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Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« on: January 14, 2005, 05:43:44 PM »
In case you didn't know, it worked! :) Images and stuff are being posted on the ESA website at http://www.esa.int - I for one think it is pretty amazing.
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2005, 06:30:42 PM »
Part of me gets all thin-lipped and disapproving that we spend squillions of dollars to find out what other planets look like - oh, rocky and dusty, in the mean-time people are dying of hunger, etc.

The other part of me that thinks knowledge is a good in itself, is so impressed and admiring of the achievement - I didn't think it would work. Here we are, finding out how a world is made. Incredible.

I wonder if early science fiction writers who envisaged other planets as fabulous other worlds would be disappointed. My grandfather always liked it when discoveries of similarities and regularity were made across the universe. He used to see it as proof of God.
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2005, 07:29:11 PM »
Part of me gets all thin-lipped and disapproving that we spend squillions of dollars to find out what other planets look like - oh, rocky and dusty, in the mean-time people are dying of hunger, etc.

Eh, we could spend all we wanted on space exploration, have free health care for everyone, and feed the hungry if we didn't bother with war, so I don't feel so bad about this sort of thing.

Although yeah, rocks and stuff are pretty boring.
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2005, 07:45:00 PM »
I also question the naming of a probe which looks suspiciously like "huge anus" to me.

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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2005, 07:47:34 PM »
Although yeah, rocks and stuff are pretty boring.

Rocks rock.
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2005, 08:37:49 PM »
Other than space kinda blowing my mind away, I think this stuff is pretty awesome.   ;D
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2005, 09:03:43 PM »
Although yeah, rocks and stuff are pretty boring.

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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2005, 09:20:34 PM »
Hey, same to you mister What-the-hell-is-a-nectarine. :)
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2005, 10:04:07 PM »
Tell me this is an IRC reference and Icelus acutaly knows waht a nectarine.  Please.

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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2005, 12:19:05 AM »
Although yeah, rocks and stuff are pretty boring.

They become more interesting when they're from a million miles away, though.

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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2005, 01:12:48 AM »
I'll jump in here to afirm that rocks=teh roxxor!!!!11onoe!

I'd also like to add that anyone who feels that rocks are boring=teh suxxor
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Re: Hugeanus probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2005, 02:00:05 AM »
Rocks rock.

Exactly. This stuff is exciting.

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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2005, 03:43:27 AM »
Huygens - not coincidentally, he discovered Titan.
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2005, 08:54:41 AM »
Shouldn't we have made contact by now or do we need James Cameron to do the job?
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2005, 06:23:42 PM »
I don't care about rocks, I want to find life forms and a new planet to live on/explore.
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2005, 06:29:23 PM »
You people are slowly killing me with your poisonous words.

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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2005, 12:43:46 PM »
<--- Chimes in with the saying "If you don't grow it, you mine it".   


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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2005, 01:33:07 PM »
'Walking Tall' and 'The Scorpion King' can hardly be called a collection. :P
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2005, 05:28:13 AM »
St. Jo sent me here. I told Opera she'd be cross. But would he listen? No. Once they get a trailer it all goes to their heads.

It said on the news tonight that they haven't found any signs of life on Titan. Not a big surprise, but then I thought about Jester and Blood Raven, and hoped they're not too disappointed. Apparently Titan cannot sustain life because of the methane in the atmosphere. Umm, didn't we already know that about Titan?
 
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2005, 08:53:12 AM »
I thought we are just searching for rocks. Aliens would be irritated, if we claimed to be searching for other intelligent lifeforms.
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2005, 07:48:51 PM »
Unless of course we found life that could breathe methane. Which makes me somewhat confused about the comment that Titan couldn't support life. We've known the atmosphere is methane for...forever. I will blame it on crazy news people and be content tho.
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2005, 12:34:10 AM »
I guess the media are in a bind on that one. Do they assume everyone listening to the item knows about Titan and just tell us the new stuff? Or do they have to quickly educate everyone in the 30 sec grab? Probably No.2.  Electronic media debate, etc. 

Unless of course we found life that could breathe methane.
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Re: Huygens probe lands on Titan!
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2005, 04:00:10 AM »
Unless of course we found life that could breathe methane.
Should you be encouraging them?

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