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wickedlovelyperfectlyimperfect:

This is a picture from the Curiosity Rover on Mars showing Earth from the Perspective of Mars. You are literally looking at your home from the Perspective of another planet. Epic times indeed

snowblowerz:

group photo everyone

mypride-hisprejudice:

everyone

trencly:

hey i look really good in this one

sherlockwho13:

shit I think I blinked

liftedandgiftedd:

fuck I wasn’t ready

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July 06 2013

thatsridicarus

November 20 2012

thatsridicarus
Where's the Logic In This?
(source: eatliver via MakeUseOf)
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November 05 2012

thatsridicarus
We can make Mars like Earth and live there. On a new planet. We can rocket to another world and build. Cities. Other rocket ships. We’ll— are you listening to me? Are you hearing the words that I’m saying? Why are you not excited about this?

What I have discovered is: ... The philosophical root of objection to Mars is not concerned with Mars at all. People who stand opposed to Mars think we sort of suck.

A love of Mars is a belief in humanity’s potential, and destiny. ... We may think people are good or [not], but we uniformly believe that people have the potential to be amazing. We tend to forgive ourselves our distant pasts completely, to only concern ourselves with the present occasionally, and to dream about the future relentlessly.

This is the story that Icarus told and the Wright Brothers fixed. We may not be a creature made to fly, but we are something far greater. We are a creature made to dream. We are a creature made to become whatever we want to become. ... We have work to do.
On Being Martian | Michael Solana (via enki)
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July 23 2012

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sagansense:

When Curiosity Almost Took Men to Mars…

We’re less than a month away from one of the most highly anticipated Martian landings of all time.

On Aug. 5 (Pacific Time, Aug. 6 Eastern), NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity will land in Gale Crater. The incredibly sophisticated rover is a mobile laboratory designed to run tests on soil to determine whether or not the Martian environment ever had the conditions to support life.

But in the 1960s, the future of Mars exploration looked very different. In many instances, there were men aboard the spacecraft that were designed to fly by the red planet rather than land on it.

In the 1960s, NASA considered flyby missions almost as readily as it did landing missions. The proposals, like some of the more interesting missions to Venus, came from Bellcom, a division of AT&T established in 1963 to assist NASA with research, development, and overall documentation of systems integration.

A 1966 Bellcomm proposal cites the weight of a spacecraft bound for Mars as the mission’s limiting factor. That’s unsurprising. It takes a lot of fuel to send a spacecraft into orbit, and more to send it to an interplanetary destination.

But the planets can actually lend a hand on these long distance missions. If a spacecraft passes a planet at the right point, its gravity will slingshot the spacecraft away adding momentum to its interplanetary flight. This is how the Voyager spacecraft managed their impressive tours of the outer solar system. The same gravity assist maneuvers can be equally effective in the inner solar system, and while it might seem counter intuitive, Bellcomm engineers found that a mission to Mars could benefit from flying by Venus on its way to the red planet.

A September 1967 proposal outlines a possible triple-flyby mission that would send a spacecraft to Venus and Mars on. Based on the geometry of the planets — taking advantage of optimal alignment — the ideal launch date for this mission was May 26, 1981. The spacecraft would launch towards Venus, reaching the planet on Dec. 28. It would whip around and head for Mars, making its contact on Oct. 5, 1982. The inbound leg of the journey would take it back by Venus on March 1, 1983 before returning to Earth on July 25. The mission would last 790 days.

The launch window for this proposal was 30 days. Launching on another date in the window would change the duration of the mission, making it last anywhere from 720 days to 850 days.

Three-planet flybys were thought to be rare; the 1981 launch window came as a surprise to the Bellcomm engineers. It inspired them to look for similar opportunities and they found that conditions for triple-flybys are actually fairly common. By October 1967, the company had identified a dual-flyby mission, one that would send a spacecraft to Venus then Mars and back to Earth with the option to revisit Venus on the inbound leg. In this scenario, a launch on Nov. 28, 1978 would take the spacecraft by Venus on May 11, 1979, Mars on Nov. 25, 1979, and Venus again on Jan. 29, 1980 before returning to Earth on Jan. 31, 1981.

For possible crews aboard these missions, they would have a long trip likely filled with astronomical observations punctuated by exciting days spent flying by Venus and Mars. Both proposals sent the crew within 1,200 miles of the surface of Venus; in 1970 this would happen on the day side of the planet while the 1980 opportunity would take them into the planet’s dark side. Of course, infrared sensors and mapping radar would work either way. For the engineers and NASA, this was a cost efficient way to send men to Mars.

These kinds of proposals would probably never gain any serious traction in NASA’s current climate, especially not for manned missions. The duration alone would likely draw criticism, though it’s not much shorter than the roughly 500 day mission most direct missions to Mars are expected to take. But a swing by Venus could return valuable data, and give the crew not one but two fascinating sights during their mission.

Image credit: NASA/JPL

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thatsridicarus

discoverynews:

Mars Rover Opportunity’s Beautiful Winter Hangout

Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has just celebrated its 3,000th sol* on Mars. This may sound like an important milestone, and it is. This tenacious six-wheeled robot has survived five Martian winters since it landed on the Red Planet in on Jan. 24th, 2004 — considering its warranty was only 90 days, we’re certainly getting our money’s worth!

In this spectacular 360 degree panorama, Opportunity photographed the vista surrounding her most recent winter hangout: “Greeley Haven.”

keep reading

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July 15 2012

thatsridicarus
mothernaturenetwork:

Le Petit Prince

If mankind decides to colonize Mars, Le Petit Prince would be a good partner to bring along. This robotic greenhouse concept by Martin Miklica is designed to help the exploration and population of Mars by protecting plants and scavenging the planet for nutrients. Le Petit Prince carries a plant inside its glass container and provides it with everything it needs to flourish on the red planet. The greenhouse robot is designed to learn the optimal process of searching for nutrients, and it can send reports to its fellow robots through wireless communication, enabling them to learn from one another.

Lol the robots in Wall-E are coming to life and that's a good thing :D

March 11 2012

thatsridicarus
Because it's a man's job.
Reposted byy-u-no-guy y-u-no-guy

February 05 2012

thatsridicarus

introducingemy:

Muslim Sailor Mars.

Edit: Hey guys!  I’m really sorry about the crosshair thing.  I didn’t even think about that since that’s how I’ve been drawing sparkles for a billion years.  Anyway, I changed it to more of a star/moon dealie so I hope that’s better!  Forgive me. ;A;!  I’ll change the others here in a min…

(Reblogging myself like a pro, neh? :D )

F YEAH. I shall forever make a shrine for this drawing
@kamilaqurr

November 25 2011

thatsridicarus

October 14 2011

thatsridicarus
Jay sketch by shvau4
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September 28 2011

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MARS cupcakes 3 :D by A-chanx3
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May 07 2011

April 24 2011

REBLOG if you love concerts!

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February 19 2011

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