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#26 ONLINE   yosoyellobo

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:39 PM

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:39 PM

Congrat to all participants !
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:49 PM

Here you go. Congrats to NASA!!!

Apparently they had so many people trying to watch, both the Nasa and JPL websites crashed. Glad to see there is still interest.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:05 AM

Curiosity News Briefing coming ... not earlier than 11:15 pm PDT

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 05:45 AM

While we are currently without a delivery vehicle for manned space flight Curiosity's successful entry and landing on Mars proves we still have what it takes. Nice job NASA!

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:16 AM

Well, this is from DirecTv's facebook page asking how many people will be watching:



Looks like there are SOME people interested :)


You and 1,020 others like this.



Out of how many million subscribers?


This 'search for ET' stuff should be privately funded.

Disband NASA, or at least or at least merge it with NWS for near-space and solar observation.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:40 AM

That's not one of its goals. One goal is whether Mars has been able to support life in the past, but that's quite different.


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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:48 AM

One goal is whether Mars has been able to support life in the past,


Which is irrelevant.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:35 AM

But it's a bit of a tangent. If you're analyzing the geology, you might as well run a few extra tests while you're there. The fact that dinosaurs existed on earth can be considered irrelevant to modern life (other than fossil fuels etc), but doesn't mean we shouldn't know about them.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:57 AM

Watched the HD stream last night. Exhilarating. Not like the Moon landing, of course (I'm too young to have witnessed that), but still very very special. Man, how I wish we would actually go back to the Moon and further outer space, including Mars. People, I mean, not robots. HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon" is one of my all-time favorite miniseries precisely because it's all about that wonder that was around that era of space exploration. I'm with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, it's so sad no human has ever left low-Earth orbit in more than three decades. At least, there are some tentative plans for a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s, but we should at least get back to the Moon. That's the one and only thing I agree on with Gingrich :)

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 05:50 PM

Yes this is exactly the kind of thing we should be spending our money on! We need things that are going to inspire us to reach higher and try harder! Things that inspire people to want to learn about math, science and engineering, the more people we have with this sort of education the better off we'll all be. Seems to me we don't spend nearly enough for NASA! Way to go Curiousity! :goodjob::flag::icon_da:


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Posted 06 August 2012 - 06:37 PM

Yes this is exactly the kind of thing we should be spending our money on!


I agree. Build spaceships instead of fighter jets. Just how many of those jets do we really need anyway? This isnt the 60's. No one is going to attack us with their army. If they attack us, its going to be viral, stealth, or terrorists. We need to get back to square one, and educate our kids to know more about life than cell phones and video games.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:25 PM

I agree. Build spaceships instead of fighter jets. Just how many of those jets do we really need anyway? This isnt the 60's. No one is going to attack us with their army. If they attack us, its going to be viral, stealth, or terrorists. We need to get back to square one, and educate our kids to know more about life than cell phones and video games.


Maybe we need to make the games harder to run. Back when I was a young kid, I actually had to learn memory management to play my games, editing the config.sys and autoexec.bat files etc to get more kilobytes of RAM back before the days of memmaker. Especially when I had only 384k of conventional. Or IRQ conflicts. I think sometimes it took a good 30 minutes to get things just right for it to run, and was quite educational. Not to say that there aren't other things to learn.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:30 PM

Instead of games being harder, they should be more realistic. Pay $40 for the game, plug it in or load it... Practice in the practice round. Then play the game. When you get shot the first time, the disc self destructs. Want to play again, go buy another copy.

Never understood the concept of getting killed, and then keep on playing.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:45 PM

I've been looking forward to this for months, and it's exciting that NASA was able to create this intricate landing method and pull it off!! Nothing can compete with manned spaceflight, but this was definitely cool! :D

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:12 PM

Instead of games being harder, they should be more realistic. Pay $40 for the game, plug it in or load it... Practice in the practice round. Then play the game. When you get shot the first time, the disc self destructs. Want to play again, go buy another copy.

Never understood the concept of getting killed, and then keep on playing.


Games have their place. Everyone deserves some downtime on occasion. Sometimes I'll read a book, watch some tv or play a game. I know I wouldn't want to have one shot at a game and never be able to play it again without shelling out another $40. I know it's not reality.

It actually has been a useful skill for some people. Piloting a ROV uses a lot of gaming skills, though the lag is a bit extreme going back and forth to Mars.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:19 PM

It actually has been a useful skill for some people. Piloting a ROV uses a lot of gaming skills, though the lag is a bit extreme going back and forth to Mars.


14 minutes, if I heard correctly.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:57 AM

Instead of games being harder, they should be more realistic. Pay $40 for the game, plug it in or load it... Practice in the practice round. Then play the game. When you get shot the first time, the disc self destructs. Want to play again, go buy another copy.

Never understood the concept of getting killed, and then keep on playing.


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 06:20 AM

SayWhat?: The "search for ET" stuff IS privately funded. That's SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) and I've been participating in it for quite a few years.

And "Disband NASA"? Without getting into the usual list of reasons for keeping it or pointing out how little it costs this country (ok, just one, compare the Going-To-Iraq budget with the Going-Into-Space budget), I'll just ask that you realize that no program has 100% public support. Your useless expenditure is someone else's investment.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:02 AM

Disband NASA?

1. NASA's entire budget is 0.48% of the federal budget.
2. Actual cost of the Mars mission was $2.5 billion over 8 years, not $100 billion. That's a shade over $300 million a year.
3. We spend $300 million a day in Afghanistan.

Let's bring my my friends, cousins and their friends home and "get [our] asses to Mars" as they said in the original Total Recall. We'd have another Mars probe every 8 days.

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:42 PM

We need to start a bit smaller. A moon base. We should launch to Mars from the moon. Less fuel.

It's interesting that the cost of the Mars mission is basically the cost to replace one of the bridges in my area. It does need replaced, but interesting that for the same price, you can build something to go across the Ohio River, or go to Mars.




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