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  •  Graphing the failure rate is certainly a good idea (1+ / 0-)
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    I was going to mention that the 24 might have been the last 24 (not quite, I know) in which case we're getting pretty good.

    I don't have anything against a human mission, I just absolutely love the robotic stuff. The science is a good enough adventure for me. In fact, a friend of mine is actively out there studying, working out, and advocating a human mission, and I know there are excellent arguments for it. I think I even said we should aim for Mars and not necessarily a return to the moon.

    You know, one thing we absolutely MUST do before humans arrive is do a thorough investigation of endemic organics. Once we arrive with our trilions of bacteria, the study of remnants of possible past life on Mars is effectively over, and that is too mammoth a scientific question to wipe out. Not that we're in danger of going all that soon :)

    "Maybe this is how empires die - their citizens just don't deserve to be world leaders anymore." -Kossack Puddytat, In a Comment 18 Sept 2011

    by pixxer on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 11:07:44 PM PDT

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    •  excellent points (0+ / 0-)

      Do you remember when the Apollo astronauts came back from the moon and they were isolated in case there were any "moon bugs" they picked up?

      "The bass player is always right"

      by BigOkie on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 07:49:32 AM PDT

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      •  LOL! Yes, but I had totally forgotten that :) (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks for the memory!

        I'm more than intrigued by the clear evidence of flowing water on Mars. Yikes, if there was anything we thought was impossible... and I've been a firm believer that Viking's results were artifacts of an oxidized soil, rather than indications of life. But there still remains the possibility of past life on the red planet, and that would be as profound a scientific result as we are likely to see in our lifetimes. Unless the SETI people get luckier :)

        "Maybe this is how empires die - their citizens just don't deserve to be world leaders anymore." -Kossack Puddytat, In a Comment 18 Sept 2011

        by pixxer on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 08:09:05 AM PDT

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