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The team behind a planned private manned mission to Mars say they've come up with a way to protect voyagers from radiation exposure during the long trip: pack the walls of the spacecraft with a layer of the astronauts' own waste. "It's a little queasy sounding, but there's no place for that material to go, and it makes great …

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Pie in the Sky

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Poo in the Sky

surely?

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Re: Poo in the Sky

That name is the PitS. I think they should name her the Starshit Enterprise (or maybe the Scatellite of Love).

If for some reason they miss Mars and head out into deep space, they could rename her Sewager. That would be awful though. They'd be Colost' in Space.

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Re: Poo in the Sky

No No, please stay, spin out some shitticisms.....

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Devil

Smearing your shit inside the walls......

As a way of retaining your mental faculties, instead of demonstrating a loss of them.

Hmmmmmmm

Satan: "Art work of the Demonically Possessed? Here let me stick my fingers in your paint pot."

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Pragmatic

Some few molecules of the 36,500 gallons of water you consume each year has been in the urine of a mongol lord, a prostitute's abortion, and even Hitler's shit. Every glass of water contains molecules of H2O that were once in the bladder of a leper. The sort of folk who travel in space are both more aware of this issue than most and less concerned about it.

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Fairly sure I don't drink 100 gallons of water a day...

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Re: Pragmatic

You don't bathe, either? Nor wash your clothes?

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@ Starshit Enterprise

They'll have instructions to boldly 'go' where no man has been before!

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Re: Poo in the Sky

Let me get this straight: People will be travelling to Mars in - literally - a bag of shit?

We've come so far!

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Solar Flare !

"Captain ! NASA reports a large solar flare heading our way."

"Quickly, break out the bran flakes, we need to shore up the shielding..."

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Re: Pragmatic @ Mikel

Sounds like homoeopathy. Does the water remember being in Hitler?

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Whoa. This is an excellent factiod to throw at pro-homeopathists

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One way trip

While everyone froths themselves up regarding a visit to Mars, I for one want nothing back in this Earth ecosystem. You go to Mars? Stay there...become a Martian. Do not bring back some random virus or bacteria that our probes cannot detect. We are happy to send care packages!

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Re: One way trip

Earth, with its ever higher population, population density, communication between populations and human encroachment on potential 'reservoir' species is an ideal place for viruses and bacteria to evolve and spread... Mars not so much.

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Re: One way trip @multipharious

Pansy. It is that kind if thinking and fear mongering that holds all of humanity back.

If anything humans would be contaminating Mars.

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Re: One way trip

There's no chance of a martian superbug (though it's plausible that some earth-sourced extremophile might be at home there). A one-way manned landing is still a good idea, though. The astronauts would spend the rest of their (probably short) lives there, but they could get a lot of science done. Far more than any robotic probe we can make right now, and it's a good first step towards a sustainable colony too. The only problem is that the public would be appalled at the idea, for some strange moral reason. Eventually China will do it.

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Re: One way trip

did you read the bit about them slingshotting round Mars..and not landing there?

RTFA

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Re: One way trip

But what if the superbug has developed ways and means to catapult itself from the surface then latch onto flybying spacecraft?

We might be doomed regardless!

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Re: One way trip

I never said I was refering to this mission. I was just throwing out ideas for hypothetical future missions.

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Re: One way trip

Scraps from Mars fall to Earth all the time. If there's a plague there, we've got it already.

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"Do not bring back some random virus or bacteria that our probes cannot detect. We are happy to send care packages!"

Congratulations on being the most stupid thing I've read today.

How will these bacteria (so far undiscovered by us on several missions there) fly several thousand miles into space, penetrate the vessel's hull and adapt to a totally alien host, who might have totally differing biology.

In your own time...

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Nooooooooooooo way

Couldn't think of anything worse, cooped up in a sh*t lined tin can for 18 months with the wife.

I'd be suicidal after three days!

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Re: Nooooooooooooo way

Worse? Take the mother-in-law as well as the wife.

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Re: Nooooooooooooo way

At least putting the toilet seat down becomes less of an issue when you're surrounded by your own shit.

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Re: Nooooooooooooo way

"Forgetful" Ed Balls too, but hopefully not in his Nazi outfit or his claim they come in peace would have as much credibility as his election manifesto.

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Re: Nooooooooooooo way

Considering Nige Farrago speaks nowt but alien invasion rubbish, he's well suited to fill the outer skin with ordure.

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Re: Nooooooooooooo way

Gordon Brown's no stranger to a shit sandwich...

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Anime

Alright the Tito Mars mission is beginning to sound like some kind of weird (even by anime standards) anime porno featuring slothstronauts.

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Solar flare reported...

...break out the emergency supplies of All-Bran, prunes and Ex-Lax.

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Re: Solar flare reported...

A solar flare report might be enough of a 'brown trousers' event that the emergency supplies may not be necessary!

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We come in peace, and we're wrapped in dung and piss.

To meet E.T. would be the highlight of our history and the pinnacle of our embarrassment.

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Re: We come in peace, and we're wrapped in dung and piss.

"we come in feace" :)

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They're coming outta the goddamn walls!

Still, preferable to Aliens.

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I can see this being one big shit of a journey...

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It's one small step for man; one giant dump for mankind.

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I see a flaw

If the food and water is to be used as a radiation shield, then surely, consuming them would negate the whole purpose as 1 year old water and food would contain a years worth of accumulated radiation?

Unless of course, the radiations half-life is relatively short. More data required...........

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Re: I see a flaw

I recommend further education. You don't seem to grasp what radiation is.

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Re: I see a flaw

I'm here for the lol Eadon - what are you trying to do?

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Re: I see a flaw

Eadon,

I believe you were downvoted for the shocking lack of any attempt to tie the Mars mission to a rant about Microsoft. Have another go.

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Re: I see a flaw

Eh, I'm always downvoted for pointing out building solar arrays in space to collect power makes no economic sense compared to building a slightly bigger one on the ground for a thousandth the cost. Apparently a lack of common sense is a commentard requirement.

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@Eadon Re: If crap stops radiation in its tracks

WTF was that all about? I'm a staunch Linux and FOSS believer and evangelist and I REALLY do not like Microsoft, but your post just made me cringe.

C'mon, sort it out, you're not helping with that kind of frothing-at-the-mouth outburst.

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Re: If crap stops radiation in its tracks

That one started off being quite amusing but you over-egged the pudding as usual. The first sentence would have sufficed.

BTW. Fail is a verb. Using it as a noun at the end of everything you post makes you sound like an irritating FAILURE.

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Re: If crap stops radiation in its tracks

"hen why don't they make the spaceship out of MS Win Pho 8"

OK. That's it. This story didn't even have anything to do with Microsoft.

C.

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