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29-09-2015, 11:14 AM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
'Tis a shame they couldn't bother to tell NASA where to look beforehand.
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29-09-2015, 11:52 AM
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(29-09-2015 11:14 AM)Thumpalumpacus Wrote:  'Tis a shame they couldn't bother to tell NASA where to look beforehand.

They did.

But NASA couldn't speak the right flavour of Arabic.

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29-09-2015, 11:55 AM
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(29-09-2015 06:02 AM)unfogged Wrote:  
(28-09-2015 07:27 PM)BnW Wrote:  I'm hoping it's a Zorn

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In fact, if it's not a Zorn, don't bother telling me because, frankly, I won't give a damn.

Yes, this is my other contribution to the thread on the most important scientific story of the year .... Zorns.

That's a Gorn, not a Zorn. Turn in your nerd card.
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30-09-2015, 04:17 AM
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Quote:This week, NASA scientists announced that they had found chemical evidence of liquid water on the surface of Mars. While they make a compelling case, the existence of seasonal rivers of briney water will never be 100 percent confirmed until we can see it and touch it and analyse it, and if it’s not actual humans on Mars doing that, we’ll have to study it vicariously through our far-flung robots.

Except we can’t. Not as long as those far-flung robots originated on Earth, anyway. Right now, NASA’s Curiosity rover is about 50 kilometres from the site that scientists suspect holds liquid Martian water, but thanks to an international treaty signed in 1967, it’s not allowed to go anywhere near it.

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30-09-2015, 04:41 AM
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(30-09-2015 04:17 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  
Quote:Except we can’t. Not as long as those far-flung robots originated on Earth, anyway. Right now, NASA’s Curiosity rover is about 50 kilometres from the site that scientists suspect holds liquid Martian water, but thanks to an international treaty signed in 1967, it’s not allowed to go anywhere near it.

i wuz like "Wha...?" but it makes sense when you read it.

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30-09-2015, 07:01 AM
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Russian Lawmaker Accuses NASA of Timing Mars Announcement to Upstage Putin

Quote:The United States timed the announcement of NASA’s landmark discovery of liquid water on the surface of Mars in a concerted attempt to draw attention away from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s much-hyped address before the United Nations on Monday, a Russian lawmaker said.
Putin’s speech had been built up in the Russian media in the lead-up to his appearance at the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday — his first visit to the U.S. in nearly a decade — as a milestone event in his presidency, and a potential game-changer for Russia’s role on the world stage.
“Putin’s speech was, of course, the central element of the UN General Assembly session,” State Duma Deputy Vyacheslav Nikonov, who is the chairman of the legislature’s education committee, was quoted by the state-run TASS news agency as saying late on Monday.
But the Russian president’s moment in the global spotlight coincided closely with another major media event: a mysterious NASA news conference , announced last week, which promised to answer a major Martian question.
NASA’s announcement that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had found strong evidence that liquid water flows intermittently on the planet Mars left news outlets scrambling over which story took precedence.
Although NASA had already found frozen water on the Martian surface, the discovery of liquid water remained elusive, with many speculating that Mars had lost all of its free-flowing water long ago to climate change or even asteroid impact.
“It is no coincidence that the United States took such a significant and unprecedented action as [holding] a NASA news conference where the discovery of water on Mars was announced at the same time as Putin’s speech,” Nikonov said.
“The discovery of water was, of course, a major global event for all English-language media,” Nikonov said. “This means that Putin’s speech had to be killed by something very serious,” he said.
The Russian president used the UN podium to chastise the United States for pursuing a global policy of double standards, as well as to propose an international coalition to fight the Islamic State and call for a global forum combating climate change.
Nikonov, a member of the pro-Putin United Russia party and the grandson of Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov, was not alone in seeing a conspiracy in the timing of NASA’s announcement.

As broadcasters around the world struggled to decide if they would continue with ongoing events at the UN General Assembly or switch over to NASA’s Mars news conference , Twitter users speculated that Obama had instructed the U.S. space agency, which maintains strong ties with its Russian counterpart, to upstage Putin.

However, NASA’s information office told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the timing of the news conference was dictated by an information embargo set by the scientific journal Nature Geoscience, in which the NASA published its findings.

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30-09-2015, 07:04 AM
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Shouldn't that be in the tin-foil hat section? Tongue

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30-09-2015, 07:09 AM
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(30-09-2015 07:04 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  Shouldn't that be in the tin-foil hat section? Tongue

If I viewed it with any more seriousness than the article from the Onion I might bother putting it somewhere else. I just get a kick out of shit like this.

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30-09-2015, 07:12 AM
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I don't know if it's already been mentioned, and I'm too lazy to catch up on the full discussion, but preemptive Christian critics are already claiming Curiosity likely infected the water with microbes it carried from earth.

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30-09-2015, 10:06 AM
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(30-09-2015 04:17 AM)houseofcantor Wrote:  
Quote:This week, NASA scientists announced that they had found chemical evidence of liquid water on the surface of Mars. While they make a compelling case, the existence of seasonal rivers of briney water will never be 100 percent confirmed until we can see it and touch it and analyse it, and if it’s not actual humans on Mars doing that, we’ll have to study it vicariously through our far-flung robots.

Except we can’t. Not as long as those far-flung robots originated on Earth, anyway. Right now, NASA’s Curiosity rover is about 50 kilometres from the site that scientists suspect holds liquid Martian water, but thanks to an international treaty signed in 1967, it’s not allowed to go anywhere near it.

Rework the 1967 treaty, in the interests of science, humanity, and all things groovy. Or just ignore the treaty completely... they do it all the time. Ask any Native American. Drinking Beverage

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