Oh, and well done, NASA ! LOVE your awesome first images of planet MARS - well worth a few billion $ !
What they are going to tell you is that mars was populated by an ancient race, who destroyed their planet in warfare and had to live underground because of the consequences of the terrible calamities that they visited upon themselves. At some point in our ancient history they came to this earth and populated it with the survivors of that cataclysm, bred with early man and the human race was the result of that mixture.....Sounds far fetched doesn't it? Well, you jut keep your eyes and ears open ladies and gentlemen because that is the thrust of all that you are going to hear regarding extraterrestrial life, outer space.
Charles Elachi, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said Sunday night's spectacle was a bargain, even at $2.5 billion. "This movie cost you less than 7 bucks per American citizen," he said. Later, John Grotzinger, the mission's project scientist, quipped, "That's a movie I want to see."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48511087/ns ... CBVd6AmySo
“This [$2.5 billion] 'movie’ cost less than $7 per American citizen and look at the excitement it produced,” he added. “Tomorrow, we are going to start exploring Mars. Next week will bring new discoveries and we continue to explore the solar system and universe, because our curiosity knows no bounds.”
http://www.fastcocreate.com/1681410/the ... or-geeks#1
In Curiosity’s case, the CPU is a PowerPC 750 (PowerPC G3 in Mac nomenclature) clocked at around 200MHz — which might seem slow, but it’s still hundreds of times faster than, say, the Apollo Guidance Computer used in the first Moon landings. Also on the motherboard are 256MB of DRAM, and 2GB of flash storage — which will be used to store video and scientific data before transmission to Earth. […]
On the software side of things, NASA again stuck to tried-and-tested solutions, opting for the 27-year-old VxWorks operating system. VxWorks, developed by Wind River Systems (which was acquired by Intel), is a real-time operating system used in a huge number of embedded systems. The previous Mars rovers (Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft all use VxWorks. VxWorks also powers BMW iDrive, the Apache Longbow helicopter, and the Apple Airport Extreme and Linksys WRT54G routers (really).
Fascinating, really, that these specs seem so humble — especially storage capacity.
Dcopymope wrote:Curiosity Rover's first color picture analysed:
"Hypnosis is a mental state (according to "state theory") or imaginative role-enactment (according to "non-state theory").It is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction, which is commonly composed of a long series of preliminary instructions and suggestions."
simonshack wrote:Dcopymope wrote:Curiosity Rover's first color picture analysed:
Cool... but I don't know about the last part when he says that anyone not understanding this is "sinful".
I would just say that the people falling for the ridiculous NASA's scams are victims of a century-long "mass hypnosis".
Yeah - I'll quote Wickedpedia..."Hypnosis is a mental state (according to "state theory") or imaginative role-enactment (according to "non-state theory").It is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction, which is commonly composed of a long series of preliminary instructions and suggestions."
So, basically, we are surrounded by an enormous amount of hypnotized people. This realization should not scare us - on the contrary: it should motivate any sound and balanced individual to do something about it. If you back off from this - on the grounds that you feel too lonely and emarginated - you are a wimp. That's all.
Orwell: 1984.. wrote:In some ways she was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connexion to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, 'just to keep people frightened'. This was an idea that had literally never occurred to him. She also stirred a sort of envy in him by telling him that during the Two Minutes Hate her great difficulty was to avoid bursting out laughing. But she only questioned the teachings of the Party when they in some way touched upon her own life. Often she was ready to accept the official mythology, simply because the difference between truth and falsehood did not seem important to her. She believed, for instance, having learnt it at school, that the Party had invented aeroplanes. (In his own schooldays, Winston remembered, in the late fifties, it was only the helicopter that the Party claimed to have invented; a dozen years later, when Julia was at school, it was already claiming the aeroplane; one generation more, and it would be claiming the steam engine.)
Could one of our learned members please compare the engine power between this & Apollo 11? Just curious.
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