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NASA Will Re-Launch its 2016 Mars Mission in 2018 !!!

2 minutes ago, Misanthrope said:

Wait, only 5 meters deep? Captain? Why not drill a lot more?

Well I suspect it's a limitation of how much crap they can afford to cram into the lander - they have a limited budget, and a rocket that can take a limited mass. They probably did some number crunching, and probably decided that going deeper wasn't going to make enough difference to justify the increased cost.

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Just now, dalekphalm said:

Well I suspect it's a limitation of how much crap they can afford to cram into the lander - they have a limited budget, and a rocket that can take a limited mass. They probably did some number crunching, and probably decided that going deeper wasn't going to make enough difference to justify the increased cost.

Oh ok so basically you'd have to go say 100 meters to get a significant difference and you can't really send the equipment to dig that much.

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3 minutes ago, Misanthrope said:

Oh ok so basically you'd have to go say 100 meters to get a significant difference and you can't really send the equipment to dig that much.

Yeah - I mean, I'm not a geologist or whatever, but what if the ground between 1m and 100m was quite similar in composition, and the more interesting stuff wasn't until past 100m deep?

 

It would explain that. I suspect they'll do some more deep drilling later in a different mission - perhaps wait until manned missions hit the planet.

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19 hours ago, dalekphalm said:

Also, places like Europa, etc, with sub-surface oceans. We're a LONG WAY off of getting to those.

 

Not to mention how to deal with the massive amount of radiation that Jupiter puts out.

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3 minutes ago, Brian McKee said:

Not a huge issue for probes but even then Enceladus is always an option!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enceladus

It's much easier to shield electronics than it is humans. Humans are much more susceptible to the effects of radiation and is one of the biggest issues NASA faces in getting astronauts to other planets, hell even beyond the moon. Earth's magnetic field is largely responsible for most the shielding within the orbit of the moon.

 

Jupiter also puts out so much radiation that even getting near its orbit is dangerous, hence why not many probes are sent past the asteroid belt.

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25 minutes ago, DeadEyePsycho said:

It's much easier to shield electronics than it is humans. Humans are much more susceptible to the effects of radiation and is one of the biggest issues NASA faces in getting astronauts to other planets, hell even beyond the moon. Earth's magnetic field is largely responsible for most the shielding within the orbit of the moon.

 

Jupiter also puts out so much radiation that even getting near its orbit is dangerous, hence why not many probes are sent past the asteroid belt.

But I never mentioned anything about manned missions to these moons...

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1 minute ago, Brian McKee said:

But I never mentioned anything about manned missions to these moons...

Wasn't your whole argument in this thread about a manned mission hmmm/?

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Just now, DeadEyePsycho said:

Wasn't your whole argument in this thread about a manned mission hmmm/?

No? The only manned mission I mentioned would be to Venus because somehow we got on the topic of colonization. Everything else I mentioned would just be more interesting things to spend time and money researching lol.

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20 hours ago, Brian McKee said:

I dunno but it sure sounds like an easier problem to solve than extremely low gravity, agonizing amounts of radiation or extremely toxic soil.

Which planet are you talking about? (Authentic question)

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On 9/6/2016 at 5:37 PM, potoooooooo said:

You get the choice of either slow bureaucratic underfunded mess or 80 hour work weeks

That's definitely true, I hear that from pretty much everyone. Although, I always get a good laugh out of it :) 

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7 months trip isnt that long, meaning I will still be alive when they land :D

 

 

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1 hour ago, Thony said:

7 months trip isnt that long, meaning I will still be alive when they land :D

 

 

"They" being a stationary robot? This isn't a manned mission you know :P I don't know why so many people are freaking out over this mission. It was supposed to land in 2016, but there were mechanical issues or something and they missed the launch window.

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2 hours ago, dalekphalm said:

"They" being a stationary robot? This isn't a manned mission you know :P I don't know why so many people are freaking out over this mission. It was supposed to land in 2016, but there were mechanical issues or something and they missed the launch window.

because it means more knowledge, more science, more space exploration, more things to learn for a manned mission to mars.

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1 minute ago, givingtnt said:

because it means more knowledge, more science, more space exploration, more things to learn for a manned mission to mars.

Did you quote the wrong person or something...? Just not quite sure what your point was, or whether it was a "reply" to my seemingly totally unrelated post?

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2 hours ago, dalekphalm said:

"They" being a stationary robot? This isn't a manned mission you know :P I don't know why so many people are freaking out over this mission. It was supposed to land in 2016, but there were mechanical issues or something and they missed the launch window.

Damn, then this is not as exciting as i thought. 

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48 minutes ago, Thony said:

Damn, then this is not as exciting as i thought. 

Well no worries. This is exciting. But just no more exciting then all the other current and upcoming Mars missions.

 

NASA doesn't plan on Manned Missions until 2030-2035 or so.

 

That would accelerate if they were given a larger budget, or if they had a private "benefactor" finance it, but that's the current rough plan from them.

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3 hours ago, dalekphalm said:

Did you quote the wrong person or something...? Just not quite sure what your point was, or whether it was a "reply" to my seemingly totally unrelated post?

 

3 hours ago, givingtnt said:

because it means more knowledge, more science, more space exploration, more things to learn for a manned mission to mars.

 

5 hours ago, dalekphalm said:

 I don't know why so many people are freaking out over this mission. 

is this better ?

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Just now, givingtnt said:

 

 

is this better ?

Ah. Yes that's more clear.

 

But I disagree 100%. People are freaking out over this mission because they didn't read the article, and they assume it's a manned mission. No one is freaking out because NASA is sending a glorified drill to Mars :P

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1 hour ago, dalekphalm said:

Ah. Yes that's more clear.

 

But I disagree 100%. People are freaking out over this mission because they didn't read the article, and they assume it's a manned mission. No one is freaking out because NASA is sending a glorified drill to Mars :P

hm yeah, perhaps I shall rename my title.

"relaunch a mission to mars" is more apropriate.

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8 hours ago, givingtnt said:

hm yeah, perhaps I shall rename my title.

"relaunch a mission to mars" is more apropriate.

To be fair, I'M excited for this mission - but I'm excited for all Mars missions, even the "boring" ones (ha ha...) like this one.

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3 minutes ago, jullius caesar said:

Can't wait to see what NASA & SpaceX finds out there

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Nice cgi picture.... Totally convincing. I did like the read through this thread at all the people talking as if they work at nasa or something. I never knew the Ltt community were all Astrobuttwipes. 

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