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After seven years of sojourning between Earth and the sun, NASA's Messenger probe had one chance to jockey itself into orbit around Mercury, and it pulled off the tricky maneuver without a hitch. "If last night's burn did not go mostly to completion, we would still be in orbit around the sun and would not be in a position to try for orbit insertion again for another several years," said Sean Solomon, principal investigator for the mission.
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Wow, seven years...insane.
    
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Holy amazing cooling system. External temps of 700f but internal of only 70f and no air for the gentle typhoons.

I don't care how cold space is, dissipating that much energy from direct sunlight. Smart people... haha
    
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Holy amazing cooling system. External temps of 700f but internal of only 70f and no air for the gentle typhoons.

I don't care how cold space is, dissipating that much energy from direct sunlight. Smart people... haha
Yeah it really is amazing seeing what we can achieve
    
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And that's why good systems are expensive.
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Here's an infographic of Mars missions, showing how much better we're getting at this stuff, and yes, most of the failures are Russian.

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Man some of you...I love space, I love NASA, and while yes I believe that it is silly to be looking for life on other planets when we haven't even explored 5% of our oceans, NASA has helped improve our lives greatly. Try googling some of the technology we take for granted that NASA pioneered.
   
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"Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?", "Because it's there"
-George Mallory

same goes for NASA. We explore space because it there.
Fact is, without the Space Race, we wouldn't have the blazing fast computers right now.
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Man some of you...I love space, I love NASA, and while yes I believe that it is silly to be looking for life on other planets when we haven't even explored 5% of our oceans, NASA has helped improve our lives greatly. Try googling some of the technology we take for granted that NASA pioneered.
I don't think all of NASA is a Fail, though exploring space is a huge fail, satellites for communications & spying on people may be one thing, but what in the blue hell are you going to do with some freaking moon dust? (Completely idiotic, and to think they risk lives for this stuff!)

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I don't think all of NASA is a Fail, though exploring space is a huge fail, satellites for communications & spying on people may be one thing, but what in the blue hell are you going to do with some freaking moon dust? (Completely idiotic, and to think they risk lives for this stuff!)

Well, the moon has quite a few resources on it. We have learned that the dust you despise is able to be manipulated by microwave rays into a liquid form which can then be shaped into permanent moon structures, from there we can start mining the moon for resources, build moon bases for solar exploration, but oh wait... Your against progress and want to go back to your little slime mold you evolved from.
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"The sunshield has to keep the spacecraft functioning at about 70 degrees F -- room temperature," noted Morring, "when the outside of the sunshield is seeing temperatures of as much as 700 degrees F."
Now that is very impressive.
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