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(LA Times)   Mars rover Curiosity has a 1909 penny on board, just to confuse the hell out of future space archaeologists   (latimes.com) divider line 37
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2012-09-13 08:10:31 AM
Next time, send up a robot that leave bigfoot tracks in the dust. Then self destructs.
 
2012-09-13 08:33:07 AM

vudukungfu: Next time, send up a robot that leave bigfoot tracks in the dust. Then self destructs.


Or a good Wall-E reproduction to make people think the movie was actually a documentary.
 
2012-09-13 08:51:44 AM

just to confuse the hell out of future space archaeologists


Seems like a 2024 penny would do a better job of that.
 
2012-09-13 08:55:53 AM
The thing I noticed about the penny shots they released earlier, they've gotten some really nice resolution on those cameras now. And they've managed to figure a good algorithm for "natural" color correction when they release these to the public. When you see a lot of NASA photos it's somewhat obvious that the visual cameras are not as important as the other instrumentation, because they're mostly for PR and generic overview shots. Not so with Curiosity. I mean, 1080p stop-motion of the landing? That's a lot of bandwidth for human-visual information.
 
2012-09-13 08:59:04 AM
Just imagine... Back in 1915, some guy used a penny to buy some candy. Little did he know that the penny he was holding would one day be on Mars.
 
2012-09-13 09:00:40 AM
They should have used a 1909 S VDB penny and trolled all of the coin collectors.
 
2012-09-13 09:16:35 AM

theorellior: When you see a lot of NASA photos it's somewhat obvious that the visual cameras are not as important as the other instrumentation, because they're mostly for PR and generic overview shots. Not so with Curiosity. I mean, 1080p stop-motion of the landing? That's a lot of bandwidth for human-visual information.


I think what enabled it is the remarkable strides in miniaturization. The price of the camera isn't nearly as big an issue as how much it weighs, and today's cameras weight a tiny fraction of yesteryear's.

It's nice to see that NASA finally understands the importance of PR to its budget, but this is a bit much for me. A little less show and more science would be nice. Yes, I understand Curiosity's just getting started and science takes much longer than self-portraits, but yeesh, Curiosity's being such an AW that if it became self-aware its first act as a sentient life form would be to make a duckface.
 
2012-09-13 09:17:10 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: Seems like a 2024 penny would do a better job of that.


Came here to say this. Now I gotta wipe up the mess.
 
2012-09-13 09:24:27 AM

bark_atda_moon: They should have used a 1909 S VDB penny and trolled all of the coin collectors.


I was so pissed as a kid that I couldn't get one of those.
 
2012-09-13 09:24:59 AM

dragonchild: It's nice to see that NASA finally understands the importance of PR to its budget, but this is a bit much for me. A little less show and more science would be nice. Yes, I understand Curiosity's just getting started and science takes much longer than self-portraits, but yeesh, Curiosity's being such an AW that if it became self-aware its first act as a sentient life form would be to make a duckface.


I've been a little surprised by their presence on social media, and a little annoyed by the AWing as well, but if you're gonna get people interested in what's going on in space exploration you have to get them where they live. I've actually had students in my classes mention the new Mars photos in conversation, so it looks to be working.
 
2012-09-13 09:55:56 AM
So, how long before some "offended" atheist files suit to have the penny removed from Curiosity since the "In God We Trust" is visible?
 
2012-09-13 10:02:00 AM

machoprogrammer: Just imagine... Back in 1915, some guy used a penny to buy some candy. Little did he know that the penny he was holding would one day be on Mars.


*looks at the coinage in his own pocket*
Great - now I'm afraid to spend these little space-travellers.
 
2012-09-13 10:07:14 AM
I like this.
 
2012-09-13 10:11:11 AM

dragonchild: theorellior: When you see a lot of NASA photos it's somewhat obvious that the visual cameras are not as important as the other instrumentation, because they're mostly for PR and generic overview shots. Not so with Curiosity. I mean, 1080p stop-motion of the landing? That's a lot of bandwidth for human-visual information.

I think what enabled it is the remarkable strides in miniaturization. The price of the camera isn't nearly as big an issue as how much it weighs, and today's cameras weight a tiny fraction of yesteryear's.

It's nice to see that NASA finally understands the importance of PR to its budget, but this is a bit much for me. A little less show and more science would be nice. Yes, I understand Curiosity's just getting started and science takes much longer than self-portraits, but yeesh, Curiosity's being such an AW that if it became self-aware its first act as a sentient life form would be to make a duckface.



Ironically this was making the rounds on facebook the other day:

sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-09-13 10:31:34 AM
m2.mattters.com

Approves
 
2012-09-13 10:47:21 AM
dupe --- NASA-solves-problem-of-what-to-do-with-all-those-damn-pennies

/// Not the first time Lincoln has been used as a target.
 
2012-09-13 11:10:23 AM
machoprogrammer: Just imagine... Back in 1915, some guy used a penny to buy some candy. Little did he know that the penny he was holding would one day be on Mars.

I love Fark for reminding me that I'm not the only person who thinks things like this.
 
2012-09-13 11:13:13 AM
They probably used it to replace a blown fuse right before launch.
 
2012-09-13 11:40:55 AM
Chances are NASA mounted one of my ass-pennies on a frickin' Mars rover. Do you think you're better than me? 

/You ALL handle my ass-pennies
 
2012-09-13 12:44:43 PM

chewielouie: So, how long before some "offended" atheist files suit to have the penny removed from Curiosity since the "In God We Trust" is visible?


Oh , shut up. Idiot.
 
2012-09-13 12:55:53 PM
With inflation being the way it is here on Earth, WTF do they thing curiosity is going to buy with a penny on friggin Mars?

Scientists can be so dumb sometimes.
 
2012-09-13 01:08:20 PM

sithon

>>>> chewielouie: So, how long before some "offended" atheist files suit to have the penny removed from Curiosity
>>>> since the "In God We Trust" is visible?

Oh , shut up. Idiot.

It offends you that he correctly predicted you bunch of whiners accurately?

drandolph 5 points 3 days ago

Sadly like the rest of us Curiosity has had religion forced on him. With no say or control in the matter someone forcefully attached "god" and with no way to remove it Curiosity will be discovered by aliens and they will laugh at humanity.


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Tyatku 2 points 3 days ago

This makes me sad


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globalchill 1 point 3 days ago

NASA has done some religious evangelizing in the past and now it looks like they are still at it...


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Coin should read ' In Science we Trust', which is stating the blindingly obvious on so many levels.

- Steve , Jersey, 07/8/2012 20:15


etc... etc... etc...
 
2012-09-13 01:28:43 PM

StoPPeRmobile: bark_atda_moon: They should have used a 1909 S VDB penny and trolled all of the coin collectors.

I was so pissed as a kid that I couldn't get one of those.


It's not an S, but it turns out it *is* a VDB.

/they trollin'
 
2012-09-13 01:39:07 PM
ah ah.... the word "God" made it to Mars...

Surprised that haters haven't taken offense yet.
 
2012-09-13 01:57:22 PM

hubcity: StoPPeRmobile: bark_atda_moon: They should have used a 1909 S VDB penny and trolled all of the coin collectors.

I was so pissed as a kid that I couldn't get one of those.

It's not an S, but it turns out it *is* a VDB.

/they trollin'


Yeah, but they wasted $20 instead of $2,000.

/I don't have either in my blue cent book.
 
2012-09-13 01:57:48 PM

sithon: chewielouie: So, how long before some "offended" atheist files suit to have the penny removed from Curiosity since the "In God We Trust" is visible?

Oh , shut up. Idiot.


Hold on, i think we're on to something here. Sue them for in god we trust thing, then, the will HAVE to send someone up there to pluck it off!
 
2012-09-13 02:27:44 PM
imfallen_angel:
ah ah.... the word "God" made it to Mars...

Surprised that haters haven't taken offense yet.


He works in mysterious ways... even these scientists who disbelieve are in the end just a tool of his limitless will...
 
2012-09-13 03:04:44 PM
The next lander will reportedly carry two pennies, a paperclip, a bus transfer, a safety lollipop and a half-used ChapStick.
 
2012-09-13 03:14:46 PM

gunther_bumpass: The next lander will reportedly carry two pennies, a paperclip, a bus transfer, a safety lollipop and a half-used ChapStick.


And will jury rig an escape from some locked room with a bomb in it?
 
2012-09-13 03:34:21 PM

bark_atda_moon: They should have used a 1909 S VDB penny and trolled all of the coin collectors.


This.

/inactive numismatics nerd
 
2012-09-13 03:37:40 PM

cptjeff: gunther_bumpass: The next lander will reportedly carry two pennies, a paperclip, a bus transfer, a safety lollipop and a half-used ChapStick.

And will jury rig an escape from some locked room with a bomb in it?


Yup. After the Mars Science Laboratory comes the MacGyver Science Laboratory.
 
2012-09-13 03:40:09 PM

machoprogrammer: Just imagine... Back in 1915, some guy used a penny to buy some candy. Little did he know that the penny he was holding would one day be on Mars.


Imagine if that penny was once used in a Mars bar purchase.
 
2012-09-13 03:57:37 PM

AMonkey'sUncle: machoprogrammer: Just imagine... Back in 1915, some guy used a penny to buy some candy. Little did he know that the penny he was holding would one day be on Mars.

Imagine if that penny was once used in a Mars bar purchase.


Or a copy of Hugo Gernsback's Amazing Stories.
 
2012-09-13 04:56:56 PM
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And ...

www.peelscrapmetalrecycling.com
 
2012-09-13 07:19:36 PM

machoprogrammer: Just imagine... Back in 1915, some guy used a penny to buy some candy. Little did he know that the penny he was holding would one day be on Mars.


Or, it was in the ass-crack of some sorority plebe during Hell Week in 1920.
 
2012-09-13 07:39:47 PM

bark_atda_moon: They should have used a 1909 S VDB penny and trolled all of the coin collectors.


A pity they didn't use one of the seized Swift double-eagles instead of a lousy penny.

www.coinlink.com

/low-budget NASA strikes again 
//better than melting 'em down, no?
 
2012-09-14 04:17:57 PM

gunther_bumpass: The next lander will reportedly carry two pennies, a paperclip, a bus transfer, a safety lollipop and a half-used ChapStick.


Add a condom and a fella could have a pretty good time in Vegas with that.
 
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