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Kumba 2 years ago on 11/28/11
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mheart said:
1. Curiosity (rover) was launched to Mars yesterday! Estimated landing next August.


The Register said:
Amateur radio enthusiasts using a restored dish antenna in Germany say they have successfully picked up telemetry from NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, now outward bound for Mars carrying a one-ton nuclear powered robot rover named Curiosity towards a date with destiny in the Elysium Planitia.

Volunteer space-tech enthusiast collective AMSAT was chuffed to announce over the weekend that member James Miller (callsign G3RUH) was able to remotely train the group's large dish antenna at Bochum in Germany onto the right piece of sky to pick up X-band telemetry from the speeding MSL, which took off successfully from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1502 GMT on Saturday and shortly thereafter separated from the Centaur upper stage to begin its long coast to the red planet.


http://theregister.co.uk/.../radio_hams_curiosity_signals/

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Barney Stinson 2 years ago on 11/30/11
Updated: 2 years ago on 12/05/11
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4boyXQuUIw

AIR CRANE RELEASE! Man I hope it goes off without a hitch.
PS: OH SHIIIIIT

http://...yahoo.com/...lanet-habitable-zone-162005358.html

Somebody said:
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has confirmed the discovery of its first alien world in its host star's habitable zone — that just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water to exist — and found more than 1,000 new explanet candidates, researchers announced today (Dec. 5).

Kepler-22b's radius is 2.4 times that of Earth, and the two planets have roughly similar temperatures. If the greenhouse effect operates there similarly to how it does on Earth, the average surface temperature on Kepler-22b would be 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius).


 
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DIJIDL 2 years ago on 12/06/11
Yeah... Just heard about this. <br></br>
http://...nasa.gov/.../kepler/news/kepscicon-briefing.html

PS: I wonder how much bigger a planet can be, than our own, to support life on the "dark" side, though. Say those Jupiter size planets: It would seem like the dark side of the planet would be a significantly harsher environment, perhaps unlivable.
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Barney Stinson 2 years ago on 12/06/11
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Atmospheric temperature containment would definitely play a huge role, but yes I agree, planets with massively elongated rotation rates would need some supplemental system for retaining heat and light on the dark side. Still would be awesome though.
 
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DIJIDL 2 years ago on 12/11/11
So, that's where they're hiding... Welp, the invasion should be any day, now.

Best version of the story, I think:

http://...lifeslittlemysteries.com/...ip-mercury-ufo-2219/

Actual video, in question:

http://youtu.be/6X96xI1gLdQ
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Slade xTekno 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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Curiosity landing on Mars tonight, fyi.

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/mars/curiosity_news3.html
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Party On, Darth 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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Totally watching it on XBL right now. That thing landed like a champ.
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LeeChan 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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Oh my god, can someone get those kids a better shirt rather than a robin's egg blue polo?
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nategri 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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Oh my god, can someone get those kids a better shirt rather than a robin's egg blue polo?


The kid who named it was on there earlier and she had a, I shit you not, bedazzled 'Mars Science Laboratory' t shirt. She wins.
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Beltane 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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It's always great to see an endeavor such as this succeed!
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fukkake 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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I am not sure how big I thought these rovers were but when they said that this current one was as big as a small car my mind was simply blown! I mean, to land that perfectly on a planet we have never physically been too is... well I love NASA.

I honestly can't wait to see the pictures.
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John Booty 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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Fuuuuuck yeah!
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Cognac Jack 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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Been a good few weeks of science.
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John Booty 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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I was soooooooooo nervous about the complicated landing they were trying this time, as opposed to the simpler (though certainly not simple) "bounce" landings of the previous two Mars landers.

What a kick-ass triumph.
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The Kareem of Wheat 24 months ago on 08/06/12
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I marked the fuck out when that thing had a successful landing. So happy to see people get so excited about SCIENCE!!! for a change.

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