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(National Geographic)   NASA may be closed, but at least they managed to map the clouds on an extrasolar planet before the shutdown. No big deal   (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 16
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2013-10-02 08:50:21 AM  
My agency's web site is still working.

/may be a reason for that
 
2013-10-02 08:52:06 AM  
Are clouds really a mappable thing?

/[cloud atlas joke goes here]
 
2013-10-02 09:03:38 AM  
amazing.
 
2013-10-02 09:08:56 AM  
Good. Our population is ageing so we need more clouds to yell at!
 
2013-10-02 09:13:15 AM  

turboke: Good. Our population is ageing so we

Congress need more clouds to yell at!

/FTFY
 
2013-10-02 09:27:05 AM  
Would you like to live in Seattle hemisphere or Arizona hemisphere?
 
2013-10-02 09:28:49 AM  
Or the narrow strip between, where it squalls like a Tea Party Republican?
 
2013-10-02 09:40:20 AM  
One good windstorm and it's all worthless.
 
2013-10-02 09:53:56 AM  
what's with the New Dark Ages, anyway.

even douchewitz Stephen Harper is all for killing science and I wonder what happened to my country/planet.
 
2013-10-02 10:44:39 AM  

Madbassist1: amazing.


This
 
2013-10-02 10:52:38 AM  
img42.imageshack.us

Looks like NASA upgraded their scanner to a listening post.
 
2013-10-02 01:04:19 PM  
Why?
 
2013-10-02 01:44:49 PM  
No big deal is exactly right. Christ, NASA, do something that inspires the public.
 
2013-10-02 04:17:34 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: No big deal is exactly right. Christ, NASA, do something that inspires the public.


What a wondrous cynical age we live in when someone can see an image of a farking planet from farking 1000 light years away, jesus christ, holy fark and think it's 'no big deal'.
 
2013-10-03 04:00:33 AM  

ruta: Contrabulous Flabtraption: No big deal is exactly right. Christ, NASA, do something that inspires the public.

What a wondrous cynical age we live in when someone can see an image of a farking planet from farking 1000 light years away, jesus christ, holy fark and think it's 'no big deal'.


If this news didn't move you in some way then there is something profoundly wrong with you.
 
2013-10-03 01:30:59 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: Why?


For the exact same reason we do all science. Because most things we learn are not immediately useful. It isn't until some engineer finds a use for the information, and makes the next great thing. There's no way to accurately predict what new scientific knowledge will be useful, but you can be guaranteed that every transformative technology that has emerged in the last 100 years was built on the shoulders of the scientific advances that came before.

Who knows, maybe better understanding cloud and weather patterns on another planet will help us better understand our own weather. Maybe some engineer in the future will use this information to help predict hurricane formation, giving people more time to evacuate or prepare.

It's hard to measure the value of knowledge, but not because it's un-valuable.
 
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