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Just now, JamesHackerMP said:

Aren't our space probes made in a "clean room" so that that sort of thing doesn't happen?

 

As clean as possible...let's call it.

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3 minutes ago, DogOnPorch said:

 

As clean as possible...let's call it.

So there's always the possibility of contamination? Sux. But I'm sure there are ways a probe could see through the ice at its thinnest portions, so we would not have to drill through.

One of the better threads I have started! (Probably more interesting than a discussion on parliamentary democracy I'll admit lol)

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2 minutes ago, JamesHackerMP said:

So there's always the possibility of contamination? Sux. But I'm sure there are ways a probe could see through the ice at its thinnest portions, so we would not have to drill through.

One of the better threads I have started! (Probably more interesting than a discussion on parliamentary democracy I'll admit lol)

 

Don't discount this upcoming Mars landing...it's designed to hunt for signs of life. Four more days...

https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/

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Just now, JamesHackerMP said:

Thats going awfully fast! Do they use some sort of technique like the "aerobraking" in 2010?

 

Yes...similar to Curiosity & Opportunity. 

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Amazing! One wonders how far away we are from a colony. I think the people who have so far reserved "seats" on a potential Martian mission are jumping the gun, though.

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6 minutes ago, JamesHackerMP said:

Amazing! One wonders how far away we are from a colony. I think the people who have so far reserved "seats" on a potential Martian mission are jumping the gun, though.

 

Due to the approx 2 year wait for opposition, Mars missions with humans aboard will have to be WELL thought-out.

http://www.nakedeyeplanets.com/mars-oppositions.htm

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Jupiter...including Jovian Trojan asteroids at -60 and +60  

 

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Kickass!

I've only seen Mars a couple of times through my telescope. Even under 150-ish magnification it's very very small. Rather disappointing. I think you have to get used to viewing it to really get what it looks like.

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4 hours ago, JamesHackerMP said:

Welcome to the topic, James. Do you own a telescope? (doesn't matter if you don't; we're just talking astronomy here.)

When I saw that in the summary I thought you'd lost it.  I thought you were talking to yourself...

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Jupiter somewhat overexposed to show the ring structure.

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Image from the recent New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule, the most remote object ever visited by a human spacecraft:

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8 hours ago, JamesHackerMP said:

Thule is a KBO, isn't it?

 

Possibly...but it is definitely a TNO.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Neptunian_object

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(486958)_2014_MU69

 

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On 11/24/2018 at 5:10 PM, bcsapper said:

 

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Electron rocket launches DARPA R3D2 satellite from Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, on 28 March 2019. 

 

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