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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachean View Post
    And if they found life on Mars with this rover? Would that discovery be unnecessary?
    Largely, yes.

    We already know that life can develop on a planet, given favorable conditions.

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Wow. I naively thought this thread would be filled with people saying, "That's AWESOME". Because it really is.

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    It's incredible that that Rube Goldberg landing sequence they came up with actually worked. Chalk one up for computer simulations, or whatever.

    I'm glad I didn't put down any money on my estimation of their chances of a good landing. Seriously, I was expecting another sad story about a probe that stopped transmitting suddenly, and about $2.5 billion that went *poof*.

    Kudos to the JPL people.

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by the_recruit View Post
    and what positive externalities will I enjoy from this mission, pray tell?
    More should be learned from this venture than the past 40 years about Mars. NASA has shown it can be effective. My generation can now look forward to other quests into space instead of the bleek future NASA had not long ago. Curiosity will collect Martian samples including water, minerals, organics, and other rocks. It answers the age old question(s) of whether Mars has, can, or could maintain any life.
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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by zgoldsmith23 View Post
    More should be learned from this venture than the past 40 years about Mars. NASA has shown it can be effective. My generation can now look forward to other quests into space instead of the bleek future NASA had not long ago. Curiosity will collect Martian samples including water, minerals, organics, and other rocks. It answers the age old question(s) of whether Mars has, can, or could maintain any life.
    That's true, and probably of more significance -- the landing system they worked out will likely form the basis for future manned missions to Mars and elsewhere. You probably wouldn't get too many volunteers using the old system of sticking the payload inside a giant beachball and punting it down to the surface.
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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    I think it's cool. Many many modern conveniences and inventions came from our space program. We posted on that topic several months ago, as I recall. It's will worth the cost.
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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie1 View Post
    I think it's cool. Many many modern conveniences and inventions came from our space program. We posted on that topic several months ago, as I recall. It's will worth the cost.
    Its worth the cost, simply because we, as a race, need to aspire to something beyond our politics.

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Wow. I naively thought this thread would be filled with people saying, "That's AWESOME". Because it really is.
    Does the term, "been there done that" ring a bell?

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Does the term, "been there done that" ring a bell?
    It doesn't strike you as amazing that in the [20,000 years modern Humans (agricultural capabilities)] or [50,000 years modern Humans (tools were first constructed)] or [200,000 years modern Humans (first Homo)] we have explored other planets? In 50 years we've gone from the moon to Mars. That doesn't appeal to you? Doesn't excite you?
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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    I don't think we need a 'humanity-wide' push before we can get into space exploration... the US spends more on military air conditioning than it does on NASA, and doubling its budget would take... what? 5% reduction in agricultural subsidies?

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