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(ABC News)   NASA plans to send two Rovers to Mars and a Fido to Pluto   ( abcnews.go.com) divider line
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2003-01-15 01:38:38 PM  
That's Goofy!
 
2003-01-15 02:06:33 PM  
"What's all this I hear about MENSA telling a few rumors at bars to Frido & Bluto"?!

[/Emily LaTella]
 
2003-01-15 03:41:51 PM  
Awwww. That headline is even cuter than the word Discodermalide.
 
2003-01-15 06:34:36 PM  
Cool. 2 new probes to (either):

- Get lost
- Blow up on the way
- 'Suddenly stop talking'
- Be taken and examined by aliens
- Not really happen in the first place
 
2003-01-15 08:57:10 PM  
how can we do that if we didnt really even go to the moon???
 
2003-01-15 08:57:10 PM  
Two rovers being sent. One on metric system, other on english. The beauty of it is that the parts are interchangable! (I think)
 
2003-01-15 08:58:57 PM  
wait...it has to be your bull...
 
2003-01-15 08:59:51 PM  
They can't be Sirius.
 
2003-01-15 09:00:30 PM  
NASA needs to figure out the difference between metric and american before they even think about going to Pluto or Mars.
 
2003-01-15 09:03:40 PM  
Badabing.
 
2003-01-15 09:04:00 PM  
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Word.
 
2003-01-15 09:05:13 PM  
Narmacil - I believe you are referring to the imperial measurement system when you type english?
And the imperial and metric systems are completly interchangable.....if you know the conversion formulas.
 
2003-01-15 09:05:22 PM  
Water on Mars? We all know that there is a layer of dust covering a frozen ocean. When are the going to let the masses know? Sigh, still cloak and dagger.
 
2003-01-15 09:08:58 PM  
send humans!
 
2003-01-15 09:11:49 PM  
It was faked!
 
2003-01-15 09:11:58 PM  
and who is paying for all this?
 
2003-01-15 09:12:11 PM  
PeterNorth


send humans!


I agree !
 
2003-01-15 09:13:49 PM  
"the six-wheeled buggies will prospect for geologic evidence that the Red Planet was once wet enough to support life"

Just search for life, dammit!
 
2003-01-15 09:14:32 PM  
Who's starting a pool on when we'll lose contact with them.

Hopefully they won't forget about the METRIC SYSTEM. Either use it or don't use it. You can't use both.
 
2003-01-15 09:17:24 PM  
01-15-03 06:34:36 PM Meshman
Cool. 2 new probes to (either):

- Get lost
- Blow up on the way
- 'Suddenly stop talking'
- Be taken and examined by aliens
- Not really happen in the first place


Good points. At first, redundancy seems like a good thing, but if both were designed and built by the same team, they could crash and burn for the same reason. Maybe this time, they'll do everything in metric.
 
2003-01-15 09:20:18 PM  
Serialkittenkiller - how can we do that if we didnt really even go to the moon???

the real question we should be asking is "how can we do that if we didn't get everyone off the moon?"

our last trip to the moon

prays for html to work on the first try
 
2003-01-15 09:20:49 PM  
Damn, I'm a sucker...read that and thought that they were REALLY sending someing to Pluto...

Dangit, NASA, send Pluto Express already! Or is it already past the launch window for that mission...?
 
2003-01-15 09:21:24 PM  
well, blimey.

copy and and paste it yourself.

www.twistedmojo.com/la.html
 
2003-01-15 09:21:47 PM  
Too bad we can't send Rove as well.
 
2003-01-15 09:23:41 PM  
Meshman

Cool. 2 new probes to (either):

- Get lost
- Blow up on the way
- 'Suddenly stop talking'
- Be taken and examined by aliens
- Not really happen in the first place


The USA, by virtue of NASA's hard work, has the highest success rate for planetary and deep-space probes of any nation BY FAR. The Russians trail us with having 1/2 our success rate while the Europeans and Japanese aren't even close.
 
2003-01-15 09:26:35 PM  
I was kinda hoping we'd go to Europa next.
 
2003-01-15 09:36:33 PM  
I have to laugh. The nay-sayers seem to forget that this is rocket science. It is really farking hard. As I mentioned above, NASA puts the rest of the world to shame for successful space probes.

Alas, by nature of NASA's incredible success in the last 4 decades, people have become jaded and fail to realize just how hard it still is. Obviously, there have been failures and there will certainly be more to come.

Before you form strong opinions on that which you know nothing about, perhaps you should read up on NASA's laundry-list of successes before concentrating on a handful of failures.

Nobody does it better than NASA.
 
2003-01-15 09:37:41 PM  
HEY LOOK AT ME! I'M FARKING, I'M REALLY FARKING! FARKING FOR 257 DAYS STRAIGHT BABY WOOOOOOOOOOOO!
 
2003-01-15 09:40:30 PM  
As if NASA can do anything. Can't send a guy or even a dog to the moon for 40 years (as if they did in the first place).

How about that, Drivinwest?
 
2003-01-15 09:42:19 PM  
rovers and fido's....
is there a total anihillation link going on here?
 
2003-01-15 09:42:37 PM  
Hey off topic of a second can someone tell me what letter did the trees form in It's a mad, mad, mad, mad World?

This chick I know wants to know and I a sad pathetic Fark and told her I'd find out....
 
2003-01-15 09:44:13 PM  
What?

How about Uranus? I mean, I know it's out of the way, but everyone is secretly interested.
 
2003-01-15 09:45:08 PM  
W, Actor.
 
2003-01-15 09:47:15 PM  
Thanks
 
2003-01-15 09:47:22 PM  
Drivenwest: I live 80 miles south of the cape, and have all of my 33 yrs. It still amazes me to no end, when I see a launch. Unfortunately, I had to witness Challenger accident first hand. That cloud stayed in the sky for what seemed like an eternity. As you said, the successes far outweigh the failures. Keep up the good work.
 
2003-01-15 09:47:55 PM  
Bmihura

As if NASA can do anything. Can't send a guy or even a dog to the moon for 40 years (as if they did in the first place).

How about that, Drivinwest?


The last man left the moon on December 14, 1972. January 15, 2003 - December 14, 1972 = 30 years, 1 month, 1 day.

NASA hasn't been back because the American taxpayer via Congress won't fund it. It has nothing to do with NASA's capibility. Apollo 18 was cancelled due to funding. We went there to go there. Science was a secondary concern but we did learn that the moon is a pretty boring place. Until space travel is cheaper, there is no immediate need to go back (other than shiats and giggles).

If you are too ignorant to understand the High School Physics that is required to refute nearly all hoax claimers "evidence" than nothing I say here can convince you otherwise. I do have some links for you though:

Why telescopes can't see the Apollo landing sites:
http://www.redzero.demon.co.uk/moonhoax/telescopes.html

Truth about Van Allen Belts:
http://www.redzero.demon.co.uk/moonhoax/radiation.html

Proof we went to the moon:
http://www.redzero.demon.co.uk/moonhoax/proof.html
http://www.thespaceplace.com/history/apollo/apollo13.html

Why the flag isn't waving:
http://www.redzero.demon.co.uk/moonhoax/flag.html
 
2003-01-15 09:48:16 PM  
Nobody does it better than NASA.

Let's see, they've lost two Mars probes in less than a decade because they didn't test. On one, they didn't test the hardware, and on the other, they didn't test the software. Their primary mistake, though, was hubris.
 
2003-01-15 09:50:46 PM  
do you really think its agood idea to send 2 IDENTICAL rovers? what happens if there is a design flaw right from the begining, and they get to mars and don't bloody well move? then there would be just this great heap of expensive scrap metal on mars....

or maybe they could just fake a mars landing...
 
2003-01-15 09:52:23 PM  
Young_Fart: At least NASA attempted the feat, and eventually they were successful. No other country has even tried.
 
2003-01-15 09:52:37 PM  
AhGodUSmellThat

I live 80 miles south of the cape, and have all of my 33 yrs. It still amazes me to no end, when I see a launch. Unfortunately, I had to witness Challenger accident first hand. That cloud stayed in the sky for what seemed like an eternity. As you said, the successes far outweigh the failures. Keep up the good work.

Many thanks! The cynicism just really gets to me at times... You are very fortunate to get to see all those launches! I've been with NASA for just under 4 years and haven't seen a single one :( - I'm in Houston, however, and I don't make it to the Cape for work very often.

On Challenger: I can't even imagine what seeing that first-hand would be like. I know several astronauts, namely ones that are on upcomming missions, and it scares me to no end when I think about what happened.
 
2003-01-15 09:54:38 PM  
Have straight A's in physics from MIT, Drivinwest, I say none of that moon stuff from the 70's is real.
 
2003-01-15 09:55:40 PM  
Young_Fart

Nobody does it better than NASA.

Let's see, they've lost two Mars probes in less than a decade because they didn't test. On one, they didn't test the hardware, and on the other, they didn't test the software. Their primary mistake, though, was hubris.


They. Them. NASA. You make it sound like it's 1 guy. First of all, NASA build almost nothing. Hardware and most testing is contracted out.

I totally agree, however, that they were under tested. Who's fault is that? A politician in Washington who said "faster, better, cheaper" and spread money so thin that adequate testing couldn't be done.

So tell me. Who has a better record that NASA? ESA? NASDA? RKA? Nope. Nobody.
 
2003-01-15 09:56:26 PM  
BTW, I've seen a shuttle launch too, most impressive at night! See one if you can.
 
2003-01-15 09:58:45 PM  
AhGodUSmellThat, I'm really not anti-NASA. Personally, I feel that most of the problems are management-related. Most engineers really hate to do things half-assed.
 
2003-01-15 09:59:26 PM  
Bmihura

Have straight A's in physics from MIT, Drivinwest, I say none of that moon stuff from the 70's is real.

I know a BS and MS Mechanical Engineeing MIT grad with 5.0s in each who can't remember which way a screwdriver is turned to make it go in.

Really, if you believe that it's truly pathetic. But c'mon, throw your "evidence" at me.

Arthur C. Clarke once said:

As a long-time admirer of the United States, I am appalled to hear that a recent poll suggests that 20% of Americans are ignorant fools: I hope the figure is grossly exaggerated, as no other term is strong enough to describe anyone who believes the Moon landings have been faked... Remembering how quickly Watergate unraveled, how could any sane person imagine that a conspiracy involving hundreds of thousands of people over more than a decade would not have done the same? Ben Franklin put it well: "A secret known to three people can be kept - as long as two of them are dead."

And how do these nitwits account for the fact that, for the last thirty years, the laser reflectors and radio sensors on the Moon have been transmitting terabytes of data back to Earth? Who do they think put them there - E.T.s? But I can't waste any more time on lunatics: I am too busy proving that George Washington never existed, but was invented by the British Disinformation Service to account for a certain minor unpleasantness in the Colonies.


Fool?
 
2003-01-15 10:00:32 PM  
Drivenwest: I can see every launch from my town (weather permitting) but, the most incredible experience of my life was being across the river from a Space Shuttle launch. It starts out silent, then about 15 seconds after lift off, the earth begins to rumble. The feelings are indescribable.
 
2003-01-15 10:02:26 PM  
Drivinwest, maybe it's a good thing. At least now the bean counters can attach a multiplier to the budgets to account for failure rate.
 
2003-01-15 10:02:56 PM  
Youngfart, "All these worlds are yours to keep. Except Europa. Attempt no contact."
 
2003-01-15 10:03:53 PM  
Drivinwest--

Arthur C. Clarke is also a great science fiction writer.

;)

Not gonna get into physics on Fark, but you can do math.
 
2003-01-15 10:04:39 PM  
oops "Attempt no landings there."
I think, whatever.
 
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