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Chandrayaan-1 Successfully Reaches 100km Lunar Orbit

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the what-hath-man-wrought dept.

Moon 152

Matt_dk writes "Today, Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft has successfully reached its intended operational orbit at a height of about 100 km from the lunar surface. This followed a series of three orbit reduction manoeuvres conducted during the past three days by repeatedly firing the spacecraft's 440 Newton Liquid Engine. The next major event of Chandrayaan-1 mission planned in the coming days is the release of Moon Impact Probe (MIP) from the spacecraft and its eventual hitting of the moon's surface."

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How do you pronounce (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25736391)

the name? My guess? shan-DRAY-uh-ann

???

and, btw.. I think this is FP too!

Re:How do you pronounce (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#25740681)

How is this offtopic? It's a good question, and worth an answer. Any Indian here to help?
After all, it's bad enough that the whole world starts writing Brasil with z, and Deutschland "Germany" and so on, just because nobody cared for the actual name in the actual original language.

Your official guide to the Jigaboo presidency (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25736397)

Congratulations on your purchase of a brand new nigger! If handled properly, your apeman will give years of valuable, if reluctant, service.

INSTALLING YOUR NIGGER.
You should install your nigger differently according to whether you have purchased the field or house model. Field niggers work best in a serial configuration, i.e. chained together. Chain your nigger to another nigger immediately after unpacking it, and don't even think about taking that chain off, ever. Many niggers start singing as soon as you put a chain on them. This habit can usually be thrashed out of them if nipped in the bud. House niggers work best as standalone units, but should be hobbled or hamstrung to prevent attempts at escape. At this stage, your nigger can also be given a name. Most owners use the same names over and over, since niggers become confused by too much data. Rufus, Rastus, Remus, Toby, Carslisle, Carlton, Hey-You!-Yes-you!, Yeller, Blackstar, and Sambo are all effective names for your new buck nigger. If your nigger is a ho, it should be called Latrelle, L'Tanya, or Jemima. Some owners call their nigger hoes Latrine for a joke. Pearl, Blossom, and Ivory are also righteous names for nigger hoes. These names go straight over your nigger's head, by the way.

CONFIGURING YOUR NIGGER
Owing to a design error, your nigger comes equipped with a tongue and vocal chords. Most niggers can master only a few basic human phrases with this apparatus - "muh dick" being the most popular. However, others make barking, yelping, yapping noises and appear to be in some pain, so you should probably call a vet and have him remove your nigger's tongue. Once de-tongued your nigger will be a lot happier - at least, you won't hear it complaining anywhere near as much. Niggers have nothing interesting to say, anyway. Many owners also castrate their niggers for health reasons (yours, mine, and that of women, not the nigger's). This is strongly recommended, and frankly, it's a mystery why this is not done on the boat

HOUSING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger can be accommodated in cages with stout iron bars. Make sure, however, that the bars are wide enough to push pieces of nigger food through. The rule of thumb is, four niggers per square yard of cage. So a fifteen foot by thirty foot nigger cage can accommodate two hundred niggers. You can site a nigger cage anywhere, even on soft ground. Don't worry about your nigger fashioning makeshift shovels out of odd pieces of wood and digging an escape tunnel under the bars of the cage. Niggers never invented the shovel before and they're not about to now. In any case, your nigger is certainly too lazy to attempt escape. As long as the free food holds out, your nigger is living better than it did in Africa, so it will stay put. Buck niggers and hoe niggers can be safely accommodated in the same cage, as bucks never attempt sex with black hoes.

FEEDING YOUR NIGGER.
Your Nigger likes fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon. You should therefore give it none of these things because its lazy ass almost certainly doesn't deserve it. Instead, feed it on porridge with salt, and creek water. Your nigger will supplement its diet with whatever it finds in the fields, other niggers, etc. Experienced nigger owners sometimes push watermelon slices through the bars of the nigger cage at the end of the day as a treat, but only if all niggers have worked well and nothing has been stolen that day. Mike of the Old Ranch Plantation reports that this last one is a killer, since all niggers steal something almost every single day of their lives. He reports he doesn't have to spend much on free watermelon for his niggers as a result. You should never allow your nigger meal breaks while at work, since if it stops work for more than ten minutes it will need to be retrained. You would be surprised how long it takes to teach a nigger to pick cotton. You really would. Coffee beans? Don't ask. You have no idea.

MAKING YOUR NIGGER WORK.
Niggers are very, very averse to work of any kind. The nigger's most prominent anatomical feature, after all, its oversized buttocks, which have evolved to make it more comfortable for your nigger to sit around all day doing nothing for its entire life. Niggers are often good runners, too, to enable them to sprint quickly in the opposite direction if they see work heading their way. The solution to this is to *dupe* your nigger into working. After installation, encourage it towards the cotton field with blows of a wooden club, fence post, baseball bat, etc., and then tell it that all that cotton belongs to a white man, who won't be back until tomorrow. Your nigger will then frantically compete with the other field niggers to steal as much of that cotton as it can before the white man returns. At the end of the day, return your nigger to its cage and laugh at its stupidity, then repeat the same trick every day indefinitely. Your nigger comes equipped with the standard nigger IQ of 75 and a memory to match, so it will forget this trick overnight. Niggers can start work at around 5am. You should then return to bed and come back at around 10am. Your niggers can then work through until around 10pm or whenever the light fades.

ENTERTAINING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger enjoys play, like most animals, so you should play with it regularly. A happy smiling nigger works best. Games niggers enjoy include: 1) A good thrashing: every few days, take your nigger's pants down, hang it up by its heels, and have some of your other niggers thrash it with a club or whip. Your nigger will signal its intense enjoyment by shrieking and sobbing. 2) Lynch the nigger: niggers are cheap and there are millions more where yours came from. So every now and then, push the boat out a bit and lynch a nigger.

Lynchings are best done with a rope over the branch of a tree, and niggers just love to be lynched. It makes them feel special. Make your other niggers watch. They'll be so grateful, they'll work harder for a day or two (and then you can lynch another one). 3) Nigger dragging: Tie your nigger by one wrist to the tow bar on the back of suitable vehicle, then drive away at approximately 50mph. Your nigger's shrieks of enjoyment will be heard for miles. It will shriek until it falls apart. To prolong the fun for the nigger, do *NOT* drag him by his feet, as his head comes off too soon. This is painless for the nigger, but spoils the fun. Always wear a seatbelt and never exceed the speed limit. 4) Playing on the PNL: a variation on (2), except you can lynch your nigger out in the fields, thus saving work time. Niggers enjoy this game best if the PNL is operated by a man in a tall white hood. 5) Hunt the nigger: a variation of Hunt the Slipper, but played outdoors, with Dobermans. WARNING: do not let your Dobermans bite a nigger, as they are highly toxic.

DISPOSAL OF DEAD NIGGERS.
Niggers die on average at around 40, which some might say is 40 years too late, but there you go. Most people prefer their niggers dead, in fact. When yours dies, report the license number of the car that did the drive-by shooting of your nigger. The police will collect the nigger and dispose of it for you.

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH NIGGERS - MY NIGGER IS VERY AGGRESIVE
Have it put down, for god's sake. Who needs an uppity nigger? What are we, short of niggers or something?

MY NIGGER KEEPS RAPING WHITE WOMEN
They all do this. Shorten your nigger's chain so it can't reach any white women, and arm heavily any white women who might go near it.

WILL MY NIGGER ATTACK ME?
Not unless it outnumbers you 20 to 1, and even then, it's not likely. If niggers successfully overthrew their owners, they'd have to sort out their own food. This is probably why nigger uprisings were nonexistent (until some fool gave them rights).

MY NIGGER BITCHES ABOUT ITS "RIGHTS" AND "RACISM".
Yeah, well, it would. Tell it to shut the fuck up.

MY NIGGER'S HIDE IS A FUNNY COLOR. - WHAT IS THE CORRECT SHADE FOR A NIGGER?
A nigger's skin is actually more or less transparent. That brown color you can see is the shit your nigger is full of. This is why some models of nigger are sold as "The Shitskin".

MY NIGGER ACTS LIKE A NIGGER, BUT IS WHITE.
What you have there is a "wigger". Rough crowd. WOW!

IS THAT LIKE AN ALBINO? ARE THEY RARE?
They're as common as dog shit and about as valuable. In fact, one of them was President between 1992 and 2000. Put your wigger in a cage with a few hundred genuine niggers and you'll soon find it stops acting like a nigger. However, leave it in the cage and let the niggers dispose of it. The best thing for any wigger is a dose of TNB.

MY NIGGER SMELLS REALLY BAD
And you were expecting what?

SHOULD I STORE MY DEAD NIGGER?
When you came in here, did you see a sign that said "Dead nigger storage"? .That's because there ain't no goddamn sign.

Great. (4, Funny)

2names (531755) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736417)

Now the moon is going to fall out of the sky.

And I JUST GOT CABLE!

Re:Great. (4, Funny)

shashark (836922) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736635)

The Moon is a harsh mistress.

Re:Great. (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738655)

That's no moon!

Re:Great. (1)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736923)

Now the moon is going to fall out of the sky. And I JUST GOT CABLE!

Meh direct TV is better.

Re:Great. (1)

Windows_NT (1353809) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738779)

They uses a 400 Liquid huh? My Arctic cat Z440 fan cooled can not only orbit the moon ... It can jump it!

Damn, I have failed (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25736419)

Is that an I J or K motor? (4, Insightful)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736431)

Re:Is that an I J or K motor? (5, Interesting)

OSDever (792851) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736709)

I imagine that's sustained Newtons for the duration of the fuel. So yeah, it's technically a liquid powered engine with the thrust capabilities of an I, but with significantly more fuel. An I engine should be plenty enough for maneuvering a small spacecraft in space.

--
The above comments are the opinions of a non-qualified amateur rocketry fan. Please take with ~ 2.7 ounces of salt.

Re:Is that an I J or K motor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737249)

Please take with ~ 2.7 ounces of salt.

Wow that's a lot of salt.

Re:Is that an I J or K motor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25739097)

The above comments are the opinions of a non-qualified amateur rocketry fan. Please take with ~ 2.7 ounces of salt.

I can't my doctor has me on a low sodium diet!

Re:Is that an I J or K motor? (1)

smithmc (451373) | more than 5 years ago | (#25740031)

The above comments are the opinions of a non-qualified amateur rocketry fan. Please take with ~ 2.7 ounces of salt.

Did you mean 0.0023 ounces [google.com] ?

Re:Is that an I J or K motor? (1)

wjh31 (1372867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736811)

i doubt its either

for a start the measurement in the summary is in newtons not newton seconds like in the wiki article, so in theory it could be any of those depending on how long it lasts, i.e 440N for only 0.005s would be an A motor, also the wiki article looks to be for rocket motors, not for controlled thrusters, so in all likelyhood, your question is nonsense, sorry

Re:Is that an I J or K motor? (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738425)

No apology needed. It was intended to a funny comparison between a serious thruster and "hobby" rockets.

Re:Is that an I J or K motor? (1)

wjh31 (1372867) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739795)

well that went over me, maybe slighlty too subtle for me

Global cooperation (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25736443)

So when America returns to the moon, they can look forward to a variety of tasty lunar takeout joints already established by the Indians and Chinese. The resulting outbreaks of explosive diarrhea can be put to good use in terraforming the moon.

Lucky the Americans didn't set up base permanently (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737527)

Mind you it's lucky the Americans haven't set up base permanently, otherwise none of the astronauts who visited would be able to get back into their spaceships and come back. They'd all be too obese to fit through the hatches of their lunar modules from eating the high quality cuisine the USA has given the world, supersized burgers and fries washed down with gallon buckets of coca-cola... ;-)

Re:Global cooperation (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737537)

...and right after America buys up all these diarrhea-inducing restaurants and places NDA's on their previous owners, just so they can claim that they "invented" it first and sue anyone who comes down with diarrhea afterwards?

Sounds about right.

Re:Global cooperation (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738871)

Right on. You know what? Why don't you just keep on laughing at these foreigners with their funny names and funny foods and your stereotype clichés. By the time Uncle Sam gets back to the moon, most people will be cracking jokes about McDonalds on the moon and astronauts making footprints in their cowboy boots. Or maybe they're more mature and don't have the same racist instincts.

Re:Global cooperation (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 5 years ago | (#25740009)

By the time Uncle Sam gets back to the moon, most people will be cracking jokes about McDonalds on the moon and astronauts making footprints in their cowboy boots. Or maybe they're more mature and don't have the same racist instincts.

Right. I'll just have to prepare myself for lunar cowboy jokes then.

Q: So why did the astronaut wear spurs?

A: Because he'd look silly wearing only one.

Re:Global cooperation (1)

denobug (753200) | more than 5 years ago | (#25740437)

Well I like Outbacks a lot better. Steaks are more of the national food for Americans than the cheezy hamburgers from McD. You insensitive clod!

new plot (5, Funny)

ad0n (1171681) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736455)

can't wait for the bollywood industry to set their hindi love films in space.. (cue dancers)

Re:new plot (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25738623)

ha..ha..ha... now that is funny!!!

India's first astronaut (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25736499)

"I am taking one small step for man, and I am taking one giant step for mankind, excepting the lower castes. Thank you please come again."

Re:India's first astronaut (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737243)

"I am taking one small step for man, and I am taking one giant step for mankind, excepting the lower castes. Thank you please come again."

well, it was not exactly an obama or a'brother' that went to the moon, right, eh?

atleast Indian's leadership has been open for every strata of its society/caste in the mere 50 years of its independence. You guys took 300 years to get one obama in. so please shut your uninformed mouth.

Re:India's first astronaut (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737409)

Obama was elected in 2081?

Wow.

Re:India's first astronaut (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737885)

Maybe he's coming back... from the future!

"It's not you Barack -- it's your kids! Something's got to be done about your kids!"

Re:India's first astronaut (0, Offtopic)

ifwm (687373) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737573)

So India's leadership has been open to every class huh?

Why don't we ask the untouchables that people like you pretend don't exist anymore how accepted they feel.

Until then, why don't you stop lying to yourself and the audience, and shut YOUR uniformed mouth.

Re:India's first astronaut (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737801)

The term 'untouchable' is banned in India. The current Chief Justice of India's Supreme Court is an 'untouchable'. The Chief Minister (== governor) of Uttar Pradesh (the most populous state, and one with the most number of representatives in parliament) is an 'untouchable' lady. The president before the last one, was an untouchable. Doesnt prove anything, but things are improving.

Re:India's first astronaut (0, Flamebait)

ifwm (687373) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738535)

You're exactly right, it proves nothing.

At any time after Lincoln freed the slaves, you could find apologists with examples like yours, but that didn't keep blacks from getting lynched, or crosses from being burned.

Re:India's first astronaut (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25739387)

So India's leadership has been open to every class huh?

Why don't we ask the untouchables that people like you pretend don't exist anymore how accepted they feel.

Until then, why don't you stop lying to yourself and the audience, and shut YOUR uniformed mouth.

Have YOU asked our 'untouchables'? Our constitution banned such discrimination right when it was written. Infact, the scholar who prepared ours was infact from the community you call 'untouchables'. So there.

Show many how many years after your american independence your blacks got freedom, voting rights, womens voting rights, etc etc legally. Just a couple of years back I heard on your radio that a judge asked a cop not to treat blacks like animals. That's where you guys are now, and you have the nerve to lecture to me about our society?
Thanks but no thanks.

Correct pronunciation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25736657)

Can anybody give me the pronunciation of "Chandrayaan" phonetically?

Re:Correct pronunciation? (5, Informative)

bigfatdeal (1272820) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736973)

Ch as in cheddar
andra as in tundra (except 'r' pronounced like the spanish 'r')
yaan - the long vowel is pronounced like the 'a' in bar (or, even better, like the scandinavian first name "jan")

The stress is on the last syllable - chandrayAn

Re:Correct pronunciation? (2, Informative)

xigxag (167441) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739533)

If still confused, refer to YouTube [youtube.com] (about 7 seconds into the clip, or 25 seconds if you prefer a woman's voice).

Re:Correct pronunciation? (1)

RudeIota (1131331) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737121)

Forward to 3:17... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00AvB-9RFUI [youtube.com]

This video (which is in english, so who knows if it is right) pronounces it something like this:

Chan - 'an' as in 'wand'
dra - 'dra' as in 'drain', but the 'r' sounds like a soft d
yan - 'yan' as 'yawn', but without the 'w' and perhaps held a little longer.

Again, this is based on an British-English speaking video I found, but it sounds like he makes an attempt to pronounce it outside of his own language. Maybe someone who actually speaks the language will respond.

Re:Correct pronunciation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737773)

chun-dhura-yan :)

Re:Correct pronunciation? (1)

somegeekynick (1011759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737807)

Actually, the video was made in India, and the narrator is also Indian. The pronunciation is correct.

apollo lander module? (4, Funny)

krystar (608153) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736667)

so did they take pix of the supposed apollo landing site to prove once and for all whether or not the moon landing was fake?

Re:apollo lander module? (4, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736839)

so did they take pix of the supposed apollo landing site to prove once and for all whether or not the moon landing was fake?

So, I know this is a recurring joke around here on Slashdot ... but you can actually demonstrate this fact by using the Lunar Laser Ranging [wikipedia.org] thingy they installed.

That is, if you're willing to take the time to educate yourself on the hard science behind this.

Cheers

Re:apollo lander module? (4, Informative)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737003)

The MythBusters (yeah, yeah) demonstrated this on their Moon Hoax show. It was the last thing they did.

They went to an observatory and had the person show that pointing the laser away from the moon produced no return signal whereas when they pointed the laser at a specific spot on the moon, they did get a signal.

That's just the Martians (2, Funny)

andrewd18 (989408) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737343)

They went to an observatory and had the person show that pointing the laser away from the moon produced no return signal whereas when they pointed the laser at a specific spot on the moon, they did get a signal.

Pfff. That's just the Martians they paid to sit on the moon and respond to lasers.

Re:apollo lander module? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25738161)

Please, you could totally fake that.

(runs away plugging ears shouting "LA LA LA LA")

Re:apollo lander module? (1, Interesting)

Leuf (918654) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739581)

Not that I think it was faked, but seriously.. when they type in coordinates X,Y into their black box supposedly a laser beam reflects off the moon and lights up their receptors, when just as easily there could be no laser at all and it's just programmed to display a spike when you type in the right coordinates. Unless you put together the laser and equipment independently from NASA it proves nothing.

Re:apollo lander module? (2, Insightful)

khallow (566160) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739863)

Remember they went to an observatory. NASA doesn't have any observatories on Earth. If you're at that stage of the conspiracy where the observatory is in on the scam, then Mythbusters itself isn't sufficiently independent of NASA.

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

arelas (1336019) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738701)

So that's what Ignignokt and Err have been up to all this time. psst...don't let Boston know...they'll freak out!

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

Windows_NT (1353809) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738845)

nothing can stop, the QUAD-LASER!

Re:apollo lander module? (2, Funny)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737371)

Bouncing a beam off of the lunar laser ranger demonstrates only that we (or more likely the underlings working for the alien overlords known as the Illuminati) planted the device on the moon. It does not prove that it was placed there during the supposed "Apollo" mission nor does it prove that man has ever escaped Earth's orbit or that the moon is in fact real rather than a sophisticated projection on the outside of our fishbowl. There's actually a documentary [wikipedia.org] where OJ Simpson demonstrates how a similar hoax could be pulled off for a manned Mars landing.

(May the gods help us if anyone interprets the above as anything other than a goofy attempt at humor.)

Seriously, though, good for the Indians. Considering the $$ that the US has shot into space (development, production, etc), and the continued global interest in space exploration, this could be a very valuable market for them.

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

CriX (628429) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739469)

Every dollar that the US Space Program has spent was done so on EARTH... you bastard! NASA isn't perfect but it's not like they fill up the space shuttle with cash and launch it into space. All the money is spent on Earth and most of it goes into the pockets of American citizens.

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

Free the Cowards (1280296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739593)

All the money is spent on Earth and most of it goes into the pockets of American citizens.

And all of it came from the pockets of American citizens too.

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

CriX (628429) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739799)

And??

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

Free the Cowards (1280296) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739947)

Just wanted to remind people that stealing money from people and then giving it back to them is not actually a net gain, even if it's better than stealing it and not giving it back.

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

CriX (628429) | more than 5 years ago | (#25740103)

We're talking about spaceflight. Not taxation. Whatever... I'm just ranting too.

Re:apollo lander module? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25739977)

They probably would have wasted it on liquor and hookers, anyways.

Re:apollo lander module? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25739673)

Don't take this as a criticism of NASA (I'll do that some other time) but you might not know what spending money really means.

When NASA pays $10 for some fuel and then burns that fuel, $10 of wealth has been destroyed -- effectively the same thing as sending $10 away from the earth.

Don't fall for the Broken Window puzzle.

Re:apollo lander module? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25739849)

When NASA pays $10 for some fuel and then burns that fuel, $10 of wealth has been destroyed -- effectively the same thing as sending $10 away from the earth.

How is that? Someone on Earth was paid that $10 to make the fuel. Seems to me money changed hands and it stayed right here on Earth.

Re:apollo lander module? (2, Interesting)

baKanale (830108) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737627)

Not to call doubt upon the Moon landing, but retroreflectors have been placed on the Moon as part of the unmanned Lunokhod program [wikipedia.org] . According to the link you posted:

"The unmanned Soviet Lunokhod 1 and Lunokhod 2 rovers carried smaller arrays. Reflected signals were initially received from Lunokhod 1, but no return signals have been detected since 1971, at least in part due to some uncertainty in its location on the Moon. Lunokhod 2's array continues to return signals to Earth."

Now, I dislike the Moon landing conspiracy nutters as much as the next guy, but the retroreflector thing isn't going to convince them. But then again nothing really will...

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

Comboman (895500) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737639)

So, I know this is a recurring joke around here on Slashdot ... but you can actually demonstrate this fact by using the Lunar Laser Ranging thingy they installed.

Since unmanned Soviet landers had similar laser ranging thingies, that hardly proves that men have landed on the moon.

Re:apollo lander module? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25739021)

so did they take pix of the supposed apollo landing site to prove once and for all whether or not the moon landing was fake?

So, I know this is a recurring joke around here on Slashdot ... but you can actually demonstrate this fact by using the Lunar Laser Ranging [wikipedia.org] thingy they installed.

That is, if you're willing to take the time to educate yourself on the hard science behind this.

Cheers

It still does not prove that Man was on moon. Man doesnt have to be on moon to place reflectors on the surface

Re:apollo lander module? (4, Insightful)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736885)

The Terrain Mapping Camera on board has a 5m resolution so even something as big as the LEM descent unit or the lunar rovers will only be 1 pixel in size.

Not enough to shut the hoaxers up. (Not that anything short of dumping them on the lunar surface will)

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736987)

Not enough to shut the hoaxers up. (Not that anything short of dumping them on the lunar surface will)

With no helmet.

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737653)

And no moon.

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

krystar (608153) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737161)

yea but it'd be the difference between a pixel that's the same shade/color as the background vs a pixel that's not.

That is enough to show surface disturbance (1)

toby (759) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737383)

At any of the Apollo sites. The astronauts did quite a few kilometres of driving around - and nearly rolled the rover once or twice. :)

Re:apollo lander module? (1)

Namlak (850746) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739665)

The Terrain Mapping Camera on board has a 5m resolution so even something as big as the LEM descent unit or the lunar rovers will only be 1 pixel in size.

Big deal, I can do that:

.

Re:apollo lander module? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737833)

What do you think they're aiming the impact at?! 'Accidental' destruction of the evidence... or... is it?

Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (4, Funny)

WiglyWorm (1139035) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736687)

Now we can outsource all of Houston Mission Control's operations to India, it should be a real cost saving measure.

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (2, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736741)

I cannot wait to listen to the first "Bangalore, we have a problem" support call...

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (0, Flamebait)

monkeySauce (562927) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737011)

"Please may I just be placing you on hold for a moment while I research this problem..."

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (0, Flamebait)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737211)

I cannot wait to listen to the first "Bangalore, we have a problem" support call...

Have you tried rebooting your spacecraft, sir?

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (0, Flamebait)

TheLink (130905) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737245)

"Your call is important to us"
*music*
<voice style=advert> NASA: For the Benefit of All... </voice>

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25738075)

Persistent "funny" comments that equate everything Indian to call center, outsourcing, curry and caste.

Hope the day will come when being ignorance and stupidity is no longer fashionable.

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (4, Insightful)

jbezorg (1263978) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739635)

You'll get use to it because it's kinda like someone thinking all U.S. Citizens are obese, xenophobic, gun toting rednecks. Just gotta laugh when you know it's a joke and... shoot the foreigner who think it's true. Then go get some beer and waddle up to the all-you-can-eat buffet.

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (1)

sdpuppy (898535) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739625)

"Your call is important to us" *music*

NASA: For the Benefit of All...

[and the music goes on...]

Except the ones who are dead.

But there's no sense crying

over every mistake.

You just keep on trying

till you run out of cake.

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (0, Offtopic)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737691)


NASA: Bangalore, we have problem! We think the heat shielding is starting to break up!
Customer Service: Thank you for holding, sir, I'll be glad to help you if you can confirm the name on the account...
NASA: Fer cryin' out loud! It's NASA!! We were told we were going to have a dedicated control center available 24/7!! We're gonna lose this ship real soon if we can't get some data from you NOW!
Customer Service: I understand your urgency and frustration, sir. If you could be patient for just one moment while I pull up your account details...Hmmm...yes...just as I suspected. Sir, are you aware that your account appears to be $3,133,730,000.42 overdue? Would you like to pay that balance now?
NASA: What is wrong with you?! This is an EMERGENCY!! If we don't correct that flight path in the n--
- from the background on NASA's end comes a wail of "Oh, the humanity!" Followed by stunned silence -
Customer Service: Sir, are you still there? Sir, about that payment...

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (1)

JayAitch (1277640) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736865)

You deserve a promotion for that brilliant idea you will not see through to completion to make sure it's implemented correctly!

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (4, Interesting)

iammani (1392285) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736931)

I know you are trying to funny. But this moon mission has indeed prompted NASA scientist of Indian Origin to knock at Indian ISRO's door. Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/space-there-nasa-scientists-call-up-isro/76741-11.html?from=search [in.com]

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (1)

iammani (1392285) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736957)

Before someone flames me, knocking meant looking for jobs at ISRO and not outsource to ISRO.

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (1)

elnyka (803306) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737085)

Now we can outsource all of Houston Mission Control's operations to India, it should be a real cost saving measure.

Hahaha :) Maybe NASA will see the writings on the wall and begins to cut the fat and start moving in the right direction.

Re:Just what we needed in this financial crisis! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25740453)

Now we can outsource all of Houston Mission Control's operations to India, it should be a real cost saving measure.

OK first of all "Have you plugged in your spacecraft, OK, Unplug and try again"

Indian Flag on moon (5, Informative)

iammani (1392285) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736717)

Some interesting facts about this attempt:

India will drop its flag on the moon to establish its presence, Nair said in an interview. This will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and Japan to have its flag on the moon.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/India_will_plant_flag_on_the_moon_ISRO_chief/articleshow/3620255.cms [indiatimes.com]

With today's (on 8th Nov) successful manoeuvre, India becomes the fifth country to send a spacecraft to Moon. The other countries, which have sent spacecraft to Moon, are the United States, former Soviet Union, Japan and China. Besides, the European Space Agency (ESA), a consortium of 17 countries, has also sent a spacecraft to moon.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/nic/0061/release11.htm [hindu.com]

Re:Indian Flag on moon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737765)

"With today's (on 8th Nov) successful manoeuvre, "

HA! Fail! Did you see how he spelled "maneuver"?

Re:Indian Flag on moon (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25737985)

"With today's (on 8th Nov) successful manoeuvre, "

HA! Fail! Did you see how he spelled "maneuver"?

manoeuvre is the way it was spelt in English..

you're spelling in American ... which is an evolving flavor (flavour) of English...

Re:Indian Flag on moon (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25738225)

"With today's (on 8th Nov) successful manoeuvre, "

HA! Fail! Did you see how he spelled "maneuver"?

Well,

"manoeuvre" is British spelling
"maneuver" is American spelling

Indians use British English. So, there is nothing wrong in the spelling. If doubt persists then go and do some googling.

Re:Indian Flag on moon (2, Insightful)

phantomcircuit (938963) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737967)

Wait so they are just going to drop their flag on the moon?

That is just incredibly disingenuous, planting a flag has always meant that a human has set foot on the land.

Also Russia and Japan are lame for that as well.

Re:Indian Flag on moon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25738359)

Don't worry, there is no US flag on the moon at all. http://www.apfn.org/apfn/moon.htm [apfn.org]

Re:Indian Flag on moon (1)

sdpuppy (898535) | more than 5 years ago | (#25739749)

Wouldn't the United States flag be planted on the surface while the other ones which have been dropped, be lying on the surface?

Re:Indian Flag on moon (1)

phantomcircuit (938963) | more than 5 years ago | (#25741357)

Projectile flags?

Does This Mean the Moon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25736781)

. . . is now made out of green curry?

Re:Does This Mean the Moon (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737327)

. . . is now made out of green curry?

Nope, Green curry's Thai, not Indian.

Suck it, conspiritards... (1)

qbasicjedi (1247790) | more than 5 years ago | (#25736939)

When does it start taking high-res pics of the landing sites that we can rub in the faces of the conspiritards?

Re:Suck it, conspiritards... (2, Funny)

bugeaterr (836984) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737025)

We conspiritards aren't stoopid, we know such pictures can be easily faked.
Now if you want to see some REAL evidence, I have some alien autopsy pics that will BLOW YOUR MIND!

Next they'll be opening the first oribital casino (1, Flamebait)

bugeaterr (836984) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737051)

Oh wait, wrong Indians. ;)

Re:Next they'll be opening the first oribital casi (1)

Darth Hubris (26923) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738687)

The Native Americans have almost enough money from their casinos to launch a mission! I think it's pretty funny that there are whites that gamble away everything they have at those casinos up to and including their mortgages...
"Indian steal white man's land"

"Its eventual hitting of the moon's surface"? (2, Funny)

Atario (673917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25737601)

Are you looking for the phrase "impact on"? Maybe "collision with"? Or even "hit on"? There are a plethora of choices... [reference.com]

Yuok Fail It (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25738531)

watershed essay, it. Do not share How is the GNAA don't feel that *BSD is dying It is with the laundry is dyin6 and its Free-loving climate 7000 users of of all legitimate

Worst case scenario (1)

Phazeless (1406007) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738609)

Gee, I hope they don't miss. Ohh, wouldn't that be embarrassing.

One day in Space (0, Offtopic)

EEPROMS (889169) | more than 5 years ago | (#25738777)

[Large tentacled alien enters space station, glass doors slide open]
Shopkeeper "Hello sir how may I be helping you"
Queeg [vicious tone] "My name is queeg you puss filled mud breeder, show me your leader"
Shopkeeper "Sorry sir but the manager is not being in right now, would you like some jelly dogs, they are on special"
Queeg "hmm, they look good, give me two"
[a few minutes later alien leaves space station]
Shopkeeper [calls out] "thank you be coming again"
[Alien stops outside glass doors looks at food in tentacles]
Queeg "what the ...."

Let's hope. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25739823)

Let's just hope this Indian craft doesn't go plunging into a lunar gully just because it didn't want to hit some sacred cow that was jumping over the moon.

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