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Re: Mars mission success
kfield   8/31/2014 10:53:04 AM
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@wilbur_xbox "I had high hopes that mars mission will start the kind of space race that moon landing did."

I agree - the moon landing produced the highest number of enigneering graduates in the US (counting anyone old eough to have been witnessing the moon landing) and a Mars challenge would I think do the same.

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Re: Lack of magnetic field
kfield   8/31/2014 10:51:32 AM
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@Bert22306 "I  think one problem with Mars is that it lacks a magnetic field. It's the magnetic field we have on earth that protects us from solar radiation, in addition to keeping the atmosphere from being blown away gradually."

I was at Luke's talk and he showed a slide with a guy in what looked like either a cleanroom or cold weather suit during testing of the rover. But Luke pointed out it was a "Sun protection suit" as they were simulating the amount of solar radiation on Mars, given the weak atmosphere.

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wilber_xbox   8/31/2014 8:39:10 AM
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I had high hopes that mars mission will start the kind of space race that moon landing did. That was also the time that lead to the birth of today's electronics and telecommunication technology. 

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DrFPGA   8/30/2014 6:59:50 PM
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Maybe the electromagnetic power source listed in the article could be used to power a planet sized magnet to reduce radiation levels. Might need lots of CU wire however...

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Lack of magnetic field
Bert22306   8/29/2014 6:00:10 PM
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Fascinating stuff, as always.

I think one problem with Mars is that it lacks a magnetic field. It's the magnetic field we have on earth that protects us from solar radiation, in addition to keeping the atmosphere from being blown away gradually.

Also, it sh/would be a surprise if all rocky planets, such as Mars and Venus, didn't have a hot core. My bet is that they're formed much like Earth.

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