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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-03-08 02:08:25 PM
What happens when NASA lowers the LRO to HALF of its normal imaging altitude?

Orbital distortions due to the non-spherical gravitational field increase and the lifetime of the orbit decreases.
 
2012-03-08 02:37:08 PM

ZAZ: What happens when NASA lowers the LRO to HALF of its normal imaging altitude?


It's able to produce high-resolution images inside a dismantled sound stage all the way back on Earth?
 
2012-03-08 04:09:40 PM
What happens when NASA lowers the LRO to HALF of its normal imaging altitude?

They get a discount on their Photoshop CS5 license
 
2012-03-08 04:12:14 PM
SO MUCH WIN.
 
2012-03-08 04:13:13 PM
Fake. Been shooped.
blogs.discovermagazine.com
I don't believe any of those giant white letters or arrows are really there.

/plus, it even says "stage" right on it!
 
2012-03-08 04:22:16 PM

markie_farkie: It's able to produce high-resolution images inside a dismantled sound stage all the way back on Earth?


I was wondering if somebody was going to troll the thread in the boobies. You're off by one.

In all reality, I cannot fathom how people are able to deny that the walk happened. Thousands of people have seen rockets and shuttles launch into space over the decades. The hardest part has already been achieved and viewed by many.
 
zez
2012-03-08 04:23:52 PM
Shouldn't they wake up that astronaut that's still ALSEP?
 
2012-03-08 04:28:24 PM

Dinjiin: In all reality, I cannot fathom how people are able to deny that the walk happened. Thousands of people have seen rockets and shuttles launch into space over the decades. The hardest part has already been achieved and viewed by many.


There are people who still deny that airplanes actually fly, too..

I guess in a thousand years or so when the rest of the sane people have moved on to other star systems, their type will be the meek that inherit the Earth.
 
2012-03-08 04:42:51 PM
2 questions/observations:

1. Is it just me or do the "boot tracks" look like Billy from Family Circus went to the moon?
2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?
 
2012-03-08 04:48:18 PM
Imaging detail so fine you can see the LRV is missing its hubcaps and radio. Who knew that was a bad neighborhood?
 
2012-03-08 04:51:52 PM
That's a big soundstage I am surprised they left it like that and haven't used it for any other movies yet.
 
2012-03-08 05:02:32 PM
It gives me chills: human beings walked on the Moon.

And we'll do it again, I just know it. Soon, I hope. But it will happen.

I flat out love the B.A. site and 99.9% of what he says, but his hope has zero chance of becoming reality.

Not in your life time, not in your kids lifetime. I wish I was wrong, but I'm not.... We Stopped Dreaming --- Neil deGrasse Tyson
 
2012-03-08 05:07:36 PM

NuttierThanEver: That's a big soundstage I am surprised they left it like that and haven't used it for any other movies yet.


They were going to use it for that Tom Hanks one, but he got lost on the way there. Thanks, Tom Hanks.

I just realised that his name is T.Hanks. Trippy.
 
2012-03-08 05:17:39 PM

21-37-42: 2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?


That's what I was wondering. Who drives a car several blocks from home, and then just leaves it? Especially when those several blocks are on a dusty sphere in the heavens with no oxygen. But then again, looking at the scale, it appears to only be about 100m from where the LM was. In fact, on second thought, I'd say that judging from the tracks, my real question is "why does it appear they only drove the LRV around in circles within about 100m of the LM?"

Having seen the second episode of Futurama MANY times, I'm pretty sure they should've been jumping craters.
 
2012-03-08 05:20:01 PM
They took a picture of Woona?

http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lv8dz2iCcX1r757rdo1_12 8 0.png?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1331331580&Signature =uNOQWmun%2BjxyCsYbibmH1SI%2BlmQ%3D
 
2012-03-08 05:22:11 PM

Surool: Imaging detail so fine you can see the LRV is missing its hubcaps and radio. Who knew that was a bad neighborhood?


i471.photobucket.com
 
2012-03-08 05:32:49 PM

Surool: Imaging detail so fine you can see the LRV is missing its hubcaps and radio. Who knew that was a bad neighborhood?


"Luna" sounds like a hispanic neighborhood to me.
 
2012-03-08 05:47:17 PM
Wow, Phil actually blogged about something *astronomy* related for a change. Color me shocked! It's about damn time.
 
2012-03-08 05:47:44 PM

e-christ: 21-37-42: 2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?

That's what I was wondering. Who drives a car several blocks from home, and then just leaves it? Especially when those several blocks are on a dusty sphere in the heavens with no oxygen. But then again, looking at the scale, it appears to only be about 100m from where the LM was.


Just a guess, but if I were working at NASA in the 1960-70's, I'd tell them to park it 100m from the LM so it wouldn't be damaged when they ascended. That way, when Apollo 25 returns to the site, all they need to bring are fresh batteries and use the existing hardware.
 
2012-03-08 05:56:32 PM
OnlyM3, did you see Dr Tyson's testimony to the Senate yesterday? There is still a glimmer of hope...just a glimmer. The dream is not dead.
 
2012-03-08 06:06:13 PM

21-37-42: 2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?


To avoid damaging it when the ascent stage lifted off, but mainly to use the camera mounted on the rover to capture the ascent stage lifting off.
 
2012-03-08 06:16:16 PM

Sgt. Expendable: 21-37-42: 2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?

To avoid damaging it when the ascent stage lifted off, but mainly to use the camera mounted on the rover to capture the ascent stage lifting off.


I've often wondered about that. In the videos available of the ascent stage departing, the camera tracks the stage ascending. I assume then, that ground control was controlling the camera, though the 2.7 second or so light lag might have made that troublesome. I always was curious about how they got those shots, but that makes perfect sense.
 
2012-03-08 06:34:57 PM

buckler: Sgt. Expendable: 21-37-42: 2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?

To avoid damaging it when the ascent stage lifted off, but mainly to use the camera mounted on the rover to capture the ascent stage lifting off.

I've often wondered about that. In the videos available of the ascent stage departing, the camera tracks the stage ascending. I assume then, that ground control was controlling the camera, though the 2.7 second or so light lag might have made that troublesome. I always was curious about how they got those shots, but that makes perfect sense.


Or occam's razor and it was a soundstage on mars.
 
2012-03-08 06:35:52 PM
StoneColdAtheist
OnlyM3, did you see Dr Tyson's testimony to the Senate yesterday? There is still a glimmer of hope...just a glimmer. The dream is not dead.

No, I hadn't seen that, I didn't even know he was testifying.

Thanks for the link.

An interesting and inspirational presentation to be sure.. but all that sat in front of him were deaf fools. All I feel after watching it, is sadness for what we threw away.
 
2012-03-08 06:37:46 PM
There is no hope, and the change was a massive trashing of NASA's budget and this once great nation's future.


// sorry for the 2 part-er, but preview went to post :(
 
2012-03-08 07:18:43 PM
looks shopped. those are not the moons real nipples
 
2012-03-08 07:22:00 PM

MrSteve007: e-christ: 21-37-42: 2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?

That's what I was wondering. Who drives a car several blocks from home, and then just leaves it? Especially when those several blocks are on a dusty sphere in the heavens with no oxygen. But then again, looking at the scale, it appears to only be about 100m from where the LM was.

Just a guess, but if I were working at NASA in the 1960-70's, I'd tell them to park it 100m from the LM so it wouldn't be damaged when they ascended. That way, when Apollo 25 returns to the site, all they need to bring are fresh batteries and use the existing hardware.


Sgt. Expendable: To avoid damaging it when the ascent stage lifted off, but mainly to use the camera mounted on the rover to capture the ascent stage lifting off.


Ah, thank you both. That makes tons of sense.
 
2012-03-08 07:25:42 PM

OnlyM3: StoneColdAtheist
OnlyM3, did you see Dr Tyson's testimony to the Senate yesterday? There is still a glimmer of hope...just a glimmer. The dream is not dead.
No, I hadn't seen that, I didn't even know he was testifying.

Thanks for the link.

An interesting and inspirational presentation to be sure.. but all that sat in front of him were deaf fools. All I feel after watching it, is sadness for what we threw away.


I only knew because he was on Science Friday (new window) last week. One thing he didn't touch on in his testimony, though, is that we quit dreaming waaaayyy back then in the early 70's, so it is not a new phenomenon. I am old enough to remember John Glenn's orbital flight, along with all the Mercury and Apollo flights. And I remember all the hand wringing from Congress about how expensive the space program was, particularly once it became clear the Russians had given up on getting there. I also remember the Golden Fleece Award being doled out at least once to NASA for wasteful spending of the taxpayers' money.

Another thing he touched on during the Science Friday show was that economies that are vibrant and innovating don't export jobs...only tired, spent economies do. So that the obvious course of action is to begin investing again in science and technology to jump start the economy to sustained healthy growth.

Don't give up hope, man.
 
2012-03-08 08:16:45 PM
The ascent stage that carried the astronauts to and from the moon is going to be a pile of rubble. Although It almost does look like it landed upright. Instead of dragging it back to earth it was fired back at the moons surface and crash landed.
 
2012-03-08 08:33:05 PM

e-christ: 21-37-42: 2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?

That's what I was wondering. Who drives a car several blocks from home, and then just leaves it? Especially when those several blocks are on a dusty sphere in the heavens with no oxygen. But then again, looking at the scale, it appears to only be about 100m from where the LM was. In fact, on second thought, I'd say that judging from the tracks, my real question is "why does it appear they only drove the LRV around in circles within about 100m of the LM?"

Having seen the second episode of Futurama MANY times, I'm pretty sure they should've been jumping craters.


Sigh. Doesn't ANYONE remember the "Ascent Stage Liftoff" videos?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMBcLg0DkLA

They wanted to get the stage's flight kept into view plus they didn't want the ultra-light LRV to be knocked over by the lift-off exhaust. DERP!

Oh, and before one of you Brainiacs ask "Who was operating the camera as the Ascent Stage lifted off?", it was remote-operated from Houston, which was very tricky to pull off because of the 4 second delay of signals from Earth to the Moon. After being semi-successful with 15 and 16 did they finally manage to do a properly timed shot when Apollo 17 lifted off.
 
2012-03-08 08:59:13 PM
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/Do you want to see what's on the telly?
 
2012-03-08 09:50:18 PM

tankjr: Surool: Imaging detail so fine you can see the LRV is missing its hubcaps and radio. Who knew that was a bad neighborhood?

"Luna" sounds like a hispanic neighborhood to me.


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2012-03-08 11:49:59 PM
No way. That's great! WE LANDED ON THE MOON!
 
2012-03-08 11:55:39 PM

OnlyM3: There is no hope, and the change was a massive trashing of NASA's budget and this once great nation's future.


Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts...and pretty soon that ads up to no money for cool stuff.
 
2012-03-09 12:02:59 AM

StoneColdAtheist: I also remember the Golden Fleece Award being doled out at least once to NASA for wasteful spending of the taxpayers' money.


Carl Sagan was right, in that Proxmire couldn't live forever. But his spirit lives on.
 
2012-03-09 04:00:19 AM
I just got done looking at Saturn in the south eastern sky and Jupiter and Venus in the western sky through my 10" dobsonian, so I'm getting a kick out of that movieset.

www.bz2-img.com
Same model scope. Unknown dude.
 
2012-03-09 05:15:33 AM

pintoboy: The ascent stage that carried the astronauts to and from the moon is going to be a pile of rubble. Although It almost does look like it landed upright. Instead of dragging it back to earth it was fired back at the moons surface and crash landed.


Pics or it didn't happen.

/seriously what's the linky?
 
2012-03-09 10:25:35 AM
Is 'LRV' NASA-speak for 'craft services table'?
 
2012-03-09 10:27:30 AM
There's an alien in the Apollo 11 landing site!

i41.tinypic.com
 
2012-03-09 11:20:12 AM
0Icky0

OnlyM3: There is no hope, and the change was a massive trashing of NASA's budget and this once great nation's future.

Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts...and pretty soon that ads up to no money for cool stuff.

Tax cuts had zero, zilch, nada, nothing, to do with nasa cuts.
 
2012-03-09 12:14:51 PM

21-37-42: 2 questions/observations:

1. Is it just me or do the "boot tracks" look like Billy from Family Circus went to the moon?
2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?


It had cameras on it that were used to film the ascent.

Sgt. Expendable: 21-37-42: 2. What happened to the LRV, did it run out of gas and they had to walk back to the LM?

To avoid damaging it when the ascent stage lifted off, but mainly to use the camera mounted on the rover to capture the ascent stage lifting off.


They wouldn't care about damaging it.
 
2012-03-09 12:15:49 PM

0Icky0: StoneColdAtheist: I also remember the Golden Fleece Award being doled out at least once to NASA for wasteful spending of the taxpayers' money.

Carl Sagan was right, in that Proxmire couldn't live forever. But his spirit lives on.


Yeah. The GOP would get behind a robust space program in a heart beat, if only because it is a bottomless pit into which the government can pour money for their corporate friends without either, 1) getting a lot of folks killed in some far off land (which generates a lot of pushback from the peons), or 2) inflating our currency. The only problem is that pesky gadfly Norquisk and his damned Tax Inquisition. Space costs money, and they've all taken that inconvenient pledge not to raise taxes...even on the peasants. :)
 
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