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Friday, June 22, 2007

Wanna Go to Mars?

posted by on June 22 at 14:52 PM

Posted by Sage Van Wing

The European Space Agency is looking for six people to spend a year and a half inside a small, simulated “spacecraft.” The volunteers will have to perform tasks and react to “emergencies” just as though they were real astronauts on a trip to mars. They will not be allowed out, and will only communicate with “Earth” via a time-delayed radio. This will help the agency figure out how people will react in a confined space for a long period of time. They have not, apparently, been watching Big Brother.

Sorry, only citizens of the European Union and Canada will be considered.

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There go my hopes and dreams of being a European Astronaut. *sigh*

Posted by Phelix | June 22, 2007 3:00 PM

How about instead of playing make believe we get off our asses and send some people to mars and hell other planets too.

Posted by Giffy | June 22, 2007 3:01 PM

On an entirely different note, why the fuck can I not view my electric bill online. This is Seattle in the 21st Century. Now I have go dig through my pile o'unopened bills to find the damn one from the City. Fuck you Seattle for expecting, ney requiring, me to open my mail.

Posted by Giffy | June 22, 2007 3:09 PM

obligatory "Get your ass to Mars"

Posted by jg in sea | June 22, 2007 3:18 PM

The contestants on Big Brother are not strictly speaking "people". The test has some validity.

Posted by Fnarf | June 22, 2007 3:32 PM

@3...I can see mine online. Go here:

Type in your info and it will tell you how much you owe.

Posted by Callie | June 22, 2007 3:32 PM

Damn! And I was going to pack my bags tonight, pre-flight!

Posted by COMTE | June 22, 2007 3:40 PM

yes, please promptly send the entire cast from every season of big brother (and every other reality tv show while you're at it) to mars.

Posted by jameyb | June 22, 2007 3:44 PM


Jameyb do you realize what kind of damage that many brain-damaged, ego-centric, attention-seeking freaks can do to a planet?

Just look at what they've done to ours.

Posted by COMTE | June 22, 2007 4:24 PM

Didn't Pauly Shore make this movie, like, a million years ago?

Posted by Jonah S | June 22, 2007 4:36 PM

Thanks Callie, but thats not really want I m looking for. I don't just want to see how much I owe I want to see my energy breakdown by month day, hour etc. Like many I want to cut down on my energy use. PSE provides a cool website were I can track how much gas I am using by month hand by the day of the week. I can compare that to last year and to other houses like mine. There is no reason the city can't do the same. Maybe then they would not even have to send the bill.

Posted by Giffy | June 22, 2007 4:37 PM

All Right!

I knew the dual citizenship status of myself and my son would come in handy some day!


Posted by Will in Seattle | June 22, 2007 4:42 PM

Yay, I win for once! Too bad I'm fat!

Posted by Maggie | June 22, 2007 7:20 PM

Will they have to wear the astronaut diapers?

Posted by Matt | June 22, 2007 8:20 PM

Hmm, you get the worst part of the experience - 1.5 years in uncomfortable quarters - but you don't get the good part - going to mars or even space.

Posted by Jude Fawley | June 22, 2007 10:05 PM

since were on about space exploration and science on this slog, I have a burning question that i may just ask Nasa myself someday.
Heres a tidbit from teh MSNBC report of teh shuttles delayed entry to Earth and what bothers me is Why does it allways have to have a headquarters in florida which has shitty weather allmost all the time.
Wouldn't California, New Mexico, Nevada, all those deserts and flatlands and have plenty of area and would be perfect for a base. Why waste ok here it is(copy paste)
'NASA had hoped to bring Atlantis home to Florida, but bad weather two days straight forced them to divert it to California a move that will cost $1.7 million because the shuttle has to be ferried back to Kennedy Space Center atop a jumbo jet.'
why not just have two bases of operation for launching space shuttles. If one is having storms then just land it at edwards and keep it their till next launch.
WTF is so special that florida has just made it so the NASA and I'm sure Governments of our country is spending big million dollar bucks to fly a shuttle for no good reason? AAAgh. Its been buggin me for days. what a waste of precious time and money. I'm all for NASA but can't they just have a base in a better place if its weather they freak out about?

Posted by summertime | June 23, 2007 12:19 AM

@16: Two reasons.

First of all, Florida is nicely surrounded by water so launching from there reduces the risk of spacecraft bits landing on people. The solid rocket boosters, for example, peel off the shuttle (fuel tank, actually) and parachute back down to the ocean.

Secondly, the closer you are to the equator, the less fuel that is required to reach orbit. Rocket fuel probably costs more than $3/gallon, so launching from Florida might actually save $1.7M in launch costs alone.

Oh, and I'm sure building and maintaining two shuttle launch facilities will cost a bit more than $1.7M as well...

Posted by Big Adventure Steve | June 23, 2007 11:54 AM

thanks I feel better nwo. I just wanted to know

Posted by summertime | June 23, 2007 3:48 PM

Beat me to it BAS.

I would also add, that in fact the original STS budget plans DID call for two launch facilities, the one a KSC in FL, and one at Vandenberg AFB in CA.

The Vandenberg site was intended primarily to launch shuttles carrying military payloads (e.g. spy satellites) into polar, as opposed to equitorial orbits. However, the Air Force discontinued operations in the late 1980's due to budgetary and political considerations, and the complex was put into mothballs before ever being used.

Posted by COMTE | June 23, 2007 5:06 PM

BAS, shuttle fuel (liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen) actually costs a lot *less* than $3/gallon. But they use 1.5 million lb of the stuff per flight.

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