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Mars Orbiter Spies Comet ISON

samzenpus posted about 10 months ago | from the let's-have-a-look dept.

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astroengine writes "Scientists managing the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have released their first observations of the incoming Comet ISON. The MRO was commanded to turn away its perpetual Mars-ward gaze and point into deep space to capture its own snapshot of the famous comet. ISON is currently making its closest approach to the red planet, passing just 7 million miles from its surface. The first raw images were snapped on Sept. 29 when the object was 8 million miles from the planet and more images (taken on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2) are currently being processed."

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Looks like ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023167)

an intergalactic nigger ...

Now all we need... (1)

swamp_ig (466489) | about 10 months ago | (#45023179)

Is a series of sequel movies to deep impact -- featuring Mars!

All the graphics, none of the emotional impact.

Re:Now all we need... (4, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#45023211)

So, a sequel to Armageddon then.

Re:Now all we need... (1)

arielCo (995647) | about 10 months ago | (#45023791)

[Cue unoriginal, long-drawn Aerosmith "power" ballad]

When did (4, Funny)

skovnymfe (1671822) | about 10 months ago | (#45023253)

When did miles become a valid unit of distance in astronomy? Haven't we all agreed on a standard unit of measurement for all things science, such as the meter, by now?

Re:When did (2)

Zorpheus (857617) | about 10 months ago | (#45023365)

At least they did not convert 11 million kilometers to 6,835,080 miles

Re:When did (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023379)

Oh, didn't you read the heading ? It says 'Spies', the regional prominence. Deal with it.

Re:When did (4, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | about 10 months ago | (#45023555)

It's a lot easier to picture 8 million miles than 13 million kilometres.

ObamaCare units (1)

nanospook (521118) | about 10 months ago | (#45023725)

I converted the distance to ObamaCare units and you know can either pay 64 million a year or be penalized at a cost of 4 light sabers. Long live the Empire!

Re:When did (2)

cusco (717999) | about 10 months ago | (#45023793)

Better than if they had used 'football fields', I suppose.

Re:When did (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45024537)

Would those be English football fields, or American football fields?

Re:When did (1)

stewsters (1406737) | about 10 months ago | (#45023813)

NASA is 97% furlowed. They probably got rid of their conversion guy. Your lucky you didn't get that in rubber duckies.

Re:When did (1)

arielCo (995647) | about 10 months ago | (#45023859)

I believe the proper unit in this case is either earth-moon distances (33.3), or NYC-LA straight lines (3,265)

Re:When did (2)

rossdee (243626) | about 10 months ago | (#45023877)

Metres are a bit small for measuring astronomical distances. For things inside the solar system the Astronomical Unit (AU) is used, (Its the average distance from the earth to the sun, (For americans, 93 million miles)

Re:When did (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45024619)

Note that it is also 93 million miles for Englishmen, Russians, the French... well, for everybody, actually. Its about the same as 744 million furlongs.

Re:When did (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45025719)

Note that it is also 93 million miles for Englishmen, Russians, the French. No it isn't, it's 155 million kilometers.

Re:When did (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45032021)

Whoosh

blog spam (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023255)

Why does the article first link to the discovery blog spam instead of the actual site? Fucking slashdot becomes more and more like digg every day.

The actual actual site (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | about 10 months ago | (#45023285)

Re:The actual actual site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023345)

the second link is the actual website...
So it's obvious the poster of this story intentionally linked to the blog spam knowing full well it was blog spam.... does slashdot get kickbacks..err, i mean get paid for these advertisement links?

Re:The actual actual site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023383)

Probably not, but the article submitter more likely does. SD needs someone to check those articles a bit better.

Re:The actual actual site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023519)

Slashdot doesn't drive enough traffic anymore to be paid for linking.

Re:The actual actual site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45024685)

Possibly he was aware that the government site would go off line with the shutdown, and chose to link to the more stable blog site?

At the moment, web sites of USA agencies like NASA are of little use to anyone.

Re:The actual actual site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023353)

The second link goes to the actual website. So obviously the poster intentionally posted the blog spam link... does slashdot or the poster get kickbacks?

Re:The actual actual site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023399)

You have heard perhaps of "Clicks" and "Advertising" and "Revenue" and the Uglification deified by this Unholy Trinity?

Re:blog spam (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023625)

"Why does the article first link to the discovery blog spam instead of the actual site?"

Because the NASA site is being held hostage by the anti-science Republicans.

jobs (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023375)

my roomate's step-aunt makes $74/hr on the laptop. She has been without work for 10 months but last month her check was $12432 just working on the laptop for a few hours...........Buzz55.com

job (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023377)

my roomate's step-aunt makes $74/hr on the laptop. She has been without work for 10 months but last month her check was $12432 just working on the laptop for a few hours...........goo.gl/IhKSDZ

Miles? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023447)

Can we make a rule that says non-metric units are completely banned from Slashdot? I'm from Omaha, but I use Metric because I care about science and math. This site is supposed to be for people like me, not people that are holding the United States back and putting as at manufacturing and STEM disadvantages relative to every other country on Earth by insisting on using inferior and obsolete forms of measurement.

Re:Miles? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023479)

Being from Nebraska I would figure you were still using furlongs...

Re:Miles? (3, Funny)

dbIII (701233) | about 10 months ago | (#45023553)

He only comes from Nebraska. He works in outer space.

Re:Miles? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023533)

FUCK YOU. Get over your self and your metricssssssss. The metric system is all but a memory for me and my comrades. Soon you bow to the assume power that is the Imperialist System. I can imagine a world free from the interference of the ten base system. US students don't need help going over to hex because they already us 12 base systems. This why we build the fastest computers by miles not kilometers. Because every other country is like oh, johnny can't figure out how many inches to a furlong. Here in this great country Johnny wouldn't get a science degree because he'd flunk out. Also, don't get me started on the shit that is metric bolts. Bolts on size abort using the same thread pitch??? that's just asking for trouble, oh it's caused deaths before and will continue to.

Re:Miles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023637)

"This site is supposed to be for people like me, not people that are holding the United States back ..."

By stopping the braking rockets 2,54 times too early?

Re:Miles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45024977)

We can make just about any rule. And slashdotters will ignore most of them. But go ahead, make the rule.

Omaha is a good place to be from. I live on the Upper Left Coast now but grew up in New England and once I drove through Omaha. It was good to be from there.

More relevant to the current discussion, the comet ISON was photographed from a distance of 64 million furlongs, or 0.0860 astronomical units. Or 12.874752 Gigameters.

Learn to use Google for all those nasty unit conversions. It's easy and it's fun!

Re:Miles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45025713)

Can we make a rule that says non-metric units are completely banned from Slashdot? I'm from Omaha, but I use Metric because I care about science and math. This site is supposed to be for people like me, not people that are holding the United States back and putting as at manufacturing and STEM disadvantages relative to every other country on Earth by insisting on using inferior and obsolete forms of measurement.

This site supposed to be for people like you, but you are way outnumbered by people like me. Suck it up, bitch and deal with it. Stop shoving your opinion down everybody else's throat. I can't believe you actually got modded up for your obvious troll.

NSA knows no limits (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023541)

Please stop all this spy thing.

It's not me. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023627)

One of the members of my astronomy society caught it in a 21" reflector yesterday morning. He said that it looked to be about 12th magnitude. Since it is an early morning object my ability to drag out my gear and see it is limited to the weekends and this weekend the weather looks bad for it. Hopefully soon.

This shit is WAY out of hand! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023745)

The Mars Orbiter is spying on Comet ISON? WTF? There isn't any privacy even in outer space?

Someone needs to rein in the NSA now. You didn't fool anybody by slipping that extra "A" in your name. N(A)SA: lame attempt at hiding there.

Poor BRRISON (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45023893)

NASA launched a telescope on a balloon [space.com] for the ISON approach last weekend, didn't work out though.

Will it hit Mars? (1)

Squidlips (1206004) | about 10 months ago | (#45024007)

When ISON orbit was first calculated, it was thought that it could hit Mars. I guess that is no longer the case, eh?

Re:Will it hit Mars? (3, Informative)

Mad Bad Rabbit (539142) | about 10 months ago | (#45024365)

That's comet Siding Spring [wikipedia.org] not ISON.
Also, they've collected more data that shows it'll miss Mars by at least 66,000 km.

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