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(NASA)   Curiosity Mars Rover ticks over one kilometer on its odometer, instantly halving its trade-in value   (jpl.nasa.gov) divider line 53
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2013-07-18 10:55:11 AM  
On the bright side, its collector's value has increased.
 
2013-07-18 11:55:56 AM  
It's 'as is, where is' anyway, stubby.
 
2013-07-18 11:58:24 AM  
Meanwhile, in another part of the Martian landscape...

imgs.xkcd.com

 
2013-07-18 11:59:19 AM  
1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.
 
2013-07-18 12:00:06 PM  
If you were to do as detailed research on a kilometer of earth you'd actually find something.
 
2013-07-18 12:00:23 PM  

Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.


You gonna go there and flip it over if it rolls into a ditch?
 
2013-07-18 12:04:23 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

You gonna go there and flip it over if it rolls into a ditch?


If there are ditches, we'll have bigger issues than worrying where the rover sits.
If we find a culvert, someone call Jack Nicholson, stat.
 
2013-07-18 12:05:49 PM  

Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.


It's there to study rocks. It landed in an area filled with rocks. It doesn't need to travel great distances to get to the rocks.
 
2013-07-18 12:07:13 PM  
Yesterday was is halfway through the mission's prime mission of one Martian year.

great proofreading there, guys.
 
2013-07-18 12:07:15 PM  

fappomatic: Quantum Apostrophe: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

You gonna go there and flip it over if it rolls into a ditch?

If there are ditches, we'll have bigger issues than worrying where the rover sits.
If we find a culvert, someone call Jack Nicholson, stat.


He's filming a movie on the stage next door.
 
2013-07-18 12:08:04 PM  
It's been there all this time and it's only gone one kilometer? WTF they been doing with that thing?
 
2013-07-18 12:09:09 PM  

Russ1642: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

It's there to study rocks. It landed in an area filled with rocks. It doesn't need to travel great distances to get to the rocks.


No, he's right. We need the Top Gear guys to design and build a Mars rover with more POWWWEEE....

www.theleakygasket.net

....EEERRRERR!!!
 
2013-07-18 12:09:15 PM  

Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.


It's been doing research stuff as it goes. If all they wanted to do was go there and drive around they could have done it with a much smaller and simpler vehicle.
 
2013-07-18 12:12:26 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

You gonna go there and flip it over if it rolls into a ditch?


It's built like an SUV, can drive up slopes of 12.5 degrees and can even handle a 50-degree tilt while moving (though the onboard anti-crash system won't let it get past 30 degrees). Oh, and it's got 4 cameras (2 sets of 2, front and back) working with the anti-crash systems that serve as guidance to avoid any obstacles.

Even so, I'm surprised we only went 1km. I guess when everything is new and different, you don't have to go far to find something to study.
 
2013-07-18 12:12:38 PM  
send one to Venus
fark mars
 
2013-07-18 12:14:03 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

It's been doing research stuff as it goes. If all they wanted to do was go there and drive around they could have done it with a much smaller and simpler vehicle.


Top speed is 0.085 miles per hour.
 
2013-07-18 12:15:40 PM  
I thought it was pumping out kilometers a day.
 
2013-07-18 12:16:27 PM  

Slaxl: Russ1642: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

It's there to study rocks. It landed in an area filled with rocks. It doesn't need to travel great distances to get to the rocks.

No, he's right. We need the Top Gear guys to design and build a Mars rover with more POWWWEEE....



....EEERRRERR!!!


That's one way to catch bugs...
 
2013-07-18 12:16:51 PM  

SlothB77: I thought it was pumping out kilometers a day.


You're thinking of Jason Sudeikis.
 
2013-07-18 12:17:03 PM  

ReapTheChaos: It's been there all this time and it's only gone one kilometer? WTF they been doing with that thing?


Casing Martian farmers markets on the way to the Denny's early-bird special.
 
2013-07-18 12:19:46 PM  

Russ1642: Voiceofreason01: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

It's been doing research stuff as it goes. If all they wanted to do was go there and drive around they could have done it with a much smaller and simpler vehicle.

Top speed is 0.085 miles per hour.


and.....?
 
2013-07-18 12:25:20 PM  
meh, still too rich for my blood.
 
2013-07-18 12:25:44 PM  
An RTG powered, all terrain semi-autonomous vehicle, that shoots god damn neutrons and lasers and it only has a maximum speed of 0.085 mph.

There is a need for speeeeeeed, NASA. If you're not gonna build faster ground vehicles, at least build faster spaceships to get us to 40 Eridani A before the end of the century.
 
2013-07-18 12:26:31 PM  
Wowzers, one friggin' kilometer... I would seriously have thought that it would've clocked at least 100 km by now.

I guess I have a different (and more fun) picture in my mind of what Rover is doing up there. Honestly I kinda pictured WALL-E with more gadgets, zipping around here and there collecting and analyzing things all over the place haha!
 
2013-07-18 12:29:23 PM  

Dr Dreidel: I guess when everything is new and different,


Um, we've sent probes there before.

gamempire: at least build faster spaceships to get us to 40 Eridani A before the end of the century.


Oh ho ho ho! This is good joke!
 
2013-07-18 12:34:08 PM  
Pfft.  Get back to me when they pass a milestone that actually matters, 1 mile.
 
2013-07-18 12:34:59 PM  
Well, good for Walowitz.
 
2013-07-18 12:36:57 PM  
Russ1642:

Top speed is 0.085 miles per hour.

Which is the same speed as a stoner drives going to the 7-11 for Doritos.
 
2013-07-18 12:37:40 PM  
How much of that was the penis?
 
2013-07-18 12:42:47 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

You gonna go there and flip it over if it rolls into a ditch?


Just send Mater.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOGhIVUWP-w
 
2013-07-18 12:43:33 PM  
That is one hell of a cost of ownership.
 
2013-07-18 12:43:33 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Russ1642: Voiceofreason01: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

It's been doing research stuff as it goes. If all they wanted to do was go there and drive around they could have done it with a much smaller and simpler vehicle.

Top speed is 0.085 miles per hour.

and.....?


and... what?
 
2013-07-18 12:43:40 PM  
I would hate to see the cost of that 54.6 million kilometer tow bill that would be.
 
2013-07-18 12:46:49 PM  

lack of warmth: I would hate to see the cost of that 54.6 million kilometer tow bill that would be.


When they get bored at mission control they call AAA and report a flat tire.
 
2013-07-18 01:13:00 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Dr Dreidel: I guess when everything is new and different,

Um, we've sent probes there before.


Indeed we have sent probes to Mars - probes with inferior equipment, inferior sample-gathering tools, inferior analytics tools, and inferior navigability were sent to other spots on the planet. Using those past tools, we've analyzed some laughably small percentage of the surface of the planet (to say nothing of its depths).

It's still new to us, and still different from what we're used to. I know you're Commander Killjoy of Fark's First "Fark Space" Brigade, but try and think about it objectively.
 
2013-07-18 01:13:31 PM  

Russ1642: Voiceofreason01: Russ1642: Voiceofreason01: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

It's been doing research stuff as it goes. If all they wanted to do was go there and drive around they could have done it with a much smaller and simpler vehicle.

Top speed is 0.085 miles per hour.

and.....?

and... what?


yes
 
2013-07-18 01:19:47 PM  

Dr Dreidel: It's still new to us, and still different from what we're used to. I know you're Commander Killjoy of Fark's First "Fark Space" Brigade, but try and think about it objectively.


Do you think we'll find elements made of atoms with imaginary or complex atomic masses?

It's the same crap as here. Big deal. It's like asking to count the grains of sand at a beach. We get it. It's sand.

That's fine as far as it goes. It also shows we can explore space just fine from our computer chairs.

It's when the nutcases pack their suitcases and put fishbowls over their heads that I feel it necessary to slam some sense into people.
 
2013-07-18 01:24:00 PM  
Quantum Apostrophe:
It's when the nutcases pack their suitcases and put fishbowls over their heads that I feel it necessary to slam some sense into people.

That's a bald faced lie and you know it.
 
2013-07-18 01:28:51 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Do you think we'll find elements made of atoms with imaginary or complex atomic masses?


No, but we might find other structures (atomic or macro-sized) that don't naturally occur here, we might find evidence for ancient life on Mars (as well as how that ecosystem flourished/died), we might find other anomalies (atmospheric or surface) because Mars doesn't have the same conditions as Earth, we might find the Wong's Ranch intact, we might find anything. We won't know until we take a good look.

You might say we're "curious" what we might find on Mars, and should "rove" around looking at everything we can for as long as we can.

// analyzing grains of sand on the beach is only boring because we've done it a billion times
// do you think the first person to see silica at the microscopic level thought it was "boring"?
 
2013-07-18 01:29:11 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Quantum Apostrophe:
It's when the nutcases pack their suitcases and put fishbowls over their heads that I feel it necessary to slam some sense into people.

That's a bald faced lie and you know it.


So there are no people here who ever expressed their deep desire to go die on Mars?

Or I never try to slam sense into people?

And how do you know what my hairline looks like anyways? Are you sure that was my head you were looking at?

Anyways, if you are claiming that there are no people on Fark that want to go die on Mars .... you're reading a different Fark.

Honest Bender:

"
Quantum Apostrophe: Honest Bender: I'm so thankful for my education.  It really doesn't take much math and physics to understand why these types of claims are bunk.  How does the common man get through life without an education?

Hmm, aren't you one of those with a suitcase packed ready for his Mars condo?


Oh, sure. I'd love to trek out to mars.  But my expectations are realistic. I don't plan on returning."

http://www.fark.com/comments/7848307/For-$1400-this-inventor-will-g ive-upgrade-your-V8-Mustang-to-make-400-hp-w hile-getting-100-mpg-If-you-order-in-next-10-minutes-hell-throw-in-a-l iter-of-blinker-fluid

Your claims of me lying are just fabrications of a delusional mind.
 
2013-07-18 01:31:39 PM  

Russ1642: Voiceofreason01: Savage Belief: 1 kilometer? And it's been there how long? I understand it's a research vehicle but come on.

It's been doing research stuff as it goes. If all they wanted to do was go there and drive around they could have done it with a much smaller and simpler vehicle.

Top speed is 0.085 miles per hour.


Also, if you're going to go offroading across a rocky landscape, don't forget the 4+ minute delay between turning the steering wheel, and actually seeing the results of the turn.

There's no hurry.
 
2013-07-18 01:32:15 PM  

Dr Dreidel: You might say we're "curious" what we might find on Mars, and should "rove" around looking at everything we can for as long as we can.


Yeah, sure, knock yourself out. Just don't put a down payment just yet on Chateau Musk-sur-Mars.

I used to follow NASA quite a bit when I was easily amused. I was on Space Net, ordered all the freebies, dialed in at night, etc..

The one thing I really want to find out is what planets look like on the inside. I'd like to see a Jupiter Core Lander.

THAT would be something. You want curiosity about new things? Explore THAT.
 
2013-07-18 01:32:55 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Meanwhile, in another part of the Martian landscape...

[imgs.xkcd.com image 639x862]


Somewhere there's an edited version of that with Curiosity arriving in the last panel.  Now GIS has failed me.
 
2013-07-18 01:34:50 PM  
Quantum Apostrophe:
Your claims of me lying are just fabrications of a delusional mind.

Your constantly and pretty consistently come down against any kind of space exploration. In fact you were very critical of the current unmanned mission in the very post that I quoted. This "I'm only against manned missions" screed is only something you drag out as an ad hoc deference when somebody calls you on your bullshiat. You're a liar and your arguments(such as they are) are without merit.
 
2013-07-18 01:43:52 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Your constantly and pretty consistently come down against any kind of space exploration.


No, only when people think they'll live on the Moon. Or that we MUST send people to take pictures of radioactive rusty sand.

Voiceofreason01: In fact you were very critical of the current unmanned mission in the very post that I quoted


"very critical" only in the sense that I don't share your religion, probably.

Voiceofreason01: You're a liar and your arguments(such as they are) are without merit.


Funny that I showed you're the liar. I see no response there on your part.

You're only interested in making stuff up because I think the space fanboyism is ridiculous.

I don't share your belief that space is a Wal Mart just filled with shelves of stuff for the taking.

I don't share your glorious vision of a future in space for all mankind.

You probably think the Apollo missions were all about science and mankind and glorious nonsense like that.

I don't really care if you think I'm a liar, you lie to yourself and that's far worse.
 
2013-07-18 01:46:53 PM  
It's because it discovered a cache of immortal atoms, those things are really heavy and hard to move.
 
2013-07-18 01:48:31 PM  

SlothB77: I thought it was pumping out kilometers a day.


You can't pump kilometers. You're probably thinking of kiloliters.
 
2013-07-18 01:52:15 PM  

theorellior: It's because it discovered a cache of immortal atoms, those things are really heavy and hard to move.


It could be worse, it could have bumped into the neutronium plating on a Space Nutter's skull.
 
2013-07-18 02:21:44 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Dr Dreidel: You might say we're "curious" what we might find on Mars, and should "rove" around looking at everything we can for as long as we can.

Yeah, sure, knock yourself out. Just don't put a down payment just yet on Chateau Musk-sur-Mars.

I used to follow NASA quite a bit when I was easily amused. I was on Space Net, ordered all the freebies, dialed in at night, etc..

The one thing I really want to find out is what planets look like on the inside. I'd like to see a Jupiter Core Lander.

THAT would be something. You want curiosity about new things? Explore THAT.


I would also like to see planets on the inside, and a Jupiter core lander would be something else. However these things don't happen over night. Step by step. If it's something that you want then popularise your idea, NASA will hear it and think "Wow, if even QA wants it... it's gotta be good, let's 3d print it!" ;)
 
2013-07-18 02:51:05 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: It could be worse, it could have bumped into the neutronium plating on a Space Nutter's skull.


Silly, you can't plate neutronium! That's a chemical process, all the electrons in neutronium have been destroyed.
 
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