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Old July 3 2014, 12:47 PM   #151
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Hmmm, it looks like I missed an important anniversary.

Last week Curiosity celebrated its one YEAR anniversary.

http://us.cnn.com/2014/06/24/tech/ma...rticle_sidebar

Yes, on June 24th it had been 687 days since the Curiosity landed on Mars.

Gawd, on Mars I'd half as old as I am!

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/

In Feb of this year, the rover watched the odometer flip the 5 kilometer mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSf1HenQhWs
Hurray!

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Old July 3 2014, 01:59 PM   #152
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

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Gawd, on Mars I'd half as old as I am!
And the US saves fuel by sticking with Imperial measurements because it takes fewer units to get wherever you're going! Meanwhile, Daylight Savings Time increases Global Warming because it adds more hours of daylight to the day!
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Old July 3 2014, 03:52 PM   #153
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Gawd, on Mars I'd half as old as I am!
And the US saves fuel by sticking with Imperial measurements because it takes fewer units to get wherever you're going! Meanwhile, Daylight Savings Time increases Global Warming because it adds more hours of daylight to the day!
Humor, it is a difficult concept.
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Old July 3 2014, 04:50 PM   #154
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And the US saves fuel by sticking with Imperial measurements because it takes fewer units to get wherever you're going! Meanwhile, Daylight Savings Time increases Global Warming because it adds more hours of daylight to the day!
Wait, what, DST doesn't contribute to global warming? You're joking, right? Next you'd be telling me being at sea doesn't increase your chances of getting struck by meteorite. Come on, I should know these things, I've gone to school on Mercury.
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Old July 3 2014, 06:46 PM   #155
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Come on, I should know these things, I've gone to school on Mercury.
Or maybe played with too much mercury while at school?
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Old July 5 2014, 08:20 AM   #156
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Gawd, on Mars I'd half as old as I am!
And the US saves fuel by sticking with Imperial measurements because it takes fewer units to get wherever you're going! Meanwhile, Daylight Savings Time increases Global Warming because it adds more hours of daylight to the day!
Humor, it is a difficult concept.
Hmmm.

I know I was making a joke about the arbitrary concept of time measurements.

Are you suggesting Metriq isn't making a joke about the arbitrary concepts of miles per gallon and kilometers per liter?

Getting back to Curiosity... here's another news tidbit from the "1st anniversary".

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-205

Makes me think of an old interview where a male political leader challenged Barbara Walters to dispute his contention that there were any female scientists of note.

Of course, from my seat in the peanut gallery, I was yelling at her to bring up the only person (at the time, and maybe still?) who won the Nobel Prize twice in two different scientific disciplines, physics & chemistry. (The Peace prize didn't count).

If you actually need a hint, I'll simply say that the person was Polish.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_priz...curie-bio.html
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I know I was making a joke about the arbitrary concept of time measurements.

Are you suggesting Metriq isn't making a joke about the arbitrary concepts of miles per gallon and kilometers per liter?
Actually, I was making an even more obtuse joke. The same distance in miles (say, 40) is a smaller number than in kilometers (64). Therefore, Imperial units are more efficient! That's why I also threw in the bit about DST. There are people who seriously believe that this readjustment of clocks adds another hour of daylight to the day.
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Old July 5 2014, 01:50 PM   #158
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

That's actually true. Casual use of imperial units gives you faster reentry velocity than you could have ever anticipated.
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Old July 9 2014, 01:16 PM   #159
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And didn't we lose one Mars mission because the designers used 2 different forms of measurements (feet & meters) a few years back?

Found it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv...iter100199.htm

I didn't realize it didn't crash, it just went spinning off into space.
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Old July 9 2014, 09:51 PM   #160
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Yeah, that's what I was referring to. It's a messed up fate, you try to reenter too fast, and instead of crashing and dying quickly and painlessly, you fly away and get stuck in a prolonged dead in the vacuum of space. And you typically wouldn't have enough propellent to return from whatever trajectory you got sent on. For now we can be glad there aren't people on these things.

"Houston, I think we're back into space..."

"Roger, Olympus. We think we mixed meters with feet down here. Stand by."

"Say again please?"

(For some reason I always mixed up the climate orbiter with Beagle 2. Once I came to wondering why would NASA name a probe after a British ship, and I realised they never did. Either way, poor dog.)
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