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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:55 am 
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The Mars Science Laboratory was launched yesterday, a new Mars Rover mission
designed - among other things - to determine the potential habitability of Mars:

http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/

The launch went well, unfortunately it will take some time for the mission to get
to Mars, but then we should get a lot of very interesting data (and of very nice
pictures). :D


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:04 am 
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Yep, Curiosity (as it's also known) is going to be pretty nifty - a rover the size of a small car, with a nuclear (RTG) power pack! Though I'm a bit worried about the method they're using to land it on the surface - a "skycrane", which basically consists of a rocket-powered platform which lowers down while suspending the rover below it.

This video shows what will happen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KLxmGLZQSY

There is just sooooo much that can go wrong with that, I think! (though if it does work as planned, that'd be a pretty huge engineering triumph!)

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Though thanks to stupid politics, it may be the last RTG-powered mission for a while... :evil:

http://www.space.com/13709-plutonium-sh ... uture.html

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:43 am 
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Over here the use of Americium-241 as a replacement for Plutonium-238
is discussed. It would have both advantages (much longer half life) and
disadvantages (more mass and some shielding required), but at least it
would make deep space RTGs possible. The main problem over here is al-
so a political one, many members of the anti nuclear movement simply do
not understand the difference between a fission reactor and an RTG, and
therefore argue against the perceived dangers of "launching a nuclear re-
actor".


Last edited by rust on Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:13 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Damn politicians. Nuclear energy is the way to go with space exploration, way more efficient than chemical or solar energy. I support not only RTG but nuclear plasma propulsion as well.

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