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Watch MARS landing tonight!
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Tonight, history is made as mankind lands on MARS for the first time in recorded history. Well, a rover that mankind made lol.
http://boingboing.net/2012/08/05/today-science-willing-curios.html
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Ehm we already sent a bunch of rovers to mars ?
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We have but they have all failed. There has not been a successful mission yet.
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What do you mean they haven't been successful? How do you think they found water on mars or brought back the rocks they have
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I thought we landed the Sojourner Truth..

Watching anyway.
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Ummm... we've actually landed a LOT of rovers on Mars successfully... in fact, isn't Opportunity still operating now after being there for like multiple years? Way, way beyond its intended operating life of a couple of months?

This one is a very unique rover, though, with more advanced analytical capabilities... and they way it's landing is very different too. In Olympic terms, the degree of difficulty for this landing is MUCH higher than previous landings.

I'm definitely watching~! \^_^/
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i heard that the humans that went there can't come back
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Still waiting for colonization here
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Thanks for the info I didn't know. It wasn't all over the Xbox dashboard or anything.....
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taylorwhatley wrote:

What do you mean they haven't been successful? How do you think they found water on mars or brought back the rocks they have


Water was found by satelites rocks are from the moons of mars.
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Well, the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity is the most advanced rover to date it's landing system hasn't been proven on Mars like the other three rovers.

I hope it does land with it's 3D HD imaging.
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taylorwhatley wrote:

What do you mean they haven't been successful? How do you think they found water on mars or brought back the rocks they have


Ummm, no mission has ever brought back rocks. The only Mars rocks we have are meteorites that happened to have landed here.

Anyway, people can watch it here: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

It's due to land at 1:30 AM EST.
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MokaForTheWin wrote:

i heard that the humans that went there can't come back


Human beings cannot make the commute. The human body experience accelerated bone loss, after a 10 year trip the bones would be too brittle to survive a return trip. This is why cosmonauts and astronauts never spend more than 1 year in space, total time.
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The human body uses photosynthesis to turn the vitamin d in sunlight into calcium. Without a proper hourly dose of calcium, the bones decalcify.
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severancepay wrote:


MokaForTheWin wrote:

i heard that the humans that went there can't come back


Human beings cannot make the commute. The human body experience accelerated bone loss, after a 10 year trip the bones would be too brittle to survive a return trip. This is why cosmonauts and astronauts never spend more than 1 year in space, total time.


At our current ability it takes 8.5 months to reach Mars and approx. the same amount of time to get back. The return launch window happens every 500 days so the total time for a manned mission to Mars is a little over 2 years.

And there have been astronauts who have spent nearly as much time as that in space.
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