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So motherfucking badass - NASA still relevant and cool

DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
edited December 2010 in Social Entropy++
So earlier today the NASA craft EPOXI passed within 700 km (in space that's really pretty damn close) of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2 as scheduled. It took photos of Hartley 2. These photos are fucking cool as shit.

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Phil Plait of the blog Bad Astronomy gives his impression of the photos if you care to read.

SO
GODDAMN
COOL

Druhim on
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  • VeeVee Registered User
    edited November 2010
    Yeah, space is hella fucking cool

  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    So cool it's...

    $('#you').appendTo('#compton').css('color', 'white');
    
  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    oh yay a rock, what's that gonna do for me

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  • TalkcTalkc Registered User
    edited November 2010
  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    where's my fucking robot laser eyes

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  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Talkc wrote: »
    SeñorAmor wrote: »
    So cool it's...

    Cold

    So close yet so far. :(

    $('#you').appendTo('#compton').css('color', 'white');
    
  • BrogeyBrogey Aca-awesome! Santa Monica, CASuper Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited November 2010
    Space Dong!

    XBox LIVE: Bogestrom
    PSN: Bogestrom

    R.I.P. Wampa Milk
  • Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood now i've got you in my space i won't let go of youRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    that's fucking sweet

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    Bogey calls space dibs on any space vaginas!

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  • CorporateLogoCorporateLogo Cream of my compulsions Rising to the tip of the spoutRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Space

    The final frontier

    No one can hear you scream

    Do not have a cow, mortal.

    3DS: 2251-4432-9039

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  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    "With all the problems here on Earth I don't know why we spend so much money on space exploration and hurpy durpy duurrr"

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  • DubhDubh BEST FRIENDS WITH FIRE Hudda!Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    holy shit

    those pictures are rockin' my socks


  • NeliNeli Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    oh hey

    more cold floating rock

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  • Lord DaveLord Dave Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    that comet looks a little embarrassed to be caught on film

    Denny's is for winners.
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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Lord Dave wrote: »
    that comet looks a little embarrassed to be caught on film

    Look, there was shrinkage. Space shrinkage!

    Excision wrote: »
    My girlfriend is going down tonight!

    Steam:MichaelLC
  • nateknatek Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    comet Mameshiba

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  • 101101 Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    "With all the problems here on Earth I don't know why we spend so much money on space exploration and hurpy durpy duurrr"

    This fucking argument

  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    i'm still excited for humanity to go to mars in the 2030s

  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    i'm still excited for humanity to go to mars in the 2030s

    I seriously hope it happens.

    It seems like a manned Mars mission has been "about 20 years away" forever.

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  • skettiosskettios Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    i'm still excited for humanity to go to mars in the 2030s

    it might even be realistically sooner

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  • YoSoyTheWalrusYoSoyTheWalrus Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    i'm still excited for humanity to go to mars in the 2030s

    it might even be realistically sooner

    2030 is 20 years from now

    Consider where our manned space program was 20 years ago in 1990.

    If we keep going at this pace we are going to get to Mars in approximately neverhundred years

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    i'm still excited for humanity to go to mars in the 2030s

    it might even be realistically sooner

    2030 is 20 years from now

    Consider where our manned space program was 20 years ago in 1990.

    If we keep going at this pace we are going to get to Mars in approximately neverhundred years

    we took 10 goddamn years to go to the moon before handheld calculators were even a thing

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Yeah, 2030 would be pretty goddamn amazing at this point with SCIENCE! being shit on by nutters as it has been.

    'Tea Party Minority Leader says Obama going to Mars to get birth certificate,' reports Huff Post.

    Excision wrote: »
    My girlfriend is going down tonight!

    Steam:MichaelLC
  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    Actually, we could go to Mars relatively quickly. It's not really a matter of technology so much as it is political and societal will to do so. With a different political environment that's not so inundated with nutjobs and understanding of the fact that this is an inherently risky endeavor and that there are qualified personnel who would still jump at the chance to go in spite of the risk, we could probably pull it off with at most a decade of focused funding and public support.

    So yeah, not likely to happen any time soon. :(

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  • TossrockTossrock too weird to live too rare to dieRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    i'm still excited for humanity to go to mars in the 2030s

    Have you read Red Mars? You should read Red Mars.

    In fact, everybody should read Red Mars.

  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Republicans accuse Obama of killing the manned space program because he's following through with the Bush administration's plan to retire the shuttle, and canceling an expensive boondoggle that wasn't going very well in the first place, in favor of letting private companies handle the (comparatively) mundane business of getting people and supplies to and from the ISS, at a fraction of the cost, so NASA can focus on more ambitious exploration projects.

    They effortlessly turn "Obama's killing the space program" into a meme that will never, ever die.

    Republicans take congress, actually kill the manned space program, blame Obama. Everyone believes them.

    Have I got this about right?

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    Actually, we could go to Mars relatively quickly. It's not really a matter of technology so much as it is political and societal will to do so. With a different political environment that's not so inundated with nutjobs and understanding of the fact that this is an inherently risky endeavor and that there are qualified personnel who would still jump at the chance to go in spite of the risk, we could probably pull it off with at most a decade of focused funding and public support.

    So yeah, not likely to happen any time soon. :(

    the food issue is still kinda a thing though

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  • RinderRinder Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    That reminds me that I really want some Astronaut Icecream.

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    -I am The Alpha and The Omega-
  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    Tossrock wrote: »
    i'm still excited for humanity to go to mars in the 2030s

    Have you read Red Mars? You should read Red Mars.

    In fact, everybody should read Red Mars.

    I have the trilogy about a foot to my right on my bookshelf. Also I'm writing a Mars novel for NaNoWriMo.

  • ShrieveShrieve Game Designer CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    101 wrote: »
    "With all the problems here on Earth I don't know why we spend so much money on space exploration and hurpy durpy duurrr"

    This fucking argument

    ^

    But yeah sweet pictures. And screw ISS; send more exploration vehicles to places like Europa and Triton.

    Oh and Red/Green/Blue Mars <3

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  • UsagiUsagi WOMP WOMPRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    natek wrote: »
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    :^:

    You heard it here first, folks.
    Putting your finger in someone's butthole.
    Basically the same as flowers.
  • TossrockTossrock too weird to live too rare to dieRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Tossrock wrote: »
    i'm still excited for humanity to go to mars in the 2030s

    Have you read Red Mars? You should read Red Mars.

    In fact, everybody should read Red Mars.

    I have the trilogy about a foot to my right on my bookshelf. Also I'm writing a Mars novel for NaNoWriMo.

    high five, I just finished Red and am about to start Green

    alternate post: I'm Sax IRL

  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    Shrieve wrote: »
    101 wrote: »
    "With all the problems here on Earth I don't know why we spend so much money on space exploration and hurpy durpy duurrr"

    This fucking argument

    ^

    But yeah sweet pictures. And screw ISS; send more exploration vehicles to places like Europa and Triton.

    Oh and Red/Green/Blue Mars <3

    This attitude is incredibly short sighted and Phil Plait does a good job explaining why.
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/11/02/ten-years-of-the-international-space-station/

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  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    He's a really hoopy frood

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    can we talk about neil degrasse tyson in here

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  • UsagiUsagi WOMP WOMPRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Yes

    You heard it here first, folks.
    Putting your finger in someone's butthole.
    Basically the same as flowers.
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