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Old 07-30-2012, 11:37 PM
 
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Will it work?..if it does it is an amazing landing feat...



Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror - YouTube
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:02 PM
 
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So excited!

How many rovers are there currently on Mars?
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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The OP is a classic reason why the Space forum is a waste.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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The Curiosity Rover Landing - YouTube
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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Guess they hit a few traffic cops along the way, this is when it's now expected to arrive.....

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Curiosity, the car-size, one-ton rover is bound for arrival on Mars at 1:31 a.m., EDT on Monday, Aug. 6.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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And it landed this morning.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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Funny that humans can do such things, but don't manage to solve the problems on their own planet

Anyway, I don't really care about such giant dirt balls. As long as there are no sophisticated living beings on it, who cares...
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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Funny that humans can do such things, but don't manage to solve the problems on their own planet

Anyway, I don't really care about such giant dirt balls. As long as there are no sophisticated living beings on it, who cares...
I agree. It's an amazing achievement putting one of our machines on a world so far away. But for what at this point? We have found no evidence of life there, And if there was it is long gone. Not the first probe and so far no evidence anything existed there even at all. Not sure what the point is.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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I agree. It's an amazing achievement putting one of our machines on a world so far away. But for what at this point? We have found no evidence of life there, And if there was it is long gone. Not the first probe and so far no evidence anything existed there even at all. Not sure what the point is.
Because the others broke and weren't NEARLY as technologically advanced (10x more than the last they sent) and it can do a lot more moving and digging and investigating. It's huge, it's nuclear-powered (plutonium decay, not fission) and it's awesome.

Why rest on our laurels here? There is so much we don't know that we can't know without getting out there and doing awesome things. Mars possesses all the elements we need to support human life and technological advancement. The only thing holding us back is a little knowledge of what things are really like over there. With the insanely cool instruments on-board (HD and 3D cameras, lasers that can disentegrate and probe minerals from several meters away, tons of sensors and of course much, much more) we can now get a huge grasp on what is out there and what we can expect to see if (in my opinion, not if but when, even if it is hundreds of years away) we get people on the face of Mars to colonize there. It allows them to improve on their rover design and gain more and more information about everything from mineral compounds to air density and more. It helps to prove and dismiss theories and validates immense calculation that went into the project and other projects alike.

Why be so short-sighted? This could potentially be a massive turning point for humanity, and you disregard it as some waste of money... maybe it is, maybe we won't find anything, but how would we ever know if we didn't start? We're good at wasting all kinds of money on everything else, why not put a little of it into something that could save our species one day?
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:21 AM
 
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What we do know about Mars makes it a bad planet for colonization. It's climate sucks (not least because of the greater distance from the Sun), the length of day and night are different, which might pose a huge problem for the human body and psyche, there are giant sand storms...

Before we colonize any other planets, we have to lay down rules for doing so. Like, who do other planets belong to in the first place? To all of humanity? Or nobody? Or those who first get there (which is an issue as long as space projects are mostly national undertakings)? If that were the case, some countries could never send anyone to other planets as except for maybe a hand full of countries most others will never become that advanced. I mean, it would be ridiculous if, say, Russia settled Mars first and then implemented immigration rules for that planet
If we colonized planets on an international basis, we would have to decide first what kind of system and society we want there. For Americans for instance that would mean asking themselves if we really want the new planet to become like the US, with all the violence, guns, etc., which of course are the result of the law and constitution.
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