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2004-12-24 12:03:26 AM
I think this is really cool. I also find it fascinating that the Mars rovers are still going after almost a year.

/I just hope it works....
 
2004-12-24 12:17:00 AM
The damned thing better. My dad put a year of overtime on that project, I'm going to be pissed if it gets this far just to crap out.
 
2004-12-24 02:17:30 AM
I'm a little tired of this "Cassini". When Space Shuttle Technology starts cooking my dinner and getting me laid, wake me up. Until then, keep your star-shines to yourself. I'm not interested.
 
2004-12-24 02:37:54 AM
Wow, they are using Fark cliches as inspiration for launching space probes now:

PASADENA, Calif. Dec 23, 2004 With a kick in the box and a shove on Christmas Eve...
 
2004-12-24 02:43:08 AM
sigdiamond2000
I'm not interested

You aint geek - You aint nothin'

/adapted from a Weird Al Yankovic MJ parody
 
2004-12-24 03:17:43 AM
Props to the submitter, good headline
 
2004-12-24 06:39:58 AM
I bet it will fail...
 
2004-12-24 06:51:17 AM
I'm moving there in 2050.
 
2004-12-24 06:52:11 AM
thedrunkpug

giving the recent record at NASA i give it 50/50

if it fails i am going with calculating in feet and programming in meters excuse again
 
2004-12-24 06:56:46 AM



too late
 
2004-12-24 07:00:17 AM
I'm going with the doppler shift causing radio transmission problems. Something the engineers discovered like two years into the mission.

But it would be very very cool to get a glimpse of the surface.

-localhost
 
2004-12-24 08:09:53 AM
People actually watched that show? Wow...

I lost my faith in humanity a long time ago, but wow...
 
2004-12-24 08:21:34 AM
That South Park xmas special last week was the most farked up thing i've seen in a long time.
Damn funny though.

/didn't RTFA
 
2004-12-24 09:38:10 AM
All these worlds are yours

Except Europa

Attempt no landings there


/5 more years to go
 
2004-12-24 09:47:03 AM
Huygens is designed to make a 2 1/2-hour descent by parachute to the surface of the moon, which, according to some theories, could have lakes of methane.

Instruments aboard the probe will investigate the atmosphere's chemistry and cameras will try to record images of the surface. It's not known whether Cassini will drop into liquid or onto a hard surface, where it may operate for a few minutes.


I predict hard surface. Further I predict hard surface causes a spark. Moreover, said spark, I predict, will lead to ignition of the methane lakes.

There's a new star in the sky - isn't it wonderful?
 
2004-12-24 10:00:56 AM
Re-posting the below stuff I wrote in an earlier thread, as it seems even more relevant now:

"My only fear is that, given the uncertain liquid conditions on the surface, that the press conference will sound like this...

(cue picture of balding, tubby, frazzle white guy in a short-sleeve dress shirt, complete with brown rim glasses)

"We received telemetry today... at, uhm,... 18:34 GMT.. from the Huygens Probe, from the Deep Space Network series of installations. After a successful launch from the mother craft at 11:10 GMT, the craft entered the upper stratosphere of Titan and began to send back data at a steady 12 kbs. [noise of paper shuffling, as he flips pages, realizes he has the wrong page, flips back, then continues. "Umm...After a review of the data [insert sound of a cough from a reporter], when have interpreted the what we beleive to be the audio telemetry. At approximately 11:53 GMT, the probe sent back a large 'SPLUCH!' sound. Contact with the probe was lost at 11:54."

[reporter]: 'Sir, can you elaborate on the nature of the sound?'
[NASA guy looks flustered, several other NASA guys lean over to talk to him.] "Well, um, it was sort of heavy splat, followed by a mud-sucking sound. We put our best team together and came with the word 'SPLUCH!", at approximately 17:23 GMT."

\ you get the point. Feel free to continue the conference text if you like.
 
jph
2004-12-24 10:13:52 AM
It's all about OIL(y lakes)!
 
2004-12-24 10:49:48 AM

More information than most folks want about the upcoming release & huygens descent in this 1.3 MB PDF from JPL.

About 9 or 10 pages in there are some nifty timelines on what to expect when.

 
2004-12-24 11:07:53 AM
jph: It's all about OIL(y lakes)!

Actually Titan is filled with a liquid/solid methane mix. Which isnt oil, but rather a naturally occuring hydrocarbon
 
2004-12-24 11:14:42 AM
This is very cool. Titan was known to be an interesting body when I was growing up. I loved reading about the solar system and looking in our World Book Encyclopedia with the dated information that was in there. Later, I got a National Geographic book entitled, "Our Universe". Now at age 35, it would be a nice present to see an actual image from the surface. No asploadin' please.
 
2004-12-24 11:18:16 AM
Springs?! Whose bright idea was that? They probably had to spend a pile of money to find a material that could stand up to heat/cold cycling while being under compression for the past seven years and still have the correct tension. I say, explosive bolts were good enough for Gus Grissom, and they should be good enough for this.

I really hope this works. The space program needs a serious shot in the arm, and maybe some more good PR will help.
 
eps
2004-12-24 11:22:08 AM
I predict hard surface. Further I predict hard surface causes a spark. Moreover, said spark, I predict, will lead to ignition of the methane lakes.

There's a new star in the sky - isn't it wonderful?


That sounds like a great movie!
 
2004-12-24 11:24:50 AM
Maybe when the probe gets there it will find a man named Rumfoord and a robot who had crashed landed there on his way to deliver a messege to the other end of the universe. (Sirens of Titan anyone?)

Oh, and South Park Christmas special was pure gold. Teaching mountain lion cubs to preform abortions = geniousness.
 
2004-12-24 11:27:42 AM
Please, keep your Vonnegut to yourself. He scares me.
 
2004-12-24 11:29:27 AM
I predict hard surface. Further I predict hard surface causes a spark. Moreover, said spark, I predict, will lead to ignition of the methane lakes.

There's a new star in the sky - isn't it wonderful?


Isn't there some 50-tons of tinfoil conspiracy theory out there that Satanists in the government are trying to create a new star to welcome the coming of Lucifer? Or something to that effect. Someone else look it up.

56k sucks.
 
2004-12-24 11:33:33 AM
First pictures from Titan now in!



(Vonnegut rocks)
 
2004-12-24 11:35:57 AM
I predict hard surface. Further I predict hard surface causes a spark. Moreover, said spark, I predict, will lead to ignition of the methane lakes.

There's a new star in the sky - isn't it wonderful?


There's some reason why that can't happen, but I forget what it is.

I think it's because there's no oxygen on Titan. And no oxygen means either (1) you can't create a spark or (2) the methane won't burn.

/quasi-geek
 
jph
2004-12-24 11:39:49 AM
The cool thing is that you can fly a jet aircraft around Titan. Except instead of bringing jet fuel, you bring an oxidizer, and it sucks the fuel out of the atmosphere.
 
2004-12-24 11:51:39 AM
Thanks AlgaeRancher :-)
 
2004-12-24 12:36:02 PM
 
2004-12-24 12:37:55 PM
Instruments aboard the probe will investigate the atmosphere's chemistry and cameras will try to record images of the surface. It's not known whether Cassiniwill drop into liquid or onto a hard surface, where it may operate for a few minutes Is it Huygens or Cassini that is going to land?
 
2004-12-24 12:46:45 PM
I think the mic on the probe will send back audio that will be as follows:

Tap Tap "Is this thing on?"
 
2004-12-24 01:54:02 PM
"The probe... will remain dormant until a timer wakes it up for entry into Titan's... atmosphere"

Do you suppose they allowed for Daylight Savings Time?
 
2004-12-24 03:01:08 PM
Viscini?

(would insert picture of Viscini from 'Princess Bride' if wasn't at work)
 
2004-12-25 01:57:32 AM
Screw you guys, It's not working!

/MC'04
 
2004-12-25 05:22:36 AM
sigdiamond2000

You don't want technology. You need a miracle.

astromony133

or "Can you hear me now?!?"
 
2004-12-25 09:48:54 AM

phartman, what is the difference between technology and a miracle?


even a 30-year difference in technology can seem godlike

 
2004-12-25 03:43:05 PM
merry xmas
 
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