May 14, 2018
Whoooooo! Oh, yeah!
It’s about damn time we started sending some REAL hardware to Mars. I mean, how the hell are we supposed to stave off the Martian menace with shit like this:
Where are the machine guns? The missiles? The death rays?
A chopper is a damn good start. Hopefully we’re talking about an Apache attack helicopter, with a full complement of missiles and heavy machine guns. Later on, we can send tanks and artillery, and maybe one of those orbital bombardment satellites.
If tanks are too heavy, just send monster trucks with flame-throwers.
Time to drop this “Mars rover” crap and get to the fun stuff already.
NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars.
The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.
“NASA has a proud history of firsts,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling. The Mars Helicopter holds much promise for our future science, discovery, and exploration missions to Mars.”
U.S. Rep. John Culberson of Texas echoed Bridenstine’s appreciation of the impact of American firsts on the future of exploration and discovery.
“It’s fitting that the United States of America is the first nation in history to fly the first heavier-than-air craft on another world,” Culberson said. “This exciting and visionary achievement will inspire young people all over the United States to become scientists and engineers, paving the way for even greater discoveries in the future.”
Started in August 2013 as a technology development project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Mars Helicopter had to prove that big things could come in small packages. The result of the team’s four years of design, testing and redesign weighs in at little under four pounds (1.8 kilograms). Its fuselage is about the size of a softball, and its twin, counter-rotating blades will bite into the thin Martian atmosphere at almost 3,000 rpm – about 10 times the rate of a helicopter on Earth.
Way to make a guy lose his hard-on in one minute and 22 seconds, NASA.
It’s quite clear that these people simply don’t take the Martian threat seriously. Didn’t they watch the popular documentary Mars Attacks?
If we don’t take the fight to them, they’ll take it to us – with devastating consequences.
What are we paying NASA for, exactly?
Certainly not to defend earth, that’s for sure. We need a new organization.
Like… an Earth Defense Force. Yeah.
It’s time to stop messing around, people.