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Q & A With Steve Squyres, Coming in September
djellison
post Jul 27 2005, 11:46 AM
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As previously reported, there's a great lineup of speakers at the BAA out of London meeting on September 3rd - including MER Principle Investigator Steve Squyres.

Steve has kindly offered some of his time so that we can meet up and do a Q'n'A based on questions submitted by you lot.

Obviously - there will be loads and loads of questions you want to ask and only so much time in which to ask them - however - I'll do what I can to pick as many of the best as I can squeeze in in the time available.

There will be a write up here, obviously, and I will try and record it as an MP3 and post that here as well.

Steve's book 'Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet' is published next week - and a signed copy will be winging its way to the person submitting the best question! *

If you have questions you want me to pitch to Steve, then drop me an email to doug@rlproject.com with the subject SS Q&A

As a heads up - please take note of the other speakers at the BAA meeting - and if you have specific questions you'd like asked of them - I'll do my best to try and get them in after their presentations at the meeting. The last two ( Profs Greeley and Muller ) are on the Sunday and the Friday respectively, but I will be trying to get down to those presentations as well - but no promises.

-Prof. Carolyn Porco, Principal investigator, Cassini imaging system
-Prof. John Zarnecki, Principal investigator, Huygens surface science
-Prof. Mike A'Hearn, Principal Investigator, Deep Impact,
-Prof. Ron Greeley, Scientist on several planetary missions, Chairman of NASA & NAS Mars exploration panel
-Prof. Jan-Peter Muller, Scientist on Mars Express hi-resolution camera team, University College London.

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* 'best' to be picked by SS and myself on the day smile.gif
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post Jul 27 2005, 12:57 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jul 27 2005, 06:46 AM)
Steve's book 'Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet' is published next week - and a signed copy will be winging its way to the person submitting the best question! *

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Is Squyres' book available in the USA yet?


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"After having some business dealings with men, I am occasionally chagrined,
and feel as if I had done some wrong, and it is hard to forget the ugly circumstance.
I see that such intercourse long continued would make one thoroughly prosaic, hard,
and coarse. But the longest intercourse with Nature, though in her rudest moods, does
not thus harden and make coarse. A hard, sensible man whom we liken to a rock is
indeed much harder than a rock. From hard, coarse, insensible men with whom I have
no sympathy, I go to commune with the rocks, whose hearts are comparatively soft."

- Henry David Thoreau, November 15, 1853

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post Jul 27 2005, 01:08 PM
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QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jul 27 2005, 12:57 PM)
Is Squyres' book available in the USA yet?
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Seemingly
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...=books&n=507846

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post Jul 31 2005, 06:16 AM
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It's not been too easy finding where he will be on his signing tour, but he'll apparently be at KSC on August 9th. Has anyone found the schedule?

http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/eventsDe...?calendarId=192

Doug: I've sent you my questions. I'm curious how many others you've received. Do you have more questions than you could possibly ask?


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post Jul 31 2005, 09:16 AM
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I've had two. ohmy.gif

Perhaps no one reads the news forum sad.gif

I've added a link to my signature - the ammount of yapping I do here, no one can miss that smile.gif

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post Aug 1 2005, 04:09 AM
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Darn it. I should have kept my mouth shut. My question would have had a 50% chance of winning the contest. ohmy.gif

On second thought, I sent you two questions. If you were counting both of those, I pretty much had the odds locked up in my favor. laugh.gif Now I really hate my big mouth.

Seriously, though, I hope you've gotten more questions by now. This is a precious opportunity and we should collectively make the most of it. mars.gif


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post Aug 1 2005, 06:53 AM
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Yesterday I was tempted to call for questions elsewhere, but then I thought no - it's the people here who I want to get the benefit from this. When the article and recording is done, I can post THAT elsewhere and say "if you did something about your conspiracist kooks, you guys could have asked him stuff as well"
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Doug

(PS - I was just posting at another forum, and Suzi prompty sat on my keyboard - so I bowed to her superior judgement and just clicked X wink.gif )
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post Aug 1 2005, 04:32 PM
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Great initiative Doug! Amazing how this place has grown.

Unfortunately, I don't think I know enough about the MERs to have a question ready. I only look at the general progress and the pretty pictures posted here biggrin.gif
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post Aug 1 2005, 10:36 PM
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You could ask Carolyn Porco to get them to fix the Cassini RAW website tongue.gif tongue.gif wink.gif
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post Aug 2 2005, 01:29 PM
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QUOTE (Sunspot @ Aug 1 2005, 05:36 PM)
You could ask Carolyn Porco to get them to fix the Cassini RAW website  tongue.gif  tongue.gif  wink.gif
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Was she really as bad as depicted in Gregory Benford's book Deep Time?

If so, she really hampered a chance to put a legitimate message to the future on the Cassini orbiter, as opposed to just a bunch of signatures (of which mine is one, I must admit).

http://www.physics.uci.edu/~silverma/benford.html


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"After having some business dealings with men, I am occasionally chagrined,
and feel as if I had done some wrong, and it is hard to forget the ugly circumstance.
I see that such intercourse long continued would make one thoroughly prosaic, hard,
and coarse. But the longest intercourse with Nature, though in her rudest moods, does
not thus harden and make coarse. A hard, sensible man whom we liken to a rock is
indeed much harder than a rock. From hard, coarse, insensible men with whom I have
no sympathy, I go to commune with the rocks, whose hearts are comparatively soft."

- Henry David Thoreau, November 15, 1853

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post Aug 2 2005, 03:38 PM
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QUOTE (CosmicRocker @ Jul 31 2005, 01:16 AM)
...he'll apparently be at KSC on August 9th. 
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I guess he's planning on taking in the MRO launch on August 10th.
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post Aug 2 2005, 07:13 PM
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Question for Steve:

Can i have a go please?
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post Aug 2 2005, 07:20 PM
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Seriously though:

Do you think you'll see Spirit or Oppy again in person?
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post Aug 2 2005, 09:25 PM
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QUOTE (paxdan @ Aug 2 2005, 07:20 PM)
Seriously though:

Do you think you'll see Spirit or Oppy again in person?
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I LIKE that one smile.gif

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post Aug 2 2005, 11:54 PM
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QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Aug 2 2005, 01:29 PM)
Was she really as bad as depicted in Gregory Benford's book Deep Time?

If so, she really hampered a chance to put a legitimate message to the future on the Cassini orbiter, as opposed to just a bunch of signatures (of which mine is one, I must admit).

http://www.physics.uci.edu/~silverma/benford.html
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no. It was Benford who was most clueless.
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