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mars exploration thread

choko

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way back in the summer i spent a long time staring up at that big red dot. even went to a great mars party the last wednesday of august when it was at it's brightest. it was huge, and so bright too! so, with great interest i have been following nasa's so far succesful jaunt to our close friend.

the first color pictures just came in today!



pretty sweet!

here's nasa's site if you want to do some current reading on spirit and the mission.

and some pretty cool raw images can be found here.
 
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MoFo

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I have to write a paper on the issues surrounding the documentation of the Mars Rover journey and how it relates to past forms of documentation of reality. For example, Thomas Edison's propaganda films of the Maine blowing up before the collapse of the Spanish Empire.

And the way these Mars pictures compare to the first ever moving images created by the Lumiere Brothers.

Thanks for the heads up!
 

MalGlo

TRIBE Member
yep i've been totally following this

remember when the internet slowed down to a CRAWL in 97 (was it 97??) when they rover was on mars blastin pics back ...... everyone was tryin to check out the pics....

oh and martian pr0n.
 
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choko

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i can't believe that this is how small the sun looks from that planet!



edit: may just be the lenses on the camera though. but still!
 

Access

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that's amazing.

I heard there's going to be another mission arriving on one of saturn's moon's later this year. This one moon's supposed to have a very thick and earth-like atmosphere that might help sustain some kind of life. Hope that one works out
 

Deus

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If the sun is that small, how is there so much light in the colour pictures?

Either the light in the pictures is amplified or we don't get the perspective on the picture of the sun.
 
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kodos

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Originally posted by Access
that's amazing.

I heard there's going to be another mission arriving on one of saturn's moon's later this year. This one moon's supposed to have a very thick and earth-like atmosphere that might help sustain some kind of life. Hope that one works out
Not quite, unless you huff gas or inhale spray paint. Cassini/Huygens will be hitting Saturn's system this summer (say that in movie-guy voice). It'll drop a probe into Titan's atmosphere... sure enough there's the possibility of life (its got all the elements - organic chemicals, a likely catalyst such as lightning) but we really don't know enough yet. Some have speculated that there will be methane lakes and geysers and that sort of thing... it'll be very interesting to find out about. I also wonder if they'll get to the bottom of Iapetus' lopsided hemispherical albedo differences while Cassini is swinging around there. At any rate the pictures are going to be faaaan-tastic!

And Mars is cool too...
 
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kodos

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Some would say the survival of the human species and life on Earth depends on us getting off this ball of rock. Something to do with not keeping all your eggs in one basket and cosmic billiards. If we're going to terraform the sucker we'd better damn well know more about the planet.
 

PosTMOd

Well-Known TRIBEr
Originally posted by rejenerate
Why is exploring Mars such a priority? Seriously, can someone explain? 'Cause I don't get it.

~jen
Because you humans are fucking retarded.

There's no reason nor rhyme... humans are smart enough to do it, but not smart enough to know why.
 
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KiFe

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Cheap Ego
"go mars!"


LMFAO!

how did you find that? hahaha


when i think of mars.. that's the first thing i think of.


mars = popped eyeballs and three-tittie-girls

or martian tri-tatas as i like to call them.
 

Evil Dynovac

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Originally posted by rejenerate
Why is exploring Mars such a priority? Seriously, can someone explain? 'Cause I don't get it.

~jen
I'm glad someone asked this. Yes these trips into our solar system are astronomically expensive and even dangerous to manned flights but in the end we must move into space.

If you take the human equation to its infinite potential we must eventually leave this planet. Even if humans learn to live in an earth-sustainable way there will come a time when this planet can no longer support our form of life - whether through an Ice Age, or a meteor strike, or even the dimming of the sun itself ten million years hence. There will come a time when humans will have to leave this place or become extinct.

It is at the heart of our race (like all other forms of life) to survive. We must therefore expend part of our resources and invention toward that end. The journey into space requires a near ridiculous amount of effort and sacrifice. We are barely scratching the surface. The thing is if we don't continue trying then the technological foundation will not be built for those who come after us.

Moving into space has always been at the heart of our and most other civilizations - even if all the older, more primative cultures could do was observe and catalogue the stars. They were doing their part and so must we. If we don't move along the path of space exploration we accept the finite duration of the only intelligent life form that has even been proven to exist.

Eventually we have to go. There is simply no other alternative.
 

KiFe

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Evil Dynovac
I'm glad someone asked this. Yes these trips into our solar system are astronomically expensive and even dangerous to manned flights but in the end we must move into space.

If you take the human equation to its infinite potential we must eventually leave this planet. Even if humans learn to live in an earth-sustainable way there will come a time when this planet can no longer support our form of life - whether through an Ice Age, or a meteor strike, or even the dimming of the sun itself ten million years hence. There will come a time when humans will have to leave this place or become extinct.

It is at the heart of our race (like all other forms of life) to survive. We must therefore expend part of our resources and invention toward that end. The journey into space requires a near ridiculous amount of effort and sacrifice. We are barely scratching the surface. The thing is if we don't continue trying then the technological foundation will not be built for those who come after us.

Moving into space has always been at the heart of our and most other civilizations - even if all the older, more primative cultures could do was observe and catalogue the stars. They were doing their part and so must we. If we don't move along the path of space exploration we accept the finite duration of the only intelligent life form that has even been proven to exist.

Eventually we have to go. There is simply no other alternative.
Holee shit dyno.

you hit the nail right on the head!

I've never heard a better argument in the support of the space programs and exploration. - very well put.

where were you after the columbia disaster, when everyone was speaking to scrap nasa? :)
 
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