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[30 Nov 2005|02:00pm]

new community devoted to mars, please join and post!
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Sorry if it's a bit off topic - Objects in the Sky on April 01, 2004 [16 Apr 2004|07:26pm]
I'm a student who lives in Texas, USA. My teacher captured an unusual video of two objects coming down from the sky on April 1, 2004, around dusk. They seem to be moving fairly slowly and are on paths parallel to one another. After a few minutes, another object streaks up as if to intercept them, but misses by a (seemingly) small margain. I gather that the objects eventually reached the ground, but I am unsure of where.

We have called the FAA and they have claimed that they aren't interested in items such as this, and have deneyed that anything happened. The newspaper came to look at the video, but they "couldn't confirm" the occurance, so had no further interest.

None of this has been shown on the news or printed in the newspapers. Despite the fact that this happened in a suburban area, it has been kept surprisingly quiet. Silent, in fact.

There were many witnesses to this; several planes flew by, my teacher's neigbors in his apartment complex, and numerous others, I would gather.

My teacher said in a post on a local news site: "I have video of what "looks" like 2 "aircraft" burning up entering the atmosphere over D/FW and a missle being fired up toward them and just missing. Dozens of people saw it but the news won't report it and the FAA says it never happened. A distasteful, and expensive April Fools stunt?? Did our tax money pay for this!?!"

No one will answer our questions about this matter. I am posting on this community in the hopes that someone here may work for NASA or the like and might be able to enlighten us.

I currently have only the high-quality version of the video, but within a few hours, I am supposed to have been sent the e-mail-able version of the footage. Is someone here interested in seeing it? Any insights would be most welcome. Please contact me at sensesensei@yahoo.com .

Thank you.
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[14 Mar 2004|12:15pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Hi, my name is Kara and I just joined this community. I have been a big Mars and outer space fan ever since I learned to walk. I have been watching the progress of the rovers diligently and am so excited that they have found evidence that water once really was on Mars. Here is a link providing more information: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=0000A0E1-EA92-104C-AA9283414B7F0000


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rock layering? [26 Jan 2004|09:46am]


man this could get interesting when the higher res pics come in!
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those rocks [26 Jan 2004|07:49am]

(cross posted in astronomy and rovers)

Am i the only person that sees suggestions of horizontal layers in these rocks? That is sedimentary layers?!
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coffee, need coffee [25 Jan 2004|03:11pm]

(crossposted to spaceexploration)
The opportunity landing went wonderfully, not losing contact with earth which cut down on the knuckle biting significantly. It sounds like the thing cut tether late again, perhaps even later than Spirit, judging from the only 3g first bounce. As a former skydiver, all I can say: what a ground rush that must have been.....
The site looks much more interesting than Spirit's, though to be fair that is the old landing site focus attitude: these are rovers after all, and assuming they get Spirit up and running again, it may well go to some really interesting things. Still, you don't have to be a geologist to recognize bedrock and know how exciting that is. The front path is clear (probably because it did not land base petal down this time) All in all it is certainly worth how crappy i feel today having been up so late...
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FYI!!! [24 Jan 2004|10:09pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Coverage of Opportunity’s landing on Mars has started on NASA TV. You can view it here: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/landing.cfm


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[10 Jan 2004|08:21am]

[ mood | awe struck ]

I'm sure you've all seen this one by now but god. Every time I look at it it takes my breath away.


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I'm sure you've all seen this one by now but god. Every time I look at it it takes my breath away.


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Don't Miss the Mars Landing Tonight! [03 Jan 2004|09:03pm]

(Cross-posted to astronomy)

Just a quick note to remind everybody that tonight the first of the two NASA rovers is to land on Mars.

Watch around 8:30PM PST / 11:30PM EST

Be sure to watch the coverage.

This landing is made all the more tense by last week's disappointing failure of the European Space Agency's Beagle 2 lander.

Only 1 in 3 Mars probes survive.
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Newbie Alert [22 Dec 2003|01:22pm]

Hi, all! I'm currently working on my Bachelor's Degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Astrophysics. I've been a little obsessed with space and it's possibilities since I took an Astronomy class to fill a requirement a couple years ago. I changed from psychology to my current majors the very next semester! I especially love pics from Hubble...they fill me with an almost spiritual awe.

I'm especially interested in eventually working on rovers. They seem the best way to explore other planets and their satellites until we develop technology enough so that the risk to human space explorers is minimal.
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Twin Rovers testing [13 Nov 2002|03:47pm]

The Mars Exploration Rover Mission team has published a significant Mission Update to the Athena website, with news of one of the twin rovers going for its first drive...

They also posted a cool photo of the rover with a copy of the Sojourner rover that flew on the Mars Pathfinder mission...

You can download a high-resolution version of the second image by visiting the Mission Update page.

The larger rover is one of the real rovers going to Mars in 2003, and is labeled MER-2 for now. That brings up a side item; NASA is holding a Name The Rovers contest. It's only open to High School students, so if you have a great idea, be sure to find a student and suggest it to them. I can't get that link to load, can you? There's a link on the MER website.
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