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That'd be very cool for generations of people who weren't alive during the Apollo Program.  Plus the HD footage, probably "live feeds" (8 minute delay) we'd be able to watch as they hopped along the surface, would be awesome.

 

On the flip side, I have always thought the ever-present backlash on spending towards space exploration will spike greatly when it comes to humans setting foot on the Moon or Mars.  Get ready for that.  I see protests, even.

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1 hour ago, d0ublestr0ker0ll said:

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Pretty sure the moon is a little over one light second from Earth. 

1 hour ago, d0ublestr0ker0ll said:

 

On the flip side, I have always thought the ever-present backlash on spending towards space exploration will spike greatly when it comes to humans setting foot on the Moon or Mars.  Get ready for that.  I see protests, even


It's an area of spending that's easily demonized, no doubt about it. 

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16 minutes ago, Larry said:


Pretty sure the moon is a little over one light second from Earth. 


It's an area of spending that's easily demonized, no doubt about it. 

 

I was thinking of how long it takes for light from the Sun to reach Earth.  Brain toot.

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Emirates Mars Mission: Hope probe lines up historic Mars manoeuvre

 

History beckons for the United Arab Emirates as it seeks on Tuesday to place a probe around Mars.

 

The Hope spacecraft, launched from Earth seven months ago, is about to reach the decisive moment in its long journey - orbit insertion.

 

Currently moving at over 120,000km/h (75,000mph), it must fire its braking engines for 27 minutes to be sure of being captured by the planet's gravity.

 

Success would enable Hope to begin its mission to study Mars' climate.

 

"We're entering a very critical phase," said project director, Omran Sharaf. "It's a phase that basically defines whether we reach Mars, or not; and whether we'll be able to conduct our science, or not.

 

"If we go too slow, we crash on Mars; if we go too fast, we skip Mars," he told BBC News.

 

Hope is the first of three missions to arrive at the Red Planet this month. On Wednesday, the Chinese Tianwen-1 orbiter will also try to make it into orbit, while the Americans turn up on the 18th with another big rover.

 

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Russia and China ready to sign historic deal to build first moon base after snubbing US in new space race

 

RUSSIA is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with China to collaborate on an international lunar base, seeing the U.S snubbed again.

 

The countries are set to join forces to create China's brain child, the International Lunar Research Stations (ILRS), the latest build in the space-race-saga that brings another blow to America's aspirations.

 

The purpose of the ILRS is to create a long-term robotic presence on the Moon by the start of the next decade, before eventually establishing a sustained human presence.

 

An Order of the Government of the Russian Federation detailing the scheme was published on February 11, but the "date to sign the above mentioned MoU has not been determined yet and is currently discussed with the Chinese partners."

 

The moon has not been visited by humans since December 1972, when Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan made tracks on it during an Apollo 17 mission.

 

Both countries will kick off the research, beginning with China's upcoming Chang’e-6, -7, and -8 missions and Russia's Luna 27 probe.

 

They plan to use the lunar base to aid the “construction and operation of human's first sharing platform in the lunar south pole, supporting long-term, large-scale scientific exploration, technical experiments and development and utilisation of lunar resources."

 

In the early 2030s, the ILRS development will theoretically provide a base for long-term robotic presence on the Moon with the potential for short crewed missions.

 

Plans for structuring a long-term human presence are set to anticipated to take shape between 2036-2045.

 

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1 hour ago, China said:

Russia and China ready to sign historic deal to build first moon base after snubbing US in new space race

 

RUSSIA is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with China to collaborate on an international lunar base, seeing the U.S snubbed again.

 

The countries are set to join forces to create China's brain child, the International Lunar Research Stations (ILRS), the latest build in the space-race-saga that brings another blow to America's aspirations.

 

The purpose of the ILRS is to create a long-term robotic presence on the Moon by the start of the next decade, before eventually establishing a sustained human presence.

 

An Order of the Government of the Russian Federation detailing the scheme was published on February 11, but the "date to sign the above mentioned MoU has not been determined yet and is currently discussed with the Chinese partners."

 

The moon has not been visited by humans since December 1972, when Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan made tracks on it during an Apollo 17 mission.

 

Both countries will kick off the research, beginning with China's upcoming Chang’e-6, -7, and -8 missions and Russia's Luna 27 probe.

 

They plan to use the lunar base to aid the “construction and operation of human's first sharing platform in the lunar south pole, supporting long-term, large-scale scientific exploration, technical experiments and development and utilisation of lunar resources."

 

In the early 2030s, the ILRS development will theoretically provide a base for long-term robotic presence on the Moon with the potential for short crewed missions.

 

Plans for structuring a long-term human presence are set to anticipated to take shape between 2036-2045.

 

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Elon, I know you're all about Mars right now, but do you think you could pop in and beat the commies to the moon and show 'em what good ol' American Capitalism can do out of spite?

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5 hours ago, AlvinWaltonIsMyBoy said:

It would be hilarious if that thing panned around and showed a ****ing Walmart in the distance.

 

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11 minutes ago, TheGreatBuzz said:


Or a Starbucks.

 

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