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Space Penguin Could Hop Around The Moon

CmdrTaco posted about 9 years ago | from the bouncing-science dept.

Moon 185

notdanielp writes "A robotic Lunar Penguin explorer could be hopping around on the moon by 2009, said Raytheon on Tuesday, as it unveiled the concept lander at an aerospace conference. The unmanned lunar device, in development for two years, is 3 feet tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. It "hops" by reigniting small propulsion engines ... President Bush last year refocused the space program on sending people to the moon, Mars and beyond. Raytheon said the Penguin could be a robotic precursor to future manned space missions and that it was being proposed to NASA."

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You KNEW this was coming (5, Funny)

BlackCobra43 (596714) | about 9 years ago | (#13446241)

.......but does it run Linux?

Re:You KNEW this was coming (4, Funny)

RobertB-DC (622190) | about 9 years ago | (#13446253)

Finally! After all these years, and now it's here: a story for which "Yeah, but does [ridiculously incongruous device] run Linux?" is actually on-topic!

Re:You KNEW this was coming (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | about 9 years ago | (#13446651)

Finally! After all these years..."but does [ridiculously incongruous device] run Linux?" is actually on-topic!

AND a first post, too! :) This post merits to be included in the Wikipedia slashdot article!

Re:You KNEW this was coming (1)

Pants75 (708191) | about 9 years ago | (#13446396)

does it Hop Linux???

Re:You KNEW this was coming (1)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | about 9 years ago | (#13446397)

We have finally found a use for the term "Lunix" other than trolling!

Re:You KNEW this was coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446506)

NASA uses battle-tested Wind River UNIX (2, Interesting)

peter303 (12292) | about 9 years ago | (#13446518)

NASA has been using a version of realtime UNIX called VxWorks from Wind River in many of its space probes and robots. It has been evolving for decades along with various NASA probes. Its not perfect, having brought down the rovers for a couple weeks with a thread blocking problem. [cmu.edu] But it has been field tested for a long time.

Re:You KNEW this was coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446559)

LOL i actually knew that was coming... seriously...

Furthermore... (1)

jd (1658) | about 9 years ago | (#13446584)

...if you had a Beowulf cluster of these and they all hopped at the same time, could they alter the orbit of the moon?

For that matter... (1)

techno-vampire (666512) | about 9 years ago | (#13446860)

If you did have a Beowulf cluster of these sharing a RAID, and the RAID got corrupted, would you end up with a Beowulf cluster fsck?

Re:You KNEW this was coming (1)

LandKurt (901298) | about 9 years ago | (#13446643)

.......but does it run Linux?

In Soviet Russia, Linux runs Lunar Penguin.

Wait... that actually makes sense. Nevermind.

ya (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446246)

penguin this - frosty pissed!!

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446248)

FP

Space Penguin... (-1, Redundant)

torrents (827493) | about 9 years ago | (#13446249)

I'm sorry, but will it run Linux???

Re:Space Penguin... (2, Informative)

ch-chuck (9622) | about 9 years ago | (#13446604)

Tough life - there's only 1 minute difference between (+5, Funny) and (1, Redundant).

Better luck next time.

Re:Space Penguin... (0, Redundant)

halivar (535827) | about 9 years ago | (#13446688)

Amazing how if you'd posted one minute earlier, you'd be (+5, Funny) instead of (1, Redundant).

I wonder how many people have posted something along these lines while I was composing this post.

Whoa (2, Funny)

cached (801963) | about 9 years ago | (#13446251)

The lander sits on four legs, much like a small version of the original landers that brought astronauts to the moon. The squat, compact unit has a few tiny jump boosters protruding below and on its sides and looks nothing like an actual penguin. This looks just like my my linux box sitting on my table.

Great (4, Funny)

CalcMan (179244) | about 9 years ago | (#13446257)

A penguin with gas.

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446297)

In space no one can hear you fart.

Re:Great (1)

Tackhead (54550) | about 9 years ago | (#13446423)

> A penguin with gas.

As opposed to a penguin that had just stuffed itself with herring, you would prefer a penguin that had just gotten laid [sjbaker.org] ?

(Well, maybe you do, but it's not politic, so maybe you shouldn't.)

yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446260)

not that it could tip over on one of the landings , cause thats the easy part.

ill avoid the linux jokes... (2, Insightful)

tont0r (868535) | about 9 years ago | (#13446267)

but am i the only one that is wondering why a penguin??? its cute, but wouldnt a 'rover' type thing do just fine? id really like for NASA to be more concerned with experiments and whatnot rather than what animal to choose for its fun space trip to the moon.

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (1)

diamondmagic (877411) | about 9 years ago | (#13446315)

If you have even bothered to read the story, you would see that it (and I quote) sits on four legs, much like a small version of the original landers that brought astronauts to the moon.

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (5, Informative)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 9 years ago | (#13446349)

Please RTFA.

It's only called the Penguin because it was originally designed to explore the south pole of the moon to search for ice.

Penguins are native only to the Antarctic region (near the South Pole) here on Earth.

I don't know where they are native to on other planets.

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (3, Informative)

spun (1352) | about 9 years ago | (#13446512)

Penguins live in many more regions in the southern hemisphere than just the antarctic. Here [k12.in.us] is a nice little interactive map of penguin habitats around the world. Looks like a school project of some sort, but it is the first page returned in a google search for penguins and it looks pretty informative. My favorite are the Macaroni penguins. [k12.in.us] Penguins with mullets, what could be cooler?

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 9 years ago | (#13446817)

Thanks for the info, and the clarification.

And you're right, there could never be anything cooler than a penguin with a mullet... unless it also had a cameltoe.

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (1)

CaptDeuce (84529) | about 9 years ago | (#13446521)

Please RTFA.

I did:

The unmanned lunar device, in development for two years, is 3 feet tall and weighs approximately 230 pounds. It "hops" by reigniting small propulsion engines.

Penguin? Sounds a lot more like a blast-ended skrewt [wikipedia.org] to me.

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 9 years ago | (#13446791)

And the article explains why it is named the penguin, and that the name does not come from the physical appearance of it.

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (0, Redundant)

betelgeuse-4 (745816) | about 9 years ago | (#13446529)

Penguins aren't only native to the Antartic region, they're found as far north as the Galápagos Islands which are only just south of the equator. (See Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] )

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (1)

podperson (592944) | about 9 years ago | (#13446595)

This is depressing news for the penguins living in or near NZ, Australia, Africa, and the Galapagos islands.

Because swimming is so convenient on the moon (1)

ianscot (591483) | about 9 years ago | (#13446472)

Naturally it's called that because it was supposed to look for ice at the poles -- but, you know, you'd think if we were going to mimic the penguin, we'd want to imitate it in its element. Penguins survive harsh environments standing up and waddling around, okay, but they're basically jet fighters underwater. We take a look and decide to imitate the waddling, clumsy version.

Please, make it slide around on its belly instead.

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (1)

Ingolfke (515826) | about 9 years ago | (#13446504)

A dark vision of the future unfolds... as robotic penguins are armed with weapons and tools to build and defend a base on the moon. A bug in the AI software and unforseen consequences of an intense solar radiation storm disrupts the communication between the moon base and NASA's Earth-based monitoring station and changes the course of human history forever... when communication is restored the penguin robots have become autonomous... they begin mining the moon, and replicating themselves... in six months time they have developed a craft to return them to Earth... and then... the hoardes descend on the helpless planet...

March of the Penguins II: The Reckoning (only in Theaters - Summer 2008)

Speaking of Linux Jokes (4, Funny)

Ingolfke (515826) | about 9 years ago | (#13446569)

Q: What's the difference between maggots and Linux zealots?

A: Maggots love open sores.

To the moderators: This post could be considered to be Offtopic, Inflammatory, Inappropriate, or Offensive. Please moderate +1 Funny... understanding that we all need to laugh at ourselves and few bad puns ever once in awhile

Re:ill avoid the linux jokes... (1)

Andrewkov (140579) | about 9 years ago | (#13446669)

but am i the only one that is wondering why a penguin???

Originally it was going to be marching lemmings, but jumping penguins is so much cooler!

Trademark (0)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | about 9 years ago | (#13446268)

I just hope that the engineers were forward-thinking enough to have trademarked the penguin.

Re:Trademark (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | about 9 years ago | (#13446323)

Yeah a trademark. You are brilliant.

Not (0, Troll)

Spodlink05 (850651) | about 9 years ago | (#13446271)

President Bush also cut NASA funding. They can't even get the shuttle into space without it falling to bits, despite a $1bn re-fit.

I won't hold my breath.

Re:Not (4, Insightful)

wtmcgee (113309) | about 9 years ago | (#13446332)

What does Bush have to do with NASA's inability to repair debris issues on the shuttle?

Would throwing another billion at the problem have changed the outcome? No. Sorry, I despise Bush as much as the next guy but at a certain point, the "bush sucks" rhetoric gets old.

Re:Not (2, Insightful)

Spodlink05 (850651) | about 9 years ago | (#13446571)

What does Bush have to do with NASA's inability to repair debris issues on the shuttle?

Where did I say he did?

Would throwing another billion at the problem have changed the outcome? No. Sorry, I despise Bush as much as the next guy but at a certain point, the "bush sucks" rhetoric gets old.

What anti-Bush rhetoric? The article summary said Bush had re-focused on the moon,mars and beyond. I simply pointed that Bush had cut NASA spending, which is a fact.

Neither did I suggest spending more money on the shuttle would solve the problem, it was just an example of the state of the current space program, i.e. not good.

Re:Not (1)

Yanray (686150) | about 9 years ago | (#13446617)

I believe the problem came with the indiscrimate use of the word "they". Don't worry gets NPR and NYT's in trouble all the time.

Re:Not (1)

khallow (566160) | about 9 years ago | (#13446745)

What anti-Bush rhetoric? The article summary said Bush had re-focused on the moon,mars and beyond. I simply pointed that Bush had cut NASA spending, which is a fact.

But he hasn't cut NASA spending [space.com] . It went up from $16.2 billion in 2004-5 to $16.45 billion in 2005-6. That might not have kept up with inflation, but it's not a cut.

Re:Not (1)

CGP314 (672613) | about 9 years ago | (#13446771)

but at a certain point, the "bush sucks" rhetoric gets old

That point will be when there are no more Bushes in the White House. That means you too, JEB.


-Colin [colingregorypalmer.net]

Re:Not (1)

meinders (744301) | about 9 years ago | (#13446460)

Ya... and the same stupid piece of styrofoam fell off again.

Credit the President (4, Interesting)

amightywind (691887) | about 9 years ago | (#13446945)

President Bush also cut NASA funding. They can't even get the shuttle into space without it falling to bits, despite a $1bn re-fit.

The fact that we are even debating the post shuttle/ISS space program is a credit to President Bush. The 'failure' to fix the space shuttle is illusory. The shuttle performs consistent with its design. It's just that the design can never be safer than 1 failure in 100 launches. First it was the SRB O-rings, then frayed wiring, and latest ET foam. If it keeps flying some other problem will reveal itself.

WORD! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446281)

Isn't this more of a Zonk story? Anyway, I thought this was HIS blog. 'Course if he would pull his rock hard tool out of his mom's ass...

Which weapon, now? (5, Funny)

ScentCone (795499) | about 9 years ago | (#13446286)

From TFA: The Lunar Penguin, originally intended to land on the south pole of the moon to search for ice, is based on tactical weapons technologies, which should make it much more affordable, Raytheon said

Just curious what booster-powered hopping weapons system Raytheon has been working on lately, and if they have lasers strapped to their heads or what.

Re:Which weapon, now? (2, Funny)

-Grover (105474) | about 9 years ago | (#13446319)

Everyone should know by now that it does NOT have laser beams attached to it's head. That technology is reserved for Sharks, and possibly ill tempered sea bass.

   

Re:Which weapon, now? (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 9 years ago | (#13446382)

Sheesh,

Sharks get lasers strapped on their heads.

Penguins get missiles strapped to their backs.

Let's not confuse our movie villains.

Name for the Machine? (5, Funny)

-Grover (105474) | about 9 years ago | (#13446288)

Personally I like

Lunar Terrestrial Unmanned Excursion.

Lunar TUX :)

Re:Name for the Machine? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446908)

jesus the thing weighs 230 lbs and is only 3ft tall, they should call it Fatass rather than Penguin.

Huh? (3, Insightful)

skelly33 (891182) | about 9 years ago | (#13446290)

A robotic pre-cursor to manned moon landings? Why?

We were able to do manned moon landings for almost 40 years ago; has our know-how diminished, or are we just less determined than we used to be?

Heck, the Soviets did it too, and long ago (1)

ianscot (591483) | about 9 years ago | (#13446440)

The history of Soviet robotic lunar explorers [si.edu] also seems a little redundant, no? Presumably these Penguins would be for more than simple exploration?

Still, the idea of mimicking natural forms has a certain appeal. Evolution is a heck of an interesting engineer, even if billions of years of work result in kludges like the human nose. Designs like the penguin are amazingly successful in harsh environments. (I only hope Morgan "Easy Reader" Freeman narrates the launches.)

Re:Huh? (2, Insightful)

justin12345 (846440) | about 9 years ago | (#13446522)

When I take off my tin foil hat, I hear voices that tell me that the landings were faked. ;-)

Seriously though, I think the somewhat hair-brained presidential directive involves building a base there. Stands to reason a "jump jet" vehicle would be useful in that.

And finally, to get on my soap box: A lunar outpost and manned martian exploration really isn't that bad of an idea. Sure, they are arbitrary goals that could be done via robotics, but so was landing on the Moon in the first place. Its not like we didn't know what we would find. Doing things the hard way leads to problems, which lead to innovation. I for one would like more Velcro and Tang.

Space exploration is an example of humanity at its best. People who bitch about the cost should instead be bitching about our crazy defense budget, much of which goes to maintaining obsolete weapons that no one thinks will ever be even slightly useful again.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446800)

I know most people around here could use some more Tang.

Re:Huh? (1)

ghukov (854181) | about 9 years ago | (#13446890)

A robot won't complain about the lack of oxygen or food. I can see how this mini lunar lander would prove to be quite useful for negotiating rough terrain and extended work hours.

Someone's gotta do it... (1, Funny)

KC7GR (473279) | about 9 years ago | (#13446311)

Would someone please grab a generic image of Tux, and outfit him with a space suit and pogo stick, please? Preferably against a lunar backdrop? I'm away from my Photoshop-equipped system at the moment or I'd give it a shot.

Keep the peace(es).

Re:Someone's gotta do it... (2, Informative)

A beautiful mind (821714) | about 9 years ago | (#13446419)

Already done [kleinhoern.de] .

Re:Someone's gotta do it... (0, Troll)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | about 9 years ago | (#13446552)

Would someone please grab a generic image of Tux, and outfit him with a space suit and pogo stick, please? Preferably against a lunar backdrop?

I think you're looking for Fark [fark.com] . Go down the Internet Superhighway and take the Asshat exit. Turn right onto Domo Kum Lane and then an immediate left onto Adm. Akbar Highway (watch out for the speedtrap). After you pass by Killing-Kittens Field it will be right there on Squirrel Nuts Rd.

Affordable? (4, Interesting)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 9 years ago | (#13446314)

"The Lunar Penguin, originally intended to land on the south pole of the moon to search for ice, is based on tactical weapons technologies, which should make it much more affordable, Raytheon said, without disclosing a price.

See how much great stuff comes out of military research? This is why all you tech-happy people should support increased military funding, instead of something so silly as direct funding of research.

Seriously, this is much more affordable only because we've already paid for the research. That's like a waiter saying, "Your meal will be 10% off, because you gave us the chicken we made it out of."

It's great that we can apply some of our military tech to space / lunar exploration. But don't say it's more affordable just because we already paid for it.

Re:Affordable? (3, Insightful)

notdanielp (244035) | about 9 years ago | (#13446360)


Seriously, this is much more affordable only because we've already paid for the research.
Not entirely. It can also be more affordable if the manufacturing processes for these tactical weapons technologies are already active. Which is cheaper, a production run off of an existing assembly line or building a new factory and then doing a single run?

Re:Affordable? (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 9 years ago | (#13446868)

I stand corrected.

But, there's also some consideration as to whether designing around existing components can be more expensive. Sometimes a top-down design, even with limited production runs, can be cheaper to manufacture. Hopefully not in this case, if it was designed well.

Re:Affordable? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446429)

You troll. You also paid for the DARPA-created Internet. Is that making it cheaper for you to get your broadband?

Re:Affordable? (1)

Datamonstar (845886) | about 9 years ago | (#13446607)

Dude, everyone knows that Al Gore created the Internet. Who's the troll now?

Russian rovers still hold traverse record (4, Informative)

peter303 (12292) | about 9 years ago | (#13446335)

Despite the NASAs great results with their three successful Mars rovers, the two Russian Lunokhods [wikipedia.org] still hold the distance records covering about 30 miles together, or an order of magnitude more than the Martian rovers. The Moon is near enough to allow interactive control of surface robots, unlike Mars.

Of course many of us would like to see dozens of rovers crawling all over the planets and moons. The cost of the International Space Station would have funded over 200 rovers.

Re:Russian rovers still hold traverse record (1)

Epistax (544591) | about 9 years ago | (#13446550)

Only 200? That seems low to me. Can we confirm this number? I'm hoping that rover #100 would cost almost an order of magnitude less than rover #1.

Re:Russian rovers still hold traverse record (1)

prisoner-of-enigma (535770) | about 9 years ago | (#13446582)

Not to belittle the worthiness of the Russian rovers, but total distance traveled is a rather useless metric of the actual value of the mission. If someone sent a probe to the moon that did nothing but scoot around for 31 miles, would it mean it was a "better" mission than the Lunokhods?

The value of the mission is directly proportional to the amount of scientific enlightenment derived from it, not the mileage on the odometer.

Damn movie sequels (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446356)

It never fails that Hollywood will always ruin good movies with really crappy sequels. I can just see it now:
"March of the Penguins 2: Electric Boogaloo: In Space"

The Joker (1)

FudRucker (866063) | about 9 years ago | (#13446370)

Some people call me the space Penguin, yeah Some call me the gangster of love Some people call me maurice Cause I speak of the pompitous of love

-not steve miller

encapsulation (3, Funny)

milktoastman (572643) | about 9 years ago | (#13446375)

I bet no one will get this reference...it's obscure and irrelevant...but I'm curious just to see if anyone is as nerdy as me.

"Make it jump with its flippers extended, like a friendly gesture."

"I don't know, the sight of that robot penguin jumping toward me with flippers extended would scare the piss out of me."

"Good point"

Re:encapsulation (1)

republican gourd (879711) | about 9 years ago | (#13446482)

2001, Arthur C Clark. In reference to approaching the monolith with the Pod's arms extended or folded back.

AAAH! THANK YOU FOR PLAYING.... (1)

gbutler69 (910166) | about 9 years ago | (#13446565)

The correct reference is "2010: The Year We Make Contact". Starring Roy Scheider (of Jaws Fame) and featuring the Russian exploration craft, The Leonov. However, being that it is the sequal to 2001 and the author of the book the movie is based on is indeed Arthur C. Clarke, you do get partial credit..."F".

"In your face, Space Penguin!" (1)

Panaphonix (853996) | about 9 years ago | (#13446404)

Marge: "Space Penguin?"

Smoke 'Em Out (1, Troll)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 9 years ago | (#13446438)

Yeah, Bush mouthed some words (dyslexized, no doubt) about sending Americans to Mars. He certainly got some naive geek votes for that soundbyte. So why would he actually spend any time or money on an actual Mars program, now that he's already reaped all the political capital he can use? Why should he do any more to back up his promise than Bush Sr did when he made the same Mars promise 15 years earlier? Why should Bush expect to be accountable for that promise, when 40% of the country is letting him off his promises to win in Iraq, to capture Osama ("dead or alive"), to be the "Education President", to stimulate the economy, to "return integrity" to the White House, to "unite, not divide" the country, to even be able to read his scripts right?

He promised us Mars, and we've got a dubious Shuttle program and visions of a 250lb hopping Lunar probe? Look, how much stupidity can we take before we all have to devalue our IQ points like a Mexican peso?

You have to wonder... (4, Funny)

lost in place (248578) | about 9 years ago | (#13446453)

You have to wonder how many other animals they considered before deciding that a 250 lb rocket propelled vehicle was anything like a penguin. So...

TOP 5 NAMES SUGGESTED BY RAYTHEON ENGINEERS BEFORE THEIR PR DEPT TOOK OVER:
  1. Giant Flying Cockroach
  2. Big Flying Rat, Mark I
  3. Lunar Kangaroo
  4. Rocket-propelled Barrel-o-Electronics
  5. Flatulent R2D2

March of Penguins... (1)

rovingeyes (575063) | about 9 years ago | (#13446469)

Damn these creatures can march anywhere!

jumping around (2, Interesting)

javiercr (902891) | about 9 years ago | (#13446488)

The risks involved in all those small take offs and landings are probably too high.

Also, we are not looking for life in the moon, we already have lunar rocks, what the point of jumping around the moon?

We should a) get a cheap and reliable way to get to space b) build a base on the moon and explore other planets.

March of the Lunar Pengiuns (2, Funny)

tont0r (868535) | about 9 years ago | (#13446492)

the Lunar Penguin, originally intended to land on the south pole of the moon to search for ice, is based on tactical weapons technologies, which should make it much more affordable, Raytheon said

Coming with face melting lasers to a theater near you.

Damn them... (1)

Supp0rtLinux (594509) | about 9 years ago | (#13446499)

I can see the conspiracy forming already... send *penguin* to another planet, but have it secretly running Windows. Wait til it crashes and BSOD's, then tell the world it was running Linux. This is the next logical step for the Get The Facts campaign. First you smear Linux worldwide, the globally. Those bastards...

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Replacing my laptop with a Treo [mobileoptimized.com]

Re:Damn them... (1)

cnerd2025 (903423) | about 9 years ago | (#13446611)

Then they'll say "Sorry, guys. We mixed up meters and feet..." Fucking Windows...

Re:Damn them... (1)

gadgetman (4992) | about 9 years ago | (#13446619)

Yeah, but why would they make it secretly run Windows. That would involve a tremendous amount of work just to get Windows to run on that hardware I'm sure. Then who knows when it will crash.

If they put Linux on it then they can look at the source and modify it so they can control when it crashes, even at their own command.

Re:Damn them... (1)

iceanfire (900753) | about 9 years ago | (#13446656)

worldwide==globally

It's a ploy. (2, Funny)

Sandbox Conspiracy (836255) | about 9 years ago | (#13446519)

The guys and gals down at Lunar Linux [lunar-linux.org] are grinning maliciously at the success of their propaganda scheme to encourage poor schmucks like me to post links to their project on /. in a desparate attempt to get +5 mod points.

Scene in the Oval Office: (4, Funny)

DarkHand (608301) | about 9 years ago | (#13446549)

I can see how it went down:

Scientist: "Mr. President, we have a number of new designs for our next Mars probe. Utilizing various state of the art metallurgy processes and the most advanced..."

Bush: "Can the scientologist mumbo jumbo, Doc."

Scientist: "::sigh:: This one looks like a penguin."

Bush: "Ooh, a penguin? Heh heh, I like penguins. Approved!"

Re:Scene in the Oval Office: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13446591)

Or maybe, "What, like in that movie? Cool!"

you forgot the line.. (4, Funny)

tont0r (868535) | about 9 years ago | (#13446598)

Bush: "Put some lasers on it and you got a deal!"

Scientist: "::sigh::"

Re:Scene in the Oval Office: (1)

cnerd2025 (903423) | about 9 years ago | (#13446658)

Bush: "Turd Blossom! Turd Blossom!!! I'm not gonna fire you for leakin' the CIA guy's name, but I'm puttin' you in charge of::unnaturally long pause::space penguin. We're gonna blast Terror from beyond the planet and go to the moon. What can bin Laden do then? Hi-jack a spaceship, heh heh. And we'll call it penguin so that all those Linux folks'll think that it's Linux, but then we can reveal that they are truly terr(or)ists trying to attack my personal lover, Bill Gates. Then I'll be guarenteed a political office after I leave this Oval one."

Mm.. (1)

Armourergeek (888046) | about 9 years ago | (#13446551)

You had me at "Space Penguin"

More desctiptive name for the probe... (1)

StressGuy (472374) | about 9 years ago | (#13446594)

Let's see, short and squat with protruding spindly legs and it moved be periodically expelling gas from "jump jets".

Sound like they should call it the "Barking Spider" lander.

Everybosy on Slashdot... (1)

williamyf (227051) | about 9 years ago | (#13446606)

... on my mark say [Imitatim Homer Jay Simpson's voice]:

UHMMMMM Penguin!

Did Someone Say Spaced Penguin!? (1)

enkafan (604078) | about 9 years ago | (#13446636)

Hopefully they have a better plan than a ruber band sling shot. I also hope they don't try to get the penguin in a loop around the moon trying to maximize the distance before he gets back to the shuttle. http://www.bigideafun.com/penguins/arcade/spaced_p enguin/default.htm [bigideafun.com]

Why Not ? (1)

r3ydium (911107) | about 9 years ago | (#13446648)

Why not just send a man to the moon ? Weve done it once - Why not again ? Maybe it was all a hoax

Re:Why Not ? (1)

javiercr (902891) | about 9 years ago | (#13446795)

what's the challenge, they did that already...but a penguin..that's exiciting :)

Urge to save money reportedly behind (0)

Donny Smith (567043) | about 9 years ago | (#13446655)

Q: Mr. President, why does this box run Linux?

A: Well, we figured that we didn't want to get ripped off by some proprietary software vendor
See, the box originally cost us US$70m, and after we switched to the free Linux OS, we only needed to spend US$69.99m!

Where was Raytheon in 1991? (3, Interesting)

Baldrson (78598) | about 9 years ago | (#13446757)

In 1991 I went to work at E'Prime Aerospace [eprimeaerospace.com] as VP of Public Affairs getting the first Ka-band satellite license issued [lta.com] . While doing that work it occurred to me that the MX-missile warhead bus we were using as the basis of the Norstar satellite could, with minor modifications, be turned into a lunar lander that could hop around the lunar surface.

We did a study of the tankage sizing changes required and a few other features and actually got some quotes back from some of the contractors. It would have been a relatively cheap mission, about the same as a geostationary satellite launch.

I don't recall whether Raytheon was one of the contractors we contacted for pricing.

Space Batman to Follow (2, Funny)

JLavezzo (161308) | about 9 years ago | (#13446806)

Scientists expect to deploy a Space Batman [moviepoopshoot.com] to thwart any crimes attempted by the Space Penguin [angelfire.com] . The Governor of California [rhein-zeitung.de] may come to the defense of the Penguin.

Re:Space Batman to Follow (1)

Comboman (895500) | about 9 years ago | (#13446845)

I, for one, welcome our new Space Penguin overlords.

Space Taxi?? (1)

hotwatermusic (911310) | about 9 years ago | (#13446911)

"Since we could set it down in such a precise location, the Penguin could be the delivery vehicle for the science community," hey taxi! pad five please.

Anatomy of a Slashdot submission... (1)

RobertKozak (613503) | about 9 years ago | (#13446930)


1. Does it have a reference to a robot? CHECK

2. Does it have a reference to space exploration? CHECK

3. Does it reference Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica or will readers post about such references? CHECK

4. Does it have a reference to a penguin? CHECK

5. Does it bash Microsoft? PROBABLY

6. Is it a dupe? WHO CARES?

STATUS: PASSED.
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