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Curiosity Humor

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posted 08-08-2012 12:29 AM


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#51 posted 08-19-2012 07:41 PM

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#52 posted 08-19-2012 07:44 PM

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#53 posted 08-19-2012 11:09 PM

Mittwit will never get it!!

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#54 posted 08-19-2012 11:33 PM

Great stuff Dan-O!

The Onion article linked to by ChuckV – http://www.theonion.com/articles/nasa-calls-it-a-mission-as-curiosity-rover-fills-u,29115/ – left me in tears…

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#55 posted 08-19-2012 11:45 PM

Go Dan-O. We need more rovers and less B-2’s

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#56 posted 08-20-2012 01:33 AM

Good thing we had visionary presidents back in 2004?

History

NASA called for proposals for the rover’s scientific instruments in April 2004,[62] and eight proposals were selected on December 14 of that year.[62] Testing and design of components also began in late 2004, including Aerojet’s designing of a monopropellant engine with the ability to throttle from 15–100 percent thrust with a fixed propellant inlet pressure.[62]

By November 2008 most hardware and software development was complete, and testing continued.[63] At this point, cost overruns were approximately $400 million.[64] The next month, NASA delayed the launch to late 2011 because of inadequate testing time.[65][66][67]

Between March 23–29, 2009, the general public ranked nine finalist rover names through a public poll on the NASA website.[68] On May 27, 2009, the winning name was announced to be Curiosity. The name had been submitted in an essay contest by Clara Ma, a sixth-grader from Kansas

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#57 posted 08-21-2012 09:16 PM

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#62 posted 08-27-2012 01:19 AM

NASA was interviewing professionals to be sent to Mars.

Only one person could go, and he will not return to Earth.

The first applicant, an American engineer, was asked how much he wanted to be paid for going.

“A million dollars”, he answered, “because I wish to donate it to M.I.T.”

The next applicant, a Russian doctor, was asked the same question.

He asked for two million dollars.

“I wish to give a million to my family, he explained, “and leave the other million for the advancement of medical research.”

The last applicant was an Indian politician (Laloo Yadav).

When asked how much money he wanted, he whispered in the interviewers ear, “Three million dollars.”

“Why so much more than the others?” the interviewer asked.

Laloo replied, $1 million is for you, Ill keep $1million, and well give the American engineer $1million and send him to Mars.”

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#84 posted 11-02-2012 10:00 PM

This has been and is toooo funny.

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#86 posted 11-16-2012 01:32 AM

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#87 posted 11-16-2012 02:00 AM

It is faulty logic to assume that the space program is taking money away from the fight against poverty in the United States, or that by stopping the space program we will suddenly have the resources to stop it. Clearly, we have the resources now. Stopping the space program (and let’s be honest, the space program is in pretty poor shape anyway) will do nothing to help starving children get a handful of rice. We as a nation can and should do both. One is not dependent upon the other.

I am also very unconvinced that there is an epidemic of children dying of starvation in the United States. This argument just doesn’t hold water.

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#88 posted 11-16-2012 04:41 AM

Dwain,

True, taking money out of the space program is about as cost saving as killing off Big Bird. Neither of these expenditures consumes enough money to provide four squares for many people. Besides, if it did, beuracracy would eat it up anyway!

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#89 posted 11-16-2012 04:19 PM

The Big Bird franchise is worth $500,000,000.00 at last estimate. I think it would survive the defunding of PBS.

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#90 posted 11-16-2012 06:36 PM

DS251 but defunding of PBS could hurt everyone. We actually watch PBS more than network TV because network TV is all the same except possibly sports!

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#91 posted 11-16-2012 07:44 PM

I agree oldnovice. The most watched station in my house is the Create channel of PBS. All the network tv is the same crap (“reality” shows that aren’t real, “sit coms” that aren’t funny, and many others). I get all my tv from the airwaves (meaning I don’t have either cable or satellite) so unlike many, I don’t have 100+ channels to pick from.

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#92 posted 11-16-2012 08:27 PM

I’m not advocating defunding of PBS, just that, since Bid Bird and many other shows are commercially viable, (and outright financially successful), implying that removing public funding for it (A relatively small percentage of revenues, I believe), would spell doom for PBS is just false—In fact, they very likely would be financially better off if they were commercialized.

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#93 posted 11-16-2012 10:38 PM

I watch PBS some, but listen to NPR at least 2 hrs a day during the week driving back and forth to work.

Have for over 30 yrs.

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#94 posted 11-16-2012 10:44 PM

Here’s a twist for you, we attribute all these wonderful discoveries to space research but what started space research in the first place was anything but “Curiosity”. We entered the space age on the heals of WWII and spurred forward by the Cold War and the fear of nuclear attack. Take it a step further and the race really began after the Soviets launched Sputnik into orbit soon followed by Yuri Gagarin. The race to the moon was a direct result of the competition between Communist USSR and Capitalist USA and the fear that Communism would spread around the world as fast as Yuri flew around it. So in a way we can thank the fight between Capitalism and Communism for many of the technological advancements that we have today.

Too many people around my age and younger don’t take the time or maybe just don’t care about history. Like the famous quote from George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”

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#95 posted 11-16-2012 10:53 PM

The Earth and Moon as viewed from 9.5 million kilometers away in space.

I forget which spacecraft took this picture.

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#96 posted 11-17-2012 04:28 AM

DS251, understood about PBS but you probably also understand defunding PBS is not going to put a dent in the deficit which was my only point with a twist of humor!

The earth and moon from 9.5 million km away, simply astounding; so where is you workshop?

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#97 posted 11-17-2012 10:50 AM

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#98 posted 11-19-2012 04:26 PM

oldnovice, it has just about as much effect as cancelling the newpaper while you’re trying to pay off huge household debts. I think it is more of a mindset than significant progress.

Our National Debt is 1.5 times larger than our GDP. This is dangerous territory and an ever larger percentage of our tax dollars goes to pay interest on the debt. This is a heavy burden which diminishes our quality of life.

Hyper-inflation is a real danger when the debt service approaches the GDP. It is not just a theory, it has happened to a couple dozen countries in my lifetime. A loaf of bread is $2 today, $10 tommorrow, $100 next week and $1000 next month. It takes generations to recover from this.

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#99 posted 11-19-2012 05:34 PM

DS251,

Yup, lived through it in Germany! My mom had hundreds of 1 million mark (before the Euro) notes and it would take a wheelbarrow full to buy a loaf of bread!

But, I believe that we, the U.S., are more resourceful!

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#100 posted 11-19-2012 06:40 PM

I sure hope so.

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