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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:43 PM
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NASA orbiter set for risky Mars maneuver
PASADENA, Calif. - After a seven-month journey, a NASA spacecraft closed in on Mars Friday on a mission to examine the Red Planet in unprecedented detail from low orbit.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, loaded with the most sophisticated science instruments ever flown to another planet, has traveled 310 million miles (500 million kilometers) for this rendezvous. The spacecraft was set to fire its engines Friday afternoon, abruptly slowing down so it can be captured into the planets orbit.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11761917/
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:44 PM
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1. watching nasa tv - they are about to pressurize the fuel tanks
go MRO!!
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:46 PM
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2. It's exciting!
I hope nothing goes wrong like so many others.
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:53 PM
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looks like pressurization went smoothly!
Next they will switch to the low gain antenna in a few minutes
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:00 PM
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4. Cool! eom
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:53 PM
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3. Here's the JPL page with links to video.
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oscar111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:02 PM
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5. more money wastd as nine million starve to death on earth
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 03:06 PM by oscar111
all so mr. Lockheed can profit off making the launcher


The pluto shot was the worst waste in this category. Who really needed that?

the one space project i would be for right now is the "orbiting sunshade".. and few are alert to the idea.
google that term for CBS news page on Lawrence Livermore lab research to end global roasting.

some few other shots might be worth it.. but most, no.
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stevekatz Donating Member (139 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:12 PM
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6. blah
Thats such crap
The exploration of space, and especially Mars is the single greatest investment the human race can make
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megatherium Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:31 PM
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8. scientific research and exploration has paid off tremendously
for human kind. But I would agree that the manned space program has been a big boondoggle.
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FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:27 PM
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17. Only someone
who does not understand what science has done for humanity would say that.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:40 PM
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21. E-Yup!
:thumbsup:
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:36 PM
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20. It's not either/or; don't buy into that line. We can afford both.
The problem is that this misadministration doesn't WANT to help the poor and hungry, it wants to help its fatcat cronies. Cutting NASA's budget wouldn't help the poor, it would help the fatcats -- and NASA is having its budget cut repeatedly. See recent posts in Science and Environment/Energy.
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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-20-06 07:37 PM
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22. Less than 1/1000's of the cost of the Iraq war
720million vs 1 trillion
or
0.72 billion vs 1000 billion


There are people who could privately finance several Mars missions.

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megatherium Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:29 PM
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7. "doppler confirms main burn has successfully begun."
or something like that: I gather it's supposed to last 27 minutes, but then there will be an hour before they're able to regain communication with the craft. Coverage through 6 pm EST; post arrival briefing 7:30 EST.
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:32 PM
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9. looking good!
:)
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:47 PM
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10. From a few weeks back - Mars Gets Broadband Connection
Mars Gets Broadband Connection

New orbiter will provide future missions with high data rates

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:16 PM
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11. !!!!YES!!!!!!!

They did it!

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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:19 PM
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12. "Right on the money" n/t
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:24 PM
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14. Came out from behind with 109% power level, too. n/t
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:21 PM
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13. Right where they need to be
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 04:22 PM by dave29
boy those guys and gals are good.!!!
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:26 PM
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15. "MRO is in orbit around planet Mars"
wahoo!
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:26 PM
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16. Two-way Doppler confirms: Captured into Mars orbit n/t
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:29 PM
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18. .


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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:31 PM
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19. Woohoo!
This is one of the riskier orbit captures I've ever seen. I'm glad the first step is a success.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-20-06 09:38 PM
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23. Risky maneuver, huh? is that the full layout with the double twist? n/t
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-20-06 09:38 PM
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24. self delete, dup
Edited on Mon Mar-20-06 09:38 PM by Javaman
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