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Originally posted by blackcube
I don't understand these people thinking that 2 billion dollars disappear in tin air. The money was being used to pay materials, people, etc... the money have gone to people that build every single piece of the rocket and rover. Thousands of people got paid in the process.
The knowledge gained during the process to build the rover and send the rover to mars is knowledge that will be used by other fields.
People say we should spend that money to feed the hungry people... and I would ask in return "how?" Do you think just because you have 2 billion dollars at hand you can feed all the people in the next day? Sorry to bust your bubble but reality don't work that way. We need increase the production first, you can't just "pray" and everything will be solved... research in science must be done to help do that and SURPRISE it take time. Breakthrough in different fields help each other to better understand how things work.
Just to give an simple idea: increase food requires better understand:
- climatology (which need satellite, and how do you think you put them there in space?)
- chemistry (which need study at Physics)
- biology (need a lot of chemistry)
- engineer (machines: metallurgy, mechanics, etc)
- etc etc etc
The interconnection between the fields are countless.
and these advances you can not earn in a single day, week or year... it take time!
A nice letter explaining Why Explore Space
www.lettersofnote.com...edit on 10/8/12 by blackcube because: (no reason given)edit on 10/8/12 by blackcube because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by tauristercus
Originally posted by BagBing
reply to post by tauristercus
Presumably it's the same/similar process that cause volcanic island chains - crustal movement over a magma plume.
You're missing my point, unfortunately.
All 3 are PERFECTLY aligned and are separated from each other by EXACTLY 747 kms ... unusual to say the least.
If NASA intends to send future robotic explorers to Mars, I would suggest this location as being one of extreme interest.
Originally posted by shadowland8
Those red/blue 3D anaglyph photos in the OP are just a bit too compressed to really enjoy the effect, sadly.
reply to post by Awen24
I really don't understand how this comment got 40 stars in this day and age.
You'll get your colour photos soon enough ... oh wait, they've already been released. A 360 degree panoramic photo, in fact. Find it.
You also seem to lack the understanding that $2.5B != $200Bedit on 10/8/12 by shadowland8 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Mianeye
Just a little teaser of what to come
This is the latest panorama released by NASA July 2012. It was assembled from 817 images taken between Dec. 21, 2011, and May 8, 2012, while Opportunity was stationed on an outcrop informally named 'Greeley Haven'. on a segment of the rim of ancient Endeavour Crater.
360 degree panaoramic interactive moving view of Mars taken by Opportunity Rover.
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