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2013-06-25 10:27:43 AM
They better not prematurely shoot their wad during the dry run or else they'll have something of a mess on their hands.
 
2013-06-25 10:42:45 AM
Who's with me in getting some Martian costumes, driving out to this place, and waving to any onboard cameras?
 
2013-06-25 10:55:57 AM

m1ke: They better not prematurely shoot their wad during the dry run or else they'll have something of a mess on their hands.


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2013-06-25 12:42:16 PM
Yes another bot on wheels will really help get people there.

// after the heavy lifter was canceled by the party that hates science.
 
2013-06-25 12:51:25 PM
The astronauts will have to learn to deal with alien wang.
 
2013-06-25 03:48:35 PM

OnlyM3: Yes another bot on wheels will really help get people there


What possible use could people have there? Symbolism? Romance? The frontier mythology?
 
2013-06-25 03:52:45 PM

m1ke: They better not prematurely shoot their wad during the dry run or else they'll have something of a mess on their hands.


came for this... 

satisfied....
 
2013-06-25 04:18:22 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: OnlyM3: Yes another bot on wheels will really help get people there

What possible use could people have there? Symbolism? Romance? The frontier mythology?


I feel the same way about Antarctica and the depths of the oceans. No point in being there, it can all be done remotely.
 
2013-06-25 04:57:06 PM

Carousel Beast: Quantum Apostrophe: OnlyM3: Yes another bot on wheels will really help get people there

What possible use could people have there? Symbolism? Romance? The frontier mythology?

I feel the same way about Antarctica and the depths of the oceans. No point in being there, it can all be done remotely.


Pretty much. How many pictures of vent worms or dead rocks do you need anyways?
 
2013-06-25 04:57:47 PM
Somewhat unrelated....
My wife and I were driving through the NASA/JSC area last weekend while fighting. At some point we saw the latest concept of the crew ground vehicle (the one with soacesuits mointed outside in the back) driving down the side of the road.

Fight stopped instantly. The subject changed to things you would only see in Houston.
 
2013-06-25 05:26:24 PM

sethen320: The subject changed to things you would only see in Houston


Saw the same thing with my spouse outside KSC (that's Florida, for you geography majors), near the visitor's beach wildlife refuge. Just sayin'.

The only reason to put a man on Mars is to prove that we can do it - and that is a shiatty reason to do something.
 
2013-06-25 05:46:47 PM

OnlyM3: Yes another bot on wheels will really help get people there.

// after the heavy lifter was canceled by the party that hates science.


Go dry your eyes, Morton Thiokol got their full portion of pork via the SLS program instead.
 
2013-06-25 05:56:48 PM

SevenizGud: The only reason to put a man on Mars is to prove that we can do it - and that is a shiatty reason to do something.


But but but the technological spinoffs and the species!!???? What if we bring a really BIG  openclipart.org  printer with us? What then?


Columbus's first computer at Kitty Hawk only had 12 bytes of space minerals, so anything is possible, Luddite!
 
2013-06-25 06:50:33 PM
...there was no rain to speak of in part of the Atacama between 1570 and 1971.

And yet, asshole Atacamatites still say, 'It's not the heat, it's the humidity.'
 
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