2428: Mars Landing Video
|Mars Landing Video|
Title text: The best part of crashing a Mars briefing is you can get in a full 11 minutes of questions before they can start to respond.
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This comic is set at the press briefing where a video of the landing (a first ever) is presented, and was published shortly before this happened in real life.
This comic plays on the fact that if there is only one of something in a set, that one thing is the most/least in that set by lack of comparison. As there is only one full speed video of a Mars landing, that makes the video the worst one. Randall, who has often been banned from conferences, has also been banned from NASA's press briefings. So he decided to crash the conference (literally, see below) solely to ask the question, "is this then not also the worst video ever", flouting his ban and embarrassing NASA.
He follows up with the question if NASA is planning to make a worse Mars landing video, which is silly because people generally don't intend to make something worse. However, because this video is the worst full-speed video of a Martian landing by virtue of being the only full-speed video of a Martian landing, it is likely that if enough full-speed videos of Martian landings are made in the future, this video will not be the worst forever.
Judging by the sound effects, Randall has chosen to literally crash his way through the roof, using a "skycrane" — a general term for aerial vehicles, similar to standard cranes, that can lower or raise objects. Specifically one of these was used to land the Perseverance rover three days before.
This comic was published shortly before a NASA press briefing that showed, as mentioned in the comic, the first ever full-speed video of a Mars landing. On Earth one would likely use the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane helicopter, while NASA used a custom-built skycrane delivery system for the Perseverance rover. Randall deems using a skycrane to crash a conference about a skycrane very ironic, especially since NASA's security was totally unprepared to stop him from using this particular method to crash the press-briefing.
The title text refers to the 11-minute (one-way; 23 minutes round-trip) communications delay between Mars and Earth, due to the speed of light and the distance between the planets at the time of the rover's landing. Perseverance mission control must wait this long before they can even begin to respond to anything that happens to the rover, which Randall here twists into an 11-minute delay before they can begin to answer his questions allowing him to ask questions for 11 minutes before they can intervene. This would of course only make sense if he was crashing the conference at Mars, and they were waiting for his questions here on Earth. And that would not make sense anyway. Also since the round trip is 23 minutes, he would not hear any response from them until 23 minutes after he began asking questions.
- [Hairbun is standing, arms spread out, on a podium in front of a lectern. There is a "Crash" on the top right of the panel with several lines around to indicate the position, and an of panel voice coming from there. As indicated in the caption below the voice is from Randall.]
- Hairbun: We're excited to share the first ever full-speed video of a Mars landing.
- Sound: Crash
- Randall (off-panel): Doesn't that mean it's also the worst ever full-speed video of a mars landing?
- Randall (off-panel):Do you expect that record to stand forever, or is NASA working on a worse one?
- [Caption below the comic]:
- NASA tried to ban me from their press briefings, but ironically their security was totally unprepared to deal with a skycrane.
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