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The Perpetual MEGA Space Thread

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
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NASA will send helicopter to Mars to test otherworldly flight
Standing by for noise complaints......

"The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet [12,000 meters]," MiMi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL, said in the statement. "The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it's already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet [30,000 m] up.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44090509
https://www.space.com/40570-nasa-sending-helicopter-to-mars.html

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Judge Q

Judging You
"The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it's already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet [30,000 m] up.
The Internet comments about this on every news site I've seen haven't disappointed:

"How can they fly a helycopter on Mars if there's no air???????"

"Give NASA 50 Million a day and they can show us cows on Mars."

And so on.


Really cool story though.
 

Jim123

DD-214 in hand and I'm gonna party like it's 1998
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The Internet comments about this on every news site I've seen haven't disappointed:
Just think, there are people even stupider than that who are too busy watching the Kardashians to click on the boring science story.

Mars has a lot less gravity too. The little drone will be able to make a short hop to go check stuff out that the rover can't get to, it will sit for a long time to recharge, and repeat as many times as they can get away with.

(Speaking of science and the masses, the planet after Mars rhymes with stupider.)
 

Swanee

Self aware since 2014
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Wow, a UAV being called nothing more than a helicopter or airplane in the news media. That's almost as big of a deal as the fact that we're going to fly and land multiple times off the surface of another planet! Sweet!
 

Beans

*1. Loins... GIRD
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Just think, there are people even stupider than that who are too busy watching the Kardashians to click on the boring science story.

Mars has a lot less gravity too. The little drone will be able to make a short hop to go check stuff out that the rover can't get to, it will sit for a long time to recharge, and repeat as many times as they can get away with.

(Speaking of science and the masses, the planet after Mars rhymes with stupider.)
Ceres?
 

Gatordev

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Vincent Schiavelli (or as I like to call him, "Reverend Gorky"), "John Bigboote," and of course "Dick Solomon." Three weirdos that make everything right.
 

Jim123

DD-214 in hand and I'm gonna party like it's 1998
pilot
Vincent Schiavelli (or as I like to call him, "Reverend Gorky"), "John Bigboote," and of course "Dick Solomon." Three weirdos that make everything right.
Bigboo-TAY! TAY! TAY!


(The millennials reading this are like, WTF?!?)
 

GroundPounder

Well-Known Member
33 years ago today, the Challenger exploded a few minutes after liftoff. For those of us around them, it was one of those moments you remember where you were when you heard the news.



https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/challenger-disaster-how-sub-freezing-temperatures-played-a-role-in-the-ill-fated-launch-in-1986/70007264
I was a freshman at KU. I was able to go through 4 hours of class without knowing what happened. I walked back to the dorm to see hundreds of people around a TV in the rec hall. I walked in thinking maybe Danny Manning ( KU basketball star ) had gotten hurt. As I was walking up to the TV, I see the launch and eventual explosion. Only after the fact do I realize that there are literally hundreds of people in a room watching a TV in absolute silence. I don't think anyone could go 4 minutes without knowing now.

I will go back to being an old man.....
 

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
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Super Moderator
NASA will send helicopter to Mars to test otherworldly flight
Standing by for noise complaints......

"The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet [12,000 meters]," MiMi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL, said in the statement. "The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it's already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet [30,000 m] up.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44090509
https://www.space.com/40570-nasa-sending-helicopter-to-mars.html

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The NASA Mars helicopter seems to be progressing well.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/6/18655500/nasas-mars-helicopter-2020-launch-rover-test-martian-atmosphere

 

OscarMyers

oh its gonna fit...
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Looks like the Boeing Starliner had a good launch, but an on-board elapsed mission timing error made it miss its orbit insertion maneuver, making it unable to dock with ISS. Still a move in the right direction for getting us back into the manned spaceflight business!
 
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