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India Plans Mission To Probe Sun By 2020

samzenpus posted about 5 months ago | from the getting-hot dept.

Space 146

An anonymous reader writes "India is planning a mission to probe the Sun before 2020. The nation launched a Moon mission a few years ago and sent a Mars mission late last year. From the article: 'Indian Space Research Organization has lined up over a dozen missions, including its first probe on the Sun, Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan said on Friday. Though, the mission to probe the Sun was already on the cards, the agency now has a clear picture of its plan and had put a timeframe within which it hoped to undertake it, Radhakrishnan said, while addressing students at a private University here. He said the "Aditya" mission to the Sun had been planned between 2017 and 2020.'"

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146 comments

Take ... (1)

jamesl (106902) | about 5 months ago | (#46383151)

... ice

Re:Take ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383229)

Also, keep a close eye on the captain, and don't let him remove the mainframe from the coolant bath.

Re:Take ... (4, Funny)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 5 months ago | (#46383609)

"... ice"

They won't need ice. They're going at night.

Re:Take ... (1)

ignavus (213578) | about 5 months ago | (#46385199)

"... ice"

They won't need ice. They're going at night.

I thought the ice was for the astronauts to get high on just before they try their first solar landing.

Re:Take ... (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 5 months ago | (#46385623)

Oh dear. I hope they remember to bring shoes.

Re:Take ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46385555)

When Sarah Palin runs NASA

Re:Take ... (0)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 5 months ago | (#46383707)

...ice

I guess they'll have to, otherwise everything in the Squishee [wikia.com] machine will melt long before the arrive.

Why is it when it comes to India ... (2, Insightful)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 5 months ago | (#46384751)

... you guys just have to make crude jokes ?

I mean, India has all the rights that all the other nations (whether it be USA or Russia) have to send their craft to Sun, Moon, Mars or wherever they want to send them to.

Or just because it's India that you guys think they'll somehow fucked up ?

The truth is everybody has had hick-ups in their own space missions - NASA included.

Re:Why is it when it comes to India ... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46385707)

These are "flying to the sun" jokes, not India jokes. Lighten up.

But like all good space travelers they should remember to bring a towel. And mind their heads.

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Mission to feed poor.. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383161)

In related news - mission to feed the poor in India still dependent on foreign aid.

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 5 months ago | (#46383437)

In related news: Food is dependent on the sun. Understanding the sun better could be key to increasing yields.
In other news: Space tech often makes it way down to doing practical things, including help feed the poor

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383533)

Are you serious? Do you really think that this probe to the sun is going to result in better growing of crops? Seriously? Do you really think that India's money spent on a sun probe will result in more food than say the same investment in solar panels for a more steady electricity supply?

I am all for space exploration, but your argument is stupid and you should feel bad about yourself.

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (4, Insightful)

Teancum (67324) | about 5 months ago | (#46383865)

Are you serious? Do you really think that this probe to the sun is going to result in better growing of crops? Seriously? Do you really think that India's money spent on a sun probe will result in more food than say the same investment in solar panels for a more steady electricity supply?

Yes, I do think that a probe into the sun to understand some of the environment which makes up the photosphere and the outer layers of the Sun better will indeed be far better spent money than dumping that into a bunch of foreign-made solar panels in some remote village to provide a steady supply of electricity. This is especially true for a country with as many people as live in India, where the individual investment into such a project is quite small per person and the pay-off can be so much more.

Try to learn about basic research and the benefits that have come from it. I certainly don't feel bad about myself feeling this way nor should SJHillman for that matter either. Basic research in space (including the stuff going on with the ISS) has been able to feed, clothe, and in general improve the overall standard of living for far more people than any other single endeavor in the past hundred years. It is literally saving lives, lives which in many cases can even be counted. I will even go so far as to suggest that we've only just started on the ways it can help humanity as a whole, and India in particular.

For this particular research in particular, it can help explain some of the non-anthroprogenic causes of global warming (IMHO something useful to know about too) and can certainly pave the way to help with much more accurate weather forecasts and other tools that can most certainly help out that village you are so concerned about. The pay-off for spending this money may take decades or even centuries to completely realize, but it will happen. A bit of a risk I suppose and knowing it is helping all of mankind at the same time rather than just the one village, but I certainly congratulate India on trying this project.

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384581)

That's how Space Nutters think... Now watch:

1) Automatic -1 mod within minutes

2) Space Nutters will come to the defense of putting anything at all into orbit because "science".

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 5 months ago | (#46384763)

This is how Anonymous Cowards think ....

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (4, Insightful)

jma05 (897351) | about 5 months ago | (#46383463)

India does get foreign aid. But I would not call it "dependent".

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383703)

Actually India offers foreign aids to other foreign countries too. India is still a net gainer in foreign aid (receives more foreign aid, that it gives out to other countries), but calling them dependent on foreign aid is ridiculous. It is peanuts compared to their yearly budget.

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (3, Insightful)

ZeroPly (881915) | about 5 months ago | (#46383745)

Isn't that what Americans were saying about Apollo? Here you go:

A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and Whitey's on the moon)
I can't pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey's on the moon)
Ten years from now I'll be payin' still.
(while Whitey's on the moon)
The man jus' upped my rent las' night.
('cause Whitey's on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but Whitey's on the moon)
I wonder why he's uppi' me?
('cause Whitey's on the moon?)
I wuz already payin' 'im fifty a week.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Taxes takin' my whole damn check,
Junkies makin' me a nervous wreck,
The price of food is goin' up,
An' as if all that shit wuzn't enough:
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face an' arm began to swell.
(but Whitey's on the moon)
Was all that money I made las' year
(for Whitey on the moon?)
How come there ain't no money here?
(Hmm! Whitey's on the moon)
Y'know I jus' 'bout had my fill
(of Whitey on the moon)
I think I'll sen' these doctor bills,
Airmail special
(to Whitey on the moon)

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383757)

In related news - America still has a mission to feed its poor.

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (2)

tuxgeek (872962) | about 5 months ago | (#46384515)

Really ? .. just when does that begin ?
I thought Americas priority was subsidizing Monsanto, Exxon and helping out all those starving billionaires

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 5 months ago | (#46384795)

The War on poverty [wikipedia.org] was the first of many hopeless wars on abstractions. It was proposed by Lyndon Johnson at his inaugural in 1964.

It is called welfare (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46385015)

The lazy, stupid, and (rarely unfortunate) apply for and get aid so they do not become homeless, feed their children and have time to watch television and plan crimes.

America's 'poor' people have:
- Housing that meets building codes
- Electricity
- Hot and cold water, shower, bathtub
- Food
- Most have internet and cable tv

America's poor are well off compared to many other countries.

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (2)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 5 months ago | (#46384769)

In related news - mission to feed the poor in India still dependent on foreign aid

[citation needed]
 
As far as I know, India actually sent foreign aids amounts to millions of dollars to African countries.

Please correct me if I am wrong, but a country which is rich enough and has the money to send aids to other countries suppose to be not receiving any more aids.

Re:Mission to feed poor.. (2)

elbonia (2452474) | about 5 months ago | (#46385565)

Correct which is why India will no longer receive aid [nytimes.com] in the amounts it was once given.

Manned flight I hope!!! (1)

zenlessyank (748553) | about 5 months ago | (#46383173)

Don't forget the Hawaiian Tropic coco butter.

so... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383187)

Are they gonna land? (at night, of course)

Re:so... (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 5 months ago | (#46383413)

They can now, because they're not a part of the British Empire anymore.

Expectations (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383267)

KY stock expected to soar on news of solar probe?

FUCKBETA (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383269)

Seriously, it sucks unless you're in grade school

Watch out for Sun Ghosts (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383271)

And don't trust the Galactics. Some of them are sneaky buggers!

Makes sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383275)

i assume this is the first step in a long term solution for over population

Re:Makes sense (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 5 months ago | (#46383445)

Yes, they're going to start with the Slashdot ACs

When they should be... (0)

asmkm22 (1902712) | about 5 months ago | (#46383299)

Maybe they should start probing the constant raping going on. What a fucked up country.

Re:When they should be... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383371)

They could take all the rapists and put them on a manned mission. Two birds, one stone.

Re: When they should be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383373)

What kind of "probes" should they be using?

Re:When they should be... (1)

jma05 (897351) | about 5 months ago | (#46383391)

Which country are you from? Is the per capita rape rate in your country much better?

Re:When they should be... (2)

AK Marc (707885) | about 5 months ago | (#46383527)

Rape isn't comperable between countries. As Assange found out, consentual sex in sweeden can be "rape" and as such, the defintions are not uniform. And reported rapes are low in Saudi Arabia, where being raped is a capital crime. Some places encourage reported rapes, others discourage it, and the definition not being uniform leads to an inability to reliably compare rape statistics between countries.

Re:When they should be... (1)

mr100percent (57156) | about 5 months ago | (#46384523)

Being raped is not a capital crime in Saudi Arabia. The myth of that got out when a married woman claimed she was raped, and since there wasn't enough evidence to prove it, the prosecutor decided to charge her with adultery. It's screwed up and Muslims around the world protested the case, but they're a US-backed dictatorship and that's that.

Re:When they should be... (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 5 months ago | (#46384599)

Adultry isn't just married infidelity. Sex outside marriage is adultry (not just being married and having sex with a non-spouse, but having any sex with someone you aren't married to, regardless of your and their marriage status) in many of "those places". Being raped is not a defense for adultry. So yes, being raped can be a capital crime. That's not a myth. That's the law.

Re:When they should be... (2)

mr100percent (57156) | about 5 months ago | (#46384645)

Citation needed. Sex outside of marriage is referred to as "Zina" in Saudi Arabia, which is not a capital offense. Adultery is a subset of sex crime law, and is punished by flogging if unmarried, only married people qualify for capital punishment for adultery..

Re:When they should be... (1)

cavreader (1903280) | about 5 months ago | (#46384965)

They do not need anyone's backing and that definitely includes the US. China would gladly replace the US in SA. As long as they can sell their oil to anyone they want they hardly need US backing. People claiming the US backs dictators and non-democratic leaders are practically calling for the US to interfere in another countries internal matters. On the other hand they also complain when the US does interfere so the best course of action would be to do nothing which appears to be the current US foreign policy.

Re:When they should be... (1)

mr100percent (57156) | about 5 months ago | (#46384991)

Current US foreign policy is not "do nothing." The US government backed the Bahraini dictatorship and looked the other way as their police fired on pro-democracy protestors and refused to sanction the government despite its documented use of torture and human rights abuses. Why? Because the Bahraini king allowed the US Navy to park its ships there. The US government approved the sale of weapons to the Saudi dictatorship that human rights groups warned would be used on protestors and for torture (e.g. selling huge shipments of cattle prods to the Saudi government even though they don't have many cows). It's creating a whole generation of people who dislike America, despite the fact that the US was quite popular up until recently.

Re:When they should be... (1)

Threni (635302) | about 5 months ago | (#46383529)

Chances are that he's not from a country which sentences people to gang-rape:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl... [bbc.co.uk]

Sure, it's a cultural thing; best not interfere or comment, right?

Re:When they should be... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384583)

Hey some rape can be good, like that whore who got raped by a a drunk, and resulted in you being born, No?

Re:When they should be... (0)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 5 months ago | (#46383547)

The "per capita rate" is mostly irrelevant when most of what the modern world would consider "Rape" is entirely legal in India. Once a woman has been married, often by force, under the age of 15, it is impossible for her to divorce and the only part of the sexual assault considered "Illegal" is if her "Husband" causes her physical injury. Then he's charged with misdemeanor assault, not rape.

Then there's the armed "Rape squads" patroling the slums where not much of anything will be reported due to the complete lack of law enforcement... the child prostitution rings, which have girls enslaved under the age of 10 who are then raped for money by older men.

So I don't know if the per-capital rate is higher or lower in my country, but I know one thing for sure, if I were a woman, a romantic walk in the moonlight of India would not be in my bucket list.

Probe to the sun? But it is 6000 degrees celsius. (2)

bejiitas_wrath (825021) | about 5 months ago | (#46383303)

How are they to withstand the heat and gravity sending a probe to the sun? Surely this is just to get close to take closeup pictures. But we have Helios for that. And will the probe be named the Icarus 1?

Re:Probe to the sun? But it is 6000 degrees celsiu (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383343)

They'll go at night

Re:Probe to the sun? But it is 6000 degrees celsiu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383583)

But that's silly!

It's high noon over here when it's nighttime over there! Psh. Indians. Don't they know anything about science? No wonder their engineers suck.

Re:Probe to the sun? But it is 6000 degrees celsiu (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383785)

They know better than that. The actual plans call for them to fly all the way around and land on the dark side of the sun.

Re:Probe to the sun? But it is 6000 degrees celsiu (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 5 months ago | (#46383385)

Plus I hear the rent there is horrendous.

Re:Probe to the sun? But it is 6000 degrees celsiu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383419)

but it's a dry heat, and the traffic is better...

Re:Probe to the sun? But it is 6000 degrees celsiu (1)

broken_chaos (1188549) | about 5 months ago | (#46383477)

They'll name it Icarus, of course. It's just what you do when sending anything towards the sun.

Re:Probe to the sun? But it is 6000 degrees celsiu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384173)

All the jokes aside about them going at night or landing on the dark side of the sun,

If they do go, just keep your ears ready to hear this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b5ueiALdB0 :)

Manned? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383315)

With Rosie O'Donnel and Spike Lee on board? (no modding unless you get the reference)

They better go at night (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383345)

Or at least in winter.

A Complete waste of Energy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383351)

This will be costly and prove to be a complete waste of this planet's resources. India should stabilize their growth rate and feed their people.

Re:A Complete waste of Energy (5, Interesting)

jma05 (897351) | about 5 months ago | (#46383433)

Not really...

a.) India always does it cheaper.
b.) The capability will go towards providing commercial space services. Its a money maker, rather than a drain. India is already doing this.
c.) The problem India has now is not so much as not having money. It does not have non-corrupt institutions to properly distribute the resources. They will improve as education improves in subsequent generations who will then elect better politicians, demand cleaner systems and more effectively fight for their rights. Projects like these inspire students.

Re:A Complete waste of Energy (1)

NoKaOi (1415755) | about 5 months ago | (#46385057)

c.) The problem [India | United States | China etc etc etc] has now is not so much as not having money. It does not have non-corrupt institutions to properly distribute the resources. They will improve as education improves in subsequent generations who will then elect better politicians, demand cleaner systems and more effectively fight for their rights. Projects like these inspire students.

FTFY. Also, the part about fixing it being reality is the funniest bit of satire I've read in a long time

Re:A Complete waste of Energy (1)

Bonobo_Unknown (925651) | about 5 months ago | (#46385893)

As much as we love to hate, the US is far less corrupt in basically every way measurable than India and China, and India makes China look like Northern Europe.

I Don't See How (1)

DaMattster (977781) | about 5 months ago | (#46383405)

With all of the problems that exist in India, I don't see how they are going to get it done. Even if they do, at what ultimate cost? I think of all those who will suffer as a result of a government fools errand.

Re:I Don't See How (4, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 5 months ago | (#46383455)

Because NASA totally waited until the US didn't have any homeless people before heading to space...

Re:I Don't See How (1)

Threni (635302) | about 5 months ago | (#46383541)

India has more than a `homeless` problem; I don't see how you can equate the two, unless you're rather willfully ignoring the massive problems India is turning its back on to fund these `we're in the space-age club too` extravagances.

Re:I Don't See How (2, Insightful)

Teancum (67324) | about 5 months ago | (#46383979)

India has more than a `homeless` problem; I don't see how you can equate the two, unless you're rather willfully ignoring the massive problems India is turning its back on to fund these `we're in the space-age club too` extravagances.

At some point India needs to leave the "we is stupid 'n need your money 'cause we dn't know better" attitude. If there is something that India needs, it is to give its people the freedom to do whatever it is that they do best and stop trying to coddle them. Defend people's right to life, liberty, and property but otherwise stay out of their affairs and let them succeed rather than making everybody a charity case.

I currently live in a place that a century ago was far more destitute and a much more harsh climate with a lack of basic resources than the poorest village in India right now. A century and a half ago the people here were so destitute that many starved to death and died from exposure, partly because of being driven out of their homes at gunpoint and forced to migrate hundreds of miles to live in a place that was largely depopulated because even nomadic hunter-gatherers had to move on due to drought. I don't think there is any excuse for India not to be able to solve its problems in due time, and in the meantime they have the resources and the capability of being able to send stuff into space too.

India certainly doesn't need your pity. It is gradually solving its problems over time and they are certainly not insurmountable.

Re:I Don't See How (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384091)

India is large, with a very large population. To solve the food etc problems you're talking billions. They're also very good at doing things to a budget - their recent probe cost mere millions to do what the US/others would spend billions on. It's a drop in the ocean of what they'd need to solve their problems - spending the money on that would have almost no noticeable impact. What the space program does do is provide a boost to the economy and morale... every launch spends its money somewhere and that's often going back into businesses within the country, which goes to others, going to others... a ripple effect throughout their entire economy. Investing in a country through programs like these can give real improvements to their entire economy, and as a result giving them more cash to spend on solving their problems. It's very easy to argue a case that spending the millions on their issues would be a short-term fix only and not do anything to lift them out of that long-term, but investing it can boost them enough longterm that they'll no longer have those problems to solve at all so it's more cost-effective to do the latter.

Re:I Don't See How (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384567)

The knowledge-less morons and trolls are out in full force.

Re:I Don't See How (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384639)

Straw man. There are literally hundreds of millions of people in India without access to sanitation, electricity and running water - more than 1/3 of the population. Do you honestly think that 1/3 of the US population was in that situation at the time of the Apollo program?

Re:I Don't See How (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 5 months ago | (#46384827)

So where is the line then?

Re:I Don't See How (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 5 months ago | (#46384849)

India has more than enough trees and land and labor to build homes and sewers for everyone. They could. They just don't. Probably for the same reason the US has far vacant more homes than homeless people.

Re:I Don't See How (4, Insightful)

Teancum (67324) | about 5 months ago | (#46383915)

With all of the problems that exist in India, I don't see how they are going to get it done. Even if they do, at what ultimate cost? I think of all those who will suffer as a result of a government fools errand.

While I will admit India has some problems, they are an emerging country and certainly not the destitute poor that you are making it out to be. I also admire the Indian space program as something which really is a top rated endeavor that ranks right with China, Russia, and America. They have very competent rocket scientists that know how to put a vehicle into orbit, and really aren't all that far away from being able to successful launch crewed flights of their own if it wasn't for stupid and silly comments like yours who depict India as some poor unfortunate backwater country not worthy of anything but pity.

Heck, I am very impressed they are even considering this probe, and it represents a level of sophistication and ability which so far no other country on the Earth, not even America, has been able to accomplish. Getting something into the Sun takes more delta-v than a sample & return mission from Mars and in fact is harder than sending something into interstellar space like the Voyager missions. This literally is the frontier of human experience in any form and that by itself should speak volumes about what India is going to accomplish here.

Re:I Don't See How (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384693)

Teancum, you contracted a case of brown fever or something?
Those Bollywood hunks are making you venture afar from gay orgies with Elon Musk, WindBourne, macpacheco...?

While I will admit India has some problems, they are an emerging country and certainly not the destitute poor that you are making it out to be.

Not destitute? India has yet to invent public sewage system even in the Capital City Delhi.
There is a job description in India for people to manually dispose of feces.

I also admire the Indian space program as something which really is a top rated endeavor that ranks right with China, Russia, and America

It ranks right up there because it's purchased from the Russians and Americans with very little "Indian" content.

"Indian" aeronautics [wikipedia.org]
Can you point out just one in the list that is actually designed and manufactured by India?

depict India as some poor unfortunate backwater country not worthy of anything but pity

In the light of FACTS, I would suggest the GP is actually quite accurate, contrary to your homosexual lust inspired comments.

Re:I Don't See How (4, Interesting)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 5 months ago | (#46384797)

What nobody seems to be pointing out is that having a program to build rockets that can boost payloads into low earth orbit and beyond is exactly the kind of technology one needs to develop ICBMs and tends to be a bit more politically correct.

Re:I Don't See How (1)

baker_tony (621742) | about 5 months ago | (#46383935)

With all the problems in America, why on earth do you send probes in to outer space?

Re:I Don't See How (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384391)

So well said!! It's like building a rocket in a cluttered company.

Re:I Don't See How (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46385897)

Because Von Braun and hitlers war circus gave them the rockets ..

Sour Grapes (2)

Greyfox (87712) | about 5 months ago | (#46385437)

Just because your superpower is on the decline and no longer has the capability to do a manned space mission, you don't need to piss on the rising ones for taking their first steps. 40 years from now when they're mining asteroids and outsourcing their cheap crap to the USA, they might come back and rub your nose in it.

What could be learned by going to the sun? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383409)

It's a valid question? We can already evaluate and test for radiation and sun activity with the observing satellites we have up there already? We're better off checking Venus and Mercury for more data. In the end the probe will eventually wear out but at least we got more info then a straight shot into the sun. Dumb.

India (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383425)

India is an odd place. It's clearly third world with tens of millions of starving Indians living in subhuman conditions, but it wants to explore space.

Coincidence, google plans "bus rides" for the poor (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383431)

Little do they suspect...

Old Dan Quayle joke (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383435)

Vice President Quayle declared that the US should be the first nation to complete a manned space to the Sun.

Im playing KSP, and I know.. (1)

Quai (188898) | about 5 months ago | (#46383443)

Im playing KSP, and I know it is damn hard to get to the sun^W^Wkerbol, even with infinite fuel enabled!

Follow on the prob mission (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383479)

India will attempt to land a man on the sun. Thus becoming 2nd nation to land a man on the sun after the North Korea. This also prevent China from being the 2nd nation to land a man on the sun.

I hope (0)

Cheviot (248921) | about 5 months ago | (#46383501)

I hope they're planning on going at night!

Re:I hope (0)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 5 months ago | (#46383591)

plus, it has to happen fast. ie, do the speedful.

Re:I hope (2)

spitzak (4019) | about 5 months ago | (#46384339)

To keep everything organized, I recommend that all posts mentioning going at night be arranged under this one.

Over Half of Indians In Crushing Poverty (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383569)

Amazing. Over 50% of Indians--600 million people--are living in dire, crushing poverty. Yet, the Indian government sees examining the sun as one of its top priorities. 95% of Indians don't even have 24/7 running water [they have to pump the few hours when the pressure comes on and store it in local cisterns] and yet they have money for this sort of nonsense. Ridiculous.

Re:Over Half of Indians In Crushing Poverty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383879)

When America was deeply involved in the space race, black people were 2nd class citizens, their churches were being bombed & their protests were set upon by police dogs and the infant mortality rate wasn't much better than that of present-day India.

Perhaps they shouldn't have cars, airplanes, or computers until they raise their population up to standards you find acceptable.

Re:Over Half of Indians In Crushing Poverty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384659)

I take it was hundreds of millions of blacks, or a very high proportion of the US population, right? You know that it was nowhere near those figures. No, India's problems are at least one order of magnitude more serious than those of the US in the 60s. Indulging in this me-too space program nonsense is making India look like a country with a humongous inferiority complex, resorting to a grossly immoral and pathetic approach to keep it in check.

Re:Over Half of Indians In Crushing Poverty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384905)

How do you go from "planning a probe" to "examining the sun is one of our top priorities"? Unless literally everything they do is their top priority?

And the Poles have one planned in 2019 but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46383999)

theirs is a man mission.

But North Korea already did it! (4, Funny)

envelope (317893) | about 5 months ago | (#46384175)

Apply heavy sarcasm filters for this comment... (1)

rts008 (812749) | about 5 months ago | (#46384359)

LOL!
That's a fascinating read.

A 4 hour filight to the sun(at night, to avoid being burned up!), landed and collected sunspot samples to bring back for the Supreme Leader, and back home by 9:00 P.M. in bed for school the next day...all by a 17 year old boy/astronaut.

Truly remarkable!

The best our youth(USA) can do is cost their fathers $80,000 by posting crap on facebook...sad, really. ;-)

Re:But North Korea already did it! (1)

taiwanjohn (103839) | about 5 months ago | (#46385547)

Thank you! I was going to post that if nobody else had.

Unfortunately it's a "hoax" story, from a site like TheOnion.com, but it's pretty convincing. ;-)

The Sun huh? (1)

thefoul (1113419) | about 5 months ago | (#46384475)

I just hope they put their top guys on this and figure out that they need to go at night!

Megadeath did this already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384501)

During their concert they flew their black space ship into the sun.

I hate beta (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384563)

Please, please, please kill beta you bunch of *&%^* &%^ Q#@$ *&& *@#!*&$ ^*&# $ *&%$*& @ # ^$( .

Do you have any freaking clue how utterly horribly and stupid it is?
STUPID!
DUMB!
UGLY!
HORIBBLE!
EVIL!
GHASTLY!
BAD!

Obviously you don't realize how horrid it is, or you would cease forcing it on me.
nbcnews.com changed their site to suck so bad that I refuse to read the news there anymore.
BETA MIGHT ACTUALLY WORSE!
which means that if you continue with this misbegotten idiotic plan, it will be necessary to cease reading Slashdot.
This would sadden me since I have been reading it since around 1998 or so.

Please don't ruin it.
I'm begging you.

Why... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384593)

Why bother with the sun... we know most of what we need to know about the Sun already... what will India of all places be able to learn more than what NASA already knows...
This is just a waste of money.

A good thing it's unmanned (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46384685)

Otherwise they would have to install toilets - a technology that India has yet to master.

Star Trigger? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46385351)

That's what the Star Trigger was.

Better arrive at night.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46385359)

They better arrive at night otherwise .... molten metal...

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