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I recommend a rethink of the stub type for the project. I would use the {{Mars-stub}} type. You'll never get such a small category as Mars Spacecraft past WSS/P. --GW_Simulations|User Page | Talk | Contribs | E-mail 21:02, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

We could do that. Martian spacecraft seems like a small target, but realizing just how many of them there are, I think about half of the interplanetary missions went there... Still, I think your right. We can try and find a small picture of mars to put into the stub file. Tuvas 21:04, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
Some are grouped though (the Soviet Mars program for example), and many aren't stubs. --GW_Simulations|User Page | Talk | Contribs | E-mail 21:06, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
True. Maybe we're better off just using the spacecraft one that already exists...
I would say use both {{Mars-stub}} and {{Spacecraft-stub}}. --GW_Simulations|User Page | Talk | Contribs | E-mail 21:23, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
Never realized there was a Mars one already... Thanks! Tuvas 21:32, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
Created it myself last month when I started Martian Geography WikiProject. --GW_Simulations|User Page | Talk | Contribs | E-mail 21:39, 2 June 2006 (UTC)


The Space Missions wikiproject deals with manned spaceflights. It would probably be better to have the project decended from WikiProject Unmanned space missions. --GW_Simulations|User Page | Talk | Contribs | E-mail 21:05, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

Template Suggestion[edit]

Seeing as so many probes have failed, how about {{Failed Mars Missions}}, using the same format as the current {{Mars spacecraft}} template. I'll make it if you are interested. --GW_Simulations|User Page | Talk | Contribs | E-mail 22:13, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

I had thought of doing that at one point in time, might well be worthwhile. Go ahead and do it. Tuvas 22:16, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

Done: --GW_Simulations|User Page | Talk | Contribs | E-mail 22:47, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

Looks Good. I think we've almost got all of the tools we will need, except for infoboxes, and I think we can take the MRO one. That should be good enough for us. Tuvas 22:49, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

List of Missions to Mars[edit]

The Mars Exploration article already has a nice list, do we need to create an article for it? Tuvas 22:53, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

Next article to peer review?[edit]

I think we should try to have at least one article in peer review more or less constantly. Which article do you think we should try for next? I know that Mars is in peer review, but that's not really for us.


Those look like the closest to me at the moment. I'm going to add them to the list of articles that we would like to promote to FA status soon. Tuvas 16:36, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

Looking a bit more, I think the individual rover pages should be tried for GA status, and the MER for peer review, and hopefully soon FA status, although I nominated it for GA status now. I know that there'll be some work involved, I didn't have a chance to read the whole article, but it looks like it has alot of information from a few sources, which means that we will likely be able to pull it off. Comments? Tuvas 16:51, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

Proposed merge[edit]

I just proposed a merge of the Mars Express Orbiter page into Mars Express. I'm not really sure why they're separate pages to begin with, but thought maybe someone here was familiar with their history or would have opinions. Please discuss here. --will 02:24, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Space exploration[edit]

I've started the Space exploration WikiProject, but there's nothing there right now. My hope is that we will be able impliment the article assessment that's going on at the 1.0 editoral team, as they are trying to Work via Wikiprojects. Over 100 other wikiprojects are already following suit; the articles within the scope of this project could greatly benefit from being apart of this.. thoughts? (discuss here) Mlm42 17:31, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

article assessments[edit]

as some of you will have noticed, i've been tagging many article, under the broad topic of Space exploration, with the tag {{WP Space exploration}}. this banner has a built in assessment feature.. you can rate the articles quality (out of Stub/Start/B/GA/A/FA), and the importance (Low/Mid/High/Top). The quality has a pretty clear grading scheme, but the importance is much more subjective.

anyway, to do this, for example, add {{WP Space exploration|class=B|importance=Mid}} to the Talk page. the banner also has a link to a pretty bot generated list (update once a day, around 10am UTC) of all articles with the Space exploration tag. so feel free to help out, and tag and assess some articles. :) also, when rating an article, you may feel a desire to justify your rating; if so, a comment on the Talk page with the heading "Assessment" seems appropriate. Mlm42 09:15, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

Project directory[edit]

Hello. The WikiProject Council has recently updated the Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Directory. This new directory includes a variety of categories and subcategories which will, with luck, potentially draw new members to the projects who are interested in those specific subjects. Please review the directory and make any changes to the entries for your project that you see fit. There is also a directory of portals, at User:B2T2/Portal, listing all the existing portals. Feel free to add any of them to the portals or comments section of your entries in the directory. The three columns regarding assessment, peer review, and collaboration are included in the directory for both the use of the projects themselves and for that of others. Having such departments will allow a project to more quickly and easily identify its most important articles and its articles in greatest need of improvement. If you have not already done so, please consider whether your project would benefit from having departments which deal in these matters. It is my hope that all the changes to the directory can be finished by the first of next month. Please feel free to make any changes you see fit to the entries for your project before then. If you should have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you. B2T2 23:33, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

Olympus Mons[edit]

Hello, I just nominated the Olympus Mons article for the Article Creation and Improvement Drive because I think that that article deserves to be class A. I thought this nomination might be of some interest to you all. Thanks! S.dedalus 06:41, 18 November 2006 (UTC

Anyone got a fast computer, broadband connection and plenty of disk space?[edit]

There's HiRISE images of the Viking landers, Spirit and Opportunity available here. Warning! - the image sizes are on the order of gigapixels and the file sizes are on the order of gigabytes. And you'll need something that can read JPEG2000 files. MER-C 02:25, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

Mars 2 and 3[edit]

I nominated Mars 2 and Mars 3 for merger in light of their substantially identical content, but wanted to get some feedback before carrying it out. Eluchil404 14:31, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia Day Awards[edit]

Hello, all. It was initially my hope to try to have this done as part of Esperanza's proposal for an appreciation week to end on Wikipedia Day, January 15. However, several people have once again proposed the entirety of Esperanza for deletion, so that might not work. It was the intention of the Appreciation Week proposal to set aside a given time when the various individuals who have made significant, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia would be recognized and honored. I believe that, with some effort, this could still be done. My proposal is to, with luck, try to organize the various WikiProjects and other entities of wikipedia to take part in a larger celebrartion of its contributors to take place in January, probably beginning January 15, 2007. I have created yet another new subpage for myself (a weakness of mine, I'm afraid) at User talk:Badbilltucker/Appreciation Week where I would greatly appreciate any indications from the members of this project as to whether and how they might be willing and/or able to assist in recognizing the contributions of our editors. Thank you for your attention. Badbilltucker 16:53, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

New template for the MER mission[edit]

I intend on placing this navbox on all articles relating to the MER 2003 mission. Before I do so, I'd like to solicit some opinions on it.

However, due to an upcoming wikibreak I probably won't get around to doing so until the end of the month. So I'll leave this up to you. MER-C 12:04, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

It looks like a good overview, but is too big for my taste. I'd rather see a cut down version. Eluchil404 14:22, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

In the Template Moessbauer spectrometer should be changed to Mossbauer spectrometer or better Mössbauer spectrometer (the 100% right Mößbauer spectrometer is not even used in the original Literatur).--15:18, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

--Stone 15:19, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Moving to WP Mars[edit]

I'm going to start re-tagging the 30 or so Mars spacecraft pages with the WPMars tag - Have already moved over the important template info from the main page to WP Mars sbandrews (t) 20:52, 17 March 2007 (UTC)