being sent back are epic. However its now over 40 years since man first stepped on the moon. I would have been hoping by now that easyjet would have started running daily commutes to the red planet. Although I'm sure that taxes would be a fucking killer and the baggage allowance would be shit :)

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I find it amazing that they have managed to be able to cordinate and build this piece of technology, fly it across the universe and remotely land it on mars, whilst simultaneously beaming back amazing images of the marsian landscape and it's orbiting moons.....Meanwhile, beack here on Earth Audi struggle to make a coil pack for the spark plugs that does'nt need replacing every thirty fucking miles!
 

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oceans7 said:
I find it amazing that they have managed to be able to cordinate and build this piece of technology, fly it across the universe and remotely land it on mars, whilst simultaneously beaming back amazing images of the marsian landscape and it's orbiting moons.....Meanwhile, beack here on Earth Audi struggle to make a coil pack for the spark plugs that does'nt need replacing every thirty fucking miles!
+1 .............. add to that bonnet release handles
 

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CWM3 said:
Hmmm.... looks like we are gonna start another 'did they really land a man on the moon?' debate :)
Did they really land this machine where they said the did? Or was it a con like the moon landing? You decide :lol:
 

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jossytt said:
On thing the really pissed me off lately is the lack of coverage for the mars rover (curiosity) instead we are being bombarded by the fecking Olympics on every channel! Now I'm not saying the Olympics aren't important but I am saying the fact that mankind has successfully landed on a planet 350 MILLION miles away is a damn site more important than watching someone dressed as the queen jumping out of a helicopter with daniel craig or watching some run slightly faster than the other person etc.

The mars rover travelled 350 MILLION miles in just 9 months!!!! it also landed within its target landing zone of just over a kilometre, its already sending back HD photos and its got a 2 year nuclear battery!

You may be thinking so what why bother? Curiosity is searching for several things including water, bacteria (other lifeforms), valuable minerals (stronger metals, energy sources etc) Its also looking to see the practicalities of sending people! the opportunities are endless!!

Here are some great links

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/rover/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19244888

Rant over! :p
You might like this link too.... :p

http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2012/08/06/cur ... d-of-mars/

Made me giggle anyway....
 

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jossytt said:
The mars rover travelled 350 MILLION miles in just 9 months!!!! it also landed within its target landing zone of just over a kilometre, its already sending back HD photos and its got a 2 year nuclear battery!

You may be thinking so what why bother? Curiosity is searching for several things including water, bacteria (other lifeforms), valuable minerals (stronger metals, energy sources etc) Its also looking to see the practicalities of sending people! the opportunities are endless!!
2 Years is just the original mission time. The power source should be good for over 10, so expect the project to be extended like the other rovers were :p

A problem MSL faces with the media is simply a media that has no patience. And NASA itself faces a funding problem. Its budget is woeful compared to military spending, and with a growing number of American politicians being religious whack-jobs who think Noah's Ark is a reasonable historical account and wanting creationist bullshit taught in schools as "science", they're not exactly champing at the bit to have real science funded.

The Olympics isn't the problem. A media that is rubbish at reporting science stories is the problem.
 

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jossytt said:
On thing the really pissed me off lately is the lack of coverage for the mars rover (curiosity) instead we are being bombarded by the fecking Olympics on every channel! Now I'm not saying the Olympics aren't important but I am saying the fact that mankind has successfully landed on a planet 350 MILLION miles away is a damn site more important than watching someone dressed as the queen jumping out of a helicopter with daniel craig or watching some run slightly faster than the other person etc.

The mars rover travelled 350 MILLION miles in just 9 months!!!! it also landed within its target landing zone of just over a kilometre, its already sending back HD photos and its got a 2 year nuclear battery!

You may be thinking so what why bother? Curiosity is searching for several things including water, bacteria (other lifeforms), valuable minerals (stronger metals, energy sources etc) Its also looking to see the practicalities of sending people! the opportunities are endless!!

Here are some great links

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/rover/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19244888

Rant over! :p
Keep ranting Joss! I fully agree. I for one didn't watch any of that Olympic doodah but missed extensive coverage of the Mars mission
 

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Agreed they should defiantly be more coverage of this!

also don't forget voyager1 is just about to leave our solar system that thing has been going since 1977!!! :)
Is it that long :eek: Time flies when you're not watching!
 

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An amazing achievement, this must have been the most complex mission yet, can't imagine what the insurance premium was for failure. The graphic simulation of how it worked just seemed impossible, but it did work. 10 out of 10 NASA.
 

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As a retired space launch guy, I for one will say you're comments are well appreciated. It was/is fu#king amazing.

cheers.
 
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