1532: "New Horizons"

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1532: "New Horizons"

Postby Linux0s » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:27 am UTC

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Title Text: "Last-minute course change: Let's see if we can hit Steve's house."

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby Jiffy » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:33 am UTC

Pretty sure it's a reference to https://xkcd.com/809/.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:34 am UTC

Steve: "OH, NO...! EARTH ISN'T A PLANET ANYMORE!!"

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby LockeZ » Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:41 am UTC

Between the comic Jiffy linked to and rhomboidal's response, I couldn't help but think of the International Earth-Destruction Advisory Board.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:43 am UTC

Gotta hand it to those Plutonians. Painting the entire surface of your world to look like the planet that's about to be spying on you is the coolest prank ever!

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby squonk » Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:20 am UTC

If we can dream it, then we can do it, yes we can, yes we can...

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby Native » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:31 am UTC

That's what happens when you use arcade cabinets for mission control.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby Eshru » Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:37 am UTC

Native wrote:That's what happens when you use arcade cabinets for mission control.



But they look so nice!
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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby orthogon » Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:54 am UTC

Native wrote:That's what happens when you use arcade cabinets for mission control.

"It's heading right for us! Quick, change the ... oh shit, has anyone got a quarter?"
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby dalcde » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:37 pm UTC

Steve: "But it works in Kerbal Space Program!"

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby Whizbang » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:42 pm UTC

Let's just hope it's not populated by intelligent apes like the last time.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby mathmannix » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:57 pm UTC

I really thought this was going in a different direction. Did anybody else suspect that Pluto was a duplicate earth, like the planet or two in the original Star Trek?
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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby pkcommando » Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:13 pm UTC

How do we know that Pluto wasn't a small-scale prototype before they built the real Earth?

After the solar system was finished:
"So, are we keeping the prototype Earth, or tossing it?"
"You know what, just dump it waaaaay out at the edge of the system on a screwy orbit. They probably won't even find it."
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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:37 pm UTC

Is anyone else bothered by the probe being on a geosynchronous approach path?

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby Tirian » Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:44 pm UTC

Jiffy wrote:Pretty sure it's a reference to https://xkcd.com/809/.


Steve does seem to have a problem with math.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby almach » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:00 pm UTC

Tirian wrote:
Jiffy wrote:Pretty sure it's a reference to https://xkcd.com/809/.


Steve does seem to have a problem with math.


Apparently Steve's been working for at least 70 years, so maybe we ought to cut the old-timer a little slack!

mathmannix wrote:I really thought this was going in a different direction. Did anybody else suspect that Pluto was a duplicate earth, like the planet or two in the original Star Trek?


Yup, me too.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby orthogon » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:07 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:Is anyone else bothered by the probe being on a geosynchronous approach path?

Or it's just approaching at ludicrous speed... [WARNING TVTROPES]
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby rmsgrey » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:18 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:Is anyone else bothered by the probe being on a geosynchronous approach path?

Or it's just approaching at ludicrous speed... [WARNING TVTROPES]

Lucky talking is a free action then - otherwise the last panel would be far, far, far too late... As it is, apparently Steve telecommutes from somewhere in the Middle East...

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby orthogon » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:26 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:
orthogon wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:Is anyone else bothered by the probe being on a geosynchronous approach path?

Or it's just approaching at ludicrous speed... [WARNING TVTROPES]

Lucky talking is a free action then - otherwise the last panel would be far, far, far too late... As it is, apparently Steve telecommutes from somewhere in the Middle East...

Good points. Yeah, just what the world needs right now is an errant US space probe to destroy Mecca...
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:06 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:
orthogon wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:Is anyone else bothered by the probe being on a geosynchronous approach path?

Or it's just approaching at ludicrous speed... [WARNING TVTROPES]

Lucky talking is a free action then - otherwise the last panel would be far, far, far too late... As it is, apparently Steve telecommutes from somewhere in the Middle East...

Good points. Yeah, just what the world needs right now is an errant US space probe to destroy Mecca...


Dunno, "MeccaGate" has a nice ring to it.
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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby mathmannix » Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:18 pm UTC

Whizbang wrote:Let's just hope it's not populated by intelligent apes like the last time.

Yeah, we'll be fine as long as they don't send us to that terrible planet of the apes. Wait... statue of liberty!... That was earth! You maniac, you blew up our planet! Damn you all to hell!
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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:24 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:Is anyone else bothered by the probe being on a geosynchronous approach path?
Well I am now.
cellocgw wrote:
orthogon wrote:Good points. Yeah, just what the world needs right now is an errant US space probe to destroy Mecca...


Dunno, "MeccaGate" has a nice ring to it.
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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby Coyoty » Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:24 pm UTC

Out of the destruction of Mecca and the meteorite at the heart of the shrine, a giant robot rises, a mutant fusion of a worshiper and the probe's wreckage. They'll call it Mega Mecca Mecha.

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Re: 1532: "New Horizons"

Postby r0ckrat » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:35 am UTC

Oddly enough, the guy that is responsible for the course corrections for most of our satellites is, in fact, named "Steve", at NASA JPL. I don't know if XKCD knew this or not at the time this comic was created.


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