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(France 24)   All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landing there   (france24.com) divider line 89
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2013-02-17 12:47:56 PM
Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
 
2013-02-17 12:54:22 PM
Orbiters are nice and all, but you wont learn all that much, got to have plans for a lander and melt down through that ice to find life, of course if its 100 miles thick good luck with that.
 
2013-02-17 12:56:10 PM
There are so many nerd billionaires, kinda surprised more of this stuff isn't privately funded.  It should be publicly funded out the ass of course, but since it's not, the rich nerds should step up.
 
2013-02-17 01:26:55 PM

texdent: Does Europa have oil?


We have reason to believe that Europa may already be developing weapons of mass destruction......
 
2013-02-17 01:30:47 PM

Charles_Nelson_Reilly: 2061 > 2010 > 2001


3001 > 2061 > 2010
 
2013-02-17 01:32:25 PM

eraser8: White_Scarf_Syndrome: You know what? I LIKED that movie.  And the book was great too.

I liked it, too.

Of course, I was just a little kid who was pretty easy to please.


You would have made Mr. Clarke very happy, being a little kid and all.
 
2013-02-17 01:34:41 PM
But I HAVE to land there! Otherwise I can't fix the Utwig device and speed up the Chmmr production to defeat the Sa-Matra!
 
2013-02-17 01:34:49 PM

Evil Mackerel: Ennuipoet: ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

That was Pluto.


From what I've read, Cthulhu stopped on Saturn before coming to Earth.
 
2013-02-17 01:36:58 PM

Trashy: For those confused about the title Read more or watch a horrible Roy Scheider movie..


In other words, for those who didn't understand what I understood so easily, go make yourselves smarter.

Did that capture your message?
 
2013-02-17 01:42:08 PM

eyeq360: Evil Mackerel: Ennuipoet: ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

That was Pluto.

From what I've read, Cthulhu stopped on Saturn before coming to Earth.


Evil Mackerel: PlutoYuggoth

FTFY.
 
2013-02-17 01:56:02 PM
 
2013-02-17 02:13:34 PM

dready zim: [www.france24.com image 245x190]
Look! Cities and roads on Europa!


What?  No grassy knoll?
 
2013-02-17 02:16:13 PM

MemeSlave: Any Pie Left: Earlier proposed mission: "An orbiter, lander, and thermal ice-melting probe, with detachable ROV minisub, to burrow thru the ice and check out the ocean under the ice. Because we're farking AMERICA, and that's how AMERICANS do Farking SPACE exploration."

Stripped-down mission: "Well, you can look at it from a distance every time you swing around the primary."

Now down to:

"Hey, ESA, can we hitch a ride for one of our instruments? Promise we won't take up too much room? Pretty-please?"

I has a sad. farking Congress and farking military budgets for two wars, plus farking tax breaks for the rich.

-1/10


"I knew it! I'm surrounded by assholes"

"Keep firing, assholes!"
 
2013-02-17 02:26:59 PM
2065 wasn't as good but it explained a whole lot.
Heywood's deduction of the life there being inedible was pretty funny.
 
2013-02-17 02:31:22 PM
Zeus:  All these girls are yours, except Europa.  Attempt no glanding there.
 
2013-02-17 02:46:00 PM

Evil Mackerel: Brick-House: We should go check it out...

[www.keithmcneill.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk image 800x533]

Agreed!


I'm sorry, Dave.  I can't do that.
 
2013-02-17 02:48:33 PM

Full Blown Jimbo: It might be full of Ramans.


Perhaps we should rendezvous, just to see.
 
2013-02-17 02:57:11 PM
dittybopper:

You want to drill Europa?  I heard she's into the whole bestiality thing, though.
 

Europa may seem cold and hostile on the outside, but she's all wet where it counts.
 
2013-02-17 03:02:15 PM
Space exploration, now that it's standardized, should be in the hands of private enterprise, not government, with its budget of convenience. It's not because business doesn't want to pick-up the launch costs. It's the same reason business isn't doing the letter-carrying, and Washington state's ferries are state-run....there's no money in it.
 
2013-02-17 03:25:43 PM
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I'd land on it like a white bull in a china shop.
 
2013-02-17 04:02:23 PM
Anyone else read the Greenberg account of the interpretation of the Europa pictures?
 
2013-02-17 04:09:33 PM
Arthur C. Clarke!  Still one of my favorite authors.

Oh yeah and the actual space/science stuff is cool too!
 
2013-02-17 04:24:30 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-17 04:42:31 PM
Almost 75 posts and not even one Thomas Dolby reference?

FARK, I am disappoint.
 
2013-02-17 04:48:26 PM

Trashy: For those confused about the title Read more or watch a horrible Roy Scheider movie..


The funny part is that the movie showed a swamp on Europa. It has so much water that visible land would be impossible.
 
2013-02-17 05:18:08 PM

jigger: Trashy: For those confused about the title Read more or watch a horrible Roy Scheider movie..

The funny part is that the movie showed a swamp on Europa. It has so much water that visible land would be impossible.


Not after the heat from Jupiter turning all solar evaporates a large part of it:

upload.wikimedia.org

Don't forget, that swamp is likely millions of years in the future.
 
2013-02-17 05:46:51 PM

Modified Cornstarch: 2065 wasn't as good but it explained a whole lot.
Heywood's deduction of the life there being inedible was pretty funny.


I'm trying to remember (and assuming you meant 2061) but all I'm drawing is that the Europa ecosystem was sulfur-based instead of carbon-based like ours, and that they were hiding from the ship's exhaust plume because it contained oxygen, which would have been poisonous to them.

And that drinking comet-sourced water would give you a serious case of the squirts.

/the books were interesting, but the characters had no character
 
2013-02-17 05:50:08 PM
dittybopper:
Don't forget, that swamp is likely millions of years in the future.

If you go by canon, Lucifer burns out in far less than a million years.
 
2013-02-17 06:02:09 PM
In other timely news, Voyager is still about to leave the Solar System.
 
2013-02-17 08:41:25 PM

dittybopper: jigger: Trashy: For those confused about the title Read more or watch a horrible Roy Scheider movie..

The funny part is that the movie showed a swamp on Europa. It has so much water that visible land would be impossible.

Not after the heat from Jupiter turning all solar evaporates a large part of it:



Don't forget, that swamp is likely millions of years in the future.


Yeah, some of my college friends were working on a proposal for a Europan ocean probe. It involved powering a hot tethered probe that would have to melt through a few km of surface ice to reach the highly pressurized liquid ocean down below, where they might be able to detect some signs of organic matter perhaps heated by some geothermal activity far below. Then relaying that via the tether to a communications unit on the icy surface.

I don't think they had a lot of success with the theoretical power they'd need to generate to keep the thing descending with the low temperatures and high pressures involved.
 
2013-02-17 09:00:10 PM

Mister Peejay: dittybopper:
Don't forget, that swamp is likely millions of years in the future.

If you go by canon, Lucifer burns out in far less than a million years.


The Epilogue of 2010 (20,001) describes intelligent Europans, and their primitive society.

In 3001, which apparently is a separate continuity from the other books (wtf?), Lucifer burns out, the monoliths self-destruct, and humans land on Europa and make contact with the natives.
 
2013-02-17 09:36:03 PM

Charles_Nelson_Reilly: 2061 > 2010 > 2001


It's like I don't even know who you are anymore.
 
2013-02-17 09:36:18 PM
i172.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-18 03:11:09 AM
what right did the monolith people have to kill off the indigenous life forms of Jupiter?
what right did the monolith people have to tell earthlings to fk off?
what right did the monolith people have to contemplate killing earthlings?

or was it all just a batman gambit to ensure that humans were at a level they felt were ready enough to make contact with the europans?

/which still doesn't forgive the genocide of the jovians
 
2013-02-18 04:05:33 AM

Evil Mackerel: texdent: Does Europa have oil?

No but, it does have a montain that is one giant dimond.


Well, it will in the future. In 2010, after Jupiter explodes.
 
2013-02-18 06:30:06 AM

Mister Peejay: dittybopper:
Don't forget, that swamp is likely millions of years in the future.

If you go by canon, Lucifer burns out in far less than a million years.


Did somebody mention cannon?  I've got a cannon:

i46.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-18 06:31:47 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: /which still doesn't forgive the genocide of the jovians


At least they were happy when they died.
 
2013-02-18 09:05:46 AM
The fact that Drew green-lighted this story means I'm even more confused as to his selection process.
 
2013-02-18 12:48:03 PM

Parthenogenetic: Mister Peejay: dittybopper:
Don't forget, that swamp is likely millions of years in the future.

If you go by canon, Lucifer burns out in far less than a million years.

The Epilogue of 2010 (20,001) describes intelligent Europans, and their primitive society.

In 3001, which apparently is a separate continuity from the other books (wtf?), Lucifer burns out, the monoliths self-destruct, and humans land on Europa and make contact with the natives.


From what I've heard each book in the series is actually a separate continuity from the others in which events similar to those of the previous books took place but with whatever slight differences are necessary to make the current book work.
 
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