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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#521  Postby Made of Stars » Apr 11, 2014 12:45 pm

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Made of Stars wrote:We can be sure that the beer would be cold, and form a great head.

Right! So you think that the mysterious light may have been a pub sign? 8-)

I think it was almost certainly the Tardis, laser scanning it's environment before materialising.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#522  Postby DavidMcC » Apr 11, 2014 1:37 pm

Made of Stars wrote:
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Made of Stars wrote:We can be sure that the beer would be cold, and form a great head.

Right! So you think that the mysterious light may have been a pub sign? 8-)

I think it was almost certainly the Tardis, laser scanning it's environment before materialising.

But, after materialising, the Doctor opened a pub, right? 8-) :beercheers:
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#523  Postby Made of Stars » Apr 11, 2014 4:24 pm

Absolutely, specialising in Gallifreyan ale. :)
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#524  Postby DavidMcC » Apr 11, 2014 5:15 pm

So, gentlemen, we have concluded from a white dot on a photograph, that Galifreyan ale is available on Mars! Amazing what a bout of group clear thinking can achieve, isn't it? :beercheers: :drunk:
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#525  Postby Made of Stars » Apr 11, 2014 10:53 pm

DavidMcC wrote:So, gentlemen, we have concluded from a white dot on a photograph, that Galifreyan ale is available on Mars! Amazing what a bout of group clear thinking can achieve, isn't it? :beercheers: :drunk:

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. While the likelihood of ale seems high (given the Doctor's homeworld) there may be any number of lagers, pilsners, porters or stouts. We must remain skeptical pending further data points from the apeman.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#526  Postby DavidMcC » Apr 12, 2014 4:38 pm

Made of Stars wrote:
DavidMcC wrote:So, gentlemen, we have concluded from a white dot on a photograph, that Galifreyan ale is available on Mars! Amazing what a bout of group clear thinking can achieve, isn't it? :beercheers: :drunk:

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves....

R-i-i-g-h-t! We must not, indeed, jump to conclusions about this! :naughty:
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#527  Postby theropod » Apr 13, 2014 4:54 pm

Indeed, DavidMcC, as it will probably be some pisswater American beer, but seeing as it's cold enough there to freeze any brew solid we're talking about beer slushies at best.

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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#528  Postby DavidMcC » Apr 13, 2014 6:38 pm

theropod wrote:Indeed, DavidMcC, as it will probably be some pisswater American beer, but seeing as it's cold enough there to freeze any brew solid we're talking about beer slushies at best.

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I didn't know that Galifrey had a trade agreement with the US! :o :lol:
I did know that the pub would need an oven more than a fridge, though. :dopey:
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#529  Postby theropod » Apr 13, 2014 7:34 pm

Why not? The US has a trade agreement with everybody of some sort or another, even the evil empires they bust on in public (not to imply Galifrey is the core of such an empire).

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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#530  Postby laklak » Apr 13, 2014 7:40 pm

What sort of fruits would be on their fruit machine? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#531  Postby theropod » Apr 13, 2014 7:41 pm

The low hanging kind, laklak.

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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#532  Postby laklak » Apr 13, 2014 7:45 pm

Finest kind, theropod. I'm a lazy sod, after all.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#533  Postby kennyc » Apr 13, 2014 7:49 pm

Just wait'll the Martians get a load of this!

http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xht ... 3000IAK1E8
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#534  Postby DougC » Apr 30, 2014 11:09 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27217117
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Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover starts drilling again
The US space agency's Curiosity Mars rover has drilled another hole on the Red Planet.
It is almost a year since the robot last turned the power tool in the ground.
The vehicle has since travelled more than 5km (three miles) as it heads towards the mission's primary target - the foothills of the huge mountain that dominates Mars’ Gale crater.
The rock drill was spun at a scientific waypoint known as "The Kimberley".
New pictures sent back to Earth on Wednesday, taken by the rover’s Mahli “hand lens”, show a sharply defined hole surrounded by a pile of grey powder.

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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#535  Postby kennyc » Apr 30, 2014 11:18 am

Woo-Hoo! good stuff!
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#536  Postby DougC » May 06, 2014 5:47 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27298907
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Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover drills for rock sample
Nasa's Curiosity rover has drilled a hole in a Martian rock with the intention of taking a powdered sample for its onboard laboratories to study.
It is nearly 12 months since the power tool was last deployed for the purpose.
Pictures downlinked from the planet on Tuesday revealed a neat hole had been hammered in a rock dubbed "Windjana".
It is hoped this sandstone can yield insights on the geochemical processes that have helped shape the landscape at the bottom of Mars' Gale Crater.
The sample acquisition manoeuvre comes a week after the rover drilled a small test hole in the same rock slab.
The new hole, just a few centimetres to the side, is noticeably deeper.

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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#537  Postby DougC » Aug 31, 2014 2:08 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28860809
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Curiosity Mars rover's drill test cut short
Nasa's Curiosity rover on Mars has had its drill out again.
The robot turned the tool in a flat slab of rock dubbed "Bonanza King", but it looks as though the operation failed to complete as planned.
Engineers are now examining the possibility that Bonanza King moved as the drill pushed down.
They have commanded Curiosity to collect a large sequence of photographs and return them to Earth for an assessment.
Curiosity has previously drilled into three rocks to produce a powder for analysis in its sophisticated onboard laboratories.
The practice is always to do a shallow, mini-drill test first - to check for stability in the rock target and for the proper working of the tool itself.
If the outcomes are positive, Curiosity is then given the go-ahead to sink a full, 6cm-deep hole, which has the effect of pushing drill powder up into a sample-collection chamber.
This next step will now be delayed while the team investigates what happened with Bonanza King.
"The initial stages of mini-drilling seem to have worked, but the whole mini-drill activity did not complete successfully," explains deputy project scientist Dr Joy Crisp.

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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#538  Postby DougC » Sep 10, 2014 3:54 am

B.B.C. - Incredible images from the Curiosity Rover
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#539  Postby DougC » Sep 25, 2014 9:44 pm

B.B.C. - Curiosity Mars rover drills for sample
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#540  Postby DougC » Oct 02, 2014 4:53 pm

curiosity weird pic's, and talk.
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