NASA's InSight Lander Has Just Touched Down On Mars ...

Submitted by: trimble 1 month ago in Science
... and phoned home.

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Female 6,818
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Male 2,468
melcervini no, you need to have somebody open the door at the back of the soundstage and stick his head through the greenscreen:)
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Male 9,626
No matter what NASA achieves there will be those who hate because it doesn't tell them what they want to hear.
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Male 46,097
LordJim  Techno deniers baffle me. Their logic proves air planes don't exist. 
You can't keep tons of metal up in the air.... {roll eyes} DUH
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Male 965
Gerry1of1 Actually you cant - they all come down :-)
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Male 2,345
7eggert "they all come down :-)"
You mean that they have - so far.
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Male 46,097
One of the Mars deniers asked me, smugly, what kind of an engine can go 
non-stop for the 7 months it takes to get there without needing refueling!  

Well how does one argue with that kind of logic. You don't because brick
walls don't listen.
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Male 4,559
Gerry1of1 Yeah, it's like solar power, nuclear power, and inertia don't exist.
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DuckBoy87   Nuclear power? Where? There are people who deny the atom bomb dropping. And deny the holocaust, moon landing, vaccines, evolution, global warming, ... no end to human stupidity
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Male 4,559
Gerry1of1 Well, you're comment made me question how they do get power. Some long distance probes use a golf ball sized nugget of radioactive material (plutonium) to fuel the probe when it gets out of direct use of solar power.
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Male 2,468
DuckBoy87 it doesn't need power for seven months or however long the trip is.  It only needs enough to achieve the required velocity.  There is no friction in space.  It's like a   hockey puck on ice.
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woodyville06 I was more talking about the deeeeeep space probes. i.e the Voyager crafts. Those crafts needed isolated boosts of power to change trajectory. But I am aware that inertia is enough to keep most crafts moving forward without too much interference from any resistance factors.
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DuckBoy87 trajectory change thrust is pretty insignificant compared to whats required for propulsion.  I would think solid fuel and oxidizer  on board.  As far as electric power i agree with you on solar and a possible mini nuke.      
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DuckBoy87   As the probes don't exist, and are just props in the Arizona desert NASA uses to lie to the public, they don't need power.  LOL   that's what deniers say. I laugh then I shake my head in disbelief at how much people can delude themselves.
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Male 4,559
Gerry1of1 I find the best way to deal with deniers is to ignore them and not give them a platform on which to stand.

You can't rationalize with the irrational.
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Male 176
How does this post have a -5 rating? Well, -4 since I had to log in to try to fix it. I think it's amazing and awesome that we can as a species land on other planets and increase our knowledge of it, how planets formed, and our overall place in the universe.

I suppose those conspiracy theorists who just can't believe how amazing and intelligent people can be and what we can truly do as a species are out in force today. 
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Male 4,559
PosisDas The votes on the post are a total of votes on the post itself, and all the comments. So if someone makes an asinine comment, like "It didn't happen", and everyone and their mother downvotes the comment, it's reflected in the total count.
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Male 2,468
DuckBoy87 interesting.  I didn't know it was a total.
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woodyville06 Yeah, test it out.
Go upvote a comment and take note of the before and after on the total count.
Make sure you refresh after upvoting.
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Now we'll be going to war with Mars.  trumps fault.
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Male 2,468
kelly_hanna no, we're  going  to impose tarrifs first (against what i don't know but we'll figure it out later).  And we're going to build a wall, in space, it'll be HUGE.
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woodyville06 The hard part will be getting the martians to pay for said wall
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kelly_hanna   I heard Mars is building a wall to keep us out
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Male 2,468
Gerry1of1 shit! You beat me to it.  
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Male 46,097
woodyville06 heh heh .... you said "beat me"   heh heh
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Male 2,468
Gerry1of1 be gentile:)

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Male 46,097
woodyville06   Can't help being gentile, born that way.
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Female 6,818
Gerry1of1 What's the difference between meat and fish?



If you beat your fish, it dies.
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Male 13,505
yeah, sure.

Lets see them land a man on the moon in modern times (assuming it can even be done and we can even get there).
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Male 7,520
monkwarrior What do you mean "yeah, sure"?  You do not think that we landed another robot on mars?
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Male 13,505
daegog Your 'authority' told you it happened, so i understand if you believe it.

In reality no one was there to witness it, and the said 'authority' has been found to release information that is not truthful, so you never know.

But i'm more interested in seeing humankind go to the moon where we can all see it and independent researchers can verify it (assuming we can get there at all).
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monkwarrior If the Russians didn't rat out on that moon landing, it was real. As long as Russia exists, that is …
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Male 2,468
7eggert I've never SEEN Russia so....
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Male 13,505
7eggert  Still, i'm more interested in seeing humankind go to the moon where we can all see it and independent researchers can verify it (assuming we can get there at all). 
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monkwarrior I think having lost the plans to the Saturn V may be mitigated by the Space-X BFR, but I guess listening to digital transmissions will be less possible.

https://www.arrl.org/eavesdropping-on-apollo-11
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7eggert I've heard the apologetic stories.
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Male 46,097
         Mars is ready for us

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Male 10,232
Gerry1of1 Ah yes...the dreaded Illudium Pew-36 Explosive Space Modulator. 
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megrendel (which is not the gun in the picture above)
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Male 10,232
7eggert Ah, a man of knowledge.  You are correct.
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megrendel I had to research (so I could get the specs of that (not-a-)gun).
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Male 46,097
I've just been laughing at all the "FAKE news" comments online.
So many people really believe the entire space program is just faked.
That it's a roomba somewhere in the Nevada desert, not on mars.
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Male 6,337
Gerry1of1 i'm sure when you have tea with monkwarrior he will explain the stupid to you
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Gerry1of1 well ya this is what mars really looks like. 

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Male 46,097
dm2754 Barsoom stories! I read the Edgar R Burroughs books as a kid.
Shame the movie didn't do well, it was a tad bit looooong.
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Gerry1of1 yes the movie wasn't great but most movies aren't. The biggest problem is no one went to go see if it was any good or not. So unfortunately there won't be any more made
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Male 10,075
dm2754 Hi, DM. Please see my comment addressed to you at the top of the "Lion King" board. Thanks.
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Male 46,097
dm2754  Some editing to make it faster paced...especially in the beginning, and it could be a good movie.  But  perhaps someone will try again in a decade or two.  OF course, Princess Thuvia didn't wear any clothes and maybe by then they'll make the movie accurately.
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Male 2,265
Gerry1of1 Ooo! Beat me to it! Barsoom I mean :D 
Yeah the film... lacked. It was good but far from great eh?
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