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UMSF@5, The Forum's 5th Anniversary
mhoward
post Feb 9 2009, 02:59 PM
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The new banner looks great! Here's to another five.
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post Feb 9 2009, 03:11 PM
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Wow, five years! We have enjoyed the Mars Exploration Rovers, but so much else has happened!

Over this time, the following missions have launched:

Rosetta
Messenger
Deep Impact
Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter
Venus Express
New Horizons
Hinode
Stereo
Phoenix
Kayuga
Chang'e 1
Dawn
Chandrayaan 1
Koronas-Foton

Also active during this time:

The Voyagers
Cassini
Mars Express
Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Odyssey Orbiter
ACE
Hayabusa
Stardust
Ulysses
ICE
Genesis
SMART-1
SOHO
WIND
TRACE
RHESSI

What an amazing five years! Oh, and I wonder what obvious mission I left off...


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post Feb 9 2009, 03:20 PM
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I segond all these comments!
Life changed 5 years ago and what a nice banner... even the date has been perfect wink.gif
I wonder if you can do what you used to do times to times, Doug: inform us of the number of hits, the most visited topic (I bet it's "Eduardo's" Oppy's route map), etc, etc...
Thanks so much
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post Feb 9 2009, 03:33 PM
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QUOTE (climber @ Feb 9 2009, 03:20 PM) *
I segond all these comments!
Life changed 5 years ago and what a nice banner... even the date has been perfect wink.gif


Hum...isn't this your birthday also climber?...
You've been quite subtle... laugh.gif

Joyeux Anniversaire!!! biggrin.gif


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post Feb 9 2009, 03:39 PM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ Feb 9 2009, 11:36 AM) *
It's worth reposting an image from way back at the summit of Husband Hill. Ah, you were both so young laugh.gif
[attachment=17224:Doug_Hel...n_Summit.jpg]

Astro0


Wow that pic makes me look like I have G cups smile.gif If only! blink.gif

Thanks for all your kind words guys (and gals?) I wouldn't swap him for the world (or Mars for that matter).
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post Feb 9 2009, 03:40 PM
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1,821 Members
5,481 topics
127,906 posts.
21,251,220 thread views (Opportunity 3443149, Spirit 2,285,191 )
14,732 attachments consuming 3.843 Gb
31,000 and 24,000 views respectively for Eric's 'Monkey and other features' debunking images
And of course, the Opportunity route map thread with 426,453 views - is the most viewed thread.


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post Feb 9 2009, 04:35 PM
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I think secretly Helen counts herself lucky that Doug's circle of friends are all over the globe and not from the pub down the street because they are less likely to drop by at inopportune times unannounced wink.gif


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post Feb 9 2009, 04:43 PM
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smile.gif That's great!

In contrast, my girl always complains about my lack of time. She even thinks that I love Mars more than her, which is ridiculous wink.gif
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post Feb 9 2009, 04:50 PM
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Is Hayabusa not the record holder for number of views? It shows 869913.
In any case: my congratulations with the 5 yrs anniversary and I'm looking forward to what is yet to come.
But should we measure our best wishes to Doug and the UMSF community in terms of years or in terms of missions? For example, with the ongoing discussions on the mission to Pluto I feel comfortable that "we" are on this mission and will see it through one way or the other till arrival in 2015. Right, Doug??

But I am equally interested in the OPAG reports and its ongoing discussions in UMSF.
If TSSM goes ahead - which I sincerely hope - we are talking about 2030...
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post Feb 9 2009, 06:19 PM
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Happy 'Birth'day UMSF and many more years! smile.gif This place is great!
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post Feb 9 2009, 08:08 PM
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It took a couple of weeks for the Internet Archive to index the site - the earliest record is from the 20th Feb 2004:

http://web.archive.org/web/20040220210240/....rlproject.com/


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Our members have made a total of 159 posts
We have 38 registered members
The newest member is Bjorn Jonsson



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charborob
post Feb 9 2009, 08:11 PM
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When I found UMSF, I found myself immediately "at home". The amount of collective space knowledge on this forum is staggering. I can hardly keep up with everything and I can't contribute much, but knowing there's a whole bunch of space enthousiasts (or should I say "fanatics") out there makes me feel less lonely.
This is the place to be. Let's keep it up!
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post Feb 9 2009, 11:42 PM
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QUOTE (ustrax @ Feb 9 2009, 04:33 PM) *
Hum...isn't this your birthday also climber?...
You've been quite subtle... laugh.gif
Joyeux Anniversaire!!! biggrin.gif

Thank you Rui!.. and yes, I'm twice @5 now... which means 55 biggrin.gif


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post Feb 10 2009, 02:02 AM
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All I can say is that while a baker's dozen of people (or so, not counting members who have left in the meantime) joined the then mer.rlproject forum on its first day of 2/8/04, I can proudly say that I was the first person to join on the following day, 2/9/04. So today is actually my own five-year anniversary here.

I know it can be a huge pain to be in charge of such a big thing, Doug, and I know it can get stressful at times. But I'm impressed that the young, wide-eyed and joyful British hotshot who thought up this site is still wide-eyed and joyful as much as you are. Me, I'd probably be growling at the cats by now... smile.gif

If we don't express our appreciation often enough, I apologize. You provide a unique and valuable portion of my intellectual life, and I dunno what I'd do without this place. Thanks for doing it for us... for the field... and mostly, for yourself!

Enjoy.

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post Feb 10 2009, 03:43 AM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Feb 8 2009, 11:16 PM) *
I second THAT comment.

And add that I'm sorry that I couldn't get the beautiful birthday-banner uploaded in time that Astro0 made for me - I'm travelling today - hopefully airport-waiting time and WiFi will sort that out smile.gif
(edit - or over breakfast biggrin.gif )

Doug



The only thing I would have done differently on the banner would have been to have three moons, one bright, one dark, one bright. But that would have been too geeky.

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