Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Ares 1 Roller Coster



NASA has consulted with some of the world's finest Roller Coaster designers to come up with its new, as they put it "departure system" for its famous launch complex 39b. Apparently right now they have cables and a basket, but it is kind of hard sticking the wounded and incapacitated into the basket, with the new system just strap you and the wounded into the coaster cars and off you go, will get you to the bunker 380 feet below in just 4 minutes? wait that is like about 2 ft a second, that's not a roller coaster, more like a slower coaster, get it, slower, roller, rhymes, slower because of the slow speed........ never mind. I crawl faster than that, not that I crawl at all, but if I did it would be faster then 2 ft a second. You've just had a catastrophic event and you have wounded, you have deadly fumes and flames, by the way probably travelling faster then 2 feet a second towards you, my plan stick the wounded into the slower coaster car, and climb down the coaster framework, my calculations get me to the bunker and safety in about 1 minute.


The above image is my first ever attempt at Mars. You can just make out the northern polar ice cap and some of the Syrtis Major region on it's surface. Geez people I'm loosing a lot of detail on my deep sky and planet images. The original TIFs are like 2 megs, when I go to photo shop to change to the jpeg format to download them to blogger I end up with 28k. On my original Mars in the TIFF format you can actually see the alien guys doing re-construction on the nose part of the Face Of Mars, that is before the NSA confiscated them, something about national security.

Mars , the 4th planet from our Sun is about half the size of Earth. Its orange hue is a result of iron oxide or as we know it "rust" making up a lot of the martian surface, which by the way has a very fine consistency, almost like talcum powder. Takes about 2 years to orbit the Sun and has seasons similar to Earth's. Temps vary from -140c in the winter to 20c in the summer. It's gravity is a little more than a third of Earth's, you weigh 150 lbs here, you'll weigh 56 lbs there.
Mars has 2 moons, Phobes and Deimos, which by the way cause Mar's tilt for its seasons.

Scientists with the help of Rovers Opportunity and Spirit are continuing their quest for water on Mars, because where there is water there is life. I have this real cool book, "Astronomy for Amateurs" published back in 1903 that gives a snapshot into what we held as true back then about life on Mars, I have actually blogged about this book in my post Martians And Venusians And Lunarians Oh My. The stuff in this book is wild, in reference to life on Mars, and I quote, "differing from our's, this world may well be a more congenial habitation. It's more ancient than the Earth, smaller, less massive. It has run more quickly through it's phases of its evolution. It's astral life is more advanced and it's humanity should be superior to our own, just as our successors a million years hence, for example, will be less coarse and barbarous than we are at present. There is no need to despair of entering someday into communication with these unknown beings". Little did we know back then that in 100 years the aliens would still be living in Caves.

24 comments:

Aura said...

Great shot!!!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Aura!

Mike said...

Good stuff. I love space.com it's a great site. Any blogs on space I am all for. Fun stuff.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

The roller coaster apparatus looks out of place. What next??? Super post. I loooved the photos and write ups. :D

Hugs, JJ

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Mike! space is fun.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks JJ!, The coaster would be fun if it was a lot faster,lol

Tatiana said...

Wow Bob, what a shot, and how impressed I am :) and I meant it -really! If I could I would jump in your shoes right now ;)

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Tatiana, thanks for making the suggestion to take the pic. I will keep trying to improve as Mars gets bigger and bigger until its largest December 18th.

Rick said...

Great shot of Mars. I once wrote an essay that states that a variety of chemical reactions and our increasing understanding of how microbes survive on Mars strongly suggest microbe presence.

Hmmm, I should post that on my blog :)

Bob Johnson said...

Hi Rick, thanks! you should post about that, it would be so cool if they find any kind of life on Mars. I'm hoping for some decent nights ahead to get some more shots of Mars as it gets bigger, and hopefully my experience will increase as well.

Rose said...

Great shot as usual Bob. That roller coaster thing looks rather cool.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Rose, it would be cool to take a ride, I still feel they should ramp up the speed, lol

MellowMuppet said...

hey dude thats pretty cool i got the same article on ine but no picture >.<

contact me i have question to ask ya,

Ta

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks mellowmuppet, like your blog, be in touch.

The UnEasy Supplicant said...

Great shot of Mars bob. Used to work in Satellite Tracking with military years and years ago. Stared at Mars quite a few times. Interesting to see this picture
PS I sympathize with you on your res problem with images. I have the same problem.

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Joderebe, went out to get some more images, it was clear, but the winds came up and the clouds rolled in, too bad it was above zero.

kml said...

Your Mars came out really good - can't wait until you catch one of those aliens peeking out of the cave!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Kathy!, they can't stay in their caves forever, bound to get a shot eventually,lol

Anna said...

Bob, I have to tell you: it is not just the knowledge you bring to the table that makes me visit your blog, but your great sense of humor. I think you should bring new era of writing on the Discovery, Science or National Geographics web sites. Great post, I had real fun reading it, learning and laughing at you, lol. Anna :)

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Anna! here at blackholes and astrostuff we aim to please,lol

Rick said...

Congrats Bob, you're a featured blog on BlogCatalog!

Bob Johnson said...

Thanks Rick, Whos doing what now?

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Zack said...

Great shot. I really enjoy your blog. Very nice. I'll keep checking it.

Cheers.
Zack