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Russia MARS Phobos robot stuck in earth orbit...

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by inthefrey, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. inthefrey

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  2. PBCounty

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    Putin just needs to take off his shirt and push a button in the control room.
     

  3. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    I'd like to see 'em get the engines lit, and send it on it's way.
     
  4. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    I hope they get it working and on it's way toward Mars while they still have time before it's batteries run out. The fat lady hasn't sung her last on the thing yet, and I still have lots of hope for the mission. A soil sample from Phobos would be a big accomplishment, and I'm surprised at how little money they spent putting this whole thing together.

    I won't argue this with people who don't even know what the mission is or why such things are important, so flame away while I ignore it.
     
  5. inthefrey

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    I too would like to see them get it going. However, the clock is ticking and the batteries are dying. Unfortunately. it's probably a mechanical problem - something as simple as a cold solder joint that didn't survive the launch.

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    I'm more worried now about it falling. It weighs 13-tons and is carrying a full 10-ton payload of toxic hydrazine fuel and nitrogen tetroxide as well as a small cargo of radioactive cobalt-57.
     
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    You win, again, gravity!!

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  7. briarpatch

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    Low cost= low orbit
     
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    I'm not going to flame you, because I know how important this is.

    Let the ignorant flame away.

    One can only count the billions that NASA has lost for various reasons.
     
  9. carbuncle

    carbuncle is not cool.

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    Mars is a tough nut to crack, 2/3 of all Mars mission fail, yet we have to keep trying. We can't just bury our heads in the sand here and pretend the universe isn't out there.
     
  10. Angry Fist

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    This. Better the Russians than the Chinese.
     
  11. Brucev

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    What happened - did it run out of Coal?
     
  13. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    I'm guessing you thing anything space related is another waste of money?
     
  14. JimmyN

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    Pilot light went out, now they can't get the burner lit. Somebody's gonna have to go up there with a bunch of strike anywhere matches, hold in the red knob, and get it going again.
     
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    Maybe we could get a repair crew together and grab a shuttle and......Never mind.
     
  16. Brucev

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    We are constantly told that America is broke. Since its inception NASA has sent money like a drunken sailor on leave. It has benefited average Americans very little beyond space pens and mylar. Exploring space is a nice recreational pursuit. If someone wants to do it on their money, more power to them. Let the U.S. do those projects that have direct benefit, i.e., military, etc. If someone wants to develop a commercial venture, fine. Let private investors shoulder the entire cost with no support from tax payer dollars.
     
  17. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    Is it just aviation in general you're clueless about?
     
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    :rofl: Space pens and mylar. Do some more research.
     
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    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    FiFY.

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