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2012-08-16 01:39:13 PM
It's a long-standing tradition dating back to 1964. Just before Ranger 7 launched to the moon on July 28, mission manager Harris Schurmeier handed out peanuts to ease tensions.

It's never going to survive the allergic to everything generation.
 
2012-08-16 03:32:12 PM
Peanuts goes where?
 
2012-08-16 03:47:58 PM
Peanuts in my ground control? It's more likely than you think
 
2012-08-16 03:50:07 PM
rt.com

once in a while humanity makes me smile. This was one of those times.
 
2012-08-16 03:50:11 PM
It sounds like they're necessary for lithobraking.
 
2012-08-16 04:17:41 PM
Peanuts are a must to get though a matter transference beam.
 
2012-08-16 04:43:10 PM
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2012-08-16 06:19:02 PM

Sybarite: It's a long-standing tradition dating back to 1964. Just before Ranger 7 launched to the moon on July 28, mission manager Harris Schurmeier handed out peanuts to ease tensions.

It's never going to survive the allergic to everything generation.


farking THIS. How long til some whiny tech decides he has a peanut allergy?
 
2012-08-16 06:28:58 PM
This is because they're all godless atheists, and have nothing else to believe in but superstition.
 
2012-08-16 06:42:18 PM
Peanuts are not essential to Mars, just chocolate, caramel and nougat.

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2012-08-16 06:49:45 PM
Ford Prefect said: "I bought some peanuts."

Arthur Dent moved, and groaned again, muttering incoherently.

"Here, have some," urged Ford, shaking the packet again, "if you've
never been through a matter transference beam before you've probably
lost some salt and protein. The beer you had should have cushioned
your system a bit."
 
2012-08-16 07:21:12 PM
And once we're there... THEN WHAT?

I'll say it again: There's nothing out there, and humans aren't made to survive anywhere but on Earth. It shocks me that science-minded people who believe in evolution choose to ignore the major fact of it: We evolved on EARTH, to live on EARTH. We do not have the brains, lungs, skin, or other bodily features (or mental capacity) to survive on a planet so different from our own.

And even if we did suffer through it, what's the bloody point? There's nothing there, and even if we found a deep vein of bacon-encrusted gold, we still don't have the resources or capability of shipping it back to Earth where it has any real value. The cost of doing so would be oppressive, and that's not just money and resources, but human lives.

But hey... Dream on. It's like Heaven and Jesus for sciency types.
 
2012-08-16 08:15:04 PM

dennysgod: Peanuts are not essential to Mars, just chocolate, caramel and nougat.

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they were thinking of a marathon.
 
2012-08-16 11:54:57 PM

ZeroCorpse: And once we're there... THEN WHAT?

I'll say it again: There's nothing out there, and humans aren't made to survive anywhere but on Earth. It shocks me that science-minded people who believe in evolution choose to ignore the major fact of it: We evolved on EARTH, to live on EARTH. We do not have the brains, lungs, skin, or other bodily features (or mental capacity) to survive on a planet so different from our own.

And even if we did suffer through it, what's the bloody point? There's nothing there, and even if we found a deep vein of bacon-encrusted gold, we still don't have the resources or capability of shipping it back to Earth where it has any real value. The cost of doing so would be oppressive, and that's not just money and resources, but human lives.

But hey... Dream on. It's like Heaven and Jesus for sciency types.


Let's review:

* We don't have the claws, teeth, or running speed to take down even modest prey animals.
* We don't have the thick skin or fur coat for living outside of the tropical zones of Africa.
* We don't have the digestive systems to survive off the vegetation in grasslands.
* We don't have the lung capacity or the swimming ability to cross oceans.
* We don't have the necessary appendages or body density to fly.

And yet, none of those ever stopped us for very long. In some cases, we used technology to augment ourselves to meet the challenge (spears, warm clothes, ships, airplanes), and in others we altered our environment to better suit us (farms, livestock). We may not have the ability to settle in space or on other planets right now, but given our history, I wouldn't put it past the abilities of our descendants.
 
2012-08-17 12:02:37 AM

ZeroCorpse: And once we're there... THEN WHAT?


You must be a lot of fun at parties.

"What's the point of drinking all this booze? We're just going to sober up, and then what? Life is still gonna suck."

"What's the point of having a three way with your wife and her sister? You're just going to be horny the next day."

"Why climb Mt Everest? You're just going to have to come back down. It's not like you can LIVE there."

If you spend your entire life in cooking school, learning all about the various flavors, acidic compounds, presentation, and God knows what else - are you just going to make macaroni and cheese for the rest of your life? I mean, what's the point of trying to cook something new, right?

The point is, we do it because we CAN. Because we are the only species on earth capable of space travel. Because it's a practical application of math and science. And we do it because at one point, someone somewhere said, "That will never work."

It's about accomplishing things that have never been accomplished. Doing things that no one else in the history of mankind has done. It's about reaching out and doing something NEW and EXCITING. Who knows, maybe along the way we'll find a cure for cancer, or a way to stop the aging process, or maybe some new form of quantum computing that will put the power of the internet directly into your brain, wirelessly. Hell, we may even find a common goal that will unite humanity in our efforts and stop all this ridiculous bickering and finally put us all on the same page as a species.

At the very least, these scientists and engineers have managed to safely land a mobile, nuclear powered science lab on another planet. What have you done today?
 
2012-08-17 01:21:50 AM

Old enough to know better: farking THIS. How long til some whiny tech decides he has a peanut allergy?


I like that you didn't let the whole landed-a-car-sized-robot-science-platform-on-Mars thing distract you from the real issue, which is preemptively whining about people who might someday whine about something.
 
2012-08-17 02:55:21 AM

aspAddict: a way to stop the aging process,


No no no. That's bad and evil and unnatural. The universe and all its billions of light years is the perfect playground for a near-sighted barely erect ape with the lifespan of a gnat.
 
2012-08-17 11:06:47 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: near-sighted barely erect ape


Fark you, buddy, these apes invented glasses and Viagra for that! WOOOOOOOO HUMANITY
 
2012-08-17 12:35:38 PM
How much is this costing the American taxpayers?

[-]CuriosityMarsRover[S] 77 points 22 hours ago

About $8/person. Over 8 years. So about $1/person/year.


Bears repeating.
 
2012-08-18 09:58:49 PM
FTFA: It was a fantastic success after the run of failures, and whether or not peanuts had anything to do with it, the tradition has been in place every since.

FFS Discovery, I hold you to higher standards.

/same channel with voice-overs STILL saying that the Great Wall is the only man-made object visible from space.
 
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