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    Mission(s) to Mars

    Does anyone one know how many missions to Mars have launched or will launch this month?.....anyone...anyone.....Bueller?

    Three. There were 4 planned but the Euro/Russia venture got pushed back to 2022.
    Now to be fair there is a launch window for trips to Mars that only opens up every 26 months so it makes sense that everyone would be leaving around the same time. But 4 independent space agencies all going with their own program? Damn! Maybe Mars has the Covid cure?

    The UAE just launched and their craft is going to set up orbit around Mars
    China just launched and they are deploying both an orbiter and a rover
    The US is launching Jul 30 with a big rover and a helicopter

    And of course SpaceX is moving full steam ahead on Starship with the stated ambition of colonizing Mars. They are on prototype 5 and already have the next 3 or 4 in various stages of construction.


    I was a kid when the space shuttle program started and I still remember that every single launch was a big event (I guess it was the same for the Apollo era folks). Now, rockets are launching all the time from different places on the planet and it hardly makes the news (cuz corona, BLM, politics, etc are sooooo much more important)

    With all the crazy shit and fighting over petty stuff (egos) that is going on in the world, these guys are looking way down the line in the future. Just makes me wonder what we could have accomplished by now if we could all work together


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    do you think theyll broadcast the mars robot wars online??

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      #3
      Ya know the stupid thing is I remember praise for the previous admins on doing more space work, it seems the orange man has continued and expanded that and zero discussions.

      And I miss robot wars.
      ....Just Add Lightness...

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        #4
        Cool!

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          #5
          Originally posted by Weasel View Post
          Ya know the stupid thing is I remember praise for the previous admins on doing more space work, it seems the orange man has continued and expanded that and zero discussions.

          And I miss robot wars.
          sumo wrestling robots are pretty neat, no idea if this is still a thing

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          what was this thread about? god damn robits!
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            #6
            Orbits, not Robits.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Arickvan View Post
              do you think theyll broadcast the mars robot wars online??

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              I was thinking it might end up like on the sitcom"Space Force" With the Chinese damaging what we already have up there.

              :snip:

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                #8
                Tin foil hat time

                I think the 2032 asteroid "they" (the man) say not to worry about may be a bigger problem than they say. At first it was a planet killer, then it was gonna be a near miss. Next thing we know everyone is scrambling to get to mars.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Johann View Post


                  I was thinking it might end up like on the sitcom"Space Force" With the Chinese damaging what we already have up there.

                  :snip:
                  i thought of the same thing, the china rover comes over to the curiosity rover with a pair a scissors, snips one wire then drives away
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Arps View Post
                    Tin foil hat time

                    I think the 2032 asteroid "they" (the man) say not to worry about may be a bigger problem than they say. At first it was a planet killer, then it was gonna be a near miss. Next thing we know everyone is scrambling to get to mars.
                    Maybe we can wear helmets out of t-shirts to protect us.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Arps View Post
                      Tin foil hat time

                      I think the 2032 asteroid "they" (the man) say not to worry about may be a bigger problem than they say. At first it was a planet killer, then it was gonna be a near miss. Next thing we know everyone is scrambling to get to mars.
                      is there any way we can speed that thing up and just end the madness, say like next week?

                      edit: preferably before manbearpig shows up, but not until after hillary blatantly suicides one more person. k thanx
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Arickvan View Post

                        is there any way we can speed that thing up and just end the madness, say like next week?
                        I can offer a suggestion for you that may be even quicker than next week.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by woods View Post

                          I can offer a suggestion for you that may be even quicker than next week.
                          only if you drink the spicy koolaid with me
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                            #14
                            The US rover is funny, because it has a core drill on it for taking rock samples. BUT, it has no means to really package or return those samples, so it's going to drill holes all over the place and just shit the pieces of core out and leave them lying around, like some sort of super drunk mining exploration project.

                            The hope is they will get them with something else later. I'm sure the Chinese will steal them.

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                              #15
                              I get notifications for all the launches. My kids and I watch them all. The space walks get kind of boring because they move so slow, but they are fun to have on when there is nothing else going on.

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