More pretending Venus doesn't exist

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Hilarious. Have a quick look at this article, and see how far one has to read into it to discover that it's really about a mission to fly by two planets and not just one. Let's take a look at all the instances of the word Mars compared to Venus.

...potential Mars flyby...
...a Mars flyby mission in 2021...
...Mars Flyby Alternative...
..."Moon, Mars and Beyond"...
...land a crew on Mars...
...Mars, as the ultimate goal...
...a mission to Mars...
...alignment for Mars missions...
...unique alignment between Earth and Mars in 2021 that would include a flyby of the planet Venus...
...a trip to Mars...
...the crew would fly past Venus...
...a trip towards Mars...
...Mars would be big in the window...
...Mars flyby mission...
...initial trip to Mars...
...for a Mars 2021 flyby...
...the notion of a Mars flyby...
...(Mars missions)...
...send humans to Mars...
...flight out to Mars...
...Such is the risk, another Mars flyby proposal, via the Inspiration Mars effort...
...Inspiration Mars also have...
...The potential crossover of both NASA’s and Mars Inspiration’s missions...
...classing the Mars flyby proposal as “foolhardy”...
...support for a Mars flyby...
...the numerous Mars mission studies...
...it lacks a detailed Mars approach...
...providing evaluations into Mars missions...
...landing on one of the moons of Mars...
...ahead of landing on Mars itself...
...Mars flyby in 2021...


Ctrl-f shows 36 instances of the word Mars on the page, 2 for Venus. I've never seen a potential mission downplay itself in this way. When one is selling a two-planet flyby to Congress, why give the impression that there is only one? Also notice the lack of window time for the Venus flyby:

Mars would be big in the window for around 40 hours, as they whiz past the planet, ahead of a free trajectory return to Earth.
In terms of window time, the puny Mars will be much shorter. Putting the two side by side shows the stark difference between the two.


Also, as the first destination of the mission we have the following possibilities:

Total mission failure
Success on Venus flyby, followed by mission failure
Success on Venus flyby and Mars flyby, followed by mission failure
Success on Venus flyby, Mars flyby, return to Earth

There is no scenario where a Mars flyby does happen and the Venus one doesn't.

Don't get me wrong, I love Mars as much as any other planet of its type. But to pretend that a planet over 7 times more massive than Mars isn't even part of the picture makes no sense at all.

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