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Inaccuracy in reporting astronomy and science
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post Feb 12 2010, 11:22 AM
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A friend of mine who should know better said it was a military payload on a Saturn V.....I think he might have been on the "red juice" the night before......He saw it launch as he lives only 12 miles away.
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post Feb 12 2010, 12:11 PM
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Take a look at the title of this page - http://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/Admin/reso...tml#vgrISSEDR-J
Quite interesting biggrin.gif


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post Feb 12 2010, 12:43 PM
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Oy. sad.gif

This one I can at least understand a tiny bit. The original concept mission that became Viking was called "Voyager". Of course, it's more likely a silly mistake by a tired or disinterested web developer.


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post Feb 12 2010, 04:57 PM
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It's funny that the "lander" error is being pointed out, because I think a fair amount of the SDO press called it a "probe." Reading that term might have led the talking heads mentioned earlier to think it was actually going to the Sun.
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post Feb 12 2010, 05:28 PM
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Machi,
I contacted the PDS node feedback link, and the page has been corrected. smile.gif Another win for UMSF!


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post Mar 3 2010, 07:42 AM
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I wish I had a better place to post this, since it's not really 'inaccuracy' at all, but the moment I saw this I thought "what will UMSF think?", and I doubt it's worth starting a new topic just for this, so here goes, a Rube Goldberg machine made for a music video, with a sneaky MER appearance at 2:09!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w

Rather nice to see the rovers get a cameo in pop culture, eh? biggrin.gif
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post Mar 3 2010, 08:06 AM
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QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Mar 3 2010, 02:42 AM) *
Rather nice to see the rovers get a cameo in pop culture, eh? biggrin.gif
I had just watched that video before I read your post and not noticed!

Here's the rover at 1:58 awaiting it's cameo.
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post Mar 3 2010, 04:46 PM
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Awesome :
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/...-from-Mars.html

(brought to my attention by a former colleague - I sure as hell wouldn't read The Sun's website)

Looks to me like MERA - just after Bonneville. Going to start looking with MMB smile.gif

(a few short moments later )
RIGHT - It was Sol Sol 87 12:17:49

(I have been tweeting my analysis...how very 21st century)

Analysis of the Sun-Gorilla. Sol 87 was a 36m drive. Gorilla is 24m from end-location thus 11-ish- metres from Sol 76-87 site

AHh - Sol 87A drive was 36 metres, but distance covered as crow flies... only 20.5 metres (plus a 1 metre drop from rim of Bonneville)

And the Sun's Gorilla looks to me... to be this rock - http://bit.ly/dcUknh - now to check size with AlgorimancerPG tool from both sites

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post Mar 3 2010, 05:16 PM
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Geez!
Not only there is a "big foot" (and all the other animals e.g. the "speed turtle") near Home Plate but a Gorilla around Bonneville. rolleyes.gif
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post Mar 3 2010, 07:49 PM
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My appalling typography skills come together with a couple of debunking images smile.gif
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post Mar 3 2010, 08:02 PM
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It's totally drinking from that aslant puddle.
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post Mar 3 2010, 10:12 PM
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Would it be remiss of me to suggest to those non-English readers that it's only about one hundred miles (as the gorilla runs) from Hartlepool, home of the Napoleonic monkey scare of the early 19th century to Grimsby? laugh.gif

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post Mar 3 2010, 10:18 PM
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QUOTE (stevesliva @ Mar 3 2010, 03:02 PM) *
It's totally drinking from that aslant puddle.
I was thinking of coining a phrase, "drinking slanted water" to refer to those who believe such nonsense as the Sun writes. Then I Googled it and sure enough....
"DON’T DRINK SLANTED WATER". laugh.gif
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post Mar 3 2010, 10:50 PM
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I wonder if 'Nigel Cooper' is even real! Someone should tell him that UMSF exists.
Or maybe he already has a pseudonym here.... blink.gif
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post Mar 3 2010, 11:22 PM
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QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Mar 3 2010, 10:50 PM) *
I wonder if 'Nigel Cooper' is even real! Someone should tell him that UMSF exists.
Or maybe he already has a pseudonym here.... blink.gif


Heather Couper (a woman who has asteroid 3922 named after her) lives with a Nigel. Is it, perhaps, just a very slow news day at Murdoch's Sun?

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