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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: October 8, 2015, 10:31 AM »
Yep, that is Lash & he's going to **** things up...  ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: October 7, 2015, 10:13 AM »
Anyone still watching this show? 2 solid episodes thus far... except that Ward.  ::)

Nice to see Lo Pan...  :D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: October 5, 2015, 11:51 AM »
So the rovers are digging in the wrong place!

Ahhh nope. The images were taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) which was launched in Aug 12, 2005 & made orbit in March 10th, 2006 & studied by researchers. Plus...

Why the Curiosity Rover is Forbidden From Collecting Water on Mars

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 prevents every nation on Earth from sending a mission, robot or human, close to a water source in the fear of contaminating it with life from Earth [PDF]. In its 140-million-mile journey from Earth to Mars, it’s possible that Curiosity has carried harmful microbes all the way from home. Even though NASA tries its best to sterilize all space-traveling equipment before launch by subjecting it to intense ultraviolet light, it still might harbor microbial hitchhikers.

In theory, NASA could turn up the heat and radiation to a level pretty much guaranteed to destroy any microbial life—but that could also end up wiping out the rover’s internal systems. "In order to be completely sterile, they'd have to use really powerful ionizing radiation or heat, both of which would damage the electronics,” University of New South Wales astrobiologist Malcolm Walter told Fairfax Media. "So they go as far as they dare."

Another issue that would prevent Curiosity from investigating the water source is the terrain itself. The slopes where the streaks formed are steep and therefore difficult to navigate. Future Mars rovers could be designed with this hurdle in mind, and they could also come equipped with DNA sequencers to test for life or 3D-printing capabilities to build smaller bots with little to no chance of being contaminated.

Unfortunately, it’s too late for NASA modify the next generation of Mars rovers, which is set to launch in 2020. The European Space Agency says it plans to send an organic molecule analyzer on its 2018 ExoMars mission, though they still wouldn’t be able to test Martian water unless they could guarantee 100 percent sterilization.

Outer Space Treaty 1967

Outer Space Treaty, formally Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies,  (1967), international treaty binding the parties to use outer space only for peaceful purposes. In June 1966 the United States and the Soviet Union submitted draft treaties on the uses of space to the United Nations. These were reconciled during several months of negotiation in the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and the resulting document was endorsed by the UN General Assembly on Dec. 19, 1966, and opened for signature on Jan. 27, 1967. The treaty came into force on Oct. 10, 1967, after being ratified by the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and several other countries.

Under the terms of the treaty, the parties are prohibited from placing nuclear arms or other weapons of mass destruction in orbit, on the Moon, or on other bodies in space. Nations cannot claim sovereignty over the Moon or other celestial bodies. Nations are responsible for their activities in space, are liable for any damage caused by objects launched into space from their territory, and are bound to assist astronauts in distress. Their space installations and vehicles shall be open, on a reciprocal basis, to representatives of other countries, and all parties agree to conduct outer-space activities openly and in accordance with international law.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity captured this image, which looks toward the higher regions of the 3.4-mile-high (5.5 kilometers) Mount Sharp, on Sept. 9, 2015.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: October 4, 2015, 01:38 PM »
I saw The Martian last nite.. good flick... tho like any other flick, some of the science is iffy here & there but still entertaining for a 2hr & 22 minute flick. Robinson Crusoe/MacGyver on Mars..  :D

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 28, 2015, 10:39 AM »
Hay Dale do you read in Spanish?

No, but he collects in Spanish.   ;)

Ah yup..  ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: September 28, 2015, 10:38 AM »
Very nice shot you got there Jeff.   8)
We were lucky & had clear skies but a tad cold out here in Hoth. My pic from the front yard.

This amazing picture popped up on my Facebook feed... wow!

"After spending 5 hours on a rooftop with an incredible view of Dallas, I was able to create this composite image showing the moons transition from full moon, to full lunar eclipse, and back. Each moon image was shot approximately 10 minutes apart to capture the entire transition." by Mike Mezeul

In other news:

Mars 'major science finding' to be announced by NASA

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 21, 2015, 09:06 AM »
Yes those are Ewok comic books. They are attached/glued to the cardboard backer.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 12, 2015, 11:17 AM »
Just a few odds & ends I picked up for my Ewoks & Droids collection.  :)

Unused Kids Ewok Wicket Skates.

Spanish Ewoks & Droids comics.

Other Collectibles / Re: Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: September 12, 2015, 11:04 AM »
Found this at Wally, I had to get it for my Ewok focus.  ;D

Kubricks / Re: Medicom Toy Exhibiton 2015 and Carded Rocket Fett
« on: September 12, 2015, 11:02 AM »
Mail call!   ;D

Other Collectibles / Re: BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero
« on: September 6, 2015, 11:22 AM »
I ordered it from the main site for $149.99. It's still showing add to cart. Just saved me the time of running around to places that are sold out & finding other online sites that are sold out.  BB-8™ by Sphero

Other Collectibles / Re: BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero
« on: September 5, 2015, 12:29 AM »
I have the Sphero BB-8 on order, this droid is selling out fast... seems to be the toy of the year!  ;D

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