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2009-09-30 05:35:50 AM
Are they the country that couldn't even put a man in a track-suit up a ladder?
 
2009-09-30 05:56:42 AM
Lets hope that it goes better than their last shot.

Beagle 2 (new window)
 
2009-09-30 06:15:43 AM
Britain. Not England.

Bloody Californians.
 
2009-09-30 06:56:02 AM
ROVER WANTS TO THINK ABOUT THIS!

i236.photobucket.com
 
2009-09-30 07:09:01 AM
I think this is a great idea. There's an entire planet to explore. The more eyes we can put there, the more we'll learn. This is a GOOD THING. Ignore the few morans in the comments section with their nationalist biatching.

Let's get the Russians, Japanese, and Chinese up there as well. The more, the merrier.
 
2009-09-30 07:17:02 AM
lajimi: ROVER WANTS TO THINK ABOUT THIS!

That is fantastic.

Even the text suits it well.
 
2009-09-30 07:22:29 AM
Oh yes, and we know that went so well when they tried that before...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2009-09-30 07:25:46 AM
Wenchmaster: I think this is a great idea. There's an entire planet to explore. The more eyes we can put there, the more we'll learn. This is a GOOD THING. Ignore the few morans in the comments section with their nationalist biatching.

Don't mind me. I think it is a great idea as well, though I would prefer it if they/we/anyone were sending people. I was just paraphrasing Eddie Izzard.

/look, they're British, so scale it down a bit ;)
 
2009-09-30 07:42:43 AM
It will finally settle the question of whether there is water on Mars or not.

If they can get a British-made car to start, there is obviously no water present.
 
2009-09-30 07:43:15 AM
Glasgowsfinest: Britain. Not England.

Bloody Californians.


The actual nation is United Kingdom if you want to nitpick. Takes for the entire UK pay for national programs.

Of course I could also point out:

Europe, not UK

This is not a UK project but a project of the European Space Agency that the UK is a part of. British scientists might be taking part in the project, but project itself is European.
 
2009-09-30 07:44:54 AM
mr_a: It will finally settle the question of whether there is water on Mars or not.

If they can get a British-made car to start, there is obviously no water present.


I LOL'ded.
 
2009-09-30 07:46:40 AM
They don't have enough money to put a man in a tracksuit up a ladder.

Allo, Swindon?

img39.imageshack.us
 
2009-09-30 07:53:43 AM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

Waiting with breathless anticipation.
 
2009-09-30 08:00:26 AM
Great, now there'll be a British car on Mars leaking oil everywhere.....
 
2009-09-30 08:07:48 AM
PsychoPhil: Great, now there'll be a British car on Mars leaking oil everywhere.....

Great, one of the American probes will detect traces of oil and spark a giant "Martian Liberation" war...
 
2009-09-30 08:46:22 AM
mr_a: It will finally settle the question of whether there is water on Mars or not. If they can get a British-made car to start, there is obviously no water present.

PsychoPhil: Great, now there'll be a British car on Mars leaking oil everywhere.....

Dammit!! Beat to the Lucas Electrical and oil leaking jokes. Dammit All!!

//LoL
 
2009-09-30 09:20:58 AM
If it's anything like an early version of the Rover I had, it'll come with a square steering wheel.
 
2009-09-30 09:28:09 AM
lafinlarry.net

I didn't know there was a village on Mars.
 
2009-09-30 09:31:24 AM
Glasgowsfinest: Britain. Not England.

Bloody Californians.


How about we just refer to you as "Old Blighty" and have done with it?
 
2009-09-30 10:12:53 AM
img225.imageshack.us
 
2009-09-30 10:36:58 AM
King Keepo: If it's anything like an early version of the Rover I had, it'll come with a square steering wheel.

I always thought the square steering wheel was a great example of why the Brits no longer have much (positive) impact on the industrial world:

The basic idea was that by squaring off the wheel, you'd get more legroom. Great - but what about when you, you know, turn the wheel - the corners crash into your legs. Whoops.

And the amazing thing is, they actually sold the car that way.
 
2009-09-30 11:26:25 AM
www.feoamante.com

/remembers the last time the Brits went looking for life in space
 
2009-09-30 11:46:52 AM
Thankyou, Morchella.

/be seeing you
 
2009-09-30 12:48:47 PM
jso2897: Glasgowsfinest: Britain. Not England.

Bloody Californians.

How about we just refer to you as "Old Blighty" and have done with it?



Methinks you british need to stick with dodgy teevee comedy and leave space exploration to the people who know how.
 
2009-09-30 12:55:18 PM
pseudowho: Oh yes, and we know that went so well when they tried that before...

ha! i just watched that episode last night. i'm no the inferno arc now what seems to be the first black man i've seen on the show got shot and killed in the first 15 minutes. aaah the 70s...
 
2009-09-30 01:08:57 PM
img.metro.co.uk

/ Unimpressed
 
2009-09-30 01:09:08 PM
Phil Moskowitz: They don't have enough money to put a man in a tracksuit up a ladder.

Allo, Swindon?


Came here for this..
 
2009-09-30 01:33:16 PM
docbenspock: i just watched that episode last night

that epesode of the movie Life Force?
 
2009-09-30 01:35:47 PM
CapitolG: docbenspock: i just watched that episode last night

that epesode of the movie Life Force?


Yarg, reading the wrong quote.......almost like i have a Dr Who mental block ever since they opted to have "Hair Boy" be the new Doctor.
 
2009-09-30 01:51:02 PM
Glasgowsfinest: Britain. Not England.

Bloody Californians.


i am actually a bloody citizen of jersey and not that island in the middle of the channel.
 
2009-09-30 06:57:29 PM
docbenspock: ha! i just watched that episode last night. i'm no the inferno arc now what seems to be the first black man i've seen on the show got shot and killed in the first 15 minutes. aaah the 70s...

What about Toberman in Tomb of the Cybermen in the '60s?
 
2009-09-30 07:12:39 PM
The WHO-FU is strong with this thread!

Affirmative, Master!
 
2009-09-30 08:35:42 PM
First off there is nothing new about the ExoMars rover. Its original launch date was planned for a 2011. The launch window to Mars is about two years, then it was delayed again to 2013, then 2016, and now 2018. So in other words, we'll see if they can even meet the 2018 date.

Sure MSL has been delayed from its 2009 launch, but at least they're still on track to launch by 2011.

Secondly, it doesn't look like its going to be just a European mission. NASA is likely to play some roll, and its looking to be a NASA/ESA mission rather than a ESA/NASA mission. As the current system with the ESA, is that whoever brings the most resources to the table gets to have their country take a greater roll in what the rover/spacecraft is. Which could very well happen here since the ESA members don't seem committed to doing anything without outside help.
 
2009-09-30 08:37:32 PM
Wenchmaster: I think this is a great idea. There's an entire planet to explore. The more eyes we can put there, the more we'll learn. This is a GOOD THING. Ignore the few morans in the comments section with their nationalist biatching.

Let's get the Russians, Japanese, and Chinese up there as well. The more, the merrier.


Also of note, the Russians and the Chinese had a joint mission planned to Phobos next month. Unfortunately due to delays its been pushed back to 2011.
 
2009-09-30 08:57:17 PM
Morchella: I didn't know there was a village on Mars.

Came for the Prisoner reference and left satisfied.

/you are number 6
// I am not a number I am a free man!
 
2009-10-01 05:56:04 AM
Bslasch: Morchella: I didn't know there was a village on Mars.

Came for the Prisoner reference and left satisfied.

/you are number 6
// I am not a number I am a free man!


seconded
 
2009-10-01 09:17:00 PM
To our favorite cousins across the pond:

It's all yours. Explore Mars to your heart's content, and we would really appreciate it if you would share your data with us sometime in the future...

We're too busy swimming in debt right now, and our creditors (China, Japan, et al) might not want us spending money we don't have on frivolous projects like space exploration.

You go ahead, and maybe in 10 or so years when we finally pull out of the wars, we might be able to join you.

Best of luck. It looks like it will be a lot of fun!

Sincerely,

The United States
 
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