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NASA Testing Lunar Rovers In Moses Lake, WA

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the bring-me-my-chariot dept.

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deadaluspark writes "I work at a local news station, and found out NASA was testing their lunar rovers in a nearby city. I pulled some strings and got our news director to send out one of our reporters. I would link to the original video on the KVEW website, but the video is screwing up on the badly designed, WMP only website. So I uploaded the package to youtube for everyone on Slashdot to enjoy. Very cool video of NASA toys in action." Don't believe anyone who says it always rains in Washington.

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How can they test them ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23772563)

On the earth ? It's very different then the moon.

Re:How can they test them ? (3, Funny)

rhombic (140326) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773069)

You've obviously never driven through Eastern Washington

Humor aside, the area around Moses lake is mainly dust and exposed lava rock. Would think it'd make a pretty good proxy for the moon's surface.

Re:How can they test them ? (2, Interesting)

deadaluspark (991914) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773145)

Actually, while trying to find more out about this before I was able to contact the NASA reps, I ran across and article that said Moses Lake had been considered before in the 90s (I think 97, but don't quote me on that.). So, its been in the running to get used as a testing ground for quite a while.

Re:How can they test them ? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23773153)

There is also a lot of volcanic ash from St. Helens.

Re:How can they test them ? (1)

theshibboleth (968645) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773889)

Doesn't the fact that there's water right there make it somewhat unsuitable? How much space is there to really drive around and such without falling into the lake?

Re:How can they test them ? (2, Informative)

livewire98801 (916940) | more than 5 years ago | (#23775105)

Unless you're skipping rocks on Moses Lake, you don't know it's there. I live in Wenatchee (about an hour away). It's a semi-arid desert here, and ML gets less precipitation than we do. Trust me, the lake isn't going to interfere with desert-based operations :)

Re:How can they test them ? (1)

Nazlfrag (1035012) | more than 5 years ago | (#23776135)

Yeah, I heard there's atmosphere there too, and the gravity is way off, as is the cosmic radiation. They should just go somewhere on Earth with no water, no atmosphere, no magnetosphere and partial gravity.

Rain in WA (5, Informative)

treeves (963993) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772587)

When someone says it always rains in Washington (1) they're exaggerating. a bit. (2) they mean WESTERN Washington. Moses Lake is in Eastern Washington.

Re:Rain in WA (3, Funny)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772673)

True. In Eastern Washington, it snows.

We got mixed rain and snow here last Tuesday; some of the surrounding towns got as much as an inch.

Re:Rain in WA (1)

Nethead (1563) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772923)

The first time I've seen sun in two weeks, here in Puget Sound. I remember working on the 10base2 Lantastic network at your sister station KAPP in Yakima. I also worked as an engineer at KOTY (when that call was in the Tri-Cities back in the very early 80s.)

Re:Rain in WA (2, Insightful)

HungWeiLo (250320) | more than 5 years ago | (#23774573)

I don't know who modded this funny. I don't know about eastern Washington, but Seattle's (that's in western Washington) gone through a cold snap lately. Today (6/12) is the first day the temperature went above 65 degrees. So far in June, I was told we're colder than Fairbanks and parts of Siberia.

Re:Rain in WA (1)

livewire98801 (916940) | more than 5 years ago | (#23775111)

Having lived in Seattle and in Wenatchee, I can tell you with certainty that Central Washington and the Puget sound are on different planets.

At least as far as weather is concerned. . .

Moses Lake (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23772763)

Yes. Seattle is in Western Washington. If you drive East from Seattle until you cross over the Cascade Mountains, you find yourself in very different weather: dry and hot in the summer. One time I passed through Moses Lake in August, and the temperature was over 100 degrees F (Seattle was more like 75 or 80 degrees F, IIRC).

Moses Lake is in the dry part of the state, and there is a decent airport there, so that's probably why NASA is testing there. Yakima would also be a good choice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_Lake,_Washington [wikipedia.org]

Weather data here:

http://www.wunderground.com/US/WA/Moses_Lake.html [wunderground.com]

Right now it's 77 degrees F in Moses Lake, while it is 63 F in Seattle. (The whole month has been cold and wet. People are calling it "June-uary".)

As for the famous rain in Seattle, it is indeed exaggerated. But we really do get about nine months out of the year with slate grey overcast; heavy clouds block out the sun. I don't mind; I'm happiest in a dark office writing software. But some people get "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD) from the months of bleak darkness. It sure makes you appreciate the other 3 months, though. And you can always drive over to Eastern Washington for some sun.

Re:Moses Lake (2, Interesting)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 5 years ago | (#23774969)

But some people get "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD) from the months of bleak darkness.

Or, as a friend of mine puts it "there is a reason why the Puget Sound area is a petri dish for serial killers".

Re:Rain in WA (1)

mark_hill97 (897586) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772851)

I grew up in Ephrata, WA this is basicly the next town over and it is absolutely not eastern washington, its central, central washington is all desert. Anyways, pretty cool to see where I grew up getting into the news.

Re:Rain in WA (1)

Nethead (1563) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773019)

It's still considered Eastern Washington since it is on the east side of the Cascade Mountain range. But most just call it the dryside. But you are correct, it is indeed a key city of the Great Inland Empire of the Columbia Basin and beats the shit out of Quincy and Ritzville. Othello has it's charms though; but maybe that's because my first GF was from there.

Re:Rain in WA (4, Funny)

Dutch Gun (899105) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773051)

it is absolutely not eastern washington
Sorry, but if it's east of the Cascades, then it's "Eastern Washington" (at least to those of us on the wet side of the state). ;-)

Anyways, pretty cool to see where I grew up getting into the news.
Well, the last time my home town (Mount Vernon, WA) was in the national news was because some whack-job took off all his clothes, ran out onto the freeway, and climbed up onto a semi-truck that had stopped because of him. This is decidedly cooler than that.

Re:Rain in WA (4, Interesting)

mark_hill97 (897586) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773163)

Sorry, but if it's east of the Cascades, then it's "Eastern Washington" (at least to those of us on the wet side of the state). ;-)
except eastern washington, the areas around spokeane and such are all green, central washington is fucking barren and hilly, its no wonder NASA is out there, its the closest thing we have on earth to the moon.

Re:Rain in WA (1)

Dare nMc (468959) | more than 5 years ago | (#23774313)

closest thing we have on earth to the moon

I know it's a joke because I have been to the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. They have never had a trace of rain in the last 25 years (recorded history.) They (Chileans) will all tell you they can take you to where they staged the moon landing, and they mean it (they believe their telling the truth anyway.) Hard to believe their is a place with 0 discernible life, not even any mold to be found.

Re:Rain in WA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23773655)

Well, the last time my home town (Mount Vernon, WA)

I spent 5 of my growing-up years in Sedro Woolley. Used to ride my bicycle to Mt. Vernon. When it wasn't raining...

Re:Rain in WA (1)

Forrest Kyle (955623) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773075)

It's also important to point out that rain complaints in Western Washington are based on frequency, not volume.

For instance, it rains more in Miami, but it rains more often in Seattle.

Re:Rain in WA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23773319)


No problem with rain right now. It's just colder than Siberia:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2004470095_weather11m.html

I honestly cannot remember the last run of good weather we've had here in Seattle. Please someone give me a vitamin D injection or just kill me.

Re:Rain in WA (1)

Nethead (1563) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773575)

Don't you remember about 2:15pm to 4:35pm today when the sun broke through? But that was North of the inversion zone.

Re:Rain in WA (1)

themushroom (197365) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773689)

Thank you, I've been trying to tell that to people for years.

It's the dead turtle smell in Moses Hole, not rain, that one has to watch out for. :-D

-- mÂ, Toppenish expat

Re:Rain in WA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23774083)

When someone says it always rains in Washington (1) they're exaggerating. a bit. (2) they mean WESTERN Washington.
Moses Lake is in Eastern Washington.
I was there last week at the test, and YES it did rain and mist and blow. Also too cold for summer!

Re:Rain in WA (1)

myth_of_sisyphus (818378) | more than 5 years ago | (#23775651)

I went to Seattle as a kid and the weather was beautiful for a whole week. The locals constantly reminded us that "we never have this kind of weather!"

My mom told me 'They probably say that to everybody to keep people from moving here."

Re:Rain in WA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23775921)

'They probably say that to everybody to keep people from moving here."
And your telling all of /. you insensitive cod!

The rovers were bad! (4, Funny)

mseidl (828824) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772609)

You should have seen the rovers during spring break.

I think NASA went over board with the number of probes installed on the rover.

Re:The rovers were bad! (1)

Architect_sasyr (938685) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772951)

How can you go overboard on a rover probe? You can't exactly Macgyver up a new one while you're up there so you need as much on the device as possible. And redundancy (which NASA have yet to learn properly I notice) in case something breaks.

Re:The rovers were bad! (4, Funny)

Nethead (1563) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773595)

That was a joke son.. pulling your leg. Maybe this will work for you: "he he, he said probe."

Re:The rovers were bad! (5, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772975)

I think NASA went over board with the number of probes installed on the rover.
What? No Harpoons? How will they hunt whales?

Re:The rovers were bad! (1)

c_forq (924234) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773665)

This is just the alpha, they are only testing the pursuit part. Once they move the the beta then they will start testing the killing part (they are waiting for whale hunting moratorium to be lifted).

Glast... (0, Offtopic)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772643)

Wow, such news and revelations... Wonder if there'll be more glasnost.. Nyet Nyet, comrade...

Maybe there will be some... Paris Troika,umm perestroika in space...

The real news... (1)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 5 years ago | (#23774929)

...is that people actually LIVE where they test those rovers. I guess when we send men to Mars we know where to start looking for volunteers!

Color scheme (5, Interesting)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772667)

What amuses me is how closely the NASA's color scheme matches the LEGO mars mission color scheme. ;)

http://shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7690 [lego.com]

Which came first I wonder?

Re:Color scheme (4, Informative)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772735)

Which came first I wonder?


NASA. They've been using the white (standard reflective paint), black (heat shields) and gold (reflective gold foil) color scheme since the beginning.

Washington rain... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23772689)

I sure seems to rain all the time over here on the west side of Washington! But when I lived in a Podunk miserable hell-hole town not far from Moses Lake that I now refer to as "Conhell," it rarely if ever rained. Now, when I start wondering if I'll ever see the rain again, I just remind myself of how hot it was in the summer and how miserably dry it was the rest of the year in Conhell.

Re:Washington rain... (2, Funny)

Nethead (1563) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773391)

With a population of just over 3,190, this vibrant, progressive community offers a quality of life that is rare today. I don't think they know what the common usage of the word progressive is. Isn't that part of the 4th district of Rep. Richard "Doc" Hastings? I thought that my mom was the only progressive in the dryside, and she lives in Yakima, the Palm Beach of Washington [oregonlive.com]. Hell hole? Just because the nearest towns are Sulphur, Curry, Mesa and Cactus.

Re:Washington rain... (1)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773553)

Sheesh, who the hell said that about Moses Lake? It's NOT progressive, I can guarantee you that. There are some liberal folk, but it's mostly conservative. Strangely enough, the town has a very large Mormon population, too, probably at least 10-15%. And no, the quality of life is not that great. The lake may look pretty, but it stinks of goose shit, especially in the summer. There are plenty of shitty neighborhoods and the local government is fucking incompetent. Like weeds, sagebrush, cheatgrass that sticks in your socks like there's no tomorrow, and shitloads of pollinating kocia? Then it's the town for you! Either the guy who wrote that is insane or didn't spend much time there. Then again, they do have the Tree Cafe, which is some of the best damn Chinese food I've ever had.

Re:Washington rain... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23774971)

Regarding the Mormons in eastern Wash...

I still find it difficult to believe but right across the street from Conhell High Screwl is a Mormon seminary. During various times of the day you'll see various groups of kids taking leave of the public high school and walking across the street to the seminary for religious instruction. The Mormons are pretty much in charge of the public school system there, and nepotism runs rampant in all of the school district centered in Conhell.

Video (1)

lancesky (958683) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772753)

Are they shooting in HD or imax. ?

Re:Video (2, Interesting)

deadaluspark (991914) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773013)

Are they shooting in HD or imax. ?
Nah, they are using old DVCPro cams. They digest the video from DVCPro tapes to Apple G5's and from there the video is edited in FCP. everything around here is kind of held together by duct tape.

Too bad this focused only on vehicles ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23772773)

NASA also develops "cool" software that enables autonomous operations.

Issa, Hans you were nowhere in sight.

No one says it always rains in Washington (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23772837)

Just that it always rains in Seattle.

It always rains in Washington (2, Informative)

jbrader (697703) | more than 5 years ago | (#23772991)

[i]Don't believe anyone who says it always rains in Washington.[/i][p]Yeah, I live in Pullman, Washingington. The day before yesterday it snowed. Today it was 70 degrees. I wish it was raining.

Re:It always rains in Washington (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23773335)

Dude, what's wrong with 70 degrees? That's a NICE temperature!

Re:It always rains in Washington (1)

jbrader (697703) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773827)

It's not the temperature I dislike so much as the wild variation. I dislike it so much it made me forget basic spelling and html syntax.

The news site... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23772999)

It hurts my eyes!!!

While your in Eastern WA (2, Interesting)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773023)

Go visit the LIGO Hanford Observatory [caltech.edu]. It is one of a handful of places that can detect gravity waves, the kind of waves made by colliding black holes and the like. LIGO is south of Moses lake, and just make sure to check out their public tour times [caltech.edu].

Re:While your in Eastern WA (3, Interesting)

deadaluspark (991914) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773101)

Yeah, Eastern WA has lots of interesting science installations (and one NSA installation!), yet since most of the populace is farming community there is very little local interest in these things. Honestly, it was me and a friend in the production crew who called NASA and set it up for one of our reporters to go. We just handed it off to the news director once we had gotten in contact with the NASA reps. The news reporters at our station KNEW that this was going on in Moses Lake but didn't think A) that it was in our coverage area, and B) that it just wasn't an interesting story. Fools.

Velocity (4, Interesting)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773115)

According to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org], the original lunar rover did about 8 mph. I don't think they mentioned in the video how fast the chariot goes, but it looked pretty slow compared to the rate people were walking next to it. Wouldn't that kind of limit the range they could cover in some practical amount of time? Unless they're planning on outfitting that thing as the lunar equivalent of an RV. Or maybe this is just because it's the prototype and the real one will be faster.

Re:Velocity (3, Interesting)

deadaluspark (991914) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773169)

Those are good questions. I only wish the reporter our station had sent out was smart enough to ask questions like that. Unfortunately, he is clueless on almost entirely everything in reality, and refuses to listen to anyone about anything. Everyone I work with had wanted a longer story with better questions. It seemed really half-ass to us, because we knew it would blow up on Slashdot. So, I guess our opinion about how it should have been handled was different because we're nerds.

Re:Velocity (5, Insightful)

rcamans (252182) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773293)

On the moon, fast is dangerous. There is not much gravity holding you down, so if you speed up a dune, you go sailing off into space for a while. While you are off the ground, you are not in control of your movement, or your landing. So slow is the way to go. Great bounding leaps look cool in videos, but they are a great "here's your sign, stupid".

Re:Velocity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23774075)

To be fair, reporters do have to cater to the lowest common denominator.

Re:Velocity (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23773305)

Seriously, what the fuck to they need a car for on the moon? It's not like they have any drivethroughs up there.

Re:Velocity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23773679)

Well looks like that is going to be used for building the initial base and carrying a lot of scientific equipment to close exploration sites. I would think they would land everything they need in the area they intend to build so I doubt they need a fast vehicle but rather a truck like the guy said.
I don't know but I would think they would also bring a faster vehicle later on for scouting and doing long distance type of stuff like the original rovers. The big thing I think they are trying to do is prepare for a permanent lunar base so large sections will need to be moved and even though gravity is about 1/8 of earths stuff is going to weigh a lot. Who knows them might intend to use this single rover for all work to possibly build a foundry on the moon if it they find the right materials.

Re:Velocity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23774493)

From what I've heard Chariot can get up to 35 mph, but it has been speed limited in software so far during testing for safety reasons.

Side note: Tracking the /. effect (1)

silverpig (814884) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773191)

As of 6:31 pm PDT Views: 209 Thought it might be neat to see how many views the youtube video has as a function of time.

Re:Side note: Tracking the /. effect (1)

deadaluspark (991914) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773247)

You might have to make an approximate estimation. Before I fell asleep last night the video had about 16 views. It may have had more before it hit the frontpage today. I supposed just subtract 16 from final tallies will work.

Re:Side note: Tracking the /. effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23773277)

no one rtfa's anyway :D

Gee, thanks... (-1, Flamebait)

stubear (130454) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773273)

I'm so glad I have Slashdot around to tell me what to think and keep me from harming myself by clicking on links that would take me to web sites powered by Microsoft technology. It's sort of like "will someone please think of the children" but with the average computer user instead. Did you stop to think that the average computer user doesn't tend to stop by Slashdot and those that do are certainly capable of handling a link to a WMP video? Why even link to the news site if you're not going to link to the fucking video? Once again, the stupidity of geeks rears its ugly head on Slashdot.

Re:Gee, thanks... (1)

deadaluspark (991914) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773315)

Note: as I said in original post, the video on the KVEW website was malfunctioning and I personally do not tender the video to the website, so I was unable to attempt to fix it on their website. So, instead I took a hard copy of the tape, converted it and uploaded it to youtube. The video in question as of now still does not exist/work on the KVEW website. Sorry if my own frustration with the website itself came off as stupidity.

Copyright? (2, Interesting)

KGIII (973947) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773477)

I say this not tongue-in-cheek, I'm really curious if you got permission to post this? The reason I ask is not to enable a debate about the merits of copyright but to ensure that you're not going to lose your job over something like this which, really, is very cool. Either way, I thank you very much for the video share and hope that you're not going to get into any trouble at work for any of this.

Re:Copyright? (1)

Nethead (1563) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773995)

I went to school with the only decent IP lawyer in the area. If he gives KVEW grief then I have some goods on him.

Re:Copyright? (1)

KGIII (973947) | more than 5 years ago | (#23774219)

Cool beans 'cause it'd suck balls to have someone get in trouble over something like this. I was more concerned. for their sake, with the employer than I was legal troubles. We are at liberty to discuss the merits of copyright and even patents here online but when the real world rears its ugly head and someone loses a job over it then, well, that'd really suck. I, for one, really really appreciate the share. I've been scouring the 'net for the Mars rover activity in video format that's not CGI crap and while this isn't anything even remotely close to what I've been looking for over the past few weeks this is still really cool to see and I really appreciated it. I'd just hate to see someone get screwed over it but at the end of the video it offered me another video of yet another reporter covering the story I think. (I didn't actually click it as I was called off to keep my g/f company while she fell asleep, I drank and slashdotted, and you now see the result.)

Re:Copyright? (1)

Nethead (1563) | more than 5 years ago | (#23774337)

No really, this is small market TV. They would kill to get notice like this. I just hope that this may lead to more coverage of science by the station. They are sitting with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation [wikipedia.org] and the Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratories [pnl.gov] in their backyard. But most anyone with a clue that grew-up there, left. I did.

Off-Topic (1)

KGIII (973947) | more than 5 years ago | (#23774355)

Bookmarked CERT. Err... Just 'cause... A search for KGIII will take you to my site, most of the time, where there's a contact link. I don't want to go too far off topic but if you figure you want to rant and go off-topic then I'm ALWAYS willing to engage in digression. Any conversation worth having shouldn't have limits about the topic so long as the new topic somehow returns to the conversation that was started. I am, so you know, still looking at the first two links and likely will be for the next few hours off and on. (I'm insane like that.)

Ooooh. (4, Funny)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773491)

I would link to the original video on the KVEW website [CC], but the video is screwing up on the badly designed, WMP only website.
So, what are your plans after you get fired?

Holy shit! My hometown in the news! (1)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773511)

And it's for a reason other than a school shooting or how the Grant County PUD fucked up the county-wide fiber optic network to an unbelievable degree. Cool!

So you slam your company's website on /. (1)

Liquidrage (640463) | more than 5 years ago | (#23773607)

and get your company's website /.'d

You have big balls my friend. Either that or your stupid. Or maybe you have photo's of someone at the office? Bah, I could keep guessing here, but seriously, I can't imagine this will make you popular at work.
Oh, you are right though. The website does suck.

Another thing... (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 5 years ago | (#23774169)

No source, but I heard on the radio a while back that the place where the nickel is mined for toyota's hybrid car batteries is another place where NASA has tested lunar rovers. Carved out of some forest in Canada, if memory serves?

Anyway, just FWIW

Re:Another thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23776077)

I think that's Sudbury, Ontario you're referring to. Home of the Sudbury Structure (Nickel Deposit / asteroid impact (?)), The Big Nickel. It's basically a horrific scarred landscape.
Quite a shock when you've spent 2 weeks in lush green wilderness, scenic lakes, clean clear air, and end up in the Sea of Tranquility, coughing your lungs inside out.

AC 'cos this is my first /. post and I haven't signed up yet.

Perfect location (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23774639)

Moses Lake is the perfect location to stage a mock Moon mission. There's no signs of intelligent life there either.

Re:Perfect location (2, Funny)

livewire98801 (916940) | more than 5 years ago | (#23775165)

Sure there is.

I-90 goes right through it. I would imagine that intelligent life is seen several times per day if you have a good high-speed camera. . .

plus l3, Troll) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23774771)

THIS IS CONSISTENT pRogress. In 1992, free-loving climate you need to succeed

FLV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23775045)

Flash is not much better.

Re:FLV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23775455)

Yeah! Animated GIFs FTW!!!

Mars landing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23776317)

So that is where they are filming the footage for the Mars landing.

Moses Lake is also where Boeing tests its aircraft (1)

GayBliss (544986) | more than 5 years ago | (#23776319)

Boeing does testing of their aircraft (or at least they did when I worked there) near Moses Lake because there is not much around there. They do things like turn all the engines off on a 747 and see if they can restart them while nose diving towards the ground, and flying them upside down and other fun stuff like that.
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<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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