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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    It looks nice and cool there.
    Though it prolly has more water then where you live :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bailey View Post
    Though it prolly has more water then where you live :(
    That's what I'm thinking, we started using the hot water faucet for everything, it's cooler than the line coming straight out of the ground.
    The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
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    Considering the unusual type of direct landing, and the fact that JPL had no "real time" control over the vehicle(s), this mission is particularly inpressive.......



    Source: JPL

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    Several technological milestones were set by this mission:

    1. First probe soft landing from a ballistic direct approach (not decending from orbit)

    2. First use of "gravitational braking" to slow the vehicle from its transit speed of 25,000 mph (approximately) to 13, 000 mph for atmospheric entry

    3. Largest parachute ever constructed for atmospheric approach.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hubie View Post
    Um, yeah. $2.5 billion to try to find evidence of something that never existed. Great. Starving children in Africa are thrilled.
    Hey, at least landing a rover on Mars you get to accomplish something that has concrete metrics. As long as the geopolitical situation and world economy remains unchanged, children in Africa will starve. Out of all the dumb ways to spend tax dollars, I've always thought science/exploration was the least wasteful.
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    Question: why are all the photos from Mars black and white? Another 1950s throwback, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hubie View Post
    Question: why are all the photos from Mars black and white? Another 1950s throwback, I guess.
    Well, ya see Hubie, the mission was launched soooo long ago, that color photography hadn't been invented yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hubie View Post
    Question: why are all the photos from Mars black and white? Another 1950s throwback, I guess.
    they're thumbnails from secondary cameras... because transmitting bits from Mars is slow. And they wanted something immediate to show people and demonstrate "okay this works"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hubie View Post
    Um, yeah. $2.5 billion to try to find evidence of something that never existed. Great. Starving children in Africa are thrilled.
    Seriously? After all the advances space exploration has given us. I think we got off cheap with $2.5 billion.

    And we fought the war on poverty. We lost. Even though is still continues.
    Be Not Afraid.
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    Houston we have a problem

    Liberals: Obama's useful Idiots
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