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(Kickstarter)   Lunar X-Prize Team ups the ante on last day of Kickstarter. Will allow eight donors to drive rover on Moon. FARK: At the Apollo 17 Landing Site   (kickstarter.com) divider line 104
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2012-08-21 03:14:13 PM  
Pfft, all you gotta do is flirt with Wolowicz.
 
2012-08-21 03:20:04 PM  
STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!
 
2012-08-21 03:28:26 PM  
i1151.photobucket.com
Dammit! The R/C rover is stuck under the prop table again!
 
2012-08-21 04:29:34 PM  

Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!


This bears repeating.
 
2012-08-21 04:30:34 PM  

Mart Laar's beard shaver: Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!

This bears repeating.


I thought there was some agreement those sites were "protected" or something?
 
2012-08-21 04:31:59 PM  
Only If I get to drive it in person, fark all that waldo noise
 
2012-08-21 04:33:14 PM  
Correction - it will allow you to drive a prototype rover on a simulated, 200 square meter moonscape in built on a warehouse floor, on earth.
 
2012-08-21 04:33:58 PM  
Why didn't I study more in science and math!?!?!
 
2012-08-21 04:34:44 PM  

Mishno: Correction - it will allow you to drive a prototype rover on a simulated, 200 square meter moonscape in built on a warehouse floor, on earth.


Correction - for a mere $10k you get to drive the real one on the moon....
 
2012-08-21 04:35:01 PM  
Fine, I'll build my own lunar rover; with blackjack and hookers.
 
2012-08-21 04:35:15 PM  
Letdown. You don't get to drive the one the moon, you only get to drive a web-remote control model on earth, in a soundstage mockup of the Apollo 17 landing site.

/and not even the original soundstage mockup

// I keed.
 
2012-08-21 04:35:32 PM  

Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!


A3-2 EXCLUSION ZONE - APOLLO 11 & 17 SITES
RECOMMENDATION:
It is recommended that the Apollo 11 and 17 sites be protected by ABs, and thus restricted from close inspection by visiting robotic systems. The visiting vehicle mobility exclusion boundary will encompass all artifacts (hardware, footprints, etc.) for these sites.
A. For the Apollo 11 site, the exclusion zone extends 75 m from the lunar module descent stage to encompass all hardware and human activity (Figure 4).
B. For the Apollo 17 site, the exclusion zone extends 225 meters from the lunar module descent stage (Figure 5).

NASA (PDF)
 
2012-08-21 04:35:42 PM  

Mishno: Correction - it will allow you to drive a prototype rover on a simulated, 200 square meter moonscape in built on a warehouse floor, on earth.


Correction: Your correction is wrong.

A donation of $10,000 or more will let you drive the actual rover on the moon, as the article clearly says - and they're only offering that to the first 8 people who respond.
 
2012-08-21 04:36:26 PM  

Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!


Why?
NASA isn't exerting any property rights on the moon, are they?
 
2012-08-21 04:37:27 PM  
the article doesn't say anything about sending rovers to the Apollo landing sites...
 
2012-08-21 04:38:57 PM  
They only need 75% of the their goal in the next two days?

Seems plausible.
 
2012-08-21 04:40:31 PM  
Good lord. I wish I had ten grand to blow on something like this.
 
2012-08-21 04:40:53 PM  
is kickstarter really the appropriate venue to fund a mission to the moon?
 
2012-08-21 04:40:57 PM  
Does driving it on the moon involve a strict plan to follow and some guy standing over my shoulder ready to break my neck if I so much as blink off cue or can I tool around with the thing and try and ramp craters and run over moon crabs and stuff?
 
2012-08-21 04:41:47 PM  

way south: Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!

Why?
NASA isn't exerting any property rights on the moon, are they?


It's not about ownership. It's about preserving a historic landmark on the behalf of humanity. Tourists and souvenir-hunters are very destructive. Even just driving around can destroy footprints.
 
2012-08-21 04:41:54 PM  

Juansmith: Mishno: Correction - it will allow you to drive a prototype rover on a simulated, 200 square meter moonscape in built on a warehouse floor, on earth.

Correction: Your correction is wrong.

A donation of $10,000 or more will let you drive the actual rover on the moon, as the article clearly says - and they're only offering that to the first 8 people who respond.


Correction, my correction is probably correct as they'll never get a rover on the moon. You're only shot is the $15 drive the toy in the sandbox option.
 
2012-08-21 04:42:22 PM  

WalMartian: Mart Laar's beard shaver: Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!

This bears repeating.

I thought there was some agreement those sites were "protected" or something?


What are they gonna do about it? Send the moon police?
 
2012-08-21 04:43:00 PM  
Wow, I made they your / you're mistake backwards. I'm a dyslexic illiterate!
 
2012-08-21 04:43:24 PM  
I think that's pretty cool. And they are giving for what they are getting. In fact, it's a really good deal for them because letting normal idiots drive the thing around will show what kind of flaws it could possibly have.
You know, the whole, "Build something foolproof and they'll build a better fool."

So, good for these guys. I wish them the best of luck!
 
2012-08-21 04:43:32 PM  
Me with a moon rover at 1 minute 37 seconds:
static8.businessinsider.com
"Weeee! That was fun. What now?"
 
2012-08-21 04:43:34 PM  

Apron_master79: Mishno: Correction - it will allow you to drive a prototype rover on a simulated, 200 square meter moonscape in built on a warehouse floor, on earth.

Correction - for a mere $10k you get to drive the real one on the moon....


Juansmith: Mishno: Correction - it will allow you to drive a prototype rover on a simulated, 200 square meter moonscape in built on a warehouse floor, on earth.

Correction: Your correction is wrong.

A donation of $10,000 or more will let you drive the actual rover on the moon, as the article clearly says - and they're only offering that to the first 8 people who respond.


You must both really need some coffee.
 
2012-08-21 04:44:38 PM  
OK, so put the rover near the landing site but stay away. We may as well keep some of these protected areas near each other, so there are fewer restricted areas and so the tourists can see more stuff in one place.
 
2012-08-21 04:45:13 PM  

tlchwi02: is kickstarter really the appropriate venue to fund a mission to the moon?


What, you wanna ask Congress?
 
2012-08-21 04:46:15 PM  

cgraves67: Even just driving around can destroy footprints.


Not like, oh say, Goddamn meteors
 
2012-08-21 04:47:38 PM  

Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!


Yeah, don't they know this is how every bad sci-fi movie about an alien invasion of earth starts?

/seriously, don't be jerks and stay away from the sites
 
2012-08-21 04:48:42 PM  
@Maul555 - Part Time Scientists is an official contestant in the Google Lunar X-Prize, and yes the target is an Apollo landing site. And yes, NASA is on board with that. 

And yes, the first 8 donors get to Drive on the Moon. Woot! If it's me, there will be a beer in one hand.
 
2012-08-21 04:49:42 PM  

MythDragon: cgraves67: Even just driving around can destroy footprints.

Not like, oh say, Goddamn meteors


When we figure out how to protect the sites from meteors, we should do that to. It's the most important damned thing that human beings have ever achieved. The evidence needs to be preserved at all costs.
 
2012-08-21 04:50:06 PM  
What driving a rover may look like.

t2.gstatic.com 

/link hottie
 
2012-08-21 04:50:38 PM  
Doesn't look like it will meet the funding goal without a massive push. The Tesla Museum on the other hand made 800k in about 4 days.
 
2012-08-21 04:50:56 PM  

way south: Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!

Why?
NASA isn't exerting any property rights on the moon, are they?


Its their sound stage after all.
/jk
 
2012-08-21 04:51:23 PM  

Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!



Fine! I'll get my own landing site...with blackjack and hookers.

In fact, forget the landing site!
 
2012-08-21 04:53:07 PM  

Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!


Depends on which ones. the first and last, yeah. The others? I'd like to see them again, to see what decades of lunar environment does to machines and materials. Will be useful for ultra long term bases on the moon and mars.
 
2012-08-21 04:54:25 PM  
I'd rather take the "part time scientist" on the far left for a drive if you know what I mean...
 
2012-08-21 04:56:52 PM  

WhiskeySticks: I'd rather take the "part time scientist" on the far left for a drive if you know what I mean...


surprised it took to 38 comments
 
2012-08-21 04:59:01 PM  
Correction!....I concur.
 
2012-08-21 04:59:07 PM  

Mrbogey: surprised it took to 38 comments


As am I.
 
2012-08-21 05:00:14 PM  
So what about the 2 billion or so needed to actually move the rover from the abandoned industrial site to the moon?

I guess that is the second kick starter effort
 
2012-08-21 05:02:24 PM  

iheartscotch: Fine, I'll build my own lunar rover; with blackjack and hookers.


On second thought, screw the lunar rover.
 
2012-08-21 05:06:01 PM  
They've got 38 hours to raise almost $75k.

Doesn't sound that enticing.
 
2012-08-21 05:08:57 PM  

theadmiral: @Maul555 - Part Time Scientists is an official contestant in the Google Lunar X-Prize, and yes the target is an Apollo landing site. And yes, NASA is on board with that. 

And yes, the first 8 donors get to Drive on the Moon. Woot! If it's me, there will be a beer in one hand.


This may all be true, but the article says nothing about those specifics, except that 8 people will get to drive a rover somewhere on the moon for $10,000...
 
2012-08-21 05:09:32 PM  

Cooper420: They've got 38 hours to raise almost $75k.


Behold the power of FARK. Let's do this thing!
 
2012-08-21 05:10:30 PM  
Instead of helping fund a project to explore the grounds of a fake lunar surface, help this guy explore a surface as equally as weird in a place called Toronto, Canada by clicking This Link

/shameless plug, sorry, delete if need be
//still wouldn't mind exploring that lady "part-time scientist" if you know what I mean
 
2012-08-21 05:10:48 PM  

Mishno: Juansmith: Mishno: Correction - it will allow you to drive a prototype rover on a simulated, 200 square meter moonscape in built on a warehouse floor, on earth.

Correction: Your correction is wrong.

A donation of $10,000 or more will let you drive the actual rover on the moon, as the article clearly says - and they're only offering that to the first 8 people who respond.

Correction, my correction is probably correct as they'll never get a rover on the moon. You're only shot is the $15 drive the toy in the sandbox option.


Correction, for $10,000 you'll be able to drive actual moon in space.
 
2012-08-21 05:12:16 PM  

Apron_master79: Mishno: Correction - it will allow you to drive a prototype rover on a simulated, 200 square meter moonscape in built on a warehouse floor, on earth.

Correction - for a mere $10k you get to drive the real one on the moon....


Juansmith: Mishno: Correction - it will allow you to drive a prototype rover on a simulated, 200 square meter moonscape in built on a warehouse floor, on earth.

Correction: Your correction is wrong.

A donation of $10,000 or more will let you drive the actual rover on the moon, as the article clearly says - and they're only offering that to the first 8 people who respond.


Forgive me, it is I who needs coffee. For some reason I thought the guy you guys were responding to was making a joke regarding the initial moon landing and you guys just weren't getting it. Apparently he just didn't RTFA completely (and neither did I).

/Let this be a lesson, kids
 
2012-08-21 05:13:02 PM  

WalMartian: Mart Laar's beard shaver: Kittypie070: STAY...AWAY...from the landing sites!!

This bears repeating.

I thought there was some agreement those sites were "protected" or something?


Pfft. Like anyone will actually land. Our generation will not see any Moon landings, sadly. Yeah, yeah, yeah the Chinese/private enterprise/whatever. Will not happen. Not because the original landings were faked, but because there is simply not the will to spend the money to go.
 
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