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Old 05-10-2008, 02:19 AM   #1
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Default Missions to the Sun: NASA's Solar Probe Plus and ESA's Solar Orbiter

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http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pre...008/080501.asp

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Last edited by Unstung; 03-31-2015 at 03:18 AM. Reason: Formerly: NASA approves new $750 million mission: Solar Probe
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Old 05-10-2008, 03:38 AM   #2
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Here comes the Sun.
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Old 05-10-2008, 04:22 AM   #3
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Solar Probe will use seven Venus flybys over nearly seven years to gradually shrink its orbit around the sun, coming as close as 4.1 million miles (6.6 million kilometers) to the sun, well within the orbit of Mercury and about eight times closer than any spacecraft has come before.
Shooting for a 2015 launch date. 7 long years to wait, but this will be a really cool mission.
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:05 AM   #4
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Impressive! We really do need to learn more about the Sun and how it works.
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:58 AM   #5
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 Shooting for a 2015 launch date. 7 long years to wait, but this will be a really cool mission.
I'd call it a hot mission!
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:25 AM   #6
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Although I'm not too happy with having to wait SEVEN years. Not like it was in the old days when they would decide what to do and do it within a few months.
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Old 05-10-2008, 07:10 AM   #7
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Now the only problem is that NASA has to figure out where to point the rocket.
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Old 05-10-2008, 09:47 AM   #8
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 Although I'm not too happy with having to wait SEVEN years. Not like it was in the old days when they would decide what to do and do it within a few months.

seriously. in a perfect world we'd already be exploring Mars on foot with the technology we have.. Humans are not perfect... It truly is sad how our own money dictates our actions.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:30 AM   #9
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 Now the only problem is that NASA has to figure out where to point the rocket.
I'm sure they've already figured it out. Flight plans are generally researched and decided on very early in the process for interplanetary missions.
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:22 AM   #10
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 Now the only problem is that NASA has to figure out where to point the rocket.
"Up" would be a wise choice. Seriously, firing a rocket sideways can cause more than a little trouble. Believe me, I know.
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:39 PM   #11
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 in a perfect world we'd already be exploring Mars on foot with the technology we have
So by your definition a perfect world is when some humans (not many, I'm sure) set foot on Mars? It's off-topic but I can't understand your philosophy...
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Old 05-10-2008, 09:50 PM   #12
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do you know what a figure of speech is?
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:09 PM   #13
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 So by your definition a perfect world is when some humans (not many, I'm sure) set foot on Mars? It's off-topic but I can't understand your philosophy...

I'm sure that the only thing he means to say is that crewed Mars exploration mission would have already occurred .. if we had used the tech properly with the proper goals and motivation.
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Old 05-11-2008, 04:50 PM   #14
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 So by your definition a perfect world is when some humans (not many, I'm sure) set foot on Mars? It's off-topic but I can't understand your philosophy...
What's the point of this post? Are you trying to start a flamewar?
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:01 PM   #15
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http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2...solarprobe.htm
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