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(The Verge)   NASA picks Lock   ( divider line
    More: Cool, Mars, Mars sample return mission, Space exploration, NASA, defense contractor Lockheed Martin, key part of NASA, samples of the Red Planet, European Space Agency  
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1086 clicks; posted to STEM » on 08 Feb 2022 at 11:45 PM (19 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2022-02-08 11:46:26 PM  
WTF does the NSA need with this??  Oh.
2022-02-08 11:53:38 PM  
Not content throwing INTs to the Earth, Drew is going to get picked off in space now?
2022-02-09 12:28:38 AM  
It'll be tossed up in the air and launch at about a 20 degree angle before working its way up.

Testing Mars Sample Return
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2022-02-09 12:38:40 AM  
Do you want sandkings? Because this is how you get sandkings.
2022-02-09 1:41:59 AM  
If this screws up and knocks the orbiting probe out of commission, Lockheed will have effectively created the first interplanetary ASAT.
2022-02-09 2:50:30 AM  
Rockets are so dumb. I want something farked up and complicated. Like lauching balloons that get to Mars' stratosphere, then they are scooped up by an orbiting runabout with butterfly nets. The runabout then uses the nets like lacrosse sticks to fling the deflated ample balloons around Phobos or Deimos, slingshotting them to the dark side of our moon. Phobos and Deimos are really useless for gravitational purposes, so the amples would have to do figure eight manouvers crisscrossing the Martian skies for a decade before they would being the slingshot home.

That, or the runabout collects hundreds of balloon samples and then uses its butterfly nets to hook a pasing comet and fly past Earth, depositing the samples to trail behind Earth's graivational wake until a crewed craft can pick them up. Meanwhile, we can use the butterfly nets hooking comets as an excuse to have children read The Little Prince and watch the 80s cartoon in Kindergarten.

Let's use our actual potential to merge imaginative literacy with space. Let's make space exploration actually part of our development instead of a neoliberal cost-cutting exercise to do the least possible construction at the highest posible profit for MBAs doing the least thought with the minimum results for science and philosophy.
2022-02-09 6:49:51 AM  
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