James F. Campbell: nmrsnr: Seriously, it cost roughly $2.5bn, or about $8 a person. Meanwhile, we're about to spend $3bn refurbishing a fleet of Abrams tanks that the Pentagon doesn't even want. I don't even have good snark for that, it just makes me sad.There is a segment of human beings who live for strife, for violence, and for chaos. Until that segment is identified and eliminated, human beings will never be able to fully devote their lives to peaceful pursuits.
Harry_Seldon: the_chief: Why the low resolution? Doesn't NASA have HD cameras now? I've seen better photos from a GD iPhone.Those pictures are taken with the 1 megapixel hazard avoidance cameras (you know, for navigation).
Lordserb: Token Anarchist: ple bemoan the costs?!? farking savages.I think it's more about spending the money on things that will have a greater effect on solving national problems. Don't get me wrong, this mars mission is beyond cool, but you can't tell someone he or she is wrong for wanting to have spent the money feeding the poor. Just a matter of perspective for some people I guess.
doyner: Fark anyone who bemoans the cost. We need to do this for humanity because we can.
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.
anfrind: Harry_Seldon: You would think if they were going to fly all that way, they would spool out a couple of strands of fiber optic cable.What about a really long stick?[www.internetmemepics.com image 461x600]
Dadoody: Aperture science:We do what me mustBecause we can.
PunGent: Afa feeding the poor, was the number of Americans that starved to death last year higher than zero? Frankly, most of us could eat LESS...Anyway, serious question: why did we go all Rube Goldberg on this? I'm delighted it worked, but didn't we get the last rover down a little more simply?
Lordserb: you can't tell someone he or she is wrong for wanting to have spent the money feeding the poor
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