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14th August 2012

Post reblogged from 0xC0DEBABE with 5 notes

In case you missed the most epic conversation ever on Twitter

acarback:

Dear @MarsCuriosity, Neil deGrasse Tyson here on Earth, tweeting you, via a wormhole, through deep space. Do you copy?

<wormhole actived!> Dear @neiltyson I read you loud and clear. 5x5

Dear @MarsCuriosity, How does it feel out there as you near planet Mars? Are you Cold? Hot? Or just right?

Dear @neiltyson, I’m snug as a bug in a backshell. My MMRTG gives power & heat. So much so, I use radiators to keep temps just right

Dear @MarsCuriosity, What exactly is giving power to your Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator?

Dear @neiltyson, MMRTG is powered by plutonium-238. I use thermocouples to convert heat from its natural decay to electric current

Dear @MarsCuriosity, just as I suspected. An element named after Pluto. Discovered when everyone thought the little iceball was a planet.

Dear @MarsCuriosity, What’s the size of your landing spot on Mars? Is it small? It’s a whole planet, I’d be happy just to land anywhere.

Dear @neiltyson, target area is 12 miles x 4 miles, right next door to some of Mars’ most intriguing rocks & soil

Dear @MarsCuriosity, You call EDL 7-minutes of terror. Sure, to you. But to us on Earth, it’s 7 minutes + 15 minutes signal time.

Dear @MarsCuriosity, Are all your parts working as they should? Anything you’re not telling us back here on Earth? (I won’t tell JPL.)

Dear @neiltyson, all that’s been checked out, checks out. Got a lot of calibrations & checkouts to do once I’m on the surface

Dear @MarsCuriosity, Wait a minute. You travelled a 100-million miles in space & hit an area 12x4 miles? Cool. Way better than a hole-in-one

Dear @MarsCuriosity, You’ve been traveling for nine months. How did you pass your time? Did they let you play “Angry Birds Space”?

Dear @neiltyson, epic game of “I Spy,” lots of Bowie. Well, that and science. I took radiation readings with my RAD instrument

Dear @MarsCuriosity, So you’re being subjected to ionizing radiation from space? You’re not only a robot, you’re a guinea pig.

Dear @MarsCuriosity, Did you enjoy long periods of silence while travelling through space, or was JPL always trying to talk to you?

Dear @neiltyson, They respected my space (ha ha). I love hearing from the Deep Space Network, tho. It keeps me grounded

Dear @MarsCuriosity, How autonomous are you? When you get to Mars can you just go six-wheeling around as you please?

Dear @neiltyson, while I can do short autonomous drives, longer sequences are sent by the team. Wonder if they’ll let me do donuts?

Dear @MarsCuriosity, What’s your favorite experiment that you will conduct on Mars? Or is that like picking your favorite child?

Dear @neiltyson, Pick between sniffing Mars with SAM, digesting soil with Chemin or zapping rocks with ChemCam?? #TooMuchAwesome

Dear @MarsCuriosity, Scientists conceived you, engineers designed you. But seriously, who do you like better, Scientists or Engineers?

Dear @neiltyson, Scientists v Engineers? I’m staying out of that one. We’ve all gotta work together for a lonnnng time

Dear @MarsCuriosity, After you land on Mars, what’s your life expectancy? (I hope somebody alerted you that we’re not bringing you back.)

Dear @neiltyson, My warranty is 1 Martian year (23 Earth months). @MarsRovers were designed for 90-day missions… #8yearslater

Dear @MarsCuriosity, You’re the size of an SUV, but with six wheels. What’s the fastest that you can move?

Dear @neiltyson, Top speed = 1.5 inches/sec on flat, hard ground. I’m not out to set Mars land speed records. I brake for science

Dear @MarsCuriosity, Bummer. You travel through space at seven miles per second, only to drive around on Mars at 1.5 inches per second.

Dear @MarsCuriosity, What are your instructions if a Martian crawls onto your back and rides you like a Rodeo Bull?

Dear @neiltyson, Martians? RODEO BULL? That wasn’t in the briefing. But you never know what you’ll find on a mission of discovery

Dear @MarsCuriosity, We’ve got the #Olympics back here on Earth. But many of us will be focussed on you and your landing. Do us proud.

Dear @neiltyson, like #Olympic athletes, I have a great team behind me. Time to stick the landing

Dear @MarsCuriosity, As for your complicated landing on Mars Sunday night 10:30pm PT — do not try, do.

Dear @MarsCuriosity, Neil deGrasse Tyson signing out on Earth. Back to work - for us both. Closing my Twitterverse wormhole to Mars.

Dear @neiltyson, I’ve got @NASAJPL on the other line. Back to work indeed. This was fun :D <wormhole deactivated>

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30th July 2012

Photo reblogged from Stayed Gone with 42 notes

wastedflesh:

Everything he does is so fantastic.

wastedflesh:

Everything he does is so fantastic.

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4th May 2012

Photo reblogged from Dr. Tyson with 11 notes

lessthanawake:

White House answering science questions on Twitter. 
“Bill Nye, the Science Guy and CEO of the Planetary Society, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson,  astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, and Tom Kalil,  Deputy Director for Policy in the White House Office of Science and  Technology Policy, respond to your questions during White House Office  Hours.”

lessthanawake:

White House answering science questions on Twitter.

Bill Nye, the Science Guy and CEO of the Planetary Society, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, and Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, respond to your questions during White House Office Hours.”

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8th February 2012

Photo reblogged from I FINALLY FEEL THE WORLD SPIN with 11 notes

lessthanawake:

White House answering science questions on Twitter. 
“Bill Nye, the Science Guy and CEO of the Planetary Society, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson,  astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, and Tom Kalil,  Deputy Director for Policy in the White House Office of Science and  Technology Policy, respond to your questions during White House Office  Hours.”

lessthanawake:

White House answering science questions on Twitter.

Bill Nye, the Science Guy and CEO of the Planetary Society, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, and Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, respond to your questions during White House Office Hours.”

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