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The Mars Rover Landing is more exciting than the Olympics, amirite?

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It would be more exciting if they'd timed it to happen AFTER the olympics when no one cared about that any more

Both are equally excited and should be celebrated.

@kipkayify Both are equally excited and should be celebrated.

I agree that both should be celebrated and I have enjoyed watching the Olympics but in 20 years my kids aren't going to ask me where I was during the 2012 Olympics but I hope Curiosity will be momentous enough that they will ask me where I was when Curiosity landed

Marys avatar Mary Yeah You Are +11Reply
@kipkayify Both are equally excited and should be celebrated.

That is true. I think that both speak to how amazing humans are - we got to Mars, and in the Olympics, we see the entire world come together for just a few days. Both are pretty amazing if you ask me, but it is true that Curiosity landing is a bit more memorable =)

Mars Rover? I thought Wolowitz crashed it...

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I've heard about Curiousity but I have no idea what happened. Rovers have landed on Mars before. What's so special about this one?

SuperSukhs avatar SuperSukh Yeah You Are +3Reply
@SuperSukh I've heard about Curiousity but I have no idea what happened. Rovers have landed on Mars before. What's so special...

This video is all about what had to happen for Curiosity to land. Which in itself makes it absolutely amazing YouTube video thumbnail

Here's a picture showing the difference in the 3 Rovers. Curiosity being in the back. http://ctrlv.in/107185

In short... Its overall purpose is to thoroughly study the planet to see if it is habitable for life. Not only microbial but also what needs to be done for humans to survive on Mars.

Scientists avatar Scientist Yeah You Are 0Reply

It's absolutely depressing that people seem not to care about the land rover. The Olympics don't really serve to do anything except cost an insane amount of money. Some countries have yet to recover from the cost of hosting the Olympics. On the other hand, space travel is the key to our species surviving, and, in my opinion, is far more exciting and worthy than the Olympics. At least most of our species is doomed.

Mike_Hawks avatar Mike_Hawk Yeah You Are +2Reply
@Mike_Hawk It's absolutely depressing that people seem not to care about the land rover. The Olympics don't really serve to do...

Why does it matter of the human species survives or not? Humans haven't been here from the begining, and we probably won't be here in the end.

@Mike_Hawk It's absolutely depressing that people seem not to care about the land rover. The Olympics don't really serve to do...

Curiosity cost 2.5 Billion. That's 20% of the cost of the London Olympics. So even if you think it's a waste of money it's clearly not as much as the Olympics. And for if we find life. That's HUGE! It's will answer the "are we alone" question once and for all. And will also further our understanding of who we are. And what if the life isn't even DNA based? What if it's something entirely different? It would open so many doors. It will probably inspire more kids to become interested in science. While I think we should be searching for life on Europa or Enceladus, this is still an incredible triumph.

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@Scientist Curiosity cost 2.5 Billion. That's 20% of the cost of the London Olympics. So even if you think it's a waste of...

Don't forget all the money from advertising and tv deals that the Olympics will make. I don't know if they'll make a profit but it'll bring down the cost of the whole event substantially.
But that last line is the reason I think the curiosity is a waste of money. I really doubt we'll find anything new on mars, and I'm usually an optimist. I think we should've used that money to work on exploring life on Europa (that's the ice moon right?). I think that's much more promising research. Maybe the rover isn't as big a waste of money as the Olympics, but i think it's a serious waste of time and resources.
Side note: i'd love it if it proves me wrong, but i doubt it will.

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@Mike_Hawk It's absolutely depressing that people seem not to care about the land rover. The Olympics don't really serve to do...

Like I said before I think we should be exploring different worlds as well. But the fact is that we can't yet. We simply don't have the information or the ability required. And I too that there's a slim chance, but 2.5 Billion really isn't that much money. Especially not when you look at what could come from this. But also its purpose is to show us what needs to be done to sustain human life. NASA is currently receiving about .05% of the national budget. There are definitely better places you can look for wasted money. Like perhaps the $24,500,000,000 spent so far THIS YEAR on the War on Drugs.

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@Scientist Like I said before I think we should be exploring different worlds as well. But the fact is that we can't yet. We...

That is an insane waste of money. But we'll have to agree to disagree on whether the Mars rover is worth it or not. To me, the only way the Mars rover will be a success is if it makes an earth shattering discovery that the other rovers before it haven't done. If it doesn't, that's 2.5 billion dollars down the drain.

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@Mike_Hawk It's absolutely depressing that people seem not to care about the land rover. The Olympics don't really serve to do...

Personally, I think people are getting a little too excited about the rover. Even if it does discover that life existed on Mars, which i doubt, so what? Don't get me wrong, it'll be an amazing discovery, but it will have almost no practical applications to us. We aren't smart enough yet to do anything with that information.
My point: practically, i think the rover is just a big a waste of money as the olympics.

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I don't even like the Olympics, so yeah. Significantly.

Runys avatar Runy Yeah You Are +2Reply

It hasn't even done anything yet besides land. Over the next two years we might learn some cool stuff, but am I glued to my t.v trying to see the mars space rover? No.

I hate the Olympics.

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In thirty years I probably won't remember much of either.

@Wunderscore In thirty years I probably won't remember much of either.

No, because the Mars rover is actually a pretty significant event. It could make discovers that will echo for the rest of our duration as a species. It's important as fucking fuck, which is why it should have far more coverage than the Olympics.

Mike_Hawks avatar Mike_Hawk Yeah You Are +4Reply
@Wunderscore In thirty years I probably won't remember much of either.

But Phelps broke the wolrd record for medlas earned WHATS MORE IMPORTANT THEN THAT!!!!

I love watching the Olympics. Especially the summer events. I don't find anything really Interesting about the rover.

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