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A name for MSL, MSL
Stu
post Jul 16 2008, 08:19 PM
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My ideal name would be "Lewis and Clark" but I'm sure many people would get confused, thinking there were two rovers and wondering if MSL was "Lewis" or "Clark". rolleyes.gif

My other choices would be "Prospector", "Seeker" and my current fave, "Pilgrim".


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post Jul 16 2008, 10:13 PM
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Sounding like a broken record, I know, but still gotta go with "Sagan". The tribute aspect is obvious, but would also like to turn modern kids on to his body of work. Most of his books still hold up, and most importantly still inspire imagination.


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post Jul 16 2008, 10:15 PM
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Technically, I think Carl has been honored in that way already with the renaming of the Pathfinder Lander to the Sagan Memorial Station.
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post Jul 16 2008, 10:26 PM
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Yeah, I thought of that, but unfortunately Pathfinder has been right off the radar screen of the general public for more than a decade now. Kind of wish they'd waited for one of the MERs or MSL, but of course 1) Carl had just recently passed, and 2) who even knew then that the MERs or MSL would ever fly?

Well, failing that, how about Lowell or Schiaparelli? It seems to quite possibly be heading for a "canal", of sorts...


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post Nov 11 2008, 06:37 AM
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Burroughs? Wells?
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post Nov 11 2008, 08:21 AM
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Richard Cook mentioned a naming contest in his Von Karman lecture (see the JPL website). It'll happen, just not yet.
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post Nov 19 2008, 08:33 AM
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MSL naming contest announced:
http://marsrovername.jpl.nasa.gov/
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post Nov 19 2008, 02:23 PM
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For my money, it needs to be something like Intimidator, Nuclear Invader from Earth, or something like that.

Or, "Please God, just this once, let me get a sample into my lab for analysis"


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post Nov 19 2008, 03:14 PM
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The contest is only open to US students in grades K-12, so all of you adults and/or foreign nationals can keep your ideas to yourselves. rolleyes.gif

The contest is being run by Disney, so a dignified and appropriate name is practically guaranteed. unsure.gif

Unfortunately my reading of the rules is that none of my immediate family members are eligible.


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post Nov 19 2008, 04:12 PM
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QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Nov 19 2008, 09:14 AM) *
The contest is being run by Disney, so a dignified and appropriate name is practically guaranteed. unsure.gif

Oh, gods and goddesses -- I can hear the news commentators now:

"The new Mars Rover, Goofy, landed on Mars today..."

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post Nov 19 2008, 04:23 PM
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QUOTE (dvandorn @ Nov 19 2008, 05:12 PM) *
"The new Mars Rover, Goofy, landed on Mars today..."
-the other Doug

As a matter of fact, Mickey Mouse turned 80 yesterday nov 18th! Let's hope MSL will last that many months...


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post Nov 19 2008, 05:03 PM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Jul 16 2008, 04:13 PM) *
Sounding like a broken record, I know, but still gotta go with "Sagan".


If it was an inter-galactic rover exploring billions and billions of worlds I'd agree, but since it's going to Mars I have to favor Bradbury.


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post Nov 19 2008, 05:20 PM
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Nuclear power and a laser beam?

"Sir"

or

"Whatever it wants to be called"

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post Nov 19 2008, 05:22 PM
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I, for one, welcome our new laser-wielding overlord.


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post Nov 19 2008, 05:59 PM
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