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Marco2001

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GEP - idea
« on: April 07, 2010, 09:10:41 PM »
GEP: a Piggyback Package
for Deploying Geophysics and
Environment Observatories on Mars






      The idea of GEP packages is fairly simple - to expand our knowledge about the red planet. We don't know if ther's any seismic activity on Mars, how is the core build, what are the geological era's of that planet, why there's practicly no air there now compared to the conditions that was on it one bilion ears ago, and where does all the oceans of watter go? Were there reely water on Mars? And what does we know about about Mars climate? Can we PREDICT sandstorms ahead so that we can all go to safety? There are reely thousands of questions that cannot be answered without long, systematic and widespreed surveys. But the problem is that even with a pernament collony on Mars with astronauts and rovers to expand they field of study, we would only scrath a minor part of the planet.
Thats where the GEP comes.
      GEP is a package that contains some of the most needed aparature to moniton Mars conditions in situ. They are self-sufficient and  you only need to deploy (and activate) a dozen of them in a minimal interspace.  They will send many important data to your habitat computers that will be stored, send to Earth and analyzed so that in the future they will gave us insight of the natural proceses od Mars. Therefore - it's important to doploy as many of them as possible.

(one off possible test-resoults)

     Similar test points are scattered all over Earth. They give us mainly meteorological and seismological info of earth and seas.


     In MCO I see it this way: there are 12 GEP packages (redistributed in all habitats or all stocked in one place - no matter). Players will need to pack them into ROVER and then go on a trip to deply them. GEP is little so an astronaut can carry it. One GEP box should be enought for 1 sector of the map (they can't be to closely deplyed one to another). When you deply them and one GEP is not to close to one another then you can ACTIVATE IT. The GEP box will open and the test aparatus will be exposed to martian conditions. A communications antena with some air-testing equipement will expand on the opened lid. Since GEP on Mars must use as little resources as possible to give us as much information we need, every GEP will carry 1 meteorological balloon with testing equipement attached to it. The baloon will be inflated with air and it will fly-away into sky - giving information to martian satelites that can hear it until the baloon breakes. Balloons can cover much off the surrounding area. (See this ---> http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/4280/nasa.png)   Then you can go deplay a next GEP.
      I did some 3D dravings so that it can become clear.












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You can gather some more info about GEP on these sites:
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2005AGUFM.P41A0919L
http://robots.open.ac.uk/space/AEP.html

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thedubman

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Re: GEP - idea
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 07:42:56 AM »
Nice Work..Impressive stuff!

Hank

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Re: GEP - idea
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 08:43:23 AM »
Really nice work, indeed! It would add a strategic aspect to the game as you have to plan your EVA's more properly and schedule things. I also like the idea of having weather forecasts as a result.
Regarding why there's practically no atmosphere on Mars, I believe this is due to absence of a magnetic field wich acts like a shield against magnetic or ionized solar storms (plasma bursts and eruptions), wich have eroded Mars' atmosphere over million of years. At least this is what the recent TV documentation taught me  :)

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Re: GEP - idea
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2010, 11:14:43 AM »
Really nice work, indeed! It would add a strategic aspect to the game as you have to plan your EVA's more properly and schedule things. I also like the idea of having weather forecasts as a result.
Regarding why there's practically no atmosphere on Mars, I believe this is due to absence of a magnetic field wich acts like a shield against magnetic or ionized solar storms (plasma bursts and eruptions), wich have eroded Mars' atmosphere over million of years. At least this is what the recent TV documentation taught me  :)

Solar Storms? Magnetic Fields? Rubbish! Aliens sucked it away so they did.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2010, 01:20:55 PM »
Really nice work, indeed! It would add a strategic aspect to the game as you have to plan your EVA's more properly and schedule things. I also like the idea of having weather forecasts as a result.
Regarding why there's practically no atmosphere on Mars, I believe this is due to absence of a magnetic field wich acts like a shield against magnetic or ionized solar storms (plasma bursts and eruptions), wich have eroded Mars' atmosphere over million of years. At least this is what the recent TV documentation taught me  :)

Solar Storms? Magnetic Fields? Rubbish! Aliens sucked it away so they did.

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Re: GEP - idea
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2010, 06:16:50 AM »
I am really happy to see that my post amuses at least some of you guys  :P , if I can get my connection problem fixed I'm looking forward to see you online!