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(Gizmodo)   Did you know that you can fly in Titan by flapping your arms? You only need a couple of goofy wings   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 46
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2013-11-23 09:30:52 PM
I just flew in from Titan, and boy are my arms tired.
 
2013-11-23 09:56:48 PM
Malachi Constant might be interested.
 
2013-11-23 09:58:31 PM
You might also need a jacket.
 
2013-11-23 10:01:36 PM
In Titan?
 
2013-11-23 10:05:10 PM

Cpl.D: In Titan?


d1vr6n66ssr06c.cloudfront.net
 
2013-11-23 10:06:09 PM
Just don't fly too close to the sun, Icarus.
 
2013-11-23 10:08:32 PM

Jekylman: Malachi Constant might be interested.


If I ever took an alt on FARK, I'd probably use "Unk". Or maybe "Chrono-synclastic Infundibulum".
 
2013-11-23 10:10:14 PM
Should they be covered thoroughly with foil?
 
2013-11-23 10:15:58 PM

Cpl.D: In Titan?


It's Gizmodo. Be glad they can tie their own shoes.
 
2013-11-23 10:38:25 PM
Yeah, but on Europa you can fly by.....

OMG!

What is that?!?!

Get away from me!

Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh!
 
2013-11-23 11:00:52 PM
Silly subby, Goofy is a dog.  Dogs don't have wings.
 
2013-11-23 11:21:25 PM
Well... if you'd built a large enough bubble on the moon, you'd also be able to fly around.
 
2013-11-23 11:50:48 PM

wildcardjack: Well... if you'd built a large enough bubble on the moon, you'd also be able to fly around.


First thing I thought of when I read the headline.
 
2013-11-24 12:09:36 AM

MrEricSir: Just don't fly too close to the sun, Icarus.


Too bad the guy who wrote the myth never went up a mountain.
 
2013-11-24 12:09:52 AM

SpdrJay: Yeah, but on Europa you can fly by.....

OMG!

What is that?!?!

Get away from me!

Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh!


desmond.yfrog.com
 
2013-11-24 12:24:22 AM
But the real question is - are there centaurs?

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-24 12:49:30 AM

Snapper Carr: But the real question is - are there centaurs?

[i.imgur.com image 372x551]


Dammit, I was hoping I'd be the first.
 
2013-11-24 01:52:48 AM
wow, way to kill world pvp again, bliz.
 
2013-11-24 03:20:36 AM
Looking at the surface photos of Titan from the Huygens probe always restores to me a sense of childlike wonder.

brb
 
2013-11-24 06:34:32 AM
www.chris-winter.com
 
2013-11-24 07:30:42 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

/Guaranteed for the life of the user
 
2013-11-24 07:35:56 AM

starsrift: Looking at the surface photos of Titan from the Huygens probe always restores to me a sense of childlike wonder.

brb


My wallpaper for the last 3 months, Venus, Earth, Moon, Mars, Titan

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-24 08:18:17 AM
What's the radiation from Saturn like? If it's like Jupiter, you prob won't get 10 meters into the air before you're crisp-fried by the Radiation.
 
2013-11-24 08:33:11 AM

jdjoker: Silly subby, Goofy is a dog.  Dogs don't have wings.


Then why are their ears so floppy?!?!?!?!
 
2013-11-24 08:35:28 AM

1stgenwhtrash: starsrift: Looking at the surface photos of Titan from the Huygens probe always restores to me a sense of childlike wonder.

brb

My wallpaper for the last 3 months, Venus, Earth, Moon, Mars, Titan

[i.imgur.com image 850x478]


They have a from-surface picture of Venus? I'm surprised they made a camera that survived long enough.
 
2013-11-24 08:42:02 AM

Smoking GNU: What's the radiation from Saturn like? If it's like Jupiter, you prob won't get 10 meters into the air before you're crisp-fried by the Radiation.


Titan has more atmosphere than earth does.

LoneWolf343: 1stgenwhtrash: starsrift: Looking at the surface photos of Titan from the Huygens probe always restores to me a sense of childlike wonder.

brb

My wallpaper for the last 3 months, Venus, Earth, Moon, Mars, Titan

[i.imgur.com image 850x478]

They have a from-surface picture of Venus? I'm surprised they made a camera that survived long enough.


It lasted 2 hours. The Russian (Soviet, at the time) Venera program.

I'm jealous of that wallpaper.
 
2013-11-24 08:48:39 AM
LoneWolf343

They have a from-surface picture of Venus? I'm surprised they made a camera that survived long enough.


Your teachers deserve raises.
 
2013-11-24 08:54:31 AM

starsrift: Smoking GNU: What's the radiation from Saturn like? If it's like Jupiter, you prob won't get 10 meters into the air before you're crisp-fried by the Radiation.

Titan has more atmosphere than earth does.


Like i said before, if Saturns' radiation output is anything like Jupiters', any amount of atmosphere wouldn't matter much. Not at that distance.
 
2013-11-24 09:00:24 AM
Am I the only one that still reads xkcd?

http://xkcd.com/620/

/Too big to embed
 
2013-11-24 09:08:25 AM

Smoking GNU: starsrift: Smoking GNU: What's the radiation from Saturn like? If it's like Jupiter, you prob won't get 10 meters into the air before you're crisp-fried by the Radiation.

Titan has more atmosphere than earth does.

Like i said before, if Saturns' radiation output is anything like Jupiters', any amount of atmosphere wouldn't matter much. Not at that distance.


Just doing some table napkin estimates - I put Saturn's radiation output at ~45 W/m2 max, ~35 min, roughly. That's not anywhere near accurate, but Earth varies from ~1300 to ~1450 W/m2 received from the sun. So it's pretty negligible even if I was off by a whole order of magnitude instead of maybe 5.
 
2013-11-24 09:13:53 AM

starsrift: Smoking GNU: starsrift: Smoking GNU: What's the radiation from Saturn like? If it's like Jupiter, you prob won't get 10 meters into the air before you're crisp-fried by the Radiation.

Titan has more atmosphere than earth does.

Like i said before, if Saturns' radiation output is anything like Jupiters', any amount of atmosphere wouldn't matter much. Not at that distance.

Just doing some table napkin estimates - I put Saturn's radiation output at ~45 W/m2 max, ~35 min, roughly. That's not anywhere near accurate, but Earth varies from ~1300 to ~1450 W/m2 received from the sun. So it's pretty negligible even if I was off by a whole order of magnitude instead of maybe 5.


So that would be a "no" to my original question then. OK.
 
2013-11-24 09:35:06 AM
 
2013-11-24 09:55:19 AM

mantis!: Am I the only one that still reads xkcd?

http://xkcd.com/620/

/Too big to embed


What if covered it a few months back.
 
2013-11-24 10:22:02 AM

wildcardjack: Well... if you'd built a large enough bubble on the moon, you'd also be able to fly around.


Thank you.  Just what I came to comment on.
 
2013-11-24 12:44:02 PM

Snapper Carr: But the real question is - are there centaurs?

[i.imgur.com image 372x551]


Just got the first book completed on Audible. Is the rest of the series pretty good too?
 
2013-11-24 12:54:06 PM

RoxtarRyan: Snapper Carr: But the real question is - are there centaurs?

[i.imgur.com image 372x551]

Just got the first book completed on Audible. Is the rest of the series pretty good too?


Titan is the best of the three but the the other two are enjoyable. Overall it's a very satisfying series.
 
2013-11-24 01:57:16 PM
Rented a tent, a tent, a tent
Rented a tent, a tent.
Rented a tent,
Rented a tent
Rented a, rented a tent.
 
2013-11-24 03:20:02 PM

RoxtarRyan: Snapper Carr: But the real question is - are there centaurs?

[i.imgur.com image 372x551]

Just got the first book completed on Audible. Is the rest of the series pretty good too?


Yes. I recently got my hands on the full trilogy in softcover (originally read them about 15 years ago from my old man's personal library). It's an amazing series, albeit with some uncomfortable discussions of stuff like rape rape and torture.
 
2013-11-24 04:45:25 PM
Pants full of macaroni!!

Should they be covered thoroughly with foil?

Let's not get carried away here.
 
2013-11-24 05:09:58 PM

LoneWolf343: 1stgenwhtrash: starsrift: Looking at the surface photos of Titan from the Huygens probe always restores to me a sense of childlike wonder.

brb

My wallpaper for the last 3 months, Venus, Earth, Moon, Mars, Titan

[i.imgur.com image 850x478]

They have a from-surface picture of Venus? I'm surprised they made a camera that survived long enough.


Yeah, the Russian Venera lander managed to get a few images back. I think it only lasted a couple hours before it was crushed into tinfoil.
 
2013-11-24 05:16:44 PM
For people who want the background:

Here you go.
 
2013-11-24 05:18:41 PM
Next time you go to Titan-one of Saturn's moons-remember this cool factoid: "The atmosphere is so thick and the gravity so low that humans could fly through it by flapping 'wings' attached to their arms"

Apparently the author thinks a factoid is "an adorable little fact" and not something with unreliable sources.
 
2013-11-24 05:29:01 PM

Snapper Carr: RoxtarRyan: Snapper Carr: But the real question is - are there centaurs?

[i.imgur.com image 372x551]

Just got the first book completed on Audible. Is the rest of the series pretty good too?

Titan is the best of the three but the the other two are enjoyable. Overall it's a very satisfying series.


I liked Demon the most.
 
2013-11-24 06:01:44 PM
you may fly ON Titan, but I doubt you'll fly far IN Titan

/sheesh
 
2013-11-24 07:46:58 PM
FTFA:
There are trace amounts of other hydrocarbons, such ethane, diacetylene, methylacetylene, acetylene and propane, and of other gases, such as cyanoacetylene, hydrogen cyanide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, cyanogen, argon and helium.

But there is not even a trace of an editor in that article.

In other news, that list of items is like the who's who of the Strecker synthesis products.
 
2013-11-25 01:36:04 AM

buckler: LoneWolf343: 1stgenwhtrash: starsrift: Looking at the surface photos of Titan from the Huygens probe always restores to me a sense of childlike wonder.

brb

My wallpaper for the last 3 months, Venus, Earth, Moon, Mars, Titan

[i.imgur.com image 850x478]

They have a from-surface picture of Venus? I'm surprised they made a camera that survived long enough.

Yeah, the Russian Venera lander managed to get a few images back. I think it only lasted a couple hours before it was crushed into tinfoil.


And if I remember correctly from "Cosmos", it was their third attempt.  The first two probes failed almost immediately upon entering the Venusian atmosphere, leaving scientists with few if any clues as to why they failed.  Although once they got a probe to survive entry and send back telemetry, the previous failures made perfect sense.
 
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