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Old 08-11-2012, 11:09 PM   #21
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What’s up with the spacecraft’s dinky 2 megapixel camera and equally dinky PowerPC 750 computer chip?
The spacecraft also has just 4.5 gigabytes of data storage, Information Management points out in a profile of Ann Devereaux, deputy lead for the entry, descent and landing stage of Curiosity’s mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
“When people saw the data volumes we process and the memory space they’d inevitably ask, ‘You’re taking this to Mars?” Deveraux told the newsletter. “Why isn’t this the latest gear? My memory stick has more memory than your whole computer.”
The short answer, NASA scientists and space observers point out, is the team started working on the mission in 2004. At the time, these components were state-of-the-art technology already approved for the rigors of space travel including radiation bombardment and temperature extremes.
The problem is that the pace of technology moves so fast that what was relatively high-tech less than a decade ago looks comparatively lame today. Sure, any images whatsoever from the surface of Mars are super cool. But where’s the real-time streaming video?
In addition to the long-lead time for design and testing of components to fly on a mission to Mars (remember, there’s no Best Buy there to put that extended warranty to use should something break), transmitting the data from Mars to Earth is a tricky proposition
I think that one more thing to take into consideration (and I only realize this from watching the jmini-documentaries people posted here...thanks ) is that the 'bandwidth' for transmission over 155million miles is very narrow. So streaming a hi-def video isn't really possible unless you are willing to wait a LONG time for it to 'download.' And now you are forfeiting more relevant (though not as exciting to us amateurs) data that could have been received in the same time-span.
So I think it's a matter of priorities as much as it is anything else.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:10 PM   #22
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Did you even read up on the project or are you just that fucking stupid?
I just don't give a flying fuck.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:20 PM   #23
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I just don't give a flying fuck.
Exactly which is why you have no clue at what you're talking about.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:26 AM   #24
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Exactly which is why you have no clue at what you're talking about.
I'm as clued in as I want to be.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:32 AM   #25
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And this is why our kids aren't learning shit. The boy is clearly smoking herb and probably bought it from a hot high school math teacher who is also sexually abusing him.

Admirable at the very least. My respects. waiting.gif
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Fuck this unmanned shit. We need to spend a few hundred billion and put a man back in space in the name of ........................science

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