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Word art message was not what (most of) the crowd was hoping for

The Curiosity Rover's official Twitter account, maintained by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, titillated space exploration fans with a Twitter message promising, "Will you be in @TimesSquareNYC for New Year's Eve? Look for a special message from Mars on the giant Toshiba screens."

Fans were hoping for some new images or video from the Rover -- possibly even news of a new discovery.  Instead they were treated to a brief pre-rendered animation, followed by a word art "text" from the Rover commenting "Happy New Year From Mars".

The Verge, whose offices are based in Manhattan, New York, described the build-up and delivery as "groan worthy".  One commenter hints that maybe budget cuts were to blame, commenting, "I think we should double NASA's budget, purely for the reason that they can then go and license decent typefaces."


However, the $2.5B USD third generation NASA rover perhaps has earned itself a bit of slack for its hard work blasting rocks on the hostile Martian landscape and for becoming the first Mars rover to directly observe the long hypothesized dried stream beds of the "Red Planet".

Hopefully NASA gets the memo and treats the crowd to a more impressive display next year.


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RE: Can you really blame them?
By Bubbacub on 1/1/2013 4:52:35 PM , Rating: 5
2.5 billion isn't going to put a dent in the figures with regard to starvation

the reasons behind why people starve on this planet are pretty complex. we already produce more than enough food to feed the planetary population.

most human starvation is direct consequence of conflict, local overpopulation and a complete lack of infrastructure.

even if you wanted to spend all your salary to fund taxes to support an international army to take over and police all of sub saharan africa, build local infrastructure for them and feed them - there isnt enough money, there certainly arn't enough soldiers and there is zero desire to have our soldiers killed by belligerents why we try to help them. look at somalia and the events from 'black hawk down' as simple example of why starvation and famine will not be eradicated for a long time.

IMO, the starving children argument for not performing science research is completely and utterly invalid


RE: Can you really blame them?
By MartyLK on 1/1/13, Rating: -1
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis














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