Mars Curiosity Rover makes successful landing (including first images)

TFP: NASA’s Curiosity Rover has sucessfully landing in Mars’ Gale Crater.

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Speed-Racer2146d ago

*cue the UFO comments*

On a serious note though, this is a big step given how advanced this rover is compared to their previous models. Hope they do make some fascinating discoveries.

mushroomwig2145d ago

Amazing achievement by NASA, if they can do something like this with only 1% of the total U.S spending, imagine what they could do with a little more.

I wish more people would be interested in this, invading countries and building bombs is not our destiny, exploring space is.

BelieveinGhosts2145d ago

1% of U.S. spending is still more than a lot of countries

Speed-Racer2145d ago

and? Isn't it better than bombing countries though?

jony_dols2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

Imagine if the defense budget ($700B in 2011 alone) for the last 3-4 decades had been spent on NASA, how much more beneficial it would have been for mankind's future.

Space mining, cheap commercial space flights, asteroid detection grid, manned missions to planets in our solar system or even alternate fuel sources, could have been a reality now.

But instead all we've gained is the ability to blow up shacks in 3rd world countries, with remote control planes . Progress, huh?

solid_si2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

$700 billion is required for maintaining a modern empire even though Americas ememies are usualy third world countries with AK47's or very low cold war technologies.

Yep, America chose empire building as more important than the glory of space advancment. Then again, u cant be succesful as America has if u dont have an empire.

Rome was not built by intellectuals but by Warlords. Greeks did not surface as a great power without the military briliance of alaxander the great. Ghengis khan would have been unheard of if he did not conqer half the world. The English language will be unimportant if the British empire did not colonise the world.

Building Empires has its vital importance as it will always be that way but even they too have an expiration date.

b163o12144d ago

The problem with exploring space is that even if we(Americans) throw all our money into exploring space we'd still not have enough money to explore like we'd need to. The only way I could see us truly exploring space would be and only be by WORLD DOMINATION. The world would have to collectively throw money in to this, and looking at the news now, I just don't see it happening anytime soon....

jony_dols2144d ago

Since when did America become an 'Empire' that was comparable to former Roman or British colonial domains? A couple of dots in the Pacific ocean & Puerto Rico aren't exactly Australia, South Africa, India, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Ireland & the Caribbean. Hell the US hasn't even conclusively won a war since WW2.

Most of the aforementioned $700B has been spent protecting America against threats that they created themselves. Providing billions of dollars worth military aid to the Taliban in the'80's and arming Israel with nuclear weapons, weren't exactly the most intelligent decisions.

America's military expenditure has brought them nothing but misery & all that money could have gone much worthier causes.

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VanillaBear2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

The problem is the American Government of full of liars when it comes to this type of stuff. If they found anything amazing or out of this world they would cover it up and pretend like they havent found anything. Trying to find life outside our planet is the only thing keeping NASA relevent, once a discovery is made they risk funding going down even more.

ThePundit2144d ago

You should read "Deception Point" by Dan Brown.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2145d ago

Knowing humans they will bomb each other is space! Have you not seen star wars or star trek? It's a prediction! When they leave earth their ego is coming with them!

ProjectVulcan2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

NASA has about 0.5 percent of the federal budget. Which sounds pathetic, but then the US is the world's biggest economy and is therefore huge. Like $17 billion dollar huge. Thats more than half of the world's countries GDP.

There are some major problems on this planet, however it is a pretty much cast iron accepted fact that if humanity is going to survive the next millenia or even couple of hundred years it will have to travel to other worlds and colonise them. Earth is in a precarious position, and I don't mean piffling little things such as environment issues- huge things like extinction level events.

Now of course you could argue this is not an immediately pressing problem in comparison to others, but the long term benefits from technologies and research that disseminate from space programmes promises immeasurably greater benefits than throwing $17 billion at one charitable cause a year. Just ask Bill Gates, who has thrown more than that, and the impact is still limited and aid distibution hugely problematic.

In order to help those in poverty and those with problems, we probably need an advancement of technology and science. If we can crack one key scientific area this century (for one example nuclear fusion power) that is the sort of thing that will help dig us out this hole we are in right now. This is what the likes of NASA contribute to, these significant scientific problems.

BelieveinGhosts2144d ago

This isnt a sci-fi movie here, i dont see technology good enough to colonise any planet in the next few centuries

ProjectVulcan2144d ago (Edited 2144d ago )

Erm.....No one saw technology good enough to have powered flight a mere 110 years ago, or even send a man to the moon a mere 60 years ago. Both were still considered impossible and unrealistic, out of reach, only a few decades before they actually happened...

It isn't science fiction to believe it will be possible to colonise for example the Moon or Mars within the next few centuries. Chances are we will have a man on Mars inside 30 years. If that happens, having people live on the Moon for example for years at a time would seem even more realistic.

This isn't science fiction, this is reality. If you told someone living in 1900 we would have human footprints on the moon within 70 years they would have said what you just said then.

Th3 Chr0nic2145d ago

WAR IN SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!!

360ICE2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

If only the budget was as high as 1%....

What disappoints me isn't the low NASA budget though, but US neglectance to fund science in general. CERN could have been built in USA if it wasn't for congress! Now, instead of the President making a speech about the Higgs Bosson and having the country be inspired by science, we get Tweets from Switzerland.

BelieveinGhosts2144d ago

not everything revolves around the U.S.

360ICE2144d ago

Okay, you clearly have your issues, but to put it bluntly: I don't suggest that the world revolves around the US, I just state what I believe would be in US interest.

Your little intervention would be no less misplaced had it been a reply to a suggestion to improve the socioeconomic situation in the states.

Besides, I kidd the Swiss. I'd just like for the USA to have a scientific frontier that could inspire us to learn about the wealth engine that is science.

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StarbuckSpitfire2145d ago

NASA landed a vehicle the size of my Mini Cooper on a 12 x 4 mile piece of Martian land and that robot was already transmitting photos back minutes after landing. And this only cost each American taxpayer a grand total of $7.00.

This is why I love the space program.

chukamachine2145d ago

I think the machine is amazing, and well done for landing it in such an inhospitable place.

But wth is with the black and white photo's.

The machine has 2 hd camera's built into it.

mushroomwig2145d ago

The black and white photos are for quick confirmation that the rover is safely on the ground. The HD pictures won't be here for a day or so due to the bandwidth and the distance the data has to travel.

cyclindk2145d ago (Edited 2145d ago )

YES! Only a paltry 2.5 billion and we rediscover that there IS, in fact, dirt on Mars.

I knew it, everybody was against me, but I knew there be dirt in them thare hills all along.


Wow, the U.S. should totally claim Mars. Then the Martians can open up casinos on their reserves.

jon12342145d ago

sarcasm noted and ignored....

cyclindk2142d ago

Worm guy with humorless comments un-noted and given undue attention... enjoy your "agree-gasms."

jon12342142d ago

hahaha butt hurt commenter, commenting on a 2 day old post to get back at someone who he thinks he cares about "agree"s, LAUGHED at and made my day just a little better, thanks man :)

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