The liquid is a camera inside the second stage fuel tank, last launch they were showing it after the engine cut-off and you had large blobs of the stuff floating round inside. The black and white camera appears to be a thermal infra-red looking at the second stage engine nozzle.
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And the RTG itself isn't all you need. You need decent sized radiators to dump the excess heat for a start.
An RTG would have eaten somewhere between a third and half the mass available for science instruments, and you'd have quite a lot of excess heat being dumped into the surrounding environment which would distort the readings being returned.
..Having ignored the trivial detail that Rosetta is an ESA mission and was launched on an Ariane 5.
Try http://www.spacex.com/missions instead.
It's what SpaceX are currently calling the BFR will switch to Methane instead of Kerosene. The Falcon Heavy is effectively three Falcon 9 stages in parallel, similar to the existing Delta IV Heavy but with added fuel cross-feed. With cross-feed the core stage will still be fully fueled when the boosters detach.
Methane has the advantage it doesn't need the tank to be pressurised with Helium, a bit of excess heat can be diverted back into the tank to boil off enough to keep the pressure up. The current Helium pressurisation has been giving problems and accounted for a few launch delays because of leaks. The tank needs to be bigger, but overall complexity drops.
the first men on top will still be sitting on a rocket with far less launch history than the Falcon 9
I think you've got the history of the Atlas V wrong if you think it has less track record than the Falcon 9.
The CST-100 is sized to use the Atlas V, Delta IV or Falcon 9 as its launcher.
As a proof of concept running a quadcopter is a lot easier, but for an actual Mars landing it wouldn't be too difficult to build one with rockets instead of rotors. Hobbyist quadcopter autopilots will run a wide variety of motors with a few tweaks to parameters, rotors to rockets is a larger step but not beyond the realm of a reasonable software project.
Early name for a giraffe. Probably given by someone who was a bit hazy about what a camel looked like...
No, they just give short measure in volumetric units.
Usually means the sensor is just a single strip rather than a 2D array. The sensor is aligned across the path of the satellite and the motion along that path provides the other dimension.
Did you even read the summary, never mind the article?
If so, kindly explain how a bit of the Curiosity landing system suddenly appeared in front of Opportunity.
What counts as the start and end point of an EVA varies depending on what Agency is reporting it and who wrote the press release. The start can be anything from the start of decompression, reaching vacuum, opening the hatch or stepping outside, and the end stepping back in, closing the hatch, starting recompression or returning to atmospheric pressure in the airlock. In this case it's 5.5 hours outside, but there will have been more time spent inside but in vacuum at the start checking the suits are working properly (especially after the water leak last time) and at the end making sure there's no ammonia been brought back inside.
If you did the sums you'd land up with about 1.75 tonnes per cubic metre, or not quite twice as dense as water. Even less if they're colonial short measure tons.
C is for Corporation. It stopped being a Company at the end of 1926.
No, "programmer hours" versus "staff days". As everyone who has worked in a large organisation, public or private, knows it is vitally important to have numerous committee meetings and consult all stakeholders to make sure all possible solutions have been investigated and a clear approach decided before any programmers get involved.