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(NASA)   The first color image from Curiosity is in and if you ask subby it looks like it took a wrong turn at Albuquerque and ended up on Titan   ( mars.jpl.nasa.gov) divider line
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2012-08-07 01:59:39 PM  
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Robert Farker: dragonchild: KellyX: What happens when it removes the dust cover and a dust storm or something happens... is it farked or did it bring windex?

This is what I'm wondering. Why the removable dust covers in the first place? They had to have included countermeasures for the dust storms that occur on Mars. Why not just use those for landing? If it was out of some concern that they wouldn't open, then the first time they need to use them for a storm (which could be mere days after landing) they're farked anyway. And if it was just because they couldn't wait for the first images. . . was that worth the additional points of failure?

I can't think of a justifiable reason for adding removable dust covers to the payload unless they completely neglected to add reusable dust countermeasures, which would make this rover the most incompetently designed machine to ever land intact on that planet. You can see the dust storms from space FFS and they damn near killed the last generation of rovers.

I don't get why people do this. They take one small detail from the article, make a wildly wrong assumption (the dust cover cannot close again once opened) then assume that it is some hugely obvious and massive engineering failure. The arrogance is astounding.

It's because of stupidity. No actually, you're right. It's arrogance. Maybe both. Truthers, climate change deniers, etc. For some reason in the last 10 years or so, everyone with a keyboard has become an expert who knows more than the actual experts. The world seems so big and scary to them that they get a "You can't fool me, smart guy!" kind of attitude. "Men didn't land on the moon! Just look at that reflection in those 3 pixels. That's what I thought!"
2012-08-07 01:00:24 PM  
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