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MAVEN Mission To Mars Will Proceed, Despite Shutdown 87

Posted by samzenpus
from the game-on dept.
necro81 writes "Due to the ongoing shutdown of the U.S. Government, NASA is largely grounded. This is bad for all kinds of reasons, but one particularly bad outcome would have been missing the launch window for the MAVEN spacecraft, due to launch 18 November. The next launch window would not have been until 2016. MAVEN, thankfully, has been given the go-ahead, in large part because this orbiter will serve as a vital communications link for the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers currently on the surface. Currently, these rovers are served by two aging orbiters: Mars Odyssey (launched 2001) and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (launched 2005). Maintaining communications with the rovers is considered essential, hence the preparations and launch will proceed. (NASA's official mission website is currently offline.)"
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MAVEN Mission To Mars Will Proceed, Despite Shutdown

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  • Thank goodness (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Errol backfiring (1280012) on Friday October 04, 2013 @07:12AM (#45034339) Journal
    To quote Scotty: "You cannot change the law of physics!". It would be a sad day we would have to explain to later generations that we missed a launch window because of a childish fight of some politicians.
    • Re:Thank goodness (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 04, 2013 @07:46AM (#45034513)

      Explain to older generations that we missed launching MAVEN? I think they will probably be more pissed about abandoning Lunar exploration, the demise of US manned launch capabilities for almost a decade, and the failure to exploit the once in 175 year planetary alignment to explore the ice giants with more than one probe. They might also be pissed that even though NASA shut down temporarily, it had fallen less than 0.5% of the federal spending. Older generations will never know or care if a 2 or 3 year launch window was missed. They will only care about the big things.

      • by TWiTfan (2887093)

        More likely, future generations will ask "What the hell is 'NASA'?"

        • by cusco (717999)

          And then say, "You mean people really DID go to the moon? Which mining company sponsored that?"

          • That is when us the old geezers tell the people that it was the mining company USSR which forced us through their evil ways to venture to the moon just to mine the coal and cheese that were there. The cheese and coal were mined out, we came back, and now people who happily eat cheese tell the world that we never even ventured there. Don't they know where their cheese comes from? Young whipper-snappers nowadays...and get the heck of my lawn.
    • by argStyopa (232550)

      I rather doubt our congresspeople (of either party) can spell "future generations", much less consider it when planning their next campaign.

    • by khallow (566160)

      It would be a sad day we would have to explain to later generations that we missed a launch window because of a childish fight of some politicians.

      The good news is that you don't have to explain a thing. If they're not complete idiots, they'll understand because they'll be doing the same thing.

  • We are sending maven to mars? Thank goodness for small mercies.

    An engineer at NASA told me it's not really that great at producing something called binaries for CI, assembly:single notwithstanding. No idea what he meant, but he seemed to know what he's talking about.

    I imagine the mission will come off without a hitch as long as our network connection to it remains up at all times to receive all the useful verbose reporting it gives us.

     

    • Oh, don't worry, they'd make sure to send mvn -o off to space; download times for dependency updates would certainly not be stellar.

  • Why would NASA send Maven to Mars? Are they building Java apps up there or something?

    http://maven.apache.org/ [apache.org]

    Never believed NASA was a waste.... Until now...

  • First Riften, now Mars. Good grief those Black Briars get around!
  • "the highly elliptical orbit of the spacecraft will limit its usefulness as a relay for operating landers on the surface." while the summary says "Maintaining communications with the rovers is considered essential, hence the preparations and launch will proceed. "
  • Who decides what parts of the federal state is allowed to run during shutdown? And what are the constraints on the choice?

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