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NASA's Mars probe MAVEN has successfully sneaked through its weather window and launched from Cape Canaveral at 13.28pm ET on Monday, before heavy weather could roll in and delay the launch. MAVEN launch And she's off Scientists and engineers at the agency and Lockheed Martin have spent the last five years building the Mars …

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Come on, tell us the truth

This one is carrying the pilau rice and poppadoms that the Indian delivery vehicle forgot.

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Re: Come on, tell us the truth

How could you have overlooked a chicken tikka masala? And a few pints, to wash it down !

On the other hand, $74 million versus .........??????

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Re: Come on, tell us the truth

NASA should offshore themselves?

Mine's the one with tickets to Delhi.

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Re: Come on, tell us the truth

These stupid Brits are racists. It is evident from the articles on this biased website about launch of NASA's MAVEN and ISRO's MOM. The language used for India's Mars mission is mostly condescending and trivialising their achievement whereas the same achievement by America is hailed as a great feat.

What did Brit morons achieve from NASA's mission other than a sense of pseudo satisfaction from being people of same color? Enjoy this false sense of achievement while countries like India and Chine leave your hapless island behind in all spheres of advancement in years to come.

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Biased reporting...

Why is there no comment on how much this is costing the taxpayer?

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Re: Biased reporting...

"Thrift pays for extra science by NASA's MAVEN mission"

http://spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av038/131117budget/

"Managers say the MAVEN is on track to come in under its $671 million budget"

Suck it, buck wheat.

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Re: Biased reporting...

Yes, there's a definite trend here. Anyone else noticed that it's the least funded/suffering the heaviest cutbacks branches of the US government that're actually doing some good?

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In other words you have nothing, apart from a rather bizarre and meaningless insult.

Disappointing.

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I can tell you whatever spending on Science and Space exploration that this probe represents is not nearly enough. Not by a long shot. We're slowly committing suicide if we don't find a way off of this rock. If we don't kill ourselves, eventually Nature will kill us off. Its not conjecture, its a certainty.

Getting off of this planet and onto another one, or preferably several other bodies, greatly increases our chances of survival, and it ought to be invested in as part of a Continuity of Government strategy by the United States. Having only one place to live on when we can and should have others (i.e. The Moon, a large L4 Station, Mars, Ceres, Juno, Vesta, and possibly Ganymede if we can figure out a way to electromagnetically shield it from Jupiter's intense ionizing radiation) is stupidity of the highest order.

But instead we invest in stupid shit like paying subsidies to the public for private medical insurance, bailing out bankers from banks and car manufacturers that should have been allowed to fail, paying subsidies to farmers to not grow crops, paying for a new fighter jet that noone wants besides Lockheed-Martin and BAE, and a new class of Armored Vehicle that the Army doesn't really want aside from the chuckleheads at Acquisitions Corps and their masters at General Dynamics Land Systems, paying for bunk science like Sperm Whale fertility studies, paying to keep prosecuting and incarcerating pot dealers, paying to duplicate renewable energy research that is being carried out by the private sector, paying for research into storing nuclear waste as opposed to researching ways that waste could be reused in some manner, paying for infrastructure projects like bridges to nowhere, and many other dumb things the government does that would fill an entire book and has in the past, generally focusing on only one department when there are 15 Executive Departments, plus all of the independent agencies, commissions and boards who are doing the same shit.

There's plenty of garbage funded by the taxpayer that needs to be cut, but Science that produces genuine results and may ensure our very survival is not one of those things.

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Re: Biased reporting...

To actually answer your trolling question;

Because el Reg is a British publication, the cost to the taxpayer is exactly zero. Some foreigners might be paying a tiny fraction of their income for it but who cares about them?

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Kind of sucks that it was ultra cloudy here in Orlando. I wanted to see the launch, even went outside for it, but all you could see here by the Airport (which usually has an excellent view directly to the east), was a few seconds of the rocket burn. But eh, it isn't the first launch like that by a long shot.

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RIGHT!

but in the end a modicum of sanity won through and funding was found

Is this code for "they stopped sulking like enormous gay elephants throwing toys out of massive prams, sucked it down and went back to their hobbies"?

DON'T tell me all the bills hadn't been through in September already. That's how the military did it.

Btw, how are the Zumblatt DELUXE FAILVESSEL and the Gerald Ford DEATHTRAP/USELESS AS THE BISMARCK CARRIER SERIES coming? Can we please transfer the money to space exploration?

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@ Destroy All Monsters: Zumblatt

Are you saying that if it wasn't named for Zumwalt, (I guess you want everyone to think of him as a "crypto-Jew") then it wouldn't be a "failvessel"? Is this something you found out about in "The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion"? That's _your_ bible, right?

And it wasn't all that long ago that you were damning the Congress for interfering with the Pentagon's procurement plans. But now you're damning them for not interfering. Too bad that you can't maintain a consist position on anything other than Jews.

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Now! NOW! Fucking NOW-NOW-NOW!

"I can tell you whatever spending on Science and Space exploration that this probe represents is not nearly enough. Not by a long shot. We're slowly committing suicide if we don't find a way off of this rock THIS FUCKING WEEK! . If we don't kill ourselves, eventually Nature will kill us off - by NOON FRIDAY AT THE VERY LATEST! Its not conjecture, its a CERTAINTY."

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For fucks sake

NASA did a good thing, if you have a bitch, keep it to yourself. Otherwise, let's discuss in detail the extent of the British space program. Fairly sure there isn't a Union Jack on the moon. So suck it.

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