Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
rick merritt
User Rank
Author
I'm happy to donate two lattes
rick merritt   11/25/2013 1:06:28 PM
NO RATINGS
Cool post, Eric!

ologic
User Rank
Rookie
Mars obsession
ologic   11/23/2013 5:19:28 AM
NO RATINGS
Unfortunately, NASA has been narrowing the focus of the space exploration program by focusing essentially on Mars at the exspense of other targets :

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=has-nasa-become-mars-obsessed

 

Science is the first casualty of such "monochromatic" program.

Bert22306
User Rank
CEO
Re: cost
Bert22306   11/22/2013 5:06:36 AM
NO RATINGS
Don't get me wrong, I'm completely in favor of space exploration and to me, this is money well-invested. But the costs quoted are sort of all over the map.

I belive the article puts the cost at $671M, or 2/3 of a billion. This sounded a bit steep for even a Hollywood movie. So I checked Wikipedia, and supposedly the most expensive Hollywood movie was Spiderman 3, at $258M. Quite a bit cheaper. As to comparisons with military hardware, for a single platform and a single unmanned mission, we're in the same ballpark, actually.

Caleb Kraft
User Rank
Blogger
cost
Caleb Kraft   11/21/2013 4:40:15 PM
I love the quote about the cost being about the same as a feature movie about going to mars. it really hits home about how small these things are in comparrison. They didn't go there, but sometimes we get comparrisons to military and the speed at which our military can burn through 67mil is ... well, the blink of an eye.



Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Feast Your Orbs on My Jiggly Exercise Machine
Max Maxfield
50 comments
Last weekend, I was chatting with my mother on the phone. She's all excited that I'm coming over to visit for a week in November. "I'll be seeing you in only seven weeks," she trilled ...

latest comment kfield Toy....or agony? :-)
Glen Chenier

Missing Datasheet Details Can Cause Problems
Glen Chenier
3 comments
It is often said that "the devil is in the details." All too often those details are hidden deep within a datasheet, where you can easily overlook them. When a datasheet reference circuit ...

David Blaza

RadioShack: The End Is Nigh!
David Blaza
123 comments
I'm feeling a little nostalgic today as I read about what looks like the imminent demise of RadioShack, at least as we currently know it. An old ubiquitous cartoon image popped into my ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
47 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...