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(Digital Journal)   Russia to send cosmonauts to sound stage in Arizona desert   ( digitaljournal.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Sonoran Desert, Russia, moons, Mars mission, space race, Mars landing, space technology, Russian Federal Space Agency  
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3318 clicks; posted to Geek » on 14 Mar 2012 at 3:57 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-03-14 02:34:01 PM  
Cool, can haz 21st century space race?
 
2012-03-14 02:41:19 PM  
Excellent, between them, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Indians, the Americans and hopefully the Europeans, we can start making some serious progress over the next 10-20 years.
 
2012-03-14 02:58:17 PM  
FTA: The much-touted Fobos-Grunt Mars probe barely reached the Earth's orbit when its navigation systems failed. After drifting aimlessly for weeks, it crashed down into the ocean. This was the seventeenth time that the Soviet Union or Russia had attempted a probe launch towards Mars. None have reached their destination.

Yeah, I bet they're lining up to be the first cosmonaut to get launched to Mars.
 
2012-03-14 03:26:43 PM  
k.wigflip.com

/time to roll this out again
 
2012-03-14 04:11:30 PM  
I'd put money on India or Pakistan putting a man on Mars before modern Russia even lands anything there undamaged enough to sends radio signal back to Earth.
 
2012-03-14 04:17:20 PM  
Apparently, bankrupting their country in a foolish game of one-upsmanship once every 30 years isn't enough.

Memo to Putin: You have an ever-increasing number of old people and an ever-decreasing number of young people. You might want to tackle that one first or there won't be anyone left to send to Mars.
 
jvl [BareFark]
2012-03-14 04:33:05 PM  
Russian plans to send a probe to Jupiter? I plan on "probing" Megan Fox. Who's plan is more likely?
 
2012-03-14 04:39:44 PM  
This new rocket will be headed by a new piloted spaceship carrying six astronauts, instead of the current three. No concrete project for such a spaceship currently exists.

It'll never fly.
 
2012-03-14 04:51:42 PM  

BretMavrik: Apparently, bankrupting their country in a foolish game of one-upsmanship once every 30 years isn't enough.

Memo to Putin: You have an ever-increasing number of old people and an ever-decreasing number of young people. You might want to tackle that one first or there won't be anyone left to send to Mars.


easy, send old people to Mars!
 
2012-03-14 04:57:41 PM  
Anyway I seriously doubt this gets funded but if it does good luck to them! Maybe we can have a three way moon race: the ruskies, the chinese and spacex!
 
2012-03-14 05:26:52 PM  
Russia, get your ass to mars...
legacy-cdn.smosh.com
...so close.
 
2012-03-14 05:28:48 PM  
Unlikely tag chuckles at Russia. Seriously, we may not have the political will to double NASA's budget so that we can go to Mars but at least we've been beyond low earth orbit before and send unmanned spacecraft beyond LEO on a regular basis. Meanwhile Russia hasn't sent anything beyond LEO since 1988, and both were two probes that failed in their missions after getting beyond LEO.

The Phobos-Grunt farce only underscores it, but its more troubling than that. I wouldn't hold my breath on Russia or China going anywhere with men/women beyond low earth orbit until they've got a heavy lift rocket.

There is no reason not to double NASA's funding, if we can afford to bailout the banks/auto dealers we can afford to send men to Mars for much less.

Lets be bold again my fellow Americans, and yes we can afford it. NASA's budget is like 0.4/0.5 percent of that 3.7/3.8 trillion. For one percent, we can stop paying the Russian's for a lift sooner and possibly go to Mars sooner.

There are budget concerns, but cutting or doubling NASA's budget isn't going to make a difference to the deficit. Doubling NASA's budget though will insure we maintain our lead, and show the world that we haven't given up on dreaming the impossible.
 
2012-03-14 05:56:00 PM  
Well, at least someone's trying.

It's so damned frustrating to see the fumbling leadership of America's space program. SpaceX is doing some good work, but there's no real plan on what's to become of it. At the end of the day, the responsibility to get this all planned out heads to the President's desk. Love him or hate him, Obama has a terrible track record when it comes to planning space exploration, period.
 
2012-03-14 05:57:12 PM  
Has anyone warned them to make sure they have their passports and visas on them at all times? That they have to be able to prove they're here legally, all that crap?


/probably wouldn't get harassed, Russians don't look like mexicans.
 
2012-03-14 06:02:32 PM  
why so damn long? Going to the moon is proven technology. With proper funding, we could be back there in time for the next presidential election. Establishing regular trips to the Moon would be excellent training for a Mars mission, and might give people something positive to believe in.

I don't look for it to be done by Americans, though. If Obama is reelected, he'll be too busy fighting off the republicans, and the "people" trying to replace him are too busy pandering to the pi=3 crowd to have this kind of vision.

/don't remind me of newt's moon base
//the man is a serial liar and a nutball
 
2012-03-14 06:04:22 PM  
BTW, Area 51 (where they filmed the 1969 landing) is in Nevada, not Arizona.
 
2012-03-14 06:43:20 PM  
The Soviet Union was almost able to land men on the moon 40 years ago, so if they think it's worth being a distant second now, why weren't they interested in being a close second then? Instead they spent a shiatload of money to build a copy of the space shuttle they never really used.
 
2012-03-14 07:29:54 PM  

Nem Wan: The Soviet Union was almost able to land men on the moon 40 years ago, so if they think it's worth being a distant second now, why weren't they interested in being a close second then? Instead they spent a shiatload of money to build a copy of the space shuttle they never really used.


Ahh what is your definition of "almost able". The heavy lift rocket that they needed to get to the moon never succeeded in producing anything other that a big bang (new window)
 
2012-03-14 07:35:54 PM  

rwfan: Nem Wan: The Soviet Union was almost able to land men on the moon 40 years ago, so if they think it's worth being a distant second now, why weren't they interested in being a close second then? Instead they spent a shiatload of money to build a copy of the space shuttle they never really used.

Ahh what is your definition of "almost able". The heavy lift rocket that they needed to get to the moon never succeeded in producing anything other that a big bang (new window)


though to their credit, the energia is a FANTASTIC heavy lift platform with greater capability than the saturn V.

too bad the only one they had sat for so long and go wrecked by a roof collapse.
 
2012-03-14 07:52:27 PM  

BretMavrik: nd an ever-decreasing number of young people. You might want to tackle that one first or there won't be anyone left to send to Mars.


Let the useless old people die off while attempting to spur up another space race IOT get the youth interested in studying and applying the sciences for the betterment of society?


God that would be so awesome if we did that.
/A few weeks in Florida have made me dislike the elderly even more.
//Seriously. WHO CROSSES A 6 LANE ROAD IN AN ELECTRIC SCOOTER WHEN THERE IS A GOTTDAMN CROSSWALK 80 FEET UP THE ROAD?!
 
2012-03-14 07:55:51 PM  

Marine1: Well, at least someone's trying.

It's so damned frustrating to see the fumbling leadership of America's space program. SpaceX is doing some good work, but there's no real plan on what's to become of it. At the end of the day, the responsibility to get this all planned out heads to the President's desk. Love him or hate him, Obama has a terrible track record when it comes to planning space exploration, period.


No worse than Bush. They've both set forth a policy that was "safe" politically. As Bush's Constellation program wouldn't have gone to the moon until well after he left office and well we know how well that worked out. Obama's policy is similar in that regard, he wont have to reap the political consequences of the path he's set down because he'll either be on his way out or not President anymore.

Yes Space X is doing good, but they aren't going to go to Mars unless the government pays them to. All they're saying is that they believe they can do so cheaply enough that it makes sense to contract them to do so.
 
2012-03-14 08:17:01 PM  
Well, I'll be darned if I didn't just accidentally hit some weird filter combo....


//or backspace.
 
2012-03-14 10:00:38 PM  

rwfan: Nem Wan: The Soviet Union was almost able to land men on the moon 40 years ago, so if they think it's worth being a distant second now, why weren't they interested in being a close second then? Instead they spent a shiatload of money to build a copy of the space shuttle they never really used.

Ahh what is your definition of "almost able". The heavy lift rocket that they needed to get to the moon never succeeded in producing anything other that a big bang (new window)


They had the technology but didn't put enough resources toward success. On a smaller scale, their Luna program was an strong success, not taking man to the moon but matching most of Apollo's scientific achievements including sample return. Luna remains the only robotic series ever to land on an extraterrestrial body, extract samples, and return samples to Earth.
 
2012-03-14 11:26:02 PM  
bbfreak

There is no reason not to double NASA's funding, if we can afford to bailout the banks/auto dealers we can afford to send men to Mars for much less.

Agreed.


Zero's bank bailout "EXCEEDED the 50 year budget of NASA"
NASA & Federal Budget - Neil deGrasse Tyson

50 years got us Mercury, Gemini, Apollo (half a dozen moon landings), more probes than I can count, the Hubble and the entire Shuttle program.

2 years of the obamessiah got us..... record unemployment, record deficits and shutting down of NASA.
 
2012-03-15 02:46:35 AM  

OnlyM3: bbfreak

There is no reason not to double NASA's funding, if we can afford to bailout the banks/auto dealers we can afford to send men to Mars for much less.
Agreed.


Zero's bank bailout "EXCEEDED the 50 year budget of NASA"
NASA & Federal Budget - Neil deGrasse Tyson

50 years got us Mercury, Gemini, Apollo (half a dozen moon landings), more probes than I can count, the Hubble and the entire Shuttle program.

2 years of the obamessiah got us..... record unemployment, record deficits and shutting down of NASA.


What you two are really missing here is that sending us to the moon doesn't solve a 25-year-in-the-making economic crisis. I'm all for upping the NASA budget, I'm all for NOT having to bail out banks. Fact of the matter is the situation we are in right now, the creation of which had nothing to do with Obama, sucks. Anyone put in office would have been faced with the same scenarios. NOBODY put in office would be raising NASA's budget, now or in the near future.

//That $4 trillion spent in Iraq could have bought a mighty nice moon base too...
 
2012-03-15 02:48:35 AM  

Marine1: Well, at least someone's trying.


I hate to be Patsy, but It's not even model yet.

What Russians trying to land on Mars may look like
media.comicvine.com
 
2012-03-15 08:37:52 AM  
I bet China beats them there....

/still hates the idea of a Red Moon
 
2012-03-15 10:28:01 AM  

jvl: Russian plans to send a probe to Jupiter? I plan on "probing" Megan Fox. Who's plan is more likely?


Sorry jvl, I am going to have to put my money on the Russians on that one.
 
2012-03-15 11:04:48 AM  
This was the seventeenth time that the Soviet Union or Russia had attempted a probe launch towards Mars. None have reached their destination... ...Seems the Russians might just get ahead in the space race.

i.qkme.me
 
2012-03-15 11:54:05 AM  
italie

OnlyM3: bbfreak

There is no reason not to double NASA's funding, if we can afford to bailout the banks/auto dealers we can afford to send men to Mars for much less.
Agreed.


Zero's bank bailout "EXCEEDED the 50 year budget of NASA"
NASA & Federal Budget - Neil deGrasse Tyson

50 years got us Mercury, Gemini, Apollo (half a dozen moon landings), more probes than I can count, the Hubble and the entire Shuttle program.

2 years of the obamessiah got us..... record unemployment, record deficits and shutting down of NASA.

What you two are really missing here is that sending us to the moon doesn't solve a 25-year-in-the-making economic crisis.
It's not a panacea, but it's a vital part of the solution (nice try with the false dichotomy though)

What you are missing is that technology is a massive driver of the economy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Transportation committee SR-253
*Link should jump to 3m 20sec for the pertinent parts
(( btw, this is what real congressional hearings look like. Not to be confused with Media events held by derptastic pelosi))

"Innovation" is Vital for Future Economy - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Will it solve everything? No. But without it, we will solve nothing.
 
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