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#1 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:11 PM

http://www.cnn.com/2...ring/index.html

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This would have been more entertaining if they had discovered giant rings around Uranus.

#2 jkeough

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:12 PM

that is clearly photoshopped

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:13 PM

that is clearly photoshopped


By NASA?






...but why?

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:22 PM

I think it may just be for illustration purposes as the ring can't be seen easily... hence why it's only now been discovered.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:27 PM

its amazing that with everything pointed towards space that we are just now finding tuff like this...esp. something as close as Saturn

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:33 PM

its amazing that with everything pointed towards space that we are just now finding tuff like this...esp. something as close as Saturn


True... I'm sure there's a lot out there that is yet to surprise us...

#7 jkeough

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:36 PM

still waiting on the radio waves to make it to some distant planet

#8 Sultan33g

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:50 PM

with all the money we spend on wars and sh%t we will probably go to mars in 500 years

#9 Matt Foley

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 02:43 PM

Chevy just shut Saturn down. You knew there would be consequences.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:06 PM

Saturn is about 10x farther from the Earth than Mars is...I don't think that's "close."

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:13 PM

Well, about a year ago an asteroid the size of Rhode Island flew by the earth and no one even noticed. Only the following day did the news report it.

#12 Falcons1stPanthers2nd

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:25 PM

Saturn is about 10x farther from the Earth than Mars is...I don't think that's "close."


Speaking in space terms Saturn is like walking to your neighbors house.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 12:09 AM

There's no way you can downplay the distance Saturn is compared to Mars. This article involves an earth orbiting satellite, but Cassini actually traveled to Saturn(still there I'm sure). People were impressed in the 'post a pic' thread that a military sniper shot a terrorist from about 700 yards away(0.4 miles). Well, Cassini was essentially a bullet shot about 800 MILLION miles and hit the target. 140,800,000,000 yards. It's an astonishing feat yet no one really seems to care(no political or 'national pride' to be gained from it).

The recent knowledge gained about Saturn is astonishing.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:05 AM

Speaking in space terms Saturn is like walking to your neighbors house.


The Apollo missions took a little over 3 days to get to the moon

And it takes about 200 days to get to Mars...

Cassini took 6 years and 9 months to get to Saturn.

The moon is like our neighbor, Mars is the next county, Jupiter is the next state, and Saturn is a whole other country.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:27 AM

There's no way you can downplay the distance Saturn is compared to Mars. This article involves an earth orbiting satellite, but Cassini actually traveled to Saturn(still there I'm sure). People were impressed in the 'post a pic' thread that a military sniper shot a terrorist from about 700 yards away(0.4 miles). Well, Cassini was essentially a bullet shot about 800 MILLION miles and hit the target. 140,800,000,000 yards. It's an astonishing feat yet no one really seems to care(no political or 'national pride' to be gained from it).

The recent knowledge gained about Saturn is astonishing.

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I get what your saying. It is a big deal and I too wish there were more people who put space higher on the priority list for federal spending.

But if the bullet the sniper in your example fired had internal navigation computers and the ability to adjust its course in flight the shot wouldn't be anywhere near as impressive.


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