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FAX
05-24-2008, 09:31 PM
I was waiting for Mr. Donger to post this, but I guess he's too busy spying on his neighbors. Anyhow, this is a pretty big deal - spacewise. With any luck, we'll finally learn whether or not the Face is attached to a buried Body and what the strange glass tubes are. At the very least, we should find out if there's enough ice on Mars to start the reactor and make air. I only hope NASA doesn't blow another 400 million all to heck and gone.

Phoenix spacecraft to land, or crash, on Mars

And now it's crunch time for Phoenix as the Mars-bound spacecraft flies straight and true toward its target on the Red Planet's icy northern plains after a spectacular voyage of 421 million miles from Earth.

By Sunday evening, a few seconds after 4:53 p.m. PDT, scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will know from a single radio signal from one of three orbiting spacecraft high above the planet whether Phoenix has landed precisely on its target site after enduring seven minutes of split-second descent events.

The spacecraft's heat shield, flaring at 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit as it hits the planet's atmosphere at 12,600 mph, must jettison; the descent parachute must deploy safely just 217 seconds before landing to slow the craft from 1,100 mph to a safe 120 mph, and its 12 retro-rockets must then fire successfully to steer the craft's final pitch, yaw and roll for 18 seconds as the ship settles slowly to the surface at barely more than 5 mph.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/24/MNC210TBV8.DTL

EDIT: Just another reason to keep the champagne corked for a while longer: "NASA has not had a successful powered landing in more than 30 years since the twin Viking landers in 1976. The last time NASA tried was in 1999 when the Mars Polar Lander prematurely cut off its engines and crashed into the south pole. The Polar Lander loss came during a communications blackout. Source: The Associated Press"

FAX

Disclaimers: Sorry if re-post.

Gonzo
05-24-2008, 09:44 PM
Get your ass to Mars!!!

(NSFW)

http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/4999/totalrecallox0.jpg

Extra Point
05-24-2008, 09:46 PM
Yeah, for some fourplay!

Skip Towne
05-24-2008, 09:48 PM
Get your ass to Mars!!!

Girls need one in the middle of their back...... for dancing.

KcMizzou
05-24-2008, 10:18 PM
Girls need one in the middle of their back...... for dancing.That is just.... brilliant. Bravo. :clap:

Hopefully, with enough genetic engineering...

FAX
05-24-2008, 10:23 PM
Mr. Skip Towne wants to do the twist with a freak, mutant Martian chick with 4, possibly 5, tittaws?

Sounds good.

FAX

Adept Havelock
05-25-2008, 12:09 AM
This is very cool. Thank you, Mr. FAX.

I wonder if the spacecraft does crash, will it rise anew in a fiery rebirth from it's own ashes?

blueballs
05-25-2008, 01:09 AM
NASA dipshits
women are from venus

Stewie
05-25-2008, 07:38 AM
Here's an animated video of the landing, or what's supposed to happen:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7411113.stm

DaFace
05-25-2008, 10:23 AM
Get your ass to Mars!!!

It's probably questionable whether or not that technically qualifies as NSFW, but I doubt anyone's boss would be especially pleased if they saw that over someone's shoulders when they were supposed to be working. Anyway, just upload it to imageshack and link it when it may be over the line.

Dave Lane
05-25-2008, 10:32 AM
I only hope NASA doesn't blow another 400 million all to heck and gone.

spectacular voyage of 421 million miles from Earth.



At todays gas prices this seems like a really good deal!

Dave

Donger
05-25-2008, 10:46 AM
Proudly built by LM in Colorado! I hope that it doesn't end up as a Mars dart.

Third Eye
05-25-2008, 04:14 PM
If anyone cares, they will be covering this live on The Science Channel HD coming up in 45 minutes.

Donger
05-25-2008, 04:15 PM
If anyone cares, they will be covering this live on The Science Channel HD coming up in 45 minutes.

NASA TV, too.

Stewie
05-25-2008, 04:18 PM
Kick ass! I'm watching NASA TV right now.

FAX
05-25-2008, 04:26 PM
That's pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I have a graduation party to attend. I hope they replay it or something.

FAX

Donger
05-25-2008, 04:35 PM
That's pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I have a graduation party to attend. I hope they replay it or something.

FAX

You could always just watch some replays of the Coyote and the Road Runner.

Donger
05-25-2008, 04:38 PM
Oh, the odds of a successful landing are 50-50.

Third Eye
05-25-2008, 05:13 PM
NASA TV, too.

Is that a cable channel or is it part of their website? I must say I've never heard of NASA TV.

Guru
05-25-2008, 05:19 PM
Is that a cable channel or is it part of their website? I must say I've never heard of NASA TV.
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

Donger
05-25-2008, 05:23 PM
Is that a cable channel or is it part of their website? I must say I've never heard of NASA TV.

Channel 213, I think, on Dish Network.

RustShack
05-25-2008, 05:52 PM
this is getting intense!

Guru
05-25-2008, 05:55 PM
Damn, they crashed it.

RustShack
05-25-2008, 05:55 PM
Holy shit it landed!

Donger
05-25-2008, 05:57 PM
Wow. Way to go uber geeks!@!!!

Smed1065
05-25-2008, 05:57 PM
Sweet, I just caught the landing. I had to switch to IE instead of FF.

chasedude
05-25-2008, 05:58 PM
Congrats to NASA on another one. I'm glad they're getting their shit together on these landing lately :bravo:

Guru
05-25-2008, 05:59 PM
time for the green icecap men to blow the thing up.

Braincase
05-25-2008, 06:03 PM
Cool. Watched it on TV here at home with the kids. Pretty important scientific event.

Skip Towne
05-25-2008, 06:10 PM
Cool. Watched it on TV here at home with the kids. Pretty important scientific event.

Did everything go OK?

Donger
05-25-2008, 06:34 PM
My son just told me, "Daddy, one day I'll be King of Mars."

Guru
05-25-2008, 06:35 PM
My son just told me, "Daddy, one day I'll be King of Mars."
Tell him to stay away from yodelers.

Donger
05-25-2008, 06:44 PM
Tell him to stay away from yodelers.

He'll clear out the riff-raff. No lawn chair in garages, and such.

Donger
05-25-2008, 06:46 PM
Does the design of the solar panels give anyone else the creeps?

Fish
05-25-2008, 07:43 PM
time for the green icecap men to blow the thing up.

Or a Transformer squashing it underfoot....

http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/9093/transrv8.jpg

Guru
05-25-2008, 08:02 PM
Does the design of the solar panels give anyone else the creeps?

Pic?

Donger
05-25-2008, 08:12 PM
Pic?

.

the Talking Can
05-25-2008, 08:25 PM
http://fawkes1.lpl.arizona.edu/images.php?gID=0&cID=7

Guru
05-25-2008, 08:27 PM
http://fawkes1.lpl.arizona.edu/images.php?gID=0&cID=7

Wow. Already images?

Donger
05-25-2008, 08:29 PM
F*ck yeah!!!

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/phoenix/main/index.html

Fish
05-25-2008, 08:39 PM
What's the information time lapse from Mars?

Donger
05-25-2008, 08:56 PM
What's the information time lapse from Mars?

About 15 minutes, I think.

MIAdragon
05-25-2008, 09:17 PM
How long before the asshats say these are "faked"?

milkman
05-25-2008, 09:18 PM
How long before the asshats say these are "faked"?

Wait.......Are you actually trying to tell me that this is real?

MIAdragon
05-25-2008, 09:22 PM
Wait.......Are you actually trying to tell me that this is real?

LMAO

stumppy
05-25-2008, 09:25 PM
Wait.......Are you actually trying to tell me that this is real?

Every bit as real as the so called Moon landing.

keg in kc
05-25-2008, 09:28 PM
OMFG!

Guru
05-25-2008, 09:31 PM
OMFG!
I knew his home was much closer.

milkman
05-25-2008, 09:32 PM
Every bit as real as the so called Moon landing.

Everybody knows that wasn't real.

Right?


Right?

milkman
05-25-2008, 09:32 PM
OMFG!


LMAO

stumppy
05-25-2008, 09:34 PM
Everybody knows that wasn't real.

Right?


Right?

It was all set up by the Disney imagineers and filmed on location at Disney World.

KcMizzou
05-25-2008, 09:35 PM
I knew his home was much closer.Hopefully they sent some Reeses Pieces.

Guru
05-25-2008, 09:56 PM
It was all set up by the Disney imagineers and filmed on location at Disney World.

I'll be there next week. I will let you know what I find out.

milkman
05-25-2008, 10:03 PM
It was all set up by the Disney imagineers and filmed on location at Disney World.

I knew it!

blueballs
05-25-2008, 10:31 PM
I keep waiting for someone to sell me some oxyclean
or a vacuum cleaner with a drape attachment

Donger
05-27-2008, 09:52 AM
Too cool...

This photo provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona shows NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suspended from its parachute as it lands on Mars on Sunday May 25, 2008 as seen by a telescopic camera in orbit.

On Monday, NASA released a black-and-white image captured during Phoenix's descent by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which had a bird's-eye view of the lander hanging from its parachute. It's the first time a spacecraft had taken an image of another craft during landing.

FAX
05-27-2008, 09:54 AM
Why, I believe that's the best image ever.

FAX

Bowser
05-27-2008, 09:55 AM
Methinks Donger has jAZ on ignore. Heh.

FAX
05-27-2008, 09:57 AM
No kidding?

That's unfortunate. Should we tell him?

FAX

Donger
05-27-2008, 10:04 AM
Methinks Donger has jAZ on ignore. Heh.

Heh. No, I don't have anyone on ignore. My picture looks better, however.

Guru
05-27-2008, 12:00 PM
Why, I believe that's the best image ever.

FAX

Heh. No, I don't have anyone on ignore. My picture looks better, however.

It's possible that is exactly what he meant.