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Earlier this week, the world listened closely as NASA announced new findings about the soil collected by the Mars rover, Curiosity. Prior to the actual announcement there was a good deal of excitement surrounding the possibility that the rover might have found the chemical ingredients needed to support life on the Red Planet.

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Awesome, I can't wait to see what they do next, I'd hope they bring some cameras so we can get some footage next time biggrin.gif
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Sending humans there in 2030's hmmm?

What would be the point, it's still a barren wasteland. At least on the moon you can do bunny-hops in slow motion and hit golf balls into orbit...but Mars is pretty much empty, boring and rusty....



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Sending humans there in 2030's hmmm?
What would be the point, it's still a barren wasteland. At least on the moon you can do bunny-hops in slow motion and hit golf balls into orbit...but Mars is pretty much empty, boring and rusty....

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Investigating the possibility of terraforming perhaps?
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am I the only one who thinks nasa should send a bio-test kit? rover with small inflatable dome, various types of plant seeds, and a few hundred gallons of water? you can test the soil a million times, but its all just speculation until you actually successfully plant something.
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Why do they keep sending probes to Mars? How about other planets like Mercury, interesting moons, interstellar targets, etc. It's likely Curiosity will still be operating on Mars in 2020, it's just entirely redundant.

"the new rover will be based on the same architecture as the Curiosity rover, and partially composed of spare parts from previous robotic vehicles."

I know NASA has big budget problems, but it's still a waste of 1.5+ billion dollars imo. I wish they would just take those funds and put them towards a mission that actually pushes scientific boundaries.
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Why do they keep sending probes to Mars? How about other planets like Mercury, interesting moons, interstellar targets, etc. It's likely Curiosity will still be operating on Mars in 2020, it's just entirely redundant.
"the new rover will be based on the same architecture as the Curiosity rover, and partially composed of spare parts from previous robotic vehicles."
I know NASA has big budget problems, but it's still a waste of 1.5+ billion dollars imo. I wish they would just take those funds and put them towards a mission that actually pushes scientific boundaries.

I think they should investigate the possibility of "mining" the upper atmosphere of neptune (or is it uranus?) for He3 further. But that's probably not gonna be in the budget.
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Why do they keep sending probes to Mars? How about other planets like Mercury,
Too hot on the day side and they pretty much already know what mercury's made of...apart from the recent ice discovery. But there's still no way in crap Mercury can support life with it's axis spin and orbit cycle, no point investigating further.
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interesting moons,
All the interesting moons are incredibly far away...we're talking Jupiter/Saturn distances which take years to travel. Titan already had a probe dropped onto it and there may be a rover mission in the future, who knows. Europa is also looking very interesting with the prospect of it's "subsurface ocean", may be a mission for that in the future too.
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interstellar targets,
.....no. I don't think you know what "intersteller" means, but let's just say that the Voyager 1 which we launched over 35 years ago has only *just* reached interstellar space. There is nothing there, the space between stars is incredibly empty. There are apparently "rogue planets" but with no host star they are basically dead & frozen rocks (rather huge rocks) no calculable movement paths. You can't exactly plan this kind of stuff out, it's too far.
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I know NASA has big budget problems, but it's still a waste of 1.5+ billion dollars imo. I wish they would just take those funds and put them towards a mission that actually pushes scientific boundaries.
Curiosity missions ARE pushing scientific boundaries, they are exploring whether humans could ever populate Mars in case something happens to Earth in the distant future. Such kind of research takes generations upon generations to complete, we have to start somewhere and Nasa are taking the first steps. $1.5b is a small price to pay.
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Yay for terra forming, here's to hoping they are pushing that agenda first!
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Curiosity missions ARE pushing scientific boundaries, they are exploring whether humans could ever populate Mars in case something happens to Earth in the distant future. Such kind of research takes generations upon generations to complete, we have to start somewhere and Nasa are taking the first steps. $1.5b is a small price to pay.

IMHO, it's not if, but when. Heck, the Sun has a limited lifetime. Eventually, humans will look beyond the solar system, or go extinct. There really is no middle ground in the long run.
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