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Submission + - SPAM: How NASA connects with its latest moon orbiters

coondoggie writes: "Flying to the moon is not easy feat but communicating with as well as relaying information to and from rocketing space probes is the most critical part of the mission. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission launched June 18 is using modified General Dynamics Advanced Multi-Mode Transceivers that support data rates of up to 512 kbps to send health and status updates and receive command instructions from NASA. LRO will communicate at S-Band frequencies through the NASA Ground Network and Deep Space Network (DSN). The S band ranges between 2 GHz and 4 GHz and is the usual frequency for many satellites. NASA's DSN is made up of myriad systems. It includes an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe. [spam URL stripped]"
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Comment Re:I would forego the land line if... (Score 1) 504

Why don't you just give them (local area code) 867-5309 instead?

If you hate those grocery store "discount" cards, you can give them a phone number instead. (YourAreaCode)-867-5309 is always an active account.

And if there's a name display, it usually shows up as something funny. "Thank you for shopping with us, Mr. Jablowme."

Comment Re:But if the banks were forced to accept a strait (Score 2, Insightful) 873

But if the banks were forced to accept a strait 5% interest rate on all mortgage loans

What about the people who bought a much smaller house and/or paid a lot of extra money so that they could have a 5% fixed mortgage rate?

Lowering interest rates == Giving free money to irresponsible people.

There's a huge class of responsible people who are working hard and making ends meet. I see them walking away from their mortgages in mass if others are rewarded for their foolishness.

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