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(The Planetary Society)   Japan's Hayabusua 2 mission to Asteroid 1999 JU3 is being readied for launch. It is a sample return mission with bonus lander, three "rovers", five markers and just to keep Adam Savage happy: an impactor with high explosives   (planetary.org ) divider line
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2014-09-01 09:52:55 AM  
I'm not much of a space enthusiast so much as I'm in favor of blowing up space shiat with an Earth-shattering kaboom
 
2014-09-01 11:18:16 AM  
What could possibly go wrong?

i.imgur.com
 
2014-09-01 11:25:31 AM  
Shoot it with cannonball.
 
2014-09-01 11:46:25 AM  

Parthenogenetic: What could possibly go wrong?

[i.imgur.com image 560x300]


Indeed...because nobody remembers what went wrong the last time Japan send someone an impactor with high explosives.
 
2014-09-01 01:16:54 PM  
Hmm, always suspected these damn things could escape orbit.

images.motorcycle-usa.com

/sat on a few at the dealership.
//fit me great, but scare the shiat out of me.
 
2014-09-01 01:23:36 PM  

baka-san: Hmm, always suspected these damn things could escape orbit.

[images.motorcycle-usa.com image 850x566]

/sat on a few at the dealership.
//fit me great, but scare the shiat out of me.


Someone told me that the median life expectancy of a new 'busa owner was two weeks.  Because the kind of people who bought them were exactly the kind of people who would exceed their limits.

I'll never forget the guy who rode up on a stock looking one that was turbocharged to something silly like 460hp at the wheel.  Stock bikes were running about 9.7 at 140-145 with good riders.  His first time out, he had to soft-throttle it through the first three gears to keep the front tire close to the ground, then he laid into it after shifting to fourth.  Ran a 9.2 at 190-something.

Yeah, no.  I'll stick with my cages.
 
2014-09-01 01:31:50 PM  

Mister Peejay: baka-san: Hmm, always suspected these damn things could escape orbit.

[images.motorcycle-usa.com image 850x566]

/sat on a few at the dealership.
//fit me great, but scare the shiat out of me.

Someone told me that the median life expectancy of a new 'busa owner was two weeks.  Because the kind of people who bought them were exactly the kind of people who would exceed their limits.

I'll never forget the guy who rode up on a stock looking one that was turbocharged to something silly like 460hp at the wheel.  Stock bikes were running about 9.7 at 140-145 with good riders.  His first time out, he had to soft-throttle it through the first three gears to keep the front tire close to the ground, then he laid into it after shifting to fourth.  Ran a 9.2 at 190-something.

Yeah, no.  I'll stick with my cages.


That's the scary thing about motorcycles. They can be quicker than a car but it takes more skill than "mash the pedal and keep the wheel straight". With all the safety features required on cars, whether legally or to be competitive on the market, it is amazing that motorcycles are even legal.
 
2014-09-01 01:54:35 PM  
Cars take a lot more skill than mash the pedal and hold on, too.  It's just, when you exceed the limits, sliding off the road usually only results in damaged pride, not the beginning of an ambulance ride.
 
2014-09-01 02:31:50 PM  
What Japanese markers may look like:
site.harapekodoggybag.com
 
2014-09-01 05:05:42 PM  

Tobin_Lam: Mister Peejay: baka-san: Hmm, always suspected these damn things could escape orbit.

[images.motorcycle-usa.com image 850x566]

/sat on a few at the dealership.
//fit me great, but scare the shiat out of me.

Someone told me that the median life expectancy of a new 'busa owner was two weeks.  Because the kind of people who bought them were exactly the kind of people who would exceed their limits.

I'll never forget the guy who rode up on a stock looking one that was turbocharged to something silly like 460hp at the wheel.  Stock bikes were running about 9.7 at 140-145 with good riders.  His first time out, he had to soft-throttle it through the first three gears to keep the front tire close to the ground, then he laid into it after shifting to fourth.  Ran a 9.2 at 190-something.

Yeah, no.  I'll stick with my cages.

That's the scary thing about motorcycles. They can be quicker than a car but it takes more skill than "mash the pedal and keep the wheel straight". With all the safety features required on cars, whether legally or to be competitive on the market, it is amazing that motorcycles are even legal.



Wtf?  The real question is, why the hell is it so damn easy still for people in the U.S. to get a driver's license?  Overall, motorcycle riders are more attentive, focused, and prepared motorists on the road**. They have to be when 16-year-old girls are behind the wheel of mom's Expedition and cell phone in hand on the way to the mall while gossiping with their classmates next to them.  Paying attention to the road is secondary.  THAT is why cars have all of the safety gimmicks nowadays.  Most car drivers cannot be trusted to drive with any sort of forethought, and aren't prepared whatsoever for any sort of emergency maneuvers when needed.

**NOTE:  Idiotic newly-licensed, possibly hormone-ravaged, and irresponsible motorcyclists and yuppies with Harley's and no motorcycle license do not apply.
 
2014-09-01 05:39:44 PM  
Hey now, let's not hijack this thread with motorcycley stuff!

/let's hijack it with cute geeky looking science writer photos!
//she is kinda cute in a geeky sciencey kinda way.
 
2014-09-01 05:59:18 PM  
Assembled in clean rooms and then taken outside for photos?
 
2014-09-01 06:00:21 PM  

Grognard: Hey now, let's not hijack this thread with motorcycley stuff!

/let's hijack it with cute geeky looking science writer photos!
//she is kinda cute in a geeky sciencey kinda way.


Yeah, no.

Dr Jack Badofsky: Tobin_Lam: Mister Peejay: baka-san: Hmm, always suspected these damn things could escape orbit.

[images.motorcycle-usa.com image 850x566]

/sat on a few at the dealership.
//fit me great, but scare the shiat out of me.

Someone told me that the median life expectancy of a new 'busa owner was two weeks.  Because the kind of people who bought them were exactly the kind of people who would exceed their limits.

I'll never forget the guy who rode up on a stock looking one that was turbocharged to something silly like 460hp at the wheel.  Stock bikes were running about 9.7 at 140-145 with good riders.  His first time out, he had to soft-throttle it through the first three gears to keep the front tire close to the ground, then he laid into it after shifting to fourth.  Ran a 9.2 at 190-something.

Yeah, no.  I'll stick with my cages.

That's the scary thing about motorcycles. They can be quicker than a car but it takes more skill than "mash the pedal and keep the wheel straight". With all the safety features required on cars, whether legally or to be competitive on the market, it is amazing that motorcycles are even legal.


Wtf?  The real question is, why the hell is it so damn easy still for people in the U.S. to get a driver's license?  Overall, motorcycle riders are more attentive, focused, and prepared motorists on the road**. They have to be when 16-year-old girls are behind the wheel of mom's Expedition and cell phone in hand on the way to the mall while gossiping with their classmates next to them.  Paying attention to the road is secondary.  THAT is why cars have all of the safety gimmicks nowadays.  Most car drivers cannot be trusted to drive with any sort of forethought, and aren't prepared whatsoever for any sort of emergency maneuvers when needed.

**NOTE:  Idiotic newly-licensed, possibly hormone-ravaged, and irresponsible motorcyclists and yuppies with Harley's and no motorcycle license do not apply.


That is a very good point about licensing. It should definitely be much tougher. Most people only have to prove they can semi-competently drive once. That's a freaking joke. My parents taught me and my driving test was a multiple-choice test. No government employee evaluated my driving. Seriously. They gave me a license because I passed an easy multiple choice test.
 
2014-09-01 06:05:02 PM  
I'd like to see those ion engines running. I bet that would be really electrifying.
 
2014-09-01 09:05:40 PM  
This will keep Adam happy...how? He doesn't actually like explosions that much, and neither does Jamie. They're messy, loud, and dangerous.
 
2014-09-01 09:16:38 PM  
Paging Yuuki Jojima. Paging Yuuki Jojima.
 
2014-09-01 09:52:52 PM  

cryophile: This will keep Adam happy...how? He doesn't actually like explosions that much, and neither does Jamie. They're messy, loud, and dangerous.


I think your comment's going to get buried under a farkton of motorcycle comments, since baka-san just derailed the thread.

Nice try, though
 
2014-09-01 11:26:27 PM  

Wraithstrike: Paging Yuuki Jojima. Paging Yuuki Jojima.


img.photobucket.com
 
2014-09-02 06:27:02 AM  

kb7rky: cryophile: This will keep Adam happy...how? He doesn't actually like explosions that much, and neither does Jamie. They're messy, loud, and dangerous.

I think your comment's going to get buried under a farkton of motorcycle comments, since baka-san just derailed the thread.

Nice try, though


*shrug* Still true.
 
2014-09-02 10:38:54 AM  

baka-san: Hmm, always suspected these damn things could escape orbit.

[images.motorcycle-usa.com image 850x566]

/sat on a few at the dealership.
//fit me great, but scare the shiat out of me.


my buddy's FIRST motorcycle ever was a 'busa. i think he's mentally unfit, but the airforce still has him...and surprisingly in one piece.

he sold it after having it a couple of years. i asked him about it...he wanted to slow down and get a cruiser..."when you've done 185 mph on a bike, that's it, now you want to slow down and enjoy the ride".

he now has a 70something harley shovelhead. his dad (whom he know until he was already signed up to go into the airforce), as it turns out, is a bike builder.
 
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