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NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars

 

(CNN) -- NASA's $2.6 billion rover, Curiosity, carried out a challenging landing on Mars early Monday after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space in order to explore the Red Planet.

 

The SUV-sized Curiosity made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the "seven minutes of terror."

 

This jaw-dropping landing process, involving a sky crane and the world's largest supersonic parachute, allowed the spacecraft carrying Curiosity to target the landing area that scientists had meticulously chosen.

 

The spacecraft had been traveling away from Earth since November 26 on a journey of approximately 352 million miles (567 million kilometers), according to NASA.

 

The vehicle, which will be controlled from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, has a full suite of sophisticated tools for exploring Mars. They include 17 cameras, a laser that can survey the composition of rocks from a distance and instruments that can analyze samples from soil or rocks.

 

The aim of its work is "to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms," NASA says.

 

Source:cnn.com

 

Touchdown baby!

 

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$2.6 billion....people sure do like to waste alot of money on crap.

 

Crap!? Come on man! We're exploring space! It's exciting! How are we ever gonna colonise other planets if we don't spend money on space robots!

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Exciting times - however I echo Beltmeister insomuch that when there's a global recession I don't know what the better result would be: finding evidence of life or finding no evidence of life.

 

If they find evidence then they'll send something else up there, if they don't, then they'll send another one to land somewhere else.

 

Cheers!

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The money spent on this is simply shifted from now cancelled Moon expeditions and Shuttle missions that have been cancelled. We've got so far to go in Space Exploration, I mean theres 250 million solar systems in our galaxy alone, and we've not even got halfway out of our own yet.

 

Of course, the skeptics always see 'life on other planets' as aliens or humanoid forms or animals etc, but life could be microscopic organisms. Given that on our own planet we have micro-organisms that survive in extreme conditions, I think there's a bloody good chance that there can be similar on nearby planets.

That said, I'm 100% certain theres different forms of life across the galaxy and universe. There are literally trillions of planets in the Universe to say ours is the only one with any significant for of life is short-sighted and inane.

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Yes, because expanding the bounds of human knowledge is always a pointless exercise which we should never fund in any way shape or form.
Do me a favour, drop your attitude. It's my opinion and it wasnt directed towards you specifically and it certainly wasnt said to bait you, unlike your stupid comment.

 

I'm currently watching my uncle slowly die in agony due to cancer which is eating him from the inside out. I know its easy for people not to even think about it when its not right in front of them and thats fine, but I'm speaking from MY perspective. Maybe if one of your close relatives gets ill and you have to watch them die and throughout that slow, painful process there arent enough funds to even give them proper care, your opinion will change. Its pointless when you could spend that money on continuing to search for cures to cancer and so on. Who cares if there was small life on Mars however long ago when it comes to attempting to cure diseases on this planet? So yes, its pointless and this has NOTHING to do with not wanting to expand the boundaries of human knowledge, but it would be nice if they started expanding that knowledge a little closer to home and used it to help people who actually do exist and are on this planet, not some as-of-now imaginary little green men billions of f*cking miles away! Agree or disagree, fine, but lose your arrogance when nobody is taking an attitude with you.

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There's no real point in taking that as a serious post for so many reasons but, lets just say for the sake of argument that the probe does find some sort of sign of life and it is analysed and synthesised and tested and proves to be a cure for cancer? What if in exploring Mars NASA develop a type of technology that leads to the cure for cancer?

 

Also, you should take yourself less seriously if a tiny bit of sarcasm is going to cause you to blow up quite so spectacularly.

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There's no real point in taking that as a serious post for so many reasons
Why is there no point in taking my post seriously? Explain that to me, are terminal diseases funny and not to be taken seriously by you?

 

lets just say for the sake of argument that the probe does find some sort of sign of life and it is analysed and synthesised and tested and proves to be a cure for cancer? What if in exploring Mars NASA develop a type of technology that leads to the cure for cancer?
You say my post cant be taken seriously and then you post some ridiculous, far fetched bullshit like that? Give me a f*cking break!

 

Also, you should take yourself less seriously if a tiny bit of sarcasm is going to cause you to blow up quite so spectacularly.
Its not a case of taking myself seriously, its a case of continually having to deal with you being a dick. Its funny, you mention me blowing up but in the few cases where I've disagreed with you, you've almost lost your mind, getting all worked up. Yet you being a sarcastic little asshole is alright, right? F*ck off.
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Why is there no point in taking my post seriously? Explain that to me, are terminal diseases funny and not to be taken seriously by you?

 

Yes, I certainly said that cancer was hilarious didn't I. Get a grip.

 

You say my post cant be taken seriously and then you post some ridiculous, far fetched bullshit like that? Give me a f*cking break!

 

Plenty of scientific discoveries don't come from direct research into the issue. Penicillin, Xrays, Viagra, Teflon, Velcro... So yeah, it's not "ridiculous" at all but if you don't want to believe that no problem.

 

Its not a case of taking myself seriously, its a case of continually having to deal with you being a dick. Its funny, you mention me blowing up but in the few cases where I've disagreed with you, you've almost lost your mind, getting all worked up. Yet you being a sarcastic little asshole is alright, right? F*ck off.

 

And you being an aggressive bell end is all good then? Why do you go threaten to beat someone else up?

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MOTHERF*CKERS LANDED ROBOTS ON MARS AND PEOPLE ARE ARGUING ABOUT IT! I hate the internet.
You're on a website where people argue about a 'sport' where people pretend to fight. Nothing is as stupid as that.
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Yes, I certainly said that cancer was hilarious didn't I. Get a grip.
And I said in my original post that expanding the bounds of human knowledge is always a pointless exercise which we should never fund in any way shape or form, right? Well? I mean, thats what started this whole thing, so is that what I said, or were you just being a pr*ck? Answer the question...

 

Plenty of scientific discoveries don't come from direct research into the issue. Penicillin, Xrays, Viagra, Teflon, Velcro... So yeah, it's not "ridiculous" at all but if you don't want to believe that no problem.
I'd say finding a cure for cancer from moon rocks is quite far fetched. I'll admit I'm wrong once they do it, deal?

 

And you being an aggressive bell end is all good then? Why do you go threaten to beat someone else up?
This is what happens when you bait somebody who isnt willing to take your shit mate. As I mentioned though, like most you more than willing to talk shit online. Shame about the actual person hiding behind the keyboard. Do me a favour in future and keep your cocky attitude to yourself when it comes to me, and if not, dont cry when I tell you to f*ck off. Now quickly go and report my posts to a mod so I can get a good telling off and my toys taken away from me.

 

Tw*t.

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And I said in my original post that expanding the bounds of human knowledge is always a pointless exercise which we should never fund in any way shape or form, right? Well? I mean, thats what started this whole thing, so is that what I said, or were you just being a pr*ck? Answer the question...

 

Really, that was a question? You really just asked me if I think cancer is hilarious or are you being sarcastic because your post seems to say that you are being sarcastic but then you want me to answer the question.

 

I'd say finding a cure for cancer from moon rocks is quite far fetched. I'll admit I'm wrong once they do it, deal?

 

Well that's not really the point. If you cut the funding for this and put it for cancer research then this trip wouldn't happen and we'd have zero chance of discovering anything. that was your point, that we could be saving peoples lives INSTEAD of doing this? it's one or the other and medical research is more important and so should get all available funding? I'm simply pointing out that just relying on laboratories to find the cure for cancer instead of funding all aspects of science which could then lead to the cure for cancer even being possible to find is incredibly narrow minded.

 

This is what happens when you bait somebody who isnt willing to take your shit mate. As I mentioned though, like most you more than willing to talk shit online. Shame about the actual person hiding behind the keyboard. Do me a favour in future and keep your cocky attitude to yourself when it comes to me, and if not, dont cry when I tell you to f*ck off. Now quickly go and report my posts to a mod so I can get a good telling off and my toys taken away from me.

 

Tw*t.

 

What do you want? Some respect for saying you'd beat me up if I said anything to you again?

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Christ, its like dealing with a child who has lost all sense of balance in their argument and is back peddling and flailing around trying to sound clever.

 

Lets get to the main point: You took what I said and turned it into something I didnt say, and then you smothered it in sarcasm and baited me, right? Right. So then I took your bait and told you to go f*ck yourself, right? Right. Then you got all pissy because you must have expected me to ignore your sarcasm and let you talk to me like a bitch without replying.

 

I'm not going to argue with somebody who cant keep their 'point' straight, I'll just tell you here in public what I told you in private. You leave me out of your sarcastic shit and I'll leave you alone entirely. Win - win for us both.

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Can i just remind you both that you're grown adults? Handbags at dawn on the internet just makes you look silly.

 

Anyway to the point, i find it quite amazing that it takes so long to get from Earth to Mars, just makes you realise just how bloody far away it is from us. I've never been one to have conversations about whether life exists anywhere other than earth because its never really been of interest to me, but thinking about it, there HAS to be something out there, even if its a teeny TINY bit of bacteria.

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