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NASA Launching a Flying Saucer Tomorrow


06-02-2015, 09:20 AM #1
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"NASA will launch a disc-shaped vehicle into space on Wednesday, in order to test a roomier spacecraft designed for long-haul missions to Mars." http://time.com/3904665/nasa-flying-sauc...s-mission/

Its picture illustration reminds me of the spaceship from Danny Boyle's 2007 film Sunshine. Which makes sense, I'm sure like w/interstellar, lots of scientists were consulted about how it would work and b/c of that look.

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The difference between is that the ship in Boyle's film looked like a gold disc on top, but that's the sun's effect on it being covered with solar shield/panels. Its actually white as well. They both definitely remind me of mushrooms, so Terrence McKenna (RIP) would have gotten a kick out of it. ^__~
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06-04-2015, 02:14 AM #2
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....looks like a promo piece for the backstreet boys Smile

06-04-2015, 06:46 AM #3
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(06-04-2015, 02:14 AM)unit Wrote:  ....looks like a promo piece for the backstreet boys Smile

Lol, yeah that's a truly terrible poster. Couldn't find an image that properly showed it. It was pretty good for a film that seemed like an Event Horizon knockoff at first. I'd reccommend watching each film at least once.

I'm generally dissapointed with the NASA flying saucer design here, looks like a space roomba. But hey, if it works it works.

06-04-2015, 09:20 PM #4
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(06-04-2015, 02:14 AM)unit Wrote:  ....looks like a promo piece for the backstreet boys Smile

lol

06-04-2015, 10:01 PM #5
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(06-04-2015, 02:14 AM)unit Wrote:  ....looks like a promo piece for the backstreet boys Smile

Hahaha, yep pretty much spot on!

06-05-2015, 03:05 PM #6
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Saw that,

so the Thule and Vrill finally made that public? After all those years / stories it works.

Have they been running NASA since the Apollo program?

06-05-2015, 06:49 PM #7
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The Flying Saucer test has been delayed by bad weather, btw. Its recscheduled for tomorrow (Saturday June 6th).

Here's an article with tons of details on how it works, how they're testing it in low atmosphere altitudes (comparable to Mars'), and what its eventual role in a Mars mission would be: http://www.latimes.com/science/scienceno...story.html They are also going to try to do some sort of live feed.

06-09-2015, 08:23 AM #8
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Hey they finally did it. And it failed again, lol. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/06...aucer-test