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Originally posted by Chadwickus
You would think that if NASA could send an unmanned craft to the moon, land it, collect soil and rocks, relaunch and land back at earth that they should, by now be able to send a similar mission to Mars.
Not a huge leap to think that is there?
So why didn't they send such a mission to Mars?
Originally posted by krusty6
Bart Sibrel and all his and others Apollo Moon Hoax claims
are completely factually debunked here at: www.clavius.org
Originally posted by Mozzy
that's a good point. maybe they don't want mars rocks. maybe the delay is more of a factor when it's 10x the distance. maybe nasa knows it's pointless to go around collecting rocks and they're spending their money doing other things.
the point i'm making is that an unmanned flight would have advantages that could equalize or even surpass the disadvantages of having humans on board to troubleshoot should anything go wrong.
if your "spaceship" only had to secure equipment from damage the design could be much more simple and much more rugged. the lack of wiring alone would circumvent hundreds of possible problems.
Originally posted by Mozzy
reply to post by Chadwickus
wait, the pheonix lander collects rocks and is unmanned? that must be a moon based landing collecter then? i dont' get what you're saying.
i don't have a problem with nasa not collecting from mars. maybe the can maybe they can't i don't know.
The Mars Polar Lander was to touch down on the southern polar layered terrain, between 73°S and 76°S in a region called Planum Australe, less than 1000 km from the south pole, near the edge of the carbon dioxide ice cap in Mars' late southern spring. The terrain appears to be composed of alternating layers of clean and dust-laden ice, and may represent a long-term record of the climate, as well as an important volatile reservoir. The mission had as its primary science objectives to: 1. record local meteorological conditions near the martian south pole, including temperature, pressure, humidity, wind, surface frost, ground ice evolution, ice fogs, haze, and suspended dust 2. analyze samples of the polar deposits for volatiles, particularly water and carbon dioxide 3. dig trenches and image the interior to look for seasonal layers and analyze soil samples for water, ice, hydrates, and other aqueously deposited minerals 4. image the regional and immediate landing site surroundings for evidence of climate changes and seasonal cycles 5. obtain multi-spectral images of local regolith to determine soil types and composition.