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(BBC-US)   European scientists don't want let the aliens have all the fun and thus are proposing sending a probe to Your Anus. Lucky for you, assuming it's approved, it won't get their until 2035 at the earliest. Bonus: 26 moons   (bbc.com ) divider line
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2014-08-25 09:32:07 AM  
At least buy me a drink first.
 
2014-08-25 09:40:11 AM  
There is also the issue of how you communicate and get the data back from a spacecraft that is so far away. Do you fit a giant dish on the side or build a huge receiver on Earth? Or both?

If only there was some kind of "deep space network".
 
2014-08-25 11:06:28 AM  
Pricipal caught sayof...
 
2014-08-25 11:24:48 AM  
Perfect. I will be 53 at that point, just the right age to have my anus probed for cancer polyps.
 
2014-08-25 11:37:35 AM  
Won't get their what?
 
2014-08-25 11:52:50 AM  
"Fletcher is part of an international team that believes Uranus has been neglected for too long."
 
2014-08-25 12:48:19 PM  
It's okay, but it smells a bit
 
2014-08-25 01:31:41 PM  
Their, Their, Subby.  Someday you homophone good.
 
2014-08-25 03:22:07 PM  

Nurglitch: "Fletcher is part of an international team that believes Uranus has been neglected for too long."


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2014-08-25 03:43:42 PM  
FTA:

"Uranus really stands out,"

Thanks!
 
2014-08-25 04:03:05 PM  
Remarkable.
 
2014-08-25 04:12:55 PM  

with great power comes great insanity: Nurglitch: "Fletcher is part of an international team that believes Uranus has been neglected for too long."

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It has not, its so well worn it has a ring on it.
 
2014-08-25 04:18:07 PM  
"I see the moon of Uranus."  /  (MWAH)  "Good night, everybody!"
 
2014-08-25 04:45:13 PM  
Subby -> Your - An - Ass
 
2014-08-25 07:58:33 PM  
I stopped counting moons. I'm not a school boy any more. I don't need to know this crap any more than Sherlock Holmes does. FOCUS, PEOPLE, FOCUS! That's why Sherlock Holmes is a genius and I am just confused and middle-aged.

Although I am a bit surprised he didn't bother to learn that the Earth goes around the Sun. True, it doesn't change any important observations, but it does do away with those damned epicycles. What am I? A Spirograph(TM)? Ellipses are close enough. Nobody can draw a perfect circle, not even that math teacher who prided himself on the neatness of his hand-drawn circles.
 
2014-08-25 08:02:41 PM  

RightWingWacko: Subby -> Your - An - Ass


Fark being a goddamn classy place, so much so its name isn't a cheap substitution for the F-word.
 
2014-08-25 10:32:08 PM  

Shazam999: FTA:

"Uranus really stands out,"

Thanks!


Isn't that called a hemorrhoid?
 
2014-08-26 12:58:00 PM  

bearded clamorer: There is also the issue of how you communicate and get the data back from a spacecraft that is so far away. Do you fit a giant dish on the side or build a huge receiver on Earth? Or both?

If only there was some kind of "deep space network".


I assume that the European scientists are deeply aware of NASA's Deep Space Network.  After all they use it for their probes too.

But those scientists are also aware that an orbiter at Uranus will be far hard to transmit the needed data than any previous mission.  Yes I am aware that Voyager 2 visited in 1986.  But Voyager 2, which was built in the 1970s, transmitted far, far less data than any modern probe would.    Voyager 2 also only visited for a few days and thus it far easier to borrow radio time from other purposes than it is for an orbiter which is collecting reams of data 24/7.    The only modern probe that is that far out (farther actually) is New Horizons which will flyby Pluto next year.  Again it has only a few days of being in the Pluto system.  How it is going to solve the problem is that it will record the data and return it to Earth in more doable chunks. 

(I am aware that even orbiters do this per se, but they must get that data sent to earth by such time or they will run out of memory as being in orbit means that that memory will soon be needed for more observations.   New Horizons will spend months sending what it will collect in days though some highly compressed photos will be sent right away.  New Horizons can take those months because it won't be needing to take photographs, etc. as it won't be nearby anything.   An orbiter will get an approach to its planet every few weeks or every few days depending on the orbit.)
 
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