Round 3 – 2009 NASA Mission Madness Trash Talk

Round 3 Begins at 9:00am 3-26-09 EST
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26 thoughts on “Round 3 – 2009 NASA Mission Madness Trash Talk”

  1. Interesting that after 3 hours of voting, four regions are running tight (52-48 or closer), three regions are about 62-38, while one region seems to be a blow-out (guess which) at 75-25.

    It is interesting to see that all 4 of the remaining programs that haven’t launched (JWST, LRO, ORION) or haven’t really reached their goal (New Horizons, although Jupiter was interesting and useful) are in the lead.

    I guess we are generally excited about missions yet to come more so than past successes. That doesn’t really jibe with my way of thinking for this game, but whom am I to impose my parameters on the game.

    Of the 16 left I would like to see a final four of Apollo 11, Expedition 1, SOHO and V’ger. It wasn’t my initial pick, but I think I am leaning toward Exp. 1 for my champ (though I think it will probably be SPB). One of the great things about the Expedition program, is the ability to see what humans are doing in space. My lunch hour takes place from 11-12 instead of 12-1 (live in Atlanta) because of the live coverage.

    I sure hope to never see it end.

  2. I understand and can appreciate being proud of your mission work,but the SPB people are ruining the spirt of the thing. Have you seen those numbers? It’s getting ridiculous. Next time PLEASE LIMIT VOTING, so it will stay fair to other missions that well deserve their place in the sun.

  3. So Round 3 gets underway. It’s looking interesting with the voting tight for a coupple of my favourites. I’ll help them on their way by voting half a dozen times. It’s late afternoon/evening here in the UK so (if I wanted to) I could spend the next 12 hours voting for my favourite.

    But where’s the FUN in that?

    Mmmm… food for thought SPBists. No? Oh well then, that’ll be SPB to win by a million votes then.

  4. The silence on the comments means either everyone has given up hope or are too busy voting to spend time discussing.

    At the rate SPB is going (1 vote every 3.2 seconds last I checked) they should put up around 43,000 votes. Now I don’t know if they sleep/eat/work in shifts or how they have this structured, so maybe it will not reach quite that high, but they certainly look to exceed their first round total of 16,791.

  5. The question “Type the first four letters in STELLAR” doesn’t seem to work since it always gives me “Incorrect Answer”. Has anyone else had a problem with that question?

  6. Drake – I tested that question several times and didn’t have a problem.

    Anyone else?

    Thanks for the feedback Drake.


  7. Well I tested that question again and it worked fine so I must have been entering it in wrong earlier.

  8. Theory: The SPB people are voting across the bracket for LRO to knock out Hubble and now to lead Apollo 11 as to soften their competition for the title when they get to the championship.
    LRO over Apollo 11? Exactly how I had it in my bracket. Well no, not really. I imagine a solid rocket booster against Apollo 11 could win right now given the voting trends. Moon rock over Hubble. Lost astronaut tool bag over MER. 6″ Meade telescope over STS-1. Nothing surprises me anymore.
    I’ll be back next year when NASA cleans up the voting process and balances out the brackets a little better. It was a great idea, and I at least had fun filling out the bracket. But no more voting for me. I did learn that there are some insecure people with really good work and ideas willing to disrespect/discredit history.

  9. Well SPB has passed 10,000 votes and looks like it will win this round again. As for LRO it is a surprise that it is winning over Apollo 11 but there are probably LRO employees voting it up.

  10. I am offended by SCE to AUX’s comments. As a supporter of SPB, I have submitted plenty of votes for this mission, but I also have voted for other missions that I believe are deserving as well, like the Apollos and Hubble. I submitted hundreds of votes for Hubble and they still lost. This is disappointing, but does not in any way ruin the game for me. HAVE FUN AND KEEP VOTING!

  11. To Elizabeth who wrote:
    “Next time PLEASE LIMIT VOTING, so it will stay fair to other missions”.

    I am wondering just how one would limit voting and not make this type competition unfair. Perhaps we could allow a vote for each dollar of budget, or a vote by each person working on the program.

    Actually, I give credit to the creators of this effort. Its been interesting and very unpredictable. So in that respect, its gotten a lot of notice. 🙂

    Keep up the good work NASA, in each of your programs (science or public knowledge)

  12. I’ve heard that Katie Couric will do a piece on SPB on the evening news tonight. This is completely unfair and could further skew the results of this ongoing travesty.

  13. This just in. SPB is a fraud. There wasn’t a balloon flight at all. They faked it in a studio.

  14. I hear Pres. Obama is going to hold a press conference on SPB too. Talk about publicity for the SPB project!

  15. I have to admit, I like the creativity that has come out of “SPB-gate.” Although, I continue to be disappointed in my original expectations, I am coming around to the fun of the bracket as the whining (mine included?) turns to more creative outlets.

  16. Now look, boys, I ain’t much of a hand at makin’ speeches, but I got a pretty fair idea that something doggone important is goin’ on ….with SPB. And I got a fair idea the kinda personal emotions that some of you fellas may be thinkin’. Heck, I reckon you wouldn’t even be human bein’s if you didn’t have some pretty strong personal feelin’s about …SPB. I want you to remember one thing, the folks back home is a-countin’ on you and by golly, we ain’t about to let ’em down. I tell you something else, if this thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I’d say that you’re all in line for some important promotions and personal citations when this thing’s over with. That goes for ever’ last one of you regardless of your race, color or your creed. Now let’s get this thing on the hump – we got some …votn’ to do.

  17. Note to Poster #10 (SCE)

    As proud as SPB personnel are of their “little engine that could” program, I also voted for Hubble and Apollo 11 every time I’ve voted for SPB . . . and that’s true for many of us.

    SPB contributes a lot of good science, but that doesn’t make us greater than Apollo 11 or Hubble.

    Anyone who votes for any other program against Apollo 11 has no sense of history, which is sad. Anyone who voted against Hubble should likewise question their devotion to science.

  18. I’m not going to mention the Silver Pumpkin Balloon this time.

    I’ve got a new complaint. My wife says all I talk about these days is this competition. I just can’t stop playing! Now excuse me while I get back to those results. It’s looking mighty close for Apollo 11.

    Hang-on, dear. I’m just going to take a quick look. No, I won’t be on the computer all night. Well, just for a short while… Maybe…

    Arghh! It’s so compulsive!

    What will I do when it’s all over?

  19. David Hartley…

    My family sound pretty much like your wife!! Every day I have been on here, voting and looking at the blog…my husband doesnt get it…none of my family get my passion, my love for the space programme, for NASA, for the enjoyment I get looking upwards towards the heavens!!! I dont know what I will do when its all over….!!
    Aslong as the silver pumpkin doesnt win!!! Im voting for vger 1 and 2 and Apollo 11. Im in the UK too, down south in Gosport near Portsmouth, where are you? Have you seen the ISS/Shuttle go over?


  20. Hi Sam, (And all other Apollo 11 fans!)
    I’m in Yorkshire. Not seen the ISS this time, but have seen in several times in the past.

    I’ve noticed that it’s the new missions which are attracting the most votes. Is that because it’s mainly NASA employees who are voting for their “own”? I’m guessing older missions won’t have anybody working on them. Have the Apollos, Mercurys and Skylab been forgotten already? I’m devastated that despite a whole hour I spent voting, Apollo 11 is slipping. Come on! Go Eagle! (Anyone who read my earlier post complaining about people who multiple-vote will be laughing their socks off now.)

    I’m a huge fan of both Voyager and New Horizons, so I really don’t mind who wins that battle.

    Apollo 11 to win!! (Well, make it to the next round anyway!)

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