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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:10 am

The next Mars mission is set to land soon:

InSight: Nasa's Mars mission on target for landing

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InSight aims to be the first mission to take a detailed look inside the Red Planet. It will use British and French seismometers to listen for earthquakes, or rather "Marsquakes".

These vibrations will help trace the interior rock layers - from the crust to the core.

"An earthquake is almost like a little flashbulb," explains InSight chief scientist Bruce Banerdt. "It illuminates the inside of the planet with seismic waves, and the seismometer is like a camera that picks up those waves and helps put together a picture. Pixel by pixel we get to put together a 3D picture of the inside of a planet."
We have earthquakes on the Earth because it's geologically active. Techtonic plates moving over a hot liquid Mantle. Is that true for Mars too? I mean, clearly there is a volcano on Mars, but I wonder when was the last time it was active.
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by sparks » Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:33 am

All good reasons to do this.

Listy would not approve.



On the other hand, fuck Listy with ed's dick. :)
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:23 am

Listy certainly approves! Why wouldn't I?

I am a bit curious how they're going to burrow that heat probe 16 feet.

Not that I'm 100% opposed to the other hand.

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by sparks » Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:45 pm

Oh shit! I thought you were opposed to all the jazz we've been sending to Mars as a waste of money. Apologies, I must be confusing you with someone else.
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by shemp » Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:57 pm

I think the money would be better spent on a project to blow up Mars! It would send a message to any possible space invaders that we are both powerful and crazy, and that they'd best leave us alone!
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:29 pm

sparks wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:45 pm
Oh shit! I thought you were opposed to all the jazz we've been sending to Mars as a waste of money. Apologies, I must be confusing you with someone else.
Yea, you must be. I'm against sending meatbags.

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Witness » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:44 am

Remember Rama: we should be ready for the next two ones. :mrgreen:

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by sparks » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:53 am

Witness wrote:
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Remember Rama: we should be ready for the next two ones. :mrgreen:
Yep. Two observation ships, then the battle cruiser!
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:34 pm



The dramatic music they added is a little cheesy but the video itself is quite good. Watching in full screen recommended.
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:17 am

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Witness » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:14 am

NASA's Mars Landing Sites, including InSight

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Insight's first image:
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:39 am

https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/07/liste ... ht-lander/

Sound of Martian wind. First recording of sound from Mars.

Also a selfie:

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Witness » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:41 am

Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal

This may be a precursor for a space race back to the Moon.

Late last week, China launched an ambitious mission that will send a lander and rover to the far side of the Moon. This Chang'e-4 spacecraft represents a significant achievement for China, as no other nation has ever softly landed a rover on the side of the Moon facing away from Earth.

If successful, this mission will carry out several lines of important scientific research on the still somewhat unknown far side of the Moon. However, the launch and landing of Chang'e-4 also helps to reveal the full scope of China's spaceflight ambitions and how the space program furthers the country's ambitious geopolitical goals. In this post, we try to unpack some of the implications.

What happened?

On Saturday morning (local time in China) a Long March 3B rocket sent a 4-ton lander and a 140kg rover into space, and then this Chang'e-4 spacecraft performed a trans-lunar injection to send it flying toward the Moon. The spacecraft should reach lunar orbit on Wednesday.

China has not said when it will attempt to land on the far side of the Moon, but observers speculate the attempt will likely occur the first three days of January. Before this landing takes place, Chang'e-4 will have to link up with the Queqiao relay spacecraft, which will have line-of-sight communications with both the lander, which is expected to set down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin, as well as Earth.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/12 ... important/

No Moon pictures yet.

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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by sparks » Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:14 am

Wonder what they expect to find/are looking for/hoping to find that would be worth this kind of economic expenditure. Hell, the only good reason to aim for the far side is Gary Larson comics and a great view of the Cosmos without all the bullshit EM pollution coming from the Earth.
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Re: Cool astronomy photos

Post by Witness » Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:19 am

  • The Chinese are getting into the Murican spirit: because we can (and fuck you)
  • The far side is practically unknown, and very different from the near one: scientific thingies to explore
  • That's where the UFOs, the lizard people, the Nazis and Elvis Presley hide
  • It's the ideal spot for misanthropists
  • Confucius said: when the sage points at the moon, the fool tries to see what's behind it
Not enough reasons for you, sparks? :x