DUmmies upset over planned Invasion of Mars!!!! :D
Poll_Blind (1000+ posts) Mon Nov-21-11 11:27 PM
Original message 10 pounds of plutonium dioxide (nuclear fuel for probe) to be launched next week to Mars.
It's the onboard reactor for NASA's $2.5Bln Curiosity probe. Amazing piece of machinery, hands down. I was watching the laser zapping rocks in the video at the link and I was all "Damn! How big are the solar panels going to unfold to power that thing. Hey...where are the solar panels?"
If you want to see the most complex and improbable-looking landing sequence for a space probe, ever, check out the video at the link.
I hope a hundred million things fail to fuck up- especially during the launch, which is happening this Saturday.
It has a cool laser cannon and probably a pepper spray dispenser...:eek::D