Mars Exploration 1: Unmanned Missions (Probes; Rovers; etc.)

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Nazis on Mars!

Secretly escaped in 1945.
I know someone who is a real conspiracy buff who is convinced there are secret US and Russian bases on Mars which have been there since the early 70s. Funny thing is, he also believes the Moon Landings were faked as it's "clearly technically impossible" for humans to get to the Moon :huh:
 

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I know someone who is a real conspiracy buff who is convinced there are secret US and Russian bases on Mars which have been there since the early 70s. Funny thing is, he also believes the Moon Landings were faked as it's "clearly technically impossible" for humans to get to the Moon :huh:
Hmmm.
Believing both of those things to be true is a logical inconsistency! You can either believe in one or the other. D'oh!
 

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Hmmm.
Believing both of those things to be true is a logical inconsistency! You can either believe in one or the other. D'oh!
Consistency has never been his strongest point. This is a person who believes that all south facing beaches always have low tides. One of these days I'm going to write a book about him :)
 

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NASA says there might kind of possibly be liquid water flowing on Mars. I was hoping for something more definite. Also, princesses.
 

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It must be REALLY briny.
If humans go there, it'll be difficult to extract any useful amount of water (but not impossible).
 

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Consistency has never been his strongest point. This is a person who believes that all south facing beaches always have low tides. One of these days I'm going to write a book about him :)
Please do!

I have much experience of beaches facing south (and every other direction), and I can confirm that they nearly all have high and low tides!
 

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Please do!

I have much experience of beaches facing south (and every other direction), and I can confirm that they nearly all have high and low tides!
This character also thinks that north on a map is whatever direction you are facing when you look at the map, south is easy too - that's where the sun happens to be, it rises in the south, spends all day in the south and sets in the south. Occasionally some poor person who doesn't know him will let him navigate, he once had someone drive 70 miles to get to a place that was 10 miles from their starting point.
As one person who knows him said "Some people are only alive because it's illegal to shoot them."
 

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As one person who knows him said "Some people are only alive because it's illegal to shoot them."
Perhaps you should post about him on Strange Folk.
 

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Not again!
We already friggin' know that! :rolleyes:

I wish NASA would tell us something new.

I was informed, Mytho, that NASA stands for 'Never A Straight Answer'. so they're running true to form...:rofl:
 

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I know someone who is a real conspiracy buff who is convinced there are secret US and Russian bases on Mars which have been there since the early 70s. Funny thing is, he also believes the Moon Landings were faked as it's "clearly technically impossible" for humans to get to the Moon :huh:

A bet each way?
 

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Given that Nasa seem edgy about even sending the Mars Rover to examine the flowing water in case it contaminates the water with "Earthly bugs" (presumably they mean bacteria rather than woodlice), wouldn't colonising Mars forever ruin our chances of discovering whether it ever hosted indigenous life?

I suppose it raises an interesting alternative slant to the Ancient Astronaut hypothesis. Perhaps rather than deliberately seeding life on Earth, ancient alien explorers could have accidentally kicked off the process by leaving some of their bacteria behind?
 

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I know someone who is a real conspiracy buff who is convinced there are secret US and Russian bases on Mars which have been there since the early 70s. Funny thing is, he also believes the Moon Landings were faked as it's "clearly technically impossible" for humans to get to the Moon :huh:
Maybe he will share Rush Limbaugh's opinion that the water on Mars discovery is just a left-wing conspiracy. o_O
 

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The longest lived and still operational Mars rover 'Opportunity' travels very slowly and has only covered some 40 km in the last 11 years. Given that it is over 50 km away from the nearest suspected water source on Mars, it ain't getting there any time soon!
 

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WELL BEFORE NASA announced that liquid water exists on Mars, a team of designers from Clouds Architecture Officeand Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch) toiled to figure out how we could use ice—so, in essence, water—as shelter on the Red Planet. It’s a simple idea, really. We’ve known for some time that Mars is home to large quantities of water ice, and that this ice could serve as a locally sourced building material. Ice is also translucent, and all homes need a little natural light.

The team of eight ultimately came up with the Mars Ice House, a sloping, triangular structure that would be autonomously built by robots using additive manufacturing techniques. For their idea, NASA recently awarded them first place in a design competition for 3-D printed habitats made for future human inhabitants of Mars.

At one point in time or another, everyone on the team was a student in the Space Studio class taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture. The course is taught by Michael Morris, who also led the Ice House project. Because the SEArch/Clouds AO team also has ties to Pratt, Parsons, and Carnegie Mellon design programs, they bring a certain humanism to a field that’s usually frequented by engineers at NASA, or private ventures like SpaceX. For them, the prospect of life on Mars isn’t just about how you get there and survive, it’s about how well life might be lived while there.

http://www.wired.com/2015/10/nasa-digs-idea-robots-build-igloos-mars/?mbid=social_twitter
 

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Saw The Martian last night. Very impressed overall. Quite high-tech and geeky at times, it made living on Mars seem believable and certainly achievable.
 

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That ice house on Mars concept is actually pretty good.
It could work.
 

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Saw The Martian last night. Very impressed overall. Quite high-tech and geeky at times, it made living on Mars seem believable and certainly achievable.
A truly great film, tension well maintained throughout.
 

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In an airless world, no matter how hard you throw the object, it will reach the ground in the same amount of time.
***Cough...*** Only if you always throw it horizontally, and from the same height each time, which is implied, but not stated outright in that article.
 

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***Cough...*** Only if you always throw it horizontally, and from the same height each time, which is implied, but not stated outright in that article.
*** cough... cough...*** And only if you ignore the curvature of the planet's surface.

It was that cunning old devil Newton who first explained that a body could orbit the earth if it was 'thrown' hard enough. (He imagined a cannon ball fired horizontally from a cannon - although it constantly curves towards the earth, the earth's surface curves away, so the ball remains in orbit and does not reach the ground.)
 
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