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#13 natty

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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.

#16 catfang

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:04 AM

No jokes about Uranus...huh.

#17 Darth Biscuit

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:08 AM

No jokes about Uranus...huh.


Did you not read my OP? :D

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:23 AM

Did you not read my OP? :D


Must've been distracted by your av. :D

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:26 AM

Must've been distracted by your av. :D


:lol:

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:47 AM

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.

thats because Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck took care of it

#21 Epistaxis

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 09:55 AM

This would be soooo much cooler if the ring was like a circular saw blade, whirling ever faster and faster, expanded and slicing its way thru everything in our solar system........

Sadly, crap like that is what is on Discovery and History these days.

/old fart



It is a neat discovery.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:49 AM

If that does occur, can it cut some wood for me? I need about 20 pieces for wooden frames cut and that just sounds cooler than my table saws.