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(LA Times)   NASA to launch sun probe in 2018. To keep it from burning when it enters solar orbit, engineers schedule mission at night   (latimes.com) divider line 29
    More: Interesting, NASA, solar orbit, solar winds, corona, solar eclipses, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Center for Astrophysics, Applied Physics Laboratory  
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2012-03-12 08:02:44 AM
Mission Director is Konrad Władysław
 
2012-03-12 08:37:37 AM
Here's to the Sun God; he's a really fun God, RA!
 
2012-03-12 08:59:37 AM
I'm glad to see we're still pushing the boundaries of the solar system. It's not as good as it used to be, but we can't stop exploring.
 
2012-03-12 09:13:26 AM
 
2012-03-12 09:50:35 AM
I used to work at Ball Aerospace as a documentation tech (glorified pre-press, not a rocket surgeon). Most of the docs we put through for any vehicle or platform that wasn't meant to re-enter had "Primary Heat Shielding: White Paint" somewhere in them.
 
2012-03-12 10:31:55 AM
images.wikia.com

said to be on board.

/hot like hurtling a box into the sun
//Futurama is a meme
 
2012-03-12 10:41:45 AM
This will not end well

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-03-12 10:45:45 AM

FlashHarry: approves


First thing I thought of
 
2012-03-12 10:53:25 AM

beta_plus: This will not end well

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Came here to make sure this was covered. Thanks!
 
2012-03-12 11:05:57 AM
I grew up with the lead guy in the article. Amazingly smart guy. always knew he would do something spectacular like this.
 
2012-03-12 11:12:04 AM
Apparently Calvin grew up to be a rocket scientist, but he still believes all the stuff his dad told him.
 
2012-03-12 11:30:11 AM
Awesome mission. Glad to see it got some press.
 
2012-03-12 11:41:00 AM

BurnShrike: I'm glad to see we're still pushing the boundaries of the solar system. It's not as good as it used to be, but we can't stop exploring.


That's because we are the explorers (new window)!

Also, Tyson wants 37 billion at best for NASA. That'd be about 1 percent of that 3.8/3.7 trillion we spend every year. Too expensive? How?

We spend 50 billion a year as consumers on our pets, 180 billion on consumer electronics, and 90 billion on booze.

This mission for example was originally scheduled for 2015, but due to budget concerns its been delayed until 2018.

We do have budget concerns. Medicare/Medicaid cost us about 800 billion, department of defense is 600 billion plus. Hell even the department of eduction gets 70 billion. :P Department of Energy? 40 billion.

So 37 billion is ridiculously affordable and for that we can go to Mars and have this solar Probe exploring sooner.
 
2012-03-12 11:46:49 AM

unlikely: I used to work at Ball Aerospace as a documentation tech (glorified pre-press, not a rocket surgeon). Most of the docs we put through for any vehicle or platform that wasn't meant to re-enter had "Primary Heat Shielding: White Paint" somewhere in them.


Too cheap to spring for mylar, huh?

/why is "rocket surgeon" funny but "brain scientist" isn't? Does one word in each source expression carry a humor gene?
//PTC. Yum. Who doesn't like barbeque?
 
2012-03-12 11:47:12 AM
haha subby

theres a polish joke in the headline somewhere
 
2012-03-12 11:53:34 AM

bbfreak: Department of Energy? 40 billion.


If memory serves, isn't a lot of that better called defense spending? Is not the DoE responsible for nuclear warhead design and (nowadays, simulated) testing thereof? The pretense of "Atoms for Peace" is long dead, as is any serious non-token* research into nuclear space propulsion and fusion.

/* the researchers involved are, IMO, sincere; they simply lack support and resources.
 
2012-03-12 12:04:26 PM
bbfreak
...Tyson wants 37 billion at best for NASA. That'd be about 1 percent of that 3.8/3.7 trillion we spend every year. Too expensive? How?

We spend 50 billion a year as consumers on our pets, 180 billion on consumer electronics, and...

*applause*

Double NASA's funding NOW.


// yes serious.
 
2012-03-12 12:05:06 PM

AndreMA: Too cheap to spring for mylar, huh?


Pretty sure it was better for a number of reasons. Static and conductivity leap immediately to mind, but I'm not a brain scientist and don't know what was going through their heads.
 
2012-03-12 12:08:50 PM

unlikely: AndreMA: Too cheap to spring for mylar, huh?

Pretty sure it was better for a number of reasons. Static and conductivity leap immediately to mind, but I'm not a brain scientist and don't know what was going through their heads.


Yeah, I was being a bit snarky. A number of years ago one of the Apollo S-IV-Bs that had entered solar orbit and been lost was later found and identified mostly from the spectrum of the titanium dioxide based paint. Then again, that was never intended to survive for extended periods in space...
 
2012-03-12 12:14:38 PM
They're not going to equip it with metaphasic shielding?

bummer.
 
2012-03-12 12:57:33 PM
 
2012-03-12 01:07:38 PM
At night? That is ridiculous. It's never night on the sun. Just send the probe to the far side where it is always dark.
 
2012-03-12 01:21:31 PM
www.xtimeline.com
 
2012-03-12 01:37:13 PM
LewDux:

+2 for double-obscure.
 
2012-03-12 03:24:37 PM

Freakin Rican: haha subby

theres a polish joke in the headline somewhere


Like, hope they bring their solar-powered flashlights?
 
2012-03-12 04:28:39 PM

AndreMA: bbfreak: Department of Energy? 40 billion.

If memory serves, isn't a lot of that better called defense spending? Is not the DoE responsible for nuclear warhead design and (nowadays, simulated) testing thereof? The pretense of "Atoms for Peace" is long dead, as is any serious non-token* research into nuclear space propulsion and fusion.

/* the researchers involved are, IMO, sincere; they simply lack support and resources.


The justification (not saying it's a good one - unsure if it is or not) behind the DOE is that Congress did not want Generals in charge of the production and maintenance of nuclear weapons.
 
2012-03-12 06:21:04 PM
So its a :

Nocturnal e-Mission?
 
2012-03-12 08:13:45 PM
img37.imageshack.us

/ Really? I'm the first? Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2012-03-12 08:40:39 PM
SOLAR PROBES DO NOT WORK THAT WAY

GOOD NIGHT


/morbo
 
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