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Old 10-26-2011, 02:18 PM   #527
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Originally Posted by cowmoo32 View Post
It costs something like $10k/lb to lift something into orbit. I would imagine sending it beyond orbit would be even more costly. You have to have some sort of guidance system to ensure you hit the moving target, and you would need some beefy cameras and antennae to send the signal back. It's not something a group could do out of their garage at this point in time. NASA has done a few missions like that though. Right now there's a craft circling Jupiter taking pictures and NASA is planning to launch a satellite into orbit with HD video in the near future.

yeah, I know it is not cheap.

But I thought it would be a cool project for a rocket club to do.

I know it would be technologically challenging, but it is like anything else, it is not hard if you know how to do it.

I love getting pictures back from the different planets and moons.

Every time we receive some pictures, they come up with new theories and once additional pictures are received, old theories are cast out and new ones are suggested.

I love it.
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