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(Popular Science)   Do scientists plan to explore Jupiter's moon Europa by: A) sending a probe, B) focusing the Hubble Telescope at it, or C) shooting it?   (popsci.com) divider line 31
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2013-07-17 11:25:33 AM  
ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS
EXCEPT EUROPA
ATTEMPT NO PEW PEW PEW THERE
 
2013-07-17 11:31:12 AM  
A and C are the same answer, question is invalid
 
2013-07-17 11:40:23 AM  
How long does it take, using current tech, to get to Jupiter?
 
2013-07-17 11:48:46 AM  
It's coming right for us!
 
2013-07-17 11:54:24 AM  
Are the scientist American?  If yes, then C.
 
2013-07-17 12:06:45 PM  

simplicimus: How long does it take, using current tech, to get to Jupiter?


Fastest one in use right now I think would take almost 2 years.
 
2013-07-17 12:09:08 PM  

johnsoninca: It's coming right for us!


theleafsnation.com
 
2013-07-17 12:11:35 PM  
I have seen the movie. If you see a bright light on Europa, do not go to investigate.
 
2013-07-17 12:18:51 PM  

PreMortem: simplicimus: How long does it take, using current tech, to get to Jupiter?

Fastest one in use right now I think would take almost 2 years.


So, 10 years to develop, 2 years to get there. Well, at least it's long range thinking.
 
2013-07-17 12:40:01 PM  
George Melies was ahead of his time.
 
2013-07-17 12:53:12 PM  
Let's hope they can sterilize the probe it better than those Russian Antarctic scientists.
 
2013-07-17 01:00:43 PM  
Yeah American science may be starting to lag but we still know how to shoot things better than anyone else! Wait.... London?
 
2013-07-17 01:06:45 PM  
We were expressly told to stay away from any exploration of Europa. Great, we're all doomed now.
 
2013-07-17 01:07:32 PM  
slingshot a tungsten slug around the earth towards Europa, that should do well enough.
 
2013-07-17 01:19:53 PM  

jonathan_L: We were expressly told to stay away from any exploration of Europa. Great, we're all doomed now.


Oh, please. We've been doomed since before you were born. It's how 2008 happened.
 
2013-07-17 01:23:18 PM  
Do we shoot the space baby?
 
2013-07-17 01:24:19 PM  
What happens if we kill the nascent life form colony growing beneath that spot on Europa? Would we feel sad that we killed what might have been the only other life in the solar system/universe, or relieved that we're that much further removed from invasion/enslavement?
 
2013-07-17 01:25:25 PM  

PreMortem: simplicimus: How long does it take, using current tech, to get to Jupiter?

Fastest one in use right now I think would take almost 2 years.


New Horizons did it in 13 months, but it didn't have any requirement to slow down.  If you want to go into orbit you're going to want to have a much slower trajectory or you'll waste all your payload on fuel for stopping.
 
2013-07-17 01:28:00 PM  
We've already done this with comets and 1,100 pound copper bullets.

www.popsci.com
 
2013-07-17 02:48:14 PM  

the_sidewinder: A and C are the same answer, question is invalid


Came here to say the same thing.

Perhaps Subby means sending a probe to orbit the moon?

/I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.
 
2013-07-17 03:39:39 PM  
Silly subby, NASA only sends probes to Uranus.
 
2013-07-17 04:01:04 PM  
2nd AMENDMENT SOLUTIONS, PEOPLE!!!!
 
2013-07-17 04:08:35 PM  
Astronomers Want To Fire Giant Bullets At Jupiter's Moon Europa
Hey aliens, you have about 10 years to reveal yourselves before we launch a science missile.

Europeans will surrender at the first shot.
 
2013-07-17 04:25:39 PM  
Send a Probe?
upload.wikimedia.org
I'm not sure how that helps, but they're scientists, they must know what they're doing...
 
2013-07-17 05:15:22 PM  
 
2013-07-17 05:20:35 PM  
Oh, and:

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// Seemed appropriate.
 
2013-07-17 05:24:00 PM  

Larva Lump: Oh, and:

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// Seemed appropriate.


What are we supposed to behold there, btw?
 
2013-07-17 05:33:29 PM  
Mahmut frowns upon your shenanigans.
 
2013-07-17 05:47:48 PM  
Smoking GNU

What are we supposed to behold there, btw?

Dunno. They haven't updated yet.
 
2013-07-18 02:13:29 AM  
Not one Bebop reference? What the hell kind of Geek tab thread is this?
 
2013-07-18 09:28:21 AM  

Dr Dreidel: What happens if we kill the nascent life form colony growing beneath that spot on Europa? Would we feel sad that we killed what might have been the only other life in the solar system/universe, or relieved that we're that much further removed from invasion/enslavement?


There's no chance of that.  The conditions on Europa's surface aren't compatible with life.  It's in the ocean beneath the ice (the equivalent of the Earth's mantle) that has conditions that could possibly support life.  These probes aren't going to be coming in that fast, they're not going anywhere near that ocean.

the opposite of charity is justice: We've already done this with comets and 1,100 pound copper bullets.


No.  Deep Impact hit *HARD*, the impacting object was destroyed.  These are going to come in *MUCH* slower, they're meant to survive the impact.
 
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