Stardust spacecraft lands.

Messages
1,514
Likes
1
My Satellite Setup
Pace 2200 Sky digibox with ftv card, Comag SL65 FTA sat receiver, 40cm Sky minidish, Setpal terrestrial receiver (for free uk tv only!).
My Location
Midlands
#1
You probably heard this on the news, but anyway here's a link .....

http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html .

I'm now going to do my usual "wet blanket" bit! Thought we already knew all about the "original solar system material" from meteors, comets etc.
 

Channel Hopper

Suffering fools, so you don't have to.
Staff member
Messages
25,240
Likes
5,633
My Satellite Setup
A little less analogue, and a lot more crap.
My Location
UK South
#2
Yet another set of unknown chemical compounds have breached the safety net of the atmosphere.

Expect weird things to happen in Utah soon.
 

PaulR

Dazed and Confused Admin
Staff member
Messages
15,793
Likes
3,134
My Satellite Setup
-----------See sig-----------
My Location
Wirral, NW UK and Vaucluse, France.
#3
Channel Hopper said:
Expect weird things to happen in Utah soon.
But how could we tell the difference?
 
Messages
1,514
Likes
1
My Satellite Setup
Pace 2200 Sky digibox with ftv card, Comag SL65 FTA sat receiver, 40cm Sky minidish, Setpal terrestrial receiver (for free uk tv only!).
My Location
Midlands
#4

Channel Hopper

Suffering fools, so you don't have to.
Staff member
Messages
25,240
Likes
5,633
My Satellite Setup
A little less analogue, and a lot more crap.
My Location
UK South
#5
Thats one of them, though the Murchison meteorite seemd to have more credibility.
I believe that pandemic influenza is just the start. Mutation is highly likely given the sudden increase in resident temperature of the collected samples once they are under investigation.

How about the Andromeda Strain?
 
Messages
1,514
Likes
1
My Satellite Setup
Pace 2200 Sky digibox with ftv card, Comag SL65 FTA sat receiver, 40cm Sky minidish, Setpal terrestrial receiver (for free uk tv only!).
My Location
Midlands
#6
Yes, the Andromeda strain (book movie t-shirt).

Certainly, there were initially precautions for returning lunar astronauts (much insisted on by Carl Sagan).

Meanwhile, Bird Flu is rather frightening ......
 

BGonaSTICK

Retired Moderator
Messages
5,145
Likes
0
My Satellite Setup
Dreambox 7000, Skystar2
My Location
Brighton
#7
Channel Hopper said:
Yet another set of unknown chemical compounds have breached the safety net of the atmosphere.
LOL, that's exactly what I said to the Mrs when the geeks with the buckets on their heads went rushing up to it while it was still smouldering! :confused
 

Channel Hopper

Suffering fools, so you don't have to.
Staff member
Messages
25,240
Likes
5,633
My Satellite Setup
A little less analogue, and a lot more crap.
My Location
UK South
#8
BGonaSTICK said:
LOL, that's exactly what I said to the Mrs when the geeks with the buckets on their heads went rushing up to it while it was still smouldering! :confused
In a deja vu nod to the other thread today, I have a feeling the geeks have it in their heads an idea that whoever gets to touch the black piece of rock first, gains the intelligenct stored in it by other beings
(I think theres a greater certainty of a burnt hand)

But it is Utah afterall
 

BGonaSTICK

Retired Moderator
Messages
5,145
Likes
0
My Satellite Setup
Dreambox 7000, Skystar2
My Location
Brighton
#10
Seth Shostack said:
"I don't think that, given the likely -- and large -- difference in technological level between transmitting extraterrestrials and us, that we would be suitable targets for either malicious infections or attempts to 'beam themselves here,'"
ROFLMAO! :-bash
 
Messages
1,514
Likes
1
My Satellite Setup
Pace 2200 Sky digibox with ftv card, Comag SL65 FTA sat receiver, 40cm Sky minidish, Setpal terrestrial receiver (for free uk tv only!).
My Location
Midlands
#11
Wish that there was anything at all like that!

Regarding advanced extraterrestrials, then as Fermi famously said "where is everybody" (ie, if they exist at all, then they should be here and we'd know!).

Cue government conspiracies ....

Then there's the Drake equation, good fun, yeah, try putting different numbers in .....

www.universetoday.com/am/publish/wheres_all_the_life.html?19102005 .

The point about "viruses from space" is - contrary to "Andromeda Strain" - they're unlikely to survive at all in a different biosphere. The stuff we're afraid of mutatles evolves right here on earth at ground level, that's evolution .....
 

BGonaSTICK

Retired Moderator
Messages
5,145
Likes
0
My Satellite Setup
Dreambox 7000, Skystar2
My Location
Brighton
#13
"We will probably find the first grain within the first month," Dr Westphal said.

So don't hold your breath...

"Ultimately, this is the stuff we are made of," said Dr Westphal.

So why not just slap your own gibblets under a microscope and save some cash?
 
Top