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Curiosity Has Landed on Mars 6:37AM GMT

Another triumph of American ingenuity.

Beats all the glam and pomp of London Olympics! Barnone

http://www.ustream.tv/NASAJPL

Update - MARS website (reporting heavy viewing so good luck):

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/mars/curiosity_news3.html

I stayed up for this all night.

Funny thing you could see from the upstream was that
the Obama appointed Head of NASA [who had said something of the sort
that NASA should be working to reach out to muslims|...dont know how that relates to space exploration] came in and sat at the back while all the work was going on.

But when the rover landed..the whole crowd broke into celebration, tears, hooting and viral hugs all around...you could see none gave a hoot about the political czar and some how disappeared during the hysteria.

That was telling...and sweet.

From the looks of it, NASA invented the hug-propulsion today, and the czar didnt build that!




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Probably fake, just like the

Probably fake, just like the International Space Station Billion dollar scam, using Zero-G airplanes and green screens:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5Gir_qMIL8

Mars

God of war?

Perhaps some unknown element or compound will be found there.

What is the the core of that bloody planet composed of?

The commercial value of the place has to be assessed.

IE I bet there is oil there. ;)

donvino

If they find organic material there

the chances are good that there is oil. Core is same as Earth (nickel, iron).

We should also be able to extract oxygen from the bedrock there. Carbon dioxide is abundant, and there are limited sources of water. The main thing they don't know they can find there is hydrogen, so for the moment, to do any kind of long-term work, the policy would be to BYOH. Finding organics would solve the hydrogen problem. If we have hydrogen there, we can make methane.

I posted this as triumph of engineering and science. Not as an

criticism about the merits of funding or life on Mars.

Its a great story of triumph of engineering and rocket science I wanted to share with the DP family.
After all I know we are not all living in our parents basements but a diverse group of thinkers and tinkers; who are self motivated and forge their own paths independent of their surrounding.

Personally, I think the whole search for life on Mars pivoting on the possibility of finding the remnants of water is moot!
because...
Comets are composed of ice, dust and rock particles, what is the big deal. This search for life is more on going expedition that provides a story to challenge the christian beliefs - that puts a grain of doubt in peoples minds.

You guys are so far behind, wake up already!

They are lying about everything, don't you know that yet?

Want to see trees, water, civilization and cities on mars then go here.

The planet is populated. Space is crawling with life!

Here are some real Links not the dull bs above!
Take a look at some of what they are hiding.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DoZHWi1_oA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDilRLCp2Pk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE5mfb6c1aY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl0dncfxUzQ&feature=related

I'll give you an upvote

Aliens building colonies on Mars is more realistic than the stupid MK Ultra conspiracy theories about brainwashing with ancient psychotropics I read all week.

I can't believe there are

I can't believe there are people stupid enough to believe in a theory based on pixel degradation, and call that evidence. I fear that bullshit like coming all the time will eventualy put the whole Ron Paul movement to rest. The attitude in the DP certainly has changed. We need to focus our effort once again.

"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." Ben Franklin

You are giving the goverment WAY too much credit

The logistics of getting enough material to build 8000+ km2 cities to the red plant would be insane.

and the moon is not an artificial satellite... it is a 1/4 of the size of earth and pulls on our planet enough force to move move trillions of tons of water(aka whole oceans)

Anyone with a spectrograph can debunk that stuff in 5 min.

Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.

how dumb

it is not the government it is aliens!

I stayed up and watched, too

It was really exciting!

Wow

Some of you guys are sourballs. I think we can disagree on the funding of this and still think landers on Mars and elsewhere is awesome. Sheesh.

Why not land in Cydonia and see if

those are really pyramids and what that "face" structure is? I don't understand how NASA has zero "Curiosity" about exploring Cydonia.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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they did already:

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/as...
faces also found: a smiley, Ted Kennedy, a panda, and Kermit the Frog. But these don't attract as much attention for some reason.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Just the "face"?

What about the "pyramids"?

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Seen top views before.

Was a rover ever sent there?

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Whitey on the Moon - Gil Scot-Heron

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtBy_ppG4hY

I can't pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey's on the moon)
Ten years from now I'll be payin' still.
(while Whitey's on the moon)
The man jus' upped my rent las' night.
('cause Whitey's on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but Whitey's on the moon)

Lots can be done spending borrowed money.

How many billions have we borrowed to satisfy our curiosity?

Our grandkids will be paying until their kids start paying and so on.

Free includes debt-free!

People, come on, this is a huge day for humanity

The 2.5 billion dollar price tag was split up over 7 different countries. That is some awesome collaboration to further our knowledge of the universe.

Some things cant really be done with the free market and this is just one of a very small handful that wouldn't be feasible without government help. No sane person would fund something like this without some kind of monetary compensation, not yet at least.

Soon enough we will have spaceX to help get us to mars and commercially mine asteroids. A manned lunar and mars colony would help lessen the cost of getting to the asteroids and also would provide the fuel via water. Until the early ground work is done, interplanetary space flight is something more suited to an international collaboration. Curiosity is the early ground work.

Anyways, if the government is going to blow money like it is going out of style, I would rather they spend it on science then wars and the police state.

Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.

How Is This A Huge Day For Humanity?

The Russians landed the first probe on mars 41 years ago?

How can you say the free

How can you say the free market couldn't achieve the same? The free market would have explored space decades ago if it wasn't for the monopoly of space travel.

I'm not saying free market wouldn't do better.

The free market could do it better... SpaceX is proof enough of that and proof that the monopoly is basically over.

It's just that currently there is no incentive to fund an expedition to mars for commercial profit. Until we have the incentive (ie. mining asteroids or h3 moon dust) space exploration will be a public works project.

The day is fast approaching that the commercial industry will take over, and in a big way, the interplanetary mining operations. Plus it's only been about 50 years since the first man in space. I think we have made tremendous strides.

And by fast I mean like 2020 or sooner for a person on the moon and not long after first person on an asteroid if SpaceX keeps at it.

Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.

Boys playing with their toys at your expense.

It was not government that managed the first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, it was the Wright Brothers. How is it that they think they should fund space exploration now instead of leaving it to freedom?

I cannot use force against someone else except in self defense, and I cannot authorize government to act on my behalf to do something I do not have a right to do. I can't force my neighbor to contribute to charities or to projects I might like, such as space exploration and government acting on my behalf can't legitimately do it either.

Of course there is no stopping government taking our wealth to spend as they determine no matter what the consequence. Those in power have become our masters, not our leaders.

But do not fear. The federal government has pushed its own self destruct button, and it is unlikely they will survive the next two decades.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

Proof Of Intelligent Life On Mars!!

Beyond all expectation it seems "Curiosity" has found Intelligent life on Mars.

Link to photo here - www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=184655175001112&set=a.176232325843397.40230.175926105874019&type=1&theater - (not linking automatically - probably have to cut and paste)

Shame the same can't be said of GOP/Team Romney.

Hey Chris

Why don't you make a seperate post with this?
I think it would be good for everyone to see!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Love it!

Even the Martians know who is a real man and a real statesman!
Go Martians!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

Awesome

He's popular across the globe and throughout the solar system.

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

Neato

How much did this useless bit of future space junk cost?

$7 per citizen.

Just curious, do you consider any piece of equipment sent to space useless? Hubble telescope useless as well?

I want my $7 back!

No if's and's or butt's about it!
I could purchase 2 Ron Paul bumper stickers with that!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~