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(The Big Story)   The European Space Agency is planning on the first comet landing on November 11   (bigstory.ap.org) divider line 23
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2013-12-10 09:48:40 AM
Ooh, bad idea.  Comets are where zombie viruses come from.

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2013-12-10 10:04:54 AM
USA! USA! USA!

Wait.... European? What the hell?
 
2013-12-10 10:38:58 AM
Why didn't I think of that?

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2013-12-10 10:49:27 AM
Nevar forget!!
 
2013-12-10 10:52:59 AM

Donnchadha: USA! USA! USA!

Wait.... European? What the hell?


To be fair we were launching weather satellites to Mars last month.
 
2013-12-10 10:58:22 AM

dryknife: Why didn't I think of that?

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Everytime I see that image I think "You can see the words 'I am farking insane' written on his forehead".  Sure, follow the crazy fun old guy but when he tells you to take a hedge trimmer to your wedding tackle it's probably time to back the hell away.

Now *cough* would you like a drink of Koolaid?

/Might be poisoned.
/MIGHT!
 
2013-12-10 10:59:02 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Donnchadha: USA! USA! USA!

Wait.... European? What the hell?

To be fair we were launching weather satellites to Mars last month.


Just don't let them call one Beagle 3...
 
2013-12-10 11:13:19 AM
NASA slips further into irrelevance.
 
2013-12-10 11:18:11 AM
I don't want to miss a thing.
 
2013-12-10 11:22:25 AM

OnlyM3: NASA slips further into irrelevance.


No, you just have decades of head start. Other countries just see you like a big brother they want to imitate. They'll learn soon enough that getting pictures of dead rocks is just a hobby.
 
2013-12-10 12:12:37 PM
It's been done. This guy landed a comet on a flatbed.

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2013-12-10 01:07:17 PM
Quantum Apostrophe [TotalFark]
(favorite: 8010186 Said nothing was up there to slow a satellite when the link said it was in the atmosphere.)

>>> OnlyM3: NASA slips further into irrelevance.

No, you just have decades of head start. Other countries just see you like a big brother they want to imitate. They'll learn soon enough that getting pictures of dead rocks is just a hobby.
You'll forgive me for not taking your views on science seriously.
 
2013-12-10 01:49:08 PM
USA! USA! USA!

Wait.... European? What the hell?


YUP. And they're going to Nationalize the comet so the Brussels Eurocrats can direct comet operations for the good of The People.
 
2013-12-10 02:29:34 PM
ooooooOOOOOOOOooooooooOOOOOOOO, safe!
 
2013-12-10 02:40:49 PM
 
2013-12-10 03:44:20 PM
Good to see someone's trying to solve global warming once and for all

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2013-12-10 03:52:43 PM

OnlyM3: NASA slips further into irrelevance.


Nope. Nobody is close to being as relevant as NASA and while that might change sometime in the future with our lack of willingness to fund our space agency, we aren't there yet. Europe has Mars Express, Venus Express, and Rosetta beyond low earth orbit. Meanwhile NASA has Curiosity Rover, Opportunity Rover, MESSENGER, MRO, LRO, LADEE, New Horizon, Juno, Cassini, Dawn, Voyager 1 & 2, ARTEMIS P1/P2. Here is the full list:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_active_Solar_System_probes Also , its OK that other space agencies are doing science in space. Its not a competition and the more science the better in my opinion. At the moment though, only NASA, ESA, and China are exploring beyond low earth orbit.
 
2013-12-10 04:54:56 PM
I always wondered about the logistics of landing on a comet. I also thought it'd be a great way to scan a bunch of distant stuff from the comet itself.

And now I'm thinking of how cool it'd be if KSP had a comet or two, and maybe a few asteroids.
 
2013-12-10 05:16:55 PM
Let's hope they don't find something like this in there:

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2013-12-10 05:24:26 PM
bbfreak
>>> OnlyM3: NASA slips further into irrelevance.

Nope. Nobody is close to being as relevant as NASA and while that might change sometime in the future with our lack of willingness to fund our space agency
You want to complain about this administration's rape of NASA, I'm right there with you.


Europe has
Mars Express,
Venus Express,
Rosetta Will land on a comet! Beating NASA.

NASA has Curiosity Rover shorting like a mo-fo. Hopefully fixed, likely just fixed "for now"
Opportunity Rover Left over from NASA's death throws
MESSENGER
LRO proudly taking pictures of where NASA was able to put people back in the 60's and 70's
MRO To take pictures of where we've had several 'bots' before, and basicly duplicating the ESA's Mars Express orbiter. This is LRO all over again, with a bigger push.
LADEE Orbiting the moom. Such progress
New Horizon I'll give you this one. Voters were able to save this from NASA cutbacks and I'm truely looking forward to it reaching its destination.
Juno More been there done there stuff. We've had cameras here before
Cassini partnered with ESA & Italy ASI
Dawn partners with Netherlands, Italy and Germany
Voyager 1 & 2 1977 leftovers that lets be honest are no longer giving us anything useful.
ARTEMIS P1/P2 More bots doing what we had people doing in the 60's

its OK that other space agencies are doing science in space. Its not a competition and the more science the better in my opinion.
Everything is a competition. I'm all for any space type science. Giving up our ability to lead the game however is economic and intellectual suicide.


At the moment though, only NASA, ESA, and China are exploring beyond low earth orbit.
India would like a word with you.

* Mangalyaan /"Mars-Craft" is a Mars orbiter launched into Earth orbit on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation
If third world s-holes have caught up to our ability we are no longer relevant.

*Chandrayaan-1
I'm all for science, and I'd love to love NASA again, but lack of accountability and the current anti-science administration has sucked the marrow out of it.
 
2013-12-10 06:08:55 PM
OnlyM3You want to complain about this administration's rape of NASA, I'm right there with you.


You only blame the administration? I blame Congress more than the Obama Administration. Mainly because the budget cuts to NASA have been a direct result of the Democrats and Republicans in Congress not being able to agree on a budget for forever. Continuing CR's are no way to run a government, and science is especially hurt because its so little money that we spend on NASA/NSF that you need a budget to make sure everything that NASA has been told to do can get done. Then sequester happened, which is hurting things even more.

Yes, Obama is to blame for not being a champion for space exploration but Congress has one main job. Fund the government and is doing a very bad job of it.


OnlyM3Everything is a competition. I'm all for any space type science. Giving up our ability to lead the game however is economic and intellectual suicide.

I agree, but yet NASA's budget is being slashed and planetary scientists are told to find a new line of work and the future is very bleak. Bolden has even gone on the record in saying that we can no longer afford Flagship missions. Nonsense. Utter nonsense. Unfortunately it seems that most Americans don't care about science, or see how it is relevant.

They are happy to have the fruits of science, but care not how they were made. Just glad to have them.


OnlyM3India would like a word with you. * Mangalyaan /"Mars-Craft" is a Mars orbiter launched into Earth orbit on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation If third world s-holes have caught up to our ability we are no longer relevant. *Chandrayaan-1

Yes, I forgot about India but while an oversight the idea that India has caught up with our ability is nonsense. I don't mean to belittle India's efforts, but Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan are not anywhere close to NASA's ability. For one thing Chandrayaan-1 failed to operate as long as intended, not even operating for a full year. Meanwhile LRO, which was launched almost 8 months later is still operating.

As for Mangalyaan. Mangalyaan honestly is kind of a stunt. >.> Part of the problem with Mangalyaan is that because India doesn't have more capable launch vehicles, it can only launch so much into orbit and even less to Mars. Which is why Mangalyaan rather than directly shot to Mars like MAVEN, slingshot around Earth to gain momentum since India's rockets are weak sauce. Not to mention it'll probably arrive a little later at Mars than MAVEN despite launching earlier.

The point is, MAVEN has a payload that weighs 143 lbs, while MOM only has a payload of 33 lbs. Oh, and MOM will be further away from Mars. Not that I"m saying it isn't great for India, or that they wont do some science maybe. Its just they're not as capable, and that's assuming they even get to Mars.

Other countries have tried to get to Mars on the first try too. UK Beagle 2 thanks to ESA's Mars Express, Japan's Planet-B.

Anyway, I guess my point is that NASA/JPL are far more capable at the moment than anything any other space agency can do. Yes, its uncertain whether or not that will remain true. Especially into the 2020's, and it doesn't have to be this way. We're great at science and exploring, and it costs us peanuts compared to what we get in return. Science is one of the most beneficial endeavors you can invest in.
 
2013-12-10 07:39:58 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: Ooh, bad idea.  Comets are where zombie viruses come from.

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Donnchadha: USA! USA! USA!

Wait.... European? What the hell?


dryknife: Why didn't I think of that?

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[...] plus a bunch of other "me posting!" BS.  Typical Farkers, I guess.

No one here seems to have noticed or cared, let alone discussed any of the (especially) current details and the future for the linked topic.

TFA explains the basics, but please allow me to summarize what this thread should know:  Today the system mentioned in TFA is in space and is "waking up".  Apparently, 11 months from now it will attempt contact with a comet.

Posting for the sake of posting attn whores in Geek threads: go Fark yourselves.
 
2013-12-11 11:01:45 AM

SansNeural: Typical Farkers, I guess.


And just who the hell are you? More importantly, who peed in your oatmeal?
 
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