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(Discover)   What was it like for Curiosity to descend to Mars? See for yourself in this rover's-eye-view video of the landing   (blogs.discovermagazine.com) divider line 158
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2012-08-07 11:14:03 AM  
Loved watching this live. Hail science. I can't wait to see what comes of curiosity.
 
2012-08-07 11:32:27 AM  
blogs.discovermagazine.com

For anyone that talks about NASA's budget being too high, programs such as this being a waste of money, etc.

Here's a fact for you:

The American public perceives the NASA budget as commanding a much larger share of the federal budget than it in fact does. A 1997 poll reported that Americans had an average estimate of 20% for NASA's share of the federal budget, far higher than the actual 0.5% to under 1% that has been maintained throughout the late '90s and first decade of the 2000s.

This budget is being decreased further in 2013 with a 20 percent reduction in NASA's planetary science division.

Here's the kicker, the return on the investment:

The $25 billion in 1958 dollars spent on civilian space R & D during the 1958-1969 period has returned $52 billion through 1971 -- and will continue to produce pay offs through 1987, at which time the total pay off will have been $181 billion. The discounted rate of return for this investment will have been 33 percent.

As a country, we have the general sentiment that we want to maintain our ability to be on the forefront of technical development but the lack of understanding of the general public and forethought of those that represent us in cutting science and R&D budgets is in direct opposition to this.

Now; if we look at other federal budgets, and the waste involved . . . the priorities of our nation our seriously suspect.

We need to think long term.
 
2012-08-07 11:36:51 AM  
Very cool group of pictures in the video.

I also think this image is as well.

www.nasa.gov

NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface.

/hot
 
2012-08-07 03:54:49 PM  
GungFu 2012-08-06 11:31:15 PM

I just saw this on the NASA website. Is that real?

[www.gulliblehoaglandfanboi.com]


I am going to cosmically biatchslap you SO HARD your nineteen-greats-grandchildren's ears will be afflicted with severe tinnitus.
 
2012-08-07 04:05:32 PM  

nmrsnr: EffervescingElephant: Can one of you Farkers please explain to me why this one is so friggin special, and why do i KNEED to watch the landing of another rover?

Hi, are you watching the Olympics? So far, we've had 30 of them, we have one every 4 years and the events are, more or less, the same ones every 4 years. Do you like watching people set world records? They are doing things marginally faster/higher/stronger than have ever been done before. Why do we care? Because it is something that people have planned and prepared for for years and have only one chance to succeed at. When they do, and they surpass what humanity has ever done before through sweat, blood, and tears, that is something worth getting excited about. If you don't get that, I really don't know what to tell you.


No....

The Olympics are all about "The Olympic Family" and the profits they generate for themselves via the corporate money machine. The games and the athletes are not the primary players in all of this. It's been this way for decades now.

Ever since 1984 the Olympics are about focusing on the sponsors to generate income and profit for the Olympic Family.

Wonder why all those empty seats at the venues? It's not because they couldn't sell them -- they're reserved for insiders. If they decide to show up...meh.

If you think this is about sports and the spirit of competition, you've been duped.

I've not watched the Olympics since 1984 -- just not interested in the money whoring and sponsors like McD banning other vendors from serving french fries at the venues. Go fark yourself McD.
 
2012-08-07 04:28:28 PM  

Dunkelstar: Very cool group of pictures in the video.

I also think this image is as well.

[www.nasa.gov image 516x387]

NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface.

/hot


Check NASA's pages; they now discovered that in that same picture, there was also the heat shield, in flight! It's online, go check it out.
 
2012-08-07 07:23:32 PM  
farm8.staticflickr.com

Call me crazy but I think I saw better images in 1969 when we landed on the moon.

WHAT THE fark AM I LOOKING AT?!

/looks like Daytona farking Beach
 
2012-08-07 09:08:49 PM  

flexflint: Dunkelstar: Very cool group of pictures in the video.

I also think this image is as well.

[www.nasa.gov image 516x387]

NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface.

/hot

Check NASA's pages; they now discovered that in that same picture, there was also the heat shield, in flight! It's online, go check it out.


Very cool . . . just found it!

www.nasa.gov
 
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