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#211 Sharpshooter

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:20 PM

NASA Press Briefing is LIVE here: http://www.nasa.gov/...satv/index.html
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:23 PM

Between this guy's earlier interview and his speech now, he won't shut up about the US being the king on this one.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:25 PM

Between this guy's earlier interview and his speech now, he won't shut up about the US being the king on this one.


I think they're allowed a little bragging rights. It's no biggie.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:27 PM

Absolutely. Nothing inspires humans more than seeing humans doing the pushing our limits and boundaries.

Manned exploration is a MUST....even if expensive, inefficient and impractical.


It is a lot better than spending trillions of dollars killing ourselves .

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:34 PM

New image from Mars.....that was quick.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:34 PM

I think they're allowed a little bragging rights. It's no biggie.


The Space Program has to go international before it can leave it's infancy. The only thing that territoriality will do is slow it down long term.
What this team did is a helluva achievement but this should be a worldwide accomplishment, not a government's. It is a great hope of mine that human exploration and eventual diaspora would unite people in a way that nothing else could. Hearing some of the top men on this claim Space for America instead of for the... spirit of men worries me.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:36 PM

The Space Program has to go international before it can leave it's infancy. The only thing that territoriality will do is slow it down long term.
What this team did is a helluva achievement but this should be a worldwide accomplishment, not a government's. It is a great hope of mine that human exploration and eventual diaspora would unite people in a way that nothing else could. Hearing some of the top men on this claim Space for America instead of for the... spirit of men worries me.


It should be a worldwide achievement, but it's primarily a U.S. one at this moment. There were 4 other countries involved so, they'll get their credit as well, i'm sure.

I know what you're saying, and I agree with the spirit of it.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:37 PM

New image from Mars.....that was quick.

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That's awesome.

Hope to see some coloured HD ones eventually.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:38 PM

The Space Program has to go international before it can leave it's infancy. The only thing that territoriality will do is slow it down long term.
What this team did is a helluva achievement but this should be a worldwide accomplishment, not a government's. It is a great hope of mine that human exploration and eventual diaspora would unite people in a way that nothing else could. Hearing some of the top men on this claim Space for America instead of for the... spirit of men worries me.


Right on mate , imagine if we were all working towards a common goal , chinese , russian , american we could achieve so much more .
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:39 PM

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:40 PM

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:43 PM

Cameraman forgot which way was left in that last shoutout, LOL
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:53 PM

It cost the american taxpayer roughly the same as it would to go to a movie , what a bloody bargain .
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:55 PM

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:41 AM

About to get new data from Mars in 10 minutes.

Watch:
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:52 AM

Congrats Curiosity rover and NASA!!!

Cant wait until man finally sets foot on Mars, or if there are signs of living on Mars!!! Ive always been a Science nerd and this is exciting
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:59 AM

Whoever said that NASA was a waste of money...:

n that time it has celebrated some historic highs and some tragic lows.

It put the first men on the moon, won the space race with the USSR during the Cold War – but lost 17 astronauts in three missions which ended in disaster.

The incredible rescue of Apollo 13 gave us the now familiar phrase: “Houston, we have a problem.”

Since October 1, 1958, Houston has solved countless problems, not just in space but here on Earth. Contrary to popular belief, Nasa didNOT invent barcodes, quartz clocks, smoke detectors, Teflon or Velcro.

But most of us have reason every day to thank Nasa for giant leaps in technology which we tend to take for granted. Here are 25 of them:

1. SATELLITE TELEVISION: Our world would not be the same without the satellites now in orbit around the Earth – all thanks to the space programme. They not only give us satellite broadcast television and radio but also power telecommunications including mobile phones and terrestrial TV networks.

2. SAT NAV: The global positioning system on which our in-car navigation systems are based was developed by the US Department of Defense. They would not exist without the space satellites.

3. GOOGLE EARTH: Mapping was never as accurate as the images we can now get thanks to satellites which from space can even see a dog in your back garden.

4. VIRTUAL REALITY: Nasa-developed research and advanced technology devices allow users to project themselves into a computer-generated environment. When coupled with a stereo-viewing device and appropriate software, it creates a feeling of actually being there.

5. ARTIFICIAL LIMBS: Prosthetic limbs are not new but advancements in space robotics are being adapted to create more lifelike, functioning limbs.


6. DIALYSIS: Modern machines to do the work of the kidneys – for patients waiting for or unable to have transplants – were developed as a result of a Nasa-developed chemical process.


7. MRI AND CAT SCANS: Nasa did not invent magnetic resonance imaging but it has contributed to major advances thanks to research into computer enhancement of pictures sent from the moon. Digital image processing has led to enhanced images of human organs.


8. BREAST CANCER SCREENING: A silicon chip originally developed for Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope makes the testing process less painful, less scarring and less expensive than traditional biopsy methods.




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9. ULTRASOUND TO ASSESS SKIN DAMAGE: An advanced instrument uses ultrasound technology to assess the depth of burn damage immediately, improving patient treatment and saving lives in serious burn cases.

10. EAR THERMOMETER: Removing the need to use intrusive, mercury-based thermometers on newborn babies and critically ill patients, the ear thermometer uses infrared astronomy technology to measure the amount of energy emitted by the eardrum. This is how Nasa measures the temperature of stars and planets.

11. ATTENTION GETTER: Techniques used to measure brain activity in Nasa pilots are being used to improve attention spans for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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12. ROAD SAFETY: The cutting of grooves in concrete to increase traction was developed to reduce space shuttle accidents on runways. It is now applied to roads and has cut US traffic accidents by 85 per cent.

13. IMPROVED RADIAL TYRES: Goodyear developed a fibrous material five times stronger than steel for Nasa to use in parachutes to land the Viking explorers on Mars. They expanded the technology to produce a harder-wearing radial car tyre.

14. LANDMINE REMOVAL: Surplus rocket fuel is used for a flare that can burn a hole in the case of a mine and burn away its explosive content.


15. STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS: Nasa software engineers have created thousands of computer programs to find imperfections in aerospace structures and components which has proved invaluable in air safety.

16. WATER FILTERS: Water-cleaning technology has existed since the early Fifties but Nasa came up with ways to filter it in more extreme situations. The activated charcoal with silver ions used in commercial filter systems cleans the water and kills bacteria.

17. FREEZE-DRIED FOOD: Nasa carried out extensive research to reduce the weight of food to be carried on missions. The result was a method for cooking food, freezing it quickly, then slowly heating it in a vacuum chamber to remove the ice crystals. The end product weighs one fifth of the original, while retaining 98 per cent of its nutrition.

18. TEMPER FOAM: Nasa developed a soft, high-energy-absorbent padding to improve crash protection in aircraft. Now “memory foam” is used in mattresses, pillows, military and civilian vehicles, sports safety equipment, amusement park rides, furniture and artificial limbs.

19. SCRATCH-RESISTANT LENSES: A modified version of a process developed by Nasa involves coating the lenses with a film of carbon that helps avoid scratches and decreases friction and reduces water spots.

20. RIBBED SWIMSUITS: The swimsuit worn by Olympic sensation Michael Phelps was developed with Nasa technology. Aerodynamic research came up with material which give 15 per cent faster speeds than any other swimsuit thanks to small, barely visible grooves that reduce friction and drag.

21. AERODYNAMIC GOLF BALLS: Technology is behind the design of golf balls with 500 dimples in a pattern of 60 triangles which allows the ball to maintain its initial speed longer and produce a more stable flight for better accuracy and distance.

22. ATHLETIC SHOES: Moon-boot material has been incorporated into running shoe midsoles to improve shock absorption and provide better stability and motion control.

23. PERSONAL ALARM SYSTEMS: A pen-sized ultrasonic transmitter used by prison guards, teachers, the elderly and disabled to call for help is based on space technology.

24. SPACE PENS: Most pens depend on gravity to make the ink flow to the ballpoint. The space pen was developed for the gravity-free space environment so that the ink cartridge contains pressurised gas to push the ink towards the ballpoint, so you can write upside down.

25. CORDLESS POWER TOOLS: The household and DIY products firm Black & Decker came up with a portable drill capable of extracting core samples from below the lunar surface during the Apollo missions. The same technology has been used on cordless miniature vacuum cleaners.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:59 AM

way to go... one of the controllers is surfing facebook lol..
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 03:31 AM

Don't know if this has been discussed yet, but if Mars has no plate tectonics, how were those bigass mountains formed?
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 03:43 AM

Don't know if this has been discussed yet, but if Mars has no plate tectonics, how were those bigass mountains formed?

Volcanic activity would be my guess.

Edit: Wiki confirms that

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:39 AM

Volcanic activity would be my guess.

Edit: Wiki confirms that


According to WIKIPEDIA, Mt. Sharp was formed by billions of years of sediment piling up.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 05:30 AM

According to WIKIPEDIA, Mt. Sharp was formed by billions of years of sediment piling up.


Mt. Sharp was formed by sediment build up, from a potential lake bed.

But most other mountains such as Olympus Mons, and all the other volcanoes of the Tharsis plateau, were created due to volcanic activity. Also, I believe the reason the reason the mountains are physically able of standing that high (Olympus mons is 25km high) is because the low gravity allows it.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:29 AM

Absolutely. Nothing inspires humans more than seeing humans doing the pushing our limits and boundaries.

Manned exploration is a MUST....even if expensive, inefficient and impractical.

.. and as long as you're paying for it and not me.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:37 AM

The Space Program has to go international before it can leave it's infancy. The only thing that territoriality will do is slow it down long term.
What this team did is a helluva achievement but this should be a worldwide accomplishment, not a government's. It is a great hope of mine that human exploration and eventual diaspora would unite people in a way that nothing else could. Hearing some of the top men on this claim Space for America instead of for the... spirit of men worries me.


It's called the International Space Station. Go away.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:57 AM

.. and as long as you're paying for it and not me.


This is why we can't have nice things.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:22 AM

This is why we can't have nice things.

It's nice to have nice things when we can afford them. Not worth going into debt over.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:43 AM

It's nice to have nice things when we can afford them. Not worth going into debt over.


Where's this talk of debt coming from? :huh:


.. and as long as you're paying for it and not me.


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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:46 AM

.. and as long as you're paying for it and not me.


This'll be my one 'friendly' warning to you to not troll this thread with your attempts to hijack it with your negativity. Please start another topic about how you don't want to pay for manned scientific exploration, if you want to discuss it, because this thread isn't about that.

If you don't have anything substantial to add about the mission last night or in general, you can show yourself to the door.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:53 AM

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