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(Rocky Mountain News)   Cassini probe begins to fall to Saturn moon Titan. Last transmission from Cassini is reported to be "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"   (rockymountainnews.com) divider line 48
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-12-25 09:41:13 AM  
A wok-shaped science probe is on target for a Jan. 14 plunge to the surface of Saturn's enigmatic moon Titan.

That's rude. How would we feel if aliens contacted us by dropping cooking implements? "We come in peace, please climb in the frying pan" isn't the way to handle first contact. Damon Knight taught us that subtlety and deception are the keys to a culinary invasion.
 
2004-12-25 10:23:04 AM  
 
2004-12-25 12:31:09 PM  
ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE.

/obvious
 
2004-12-25 12:41:30 PM  
Motormouth: ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE.

But the movie was set at Jupiter, not Saturn.

/but the *book* was set at Saturn
//but the book concerned Iapetus, not Titan
///but I had to look that up, because I thought it was Titan
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-12-25 02:08:29 PM  
The second book -- with the warning -- was a sequel to the first movie, not the first book, and was set at Jupiter. The warning was at Europa. (BTW, if you can find the short story "Monolith" by Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen, read it. As far as I know the only publication is in Nature 408, 913 (2000) and requires a subscription or academic site license.)
 
2004-12-25 03:34:38 PM  
The first time I read the headline, I could swear that I saw "KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!"

That didn't really make a whole lot of sense.
 
2004-12-25 03:36:29 PM  
a wok?....does this make it the longest take out delivery in history?

/got nuttin
 
2004-12-25 03:40:49 PM  
I figured it would have been "GEEEERONIMOOOOOOO!!!!!"
 
2004-12-25 03:45:41 PM  
Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhnnnnn!
 
2004-12-25 03:46:43 PM  
meters or feet? meters or feet man?!
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-12-25 03:50:42 PM  
the probe will remain dormant until an onboard timer wakes it about four hours before Huygens enters Titan's nitrogen-rich atmosphere on Jan. 14.

If they set the alarm right and the probe doesn't hit snooze too many times.

They almost lost the lander mission due to an oversight in the communications system. Here's hoping they didn't overlook errors in any other critical systems.
 
2004-12-25 04:06:03 PM  
"OH NO! NOT AGAIN!"
 
2004-12-25 04:06:49 PM  
No no no, "aaaah", from the back of the throat.
 
2004-12-25 04:22:45 PM  


 
2004-12-25 04:26:44 PM  
KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
 
2004-12-25 04:40:01 PM  
2.2 Billion Miles!!!!!

Holy Schit!
 
2004-12-25 04:53:12 PM  
Maybe it was drawn by the Sirens of Titan. Or a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.
 
2004-12-25 04:57:26 PM  
Shouldn't the last words be, "My god, it's full of stars"?
 
2004-12-25 05:00:15 PM  
Watched this for holiday cheer last night.

 
2004-12-25 05:02:10 PM  
OOOOOHHHHH!!! So its suposed to be falling. ahh, gotcha.
 
2004-12-25 05:17:13 PM  
I beat fark!

My Littered.com article about the Cassini-Huygens probe.. I can't wait to see the pictures the probe takes, should be awesome.
 
2004-12-25 05:31:43 PM  
Fnord: I did not know that about the book.

/fark: where you learn something new every day
//even if you hadn't planned on it
 
2004-12-25 05:39:15 PM  
gopher321

Nice TZ reference
 
2004-12-25 05:46:19 PM  
gopher321, "It's a cook book! It's a cook book!"

/obscure?
 
2004-12-25 05:50:54 PM  
Are we sending a probe to Castle Aaaaaaaaaaugh?
 
2004-12-25 06:05:27 PM  
"My god!...It's full of stars"


/2010 geekness
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-12-25 06:09:14 PM  
Apparently I win the obscurity contest. The Twilight Zone episode was based on the short story "To Serve Man" by Damon Knight.
 
2004-12-25 06:10:54 PM  
micuu:
brillant. simply brillant.
 
2004-12-25 06:55:21 PM  
ZAZ
I got it. Does that mean I'm a geek?
 
2004-12-25 08:14:01 PM  


/what more obvious: this or simpsons reference?
 
2004-12-25 09:06:33 PM  
Oh oh, this is trouble. Titan is where God keeps his stash of porno mags, with sticky pages. You think the haze is accidental?

If we were made in the image of God, he's just as a big wanker as the rest of us.
 
2004-12-25 11:16:15 PM  
thanks micuu I was hoping someone would post something to that affect.
 
2004-12-26 12:59:15 AM  
Ahhhhh! The atmosphere! Ahhhhhh!
 
2004-12-26 01:18:51 AM  
OK, what's with the goddamned whale and plant? I can't figure it out and it's driving me insane.
 
2004-12-26 01:37:57 AM  
Ahh hahahahahaha!!! KHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANN!
 
2004-12-26 01:38:41 AM  
Prospero:

Read "The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy", my son, and all shall be revealed.
 
2004-12-26 02:34:15 AM  
Oh I have, but not since high school; I read the whle series. Dammit, I knew it was something like that.
 
2004-12-26 02:36:59 AM  
Actually, now that I think about it, I haven't read anything but the first book since junior high school. Time for me to rummage around in my book collection.
 
2004-12-26 02:50:00 AM  
I watched a DVD called Hyperspace the other day. It does an excellent job of depicting the universe and helps you understand just how incredibly huge it is. Seeing a computer simulation of Jupiter being bombarded by space debris and then being told that it is being played at a rate of one million years per second can make one feel pretty insignificant. It made me think of the Total Perspective Vortex in the HHGTTG.
 
2004-12-26 03:14:06 AM  

has anyone else seen Dark Star BTW? An early sci-fi-made-in-your-garage movie by john carpenter (his first movie!!). A great movie about the claustrophobic insanity of space travel (and also in the future we're not much more resposible to other possible ecosystems either, 3 guys are on their way to different unknown planets to drop bombs on them for some kind of experiment) *AHEM* of course nothing to do with current programs (put your tin foil jock on). hee

WARNING: MOVIE SPOILER TO RAD MOVIE YOU WANT TO SEE:

The hero doesn't give up at the end when lost outside his ship in free fall, caught by the planets gravity and re-entering in his space suit, tries to re-enter the planets atmostphere without burning up by surfing on a piece of space junk. Among other awesome things that happen and hardly anyone has seen this perhaps best john carpenter sci-fi.

 
2004-12-26 03:55:41 AM  
"Dave? Will I dream?"
 
2004-12-26 05:16:15 AM  
And wow! Hey! What's this thing coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding word like... ow... ound... round... ground! That's it! That's a good name - ground!
I wonder if it will be friends with me?
 
2004-12-26 07:33:14 AM  
I just hope that they didn't install anything backwards like they did with the probe that crashed when it reentered earth's atmosphere because the parachutes didn't deploy.
 
2004-12-26 07:53:45 AM  
Why is the probe strafing to the left?
 
2004-12-26 12:14:59 PM  
f05t3k: has anyone else seen Dark Star BTW?


Don't know if you'll be back. Dark Star was a great movie. If you look very closely, I believe you'll either hear a musical theme from DS or a scene from DS in every Carpenter or O'Bannon movie.

Lots of crossovers in Alien and Halloween.
 
2004-12-26 12:40:29 PM  
Did anyone else think the headline was a Land of the Lost reference?
 
2004-12-26 01:07:42 PM  
"wok-shaped" is about as old and busted as "perfect storm" and "Saddam had WMD's".
 
2004-12-28 01:14:35 PM  
"My stars!...It's full of dogs"

Courtesy of somebody else...
 
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