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Posted: 1/19/2006 10:00:49 AM EDT
Rocket away!
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:01:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:02:35 AM EDT
SWEET!!!!
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:03:09 AM EDT
Good!
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:03:12 AM EDT
They finally got the thing launched! Now....to wait 9 years....
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:05:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/19/2006 10:06:01 AM EDT by CTKurt]
*why?
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:06:19 AM EDT
"It's coming right for us!"
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:08:11 AM EDT
YEAH! SCREW YOU PLUTO! TAKE THAT YOU LITTLE BITCH!
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:08:53 AM EDT
the inhabitants of pluto have a few years to figure out how to shoot it down or dodge it
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:14:08 AM EDT
This revives the age old debate: "Which came first....the planet or the dog?"
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:17:45 AM EDT
how hard is it to lead a target nine years?
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:27:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GTOJudge885:
how hard is it to lead a target nine years?



You know.... slingshot around the moon, slingshot around Jupiter, and then try to hit your target at 50 thousand miles per hour.

No Biggie.

Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:34:47 AM EDT
It was awesome! It was so loud it made the doors shake on the building I work at. The wind blew the sound in our direction. Maybe today all the media traffic will get out of the way when the workers here decide to go home. They added at least a half hour to Tuesdays commute.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:35:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ASUsax:

Originally Posted By GTOJudge885:
how hard is it to lead a target nine years?



You know.... slingshot around the moon, slingshot around Jupiter, and then try to hit your target at 50 thousand miles per hour.

No Biggie.




Actually, that really is rocket science. The physics involved just blows my mind away..I love it!
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:36:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GTOJudge885:
how hard is it to lead a target nine years?




easy you just don't lead them as much.......nine years old...get it? HAHAHA I kill me!
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:46:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/19/2006 10:49:52 AM EDT by danpass]
linkee no workee!

oh, wait, no linkee

edit: awright - www.signonsandiego.com/news/science/20060119-1110-plutomission.html


It was the swiftest spacecraft ever launched and was expected to reach Earth's moon in nine hours and Jupiter in just over a year.

The distance involved means scientists won't be able to receive data on Pluto until at least July 2015, the earliest the mission is expected to arrive.



thats fast, I think it took the astronauts 3 days
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 11:41:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By danpass:
It was the swiftest spacecraft ever launched and was expected to reach Earth's moon in nine hours and Jupiter in just over a year.

thats fast, I think it took the astronauts 3 days



Yeah, but that's because if we sent the astronauts to the moon that fast, they'd be headed to Pluto too. If the astronauts went too fast, they wouldn't orbit around the moon -- they'd slingshot past it.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 11:52:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By azhammer:
YEAH! SCREW YOU PLUTO! TAKE THAT YOU LITTLE BITCH!



Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:06:24 PM EDT
I missed it by being in class

What kind of booster was it on?
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:07:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Spade:
I missed it by being in class

What kind of booster was it on?



Atlas V
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:09:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/19/2006 12:11:28 PM EDT by Usafwolfe]
It was on a Delta IV (Stand corrected) Atlas V if I remember correctly.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:13:28 PM EDT
Correct, Atlas V
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:17:58 PM EDT
so...what am I gonna get for my money?


-HS
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:21:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:

Originally Posted By danpass:
It was the swiftest spacecraft ever launched and was expected to reach Earth's moon in nine hours and Jupiter in just over a year.

thats fast, I think it took the astronauts 3 days



Yeah, but that's because if we sent the astronauts to the moon that fast, they'd be headed to Pluto too. If the astronauts went too fast, they wouldn't orbit around the moon -- they'd slingshot past it.



You gotta pack enough fuel to accellerate and decelerate, too, that's the big issue on these things. You want to be pretty much fuel neutral - have just enough momentum to get their and put yourself in orbit, no big burns. To get there in 9 hours would take a big burn to enter orbit.

For more info on this type of thing, look a Buzz Aldrin's (I think) article in Popular science a few months back. He had a very low fuel cost, but very fast, way to get to Mars figured out. Basically put a craft in an orbit that would slingshot around Earth and Mars periodically... All our CEV's would need to do is catch up before the slingshot, and hitch a ride.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:24:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CTKurt:
*why?




Because it's there.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:25:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HillBillySasquatch:
so...what am I gonna get for my money?


-HS





Knowledge.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:31:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HillBillySasquatch:
so...what am I gonna get for my money?


-HS



The first data collection mission to the Kuiper Belt. We don't know much about it, other than it's cold, dark, and full of shit. But it should tell us quite a bit about the early composition of the solar system.



Besides, baby steps. Each of these missions has new technology on it, tech that will be useful in future manned and unmanned spaceflight. Sometimes testing that new tech tells us as much as what we learn from the missions.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:32:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ASUsax:

Originally Posted By GTOJudge885:
how hard is it to lead a target nine years?



You know.... slingshot around the moon, slingshot around Jupiter, and then try to hit your target at 50 thousand miles per hour.

No Biggie.




Actually, the hard part is to do all that and NOT hit your target, if you know what I mean....

Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:35:14 PM EDT
I think we (Boeing) built the upper stage.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 12:37:00 PM EDT
Thing is if we get that hyperdrive working(we=scientist) we can reach pluto before the damn rocket...LOL wouldnt it be cool to recover the rocket as it reached pluto and studied the results of it being in spacethat long....
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 1:03:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GTOJudge885:
how hard is it to lead a target nine years?


Compared to women and children, I would say you would have to lead Pluto more.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 1:04:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Lockedon:

Originally Posted By GTOJudge885:
how hard is it to lead a target nine years?


easy you just don't lead them as much.......nine years old...get it? HAHAHA I kill me!


Bastard, ya beat me to it.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 1:28:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By pcsutton:
This revives the age old debate: "Which came first....the planet or the dog?"



Well, the god was invented before either of them, but the dog and the planet were both created/discovered in the same year so it's hard to say which came first.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 1:40:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/19/2006 1:41:59 PM EDT by Echo_Hotel]

Originally Posted By HillBillySasquatch:
so...what am I gonna get for my money?


-HS


Further ahead of China in the battlefield of the future (space), knowledge about the origins of our solar system, testing new technology, further improving the ability to perhaps someday knock a big-ass asteroid off its collision path with your house, etc., etc.

As an added bonus, every tax dollar spent on the space program is a dollar that won't wind up in a welfare crackhead's pipe.

ETA:
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 1:47:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BURN:
Thing is if we get that hyperdrive working(we=scientist) we can reach pluto before the damn rocket...LOL wouldnt it be cool to recover the rocket as it reached pluto and studied the results of it being in spacethat long....



There is a very slight chance that within the next ten years we flight test a small unmanned demonstrator for the Heim Quantum inverse mass drive is the expiraments with the Z-Machine at Lawerance Livermore next year verifies things, but no way we'll have that thing human rated for 20 years.
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 1:56:21 PM EDT
We will build base #3 on Pluto.............All your Solar System are belong to us!!!
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 2:02:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ScienceDork:
It was awesome! It was so loud it made the doors shake on the building I work at. The wind blew the sound in our direction. Maybe today all the media traffic will get out of the way when the workers here decide to go home. They added at least a half hour to Tuesdays commute.




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