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Curiosity lands on Mars tonight

by lwllms
posted 08-06-2012 03:04 AM


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#1 posted 08-06-2012 03:13 AM

Thanks for that link. I was just about to start searching for info & a link. You saved me alot of time.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 03:52 AM

I bet there’s some very nervous engineers sitting around NASA tonight.

Voyager 1 is still an interesting project too. About to enter interstellar space and still sending data.

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 05:29 AM

I can’t wait until Cutrate Airlines has tickets to Mars, round trip of course, for under $500 ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 09:48 AM

there’s a machine shop next to the building i’m currently working in. the guy that runs it built the camera mount brackets that are on curiosity.

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#5 posted 08-06-2012 10:39 AM

This successful landing is an amazing achievement.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#6 posted 08-06-2012 11:33 AM

Its amazing how we can travel millions of miles and land on a surface so remote to us, but we cant learn how to live with one another here at home!!!! Lots of money to go to Mars and international space station but can’t pay a teacher 40 grand a year to teach our kids, got to close schools and layoff teachers. Whats wrong with this picture? But yes its an amazing landing… wish we could be that amazing here on earth.

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#7 posted 08-06-2012 05:33 PM

Topa – once it hits that point for 500 Bucks…. they will need to resurrect William Shattner (Captain Kirk) for the Priceline Commercials to land you a better deal!!

Benchbuilder – average teacher pay in 2003 was over 46K/year!
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-06-25-teacher-salary-raise_x.htm
What we need are fewer administrators. My kids elementary school has 17 teachers – 3 for each grade (1-5) and 2 teaching 1/2 day kindergarten.
But the school staff is 64.
So there are almost 3 (2.8) staff/support personell for every teacher…The Fed+State+ local levies is almost $16,000 per student…Any support for why 1/2 day kindergarten is 2X the In-State College tuition?

I don’t think the dollars are the problem – besides Barry gutted NASA anyway, shuttles are gone, and this Mars Probe was launched more than 8 months ago when we still though reaching for the Stars was good for the country.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#8 posted 08-06-2012 05:49 PM

On second thought, maybe Scotty could just beam me up ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 08-06-2012 08:21 PM

DrDirt, Yes it may be high there, but here its getting bad, the factorys have all gone south and the town is about to dry up. Teachers and staff here are not as abundent, wish they were. I do agree that in many areas the school system sucks, its too much gov. in the system, everything has gone to #$%%.

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#10 posted 08-06-2012 09:16 PM

I can just see it. Round trip to mars, $499. In the fine print you find that there is an extra fee if you want a life-support system.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#11 posted 08-06-2012 09:41 PM

That sounds about normal in today’s world. Everything is a bargain until you see what you get.

Education needs to go back to the basics we got in the agrarian community in the 50s and 60s.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 08-06-2012 11:34 PM

I get so tired of people claiming “Barry” cancelled the shuttles. The process of decommissioning the shuttles was underway LONG before he took office – it was, in fact, “Georgie’s” decision. Interesting, though, that even though “Barry” was in office when Curiosity was launched, he somehow doesn’t get credit (“Well, that’s because the project was underway before he took office – don’t you get it?”)

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#13 posted 08-06-2012 11:37 PM

WTF are you talking about benchbuilder? The whole Curiosity project cost less than a single day of our unnecessary military incursion into Iraq and there was nothing destructive about it. We didn’t kill anyone, didn’t risk a single life of a member of our military. The Mars landing was the result of our education system and some incredibly bright people working as a team seeking only to further our knowledge. I watched the variety of people; men, women, different races and different ages at JPL do what many thought impossible not very long ago. We can easily afford this kind of effort to advance mankind’s knowledge and it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with big government. It’s about some really intelligent people pursuing their dreams and pushing limits in a positive way. It represents all that I find great about this Country.

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#14 posted 08-06-2012 11:50 PM

Teachers make over $40k where I live, and the schools are thriving. Congrats to NASA!!!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 08-07-2012 07:59 PM

JJ – more correct would be that Barry canceled US manned spaceflight.

Yes the shuttles were aging… not technologically, so they could still have built another.

But the Constellation program, which was to return us to the moon and beyone was cancelled in favor of just riding along with the russians.
The expectation of many of the Shuttle engineers, was that they would move to the next step in US manned space travel…But Barry decided that the mission of NASA was to make the Muslim Countries feel proud of their contributions to math and science.
From Politifact:
”Bolden created a firestorm after telling Al Jazeera last month that President (Barack) Obama told him before he took the job that he wanted him to do three things: inspire children to learn math and science, expand international relationships and ‘perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.’”

YAY…. that is almost as good as Kennedy’s moon speech…. (Gag!)
We used to dream big dreams. Then we elected Barry.

But if blaming Bush makes your socks roll up and down… go with it.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#16 posted 08-07-2012 10:02 PM

Maye he just wants to reach out to see if they will quit trying to kill us, U.S.? After all Bush the stupidest gave Bin Laden everything he wanted; US troops out of Saudi, $100/ barrel oil and a broke US. There is no reason now for them to continue their war on us.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#17 posted 08-07-2012 11:45 PM

DrDirt – if you mean by “cancelling Constellation” that NASA is now working on the Space Launch System, instead of Constellation, as commissioned by the 2010 “NASA Authorization Act”, you’re right. If you mean just cancelling manned space flight, you’re wrong.

What makes my socks roll up and down is facts.

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#18 posted 08-08-2012 03:08 PM

JJ – you are correct that I was wrong to say that there is NO manned flight projects on the books for NASA – just that NONE will happen even in an Obama second term. Layoffs continue under the restructuring, and on the spacecoast unemployment is above average and the laid off workers are not finding new positions. Only some 55% have found jobs of any kind, many of those not in a similar field nor similar pay as they had before.
First Manned flight SLS 2 is not until 2019… so 7 years (ideally) before we lauch a person ourselves. and NONE are listed for the ISS.

Things aren’t so ducky for the workers either.
http://spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=41322
The Buyout/Early Out window will be open through Friday, July 20, 2012. Employees who are approved for the Buyout/Early Out must be off the rolls by October 3, 2012 and may retire/resign as early as August 1, 2012. Eligible employees who voluntarily leave GSFC by no later than October 3, 2012 with an approved buyout will receive an amount equal to their calculated severance pay entitlement, up to a maximum of $25,000. An overview of the Buyouts/Early Outs being offered is as follows:

Distribution of the Center’s 117 eligible employees: – # of Eligible Employees

Code 110 Office of Human Capital Management – 6
Code 120 Equal Opportunity Programs Office – 1
Code 150 Office of the Chief Financial Officer – 3
Code 160 Office of Education – 1
Code 200 Management Operations Directorate – 5
Code 300 Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate – 8
Code 400 Flight Projects Directorate – 3
Code 500 Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate – 15
Code 600 Science and Exploration Directorate – 63
Code 700 Information Technology and Communications Directorate – 5
Code 800 Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate – 7

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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