Author Topic: The Official Space Exploration Thread  (Read 137520 times)

Offline DSJ™

  • Staff Member
  • Jedi Council Member
  • *
  • Posts: 22372
  • Bouncy! Bouncy! I'm An Insane Kubrickaholic!™
    • View Profile
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1170 on: September 28, 2015, 12:15 PM »

Offline BillCable

  • Jedi General
  • *
  • Posts: 9883
  • CreatureCantina.com SUCKS!!
    • View Profile
    • CreatureCantina.com
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1171 on: September 28, 2015, 12:53 PM »
So the rovers are digging in the wrong place!
Bill Cable - Steeler Fan & Star Wars Collector
  http://CreatureCantina.com       
"Cable is incapable of contributing anything positive to this world" - cstoj

Offline DSJ™

  • Staff Member
  • Jedi Council Member
  • *
  • Posts: 22372
  • Bouncy! Bouncy! I'm An Insane Kubrickaholic!™
    • View Profile
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1172 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...

Quote
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.

Quote
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

Offline BillCable

  • Jedi General
  • *
  • Posts: 9883
  • CreatureCantina.com SUCKS!!
    • View Profile
    • CreatureCantina.com
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1173 on: October 5, 2015, 12:46 PM »
Actually, I was just going for the Indy Jones joke.   ;)
Bill Cable - Steeler Fan & Star Wars Collector
  http://CreatureCantina.com       
"Cable is incapable of contributing anything positive to this world" - cstoj

Offline McMetal

  • Jedi Master
  • *
  • Posts: 6216
    • View Profile
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1174 on: October 5, 2015, 12:51 PM »
Is that photo color altered? I can't imagine the sky really looks like that from the surface?
I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me

Offline Phrubruh

  • Jedi General
  • *
  • Posts: 7815
    • View Profile
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1175 on: October 5, 2015, 01:55 PM »
Per wiki:

Around sunset and sunrise the Martian sky is pinkish-red in color, but in the vicinity of the setting sun or rising sun it is blue. This is the exact opposite of the situation on Earth. However, during the day the sky is a yellow-brown "butterscotch" color. On Mars, Rayleigh scattering is usually a very small effect. It is believed that the color of the sky is caused by the presence of 1% by volume of magnetite in the dust particles. Twilight lasts a long time after the Sun has set and before it rises, because of all the dust in Mars's atmosphere. At times, the Martian sky takes on a violet color, due to scattering of light by very small water ice particles in clouds.
This message brought to you by Wookiee Cookiees - "MMM... Chewie!"
Visit The Endor Express - The Ultimate Guide to Disney's Star Tours

Offline Scott

  • Staff Member
  • Jedi Guardian
  • *
  • Posts: 18661
  • Get Some
    • View Profile
    • JediDefender
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1176 on: October 6, 2015, 09:26 AM »
That pic looks like many places in Southern Utah...neat

Offline Phrubruh

  • Jedi General
  • *
  • Posts: 7815
    • View Profile
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1177 on: October 6, 2015, 12:07 PM »
Well, Utah is a different planet.
This message brought to you by Wookiee Cookiees - "MMM... Chewie!"
Visit The Endor Express - The Ultimate Guide to Disney's Star Tours

Offline DSJ™

  • Staff Member
  • Jedi Council Member
  • *
  • Posts: 22372
  • Bouncy! Bouncy! I'm An Insane Kubrickaholic!™
    • View Profile
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1178 on: October 8, 2015, 10:43 AM »

Offline Phrubruh

  • Jedi General
  • *
  • Posts: 7815
    • View Profile
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1179 on: October 8, 2015, 01:52 PM »
Great pictures! NASA still hasn't released the pictures of the lined up flying saucers on the moon's crest that Armstrong saw during the initial fly over.
This message brought to you by Wookiee Cookiees - "MMM... Chewie!"
Visit The Endor Express - The Ultimate Guide to Disney's Star Tours

Offline Nicklab

  • Jedi Sentinel
  • *
  • Posts: 11552
  • I saw we fight!
    • View Profile
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1180 on: November 23, 2015, 08:45 AM »
"Call up a Hammerhead Corvette.  I have an idea."

Feedback

Offline Matt_Fury

  • Jedi General
  • *
  • Posts: 7811
  • I aim to misbehave.
    • View Profile
    • Every Action Figure Parody has a beginning.
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1181 on: November 23, 2015, 01:49 PM »
You don't have to go that far, just look at Io.
Peacekeeper, when it absolutely, positively has to be nuked in 30 minutes or less.  Or the next nuke's free!

Offline DSJ™

  • Staff Member
  • Jedi Council Member
  • *
  • Posts: 22372
  • Bouncy! Bouncy! I'm An Insane Kubrickaholic!™
    • View Profile

Offline Matt_Fury

  • Jedi General
  • *
  • Posts: 7811
  • I aim to misbehave.
    • View Profile
    • Every Action Figure Parody has a beginning.
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1183 on: November 24, 2015, 08:02 PM »
That is pretty sweet.  Now to try it from an orbital flight.
Peacekeeper, when it absolutely, positively has to be nuked in 30 minutes or less.  Or the next nuke's free!

Offline Phrubruh

  • Jedi General
  • *
  • Posts: 7815
    • View Profile
Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1184 on: November 25, 2015, 10:01 AM »
This kind of stuff makes me glad there are crazy geeky billionaires that are willing to spend their money on stuff like this.
This message brought to you by Wookiee Cookiees - "MMM... Chewie!"
Visit The Endor Express - The Ultimate Guide to Disney's Star Tours