Sunday, August 5, 2012

Shatner Explains Mars Rover Mission

8 comments:

Race Bannon said...

And I was impressed with the car that parallel parks itself!

In the minds of many Americans, the space program is wasted money...as if we put a pile of cash in the ship, and sent it to mars. If we continue on our current path, we will need subtitles to understand videos like this, as they will be in Chinese.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Are the Russians helping us. You know DuhWon got mad at NASA for not singing the praises of Mooselimbs. Now we "Hitchhike" to "OUR" space station with the Russians.

LL said...

While the rover as an entire system is intensely interesting, the very coolest part is clearly the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS), designed by Ashima, a Pasadena based company which makes the very coolest things on Earth - and assembled by the Spanish Space Agency as their contribution to the program.

http://msl-scicorner.jpl.nasa.gov/Instruments/REMS/

(shameless plug)

Proof said...

Fascinating! The "seven minutes of terror" Bill describes sounds a lot like the time between when the polls close this November and the returns are announced.

The Watcher said...

Inevitable that somebody's going to say, 'And Mom and Dad told me playing video games 12 hours a day was no way to get a job.'

Amusing Bunni said...

I hope this goes well!
Proof, that's a great comment!

I hope your weekend was great, Opus.

Kid said...

I'm with Proof ! heh

Actually, these missions are dirt cheap in today's dollars. Whether it's worth it or not in this case.
I can't say I'm excited to see any more Martian rocks, though I do enjoy the pictures coming back from the Cassini mission to Saturn.

Opus, whats the fascination with finding 'life' on another planet? Do you think it's a religious based thing? Like the Atheists will say, well, there ya go, life on Mars, there can't be a God.

I'd bet money we find bacterial forms of life there, probably long dead but maybe not. We find small forms of life here in very inhospitable places.

Europa, the suspected water moon of Jupiter is probably the best bet for life still living.

LL said...

The Kid wrote: Europa, the suspected water moon of Jupiter is probably the best bet for life still living.

President Obama canceled the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer program that would have led to a landing on Europa.

And despite the doubters, our understanding of extraterrestrial weather systems (Ashima Research leading the pack in this endeavor) has lead to much better understanding of terrestrial weather and to much of the improved weather prediction that we all enjoy, allow farmers to protect crops from ice proactively and produce more food for Earthlings.