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Mars Curiosity landing countdown
Posted: 05 August 2012 09:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Dr. C has no sense of humor.

Me: Will Curiosity kill cats on Mars?

Dr C: If you were asking: What will Curiosity do on Mars?, the answer is: Mars Science Laboratory is a rover, named Curiosity, that will assess whether Mars ever was, or is still today, an environment able to support microbial life. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet’s ‘habitability.’ Read more at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/overview/

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Posted: 05 August 2012 10:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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i’m sitting here, kinda into it and reflecting on the long history of this project, listening in on the progress this here latest nail-biter, it’s fun.

In my armchair musing on the whole progression, or should I say evolution, behind this vehicle being possible…  while all these professionals are working their butts off, and now sitting back to really sweat bullets . . . . . . .  i’m tempted into rambling on, but never mind.

Amazing and Audacious keeps going through my mind.
The craft is on it’s own, and we’re just listening in and hoping, do or die….......................


and it’s fun watching it in real time - better than any pro sporting event.

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Posted: 05 August 2012 10:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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citizenschallenge.pm - 05 August 2012 10:00 PM

and it’s fun watching it in real time

All system ok, communication was established and they feel confidence they will receive transmission all the way down

Yee Haa

8 minutes to beginning of entry

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Posted: 05 August 2012 10:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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They did it!

one, two, three…  ALL stages did exactly what they were supposed to.


CONGRATULATIONS NASA

We’re even going to get images

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Posted: 05 August 2012 10:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Touchdown!!!

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Posted: 05 August 2012 11:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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macgyver - 05 August 2012 10:43 PM

Touchdown!!!

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Tracking Curiosity’s Entry, Descent and Landing on Mars
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Destination for Mars Rover Curiosity
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Three Generations of Rovers with Standing Engineers

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?s=1

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Posted: 06 August 2012 04:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Wow! I didn’t realize the engineers went along with the rover!

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Posted: 06 August 2012 04:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Seriously, though, GREAT news to wake up to. This is epic. Let’s all hope for a long life from Curiosity, and lots of great data.

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Posted: 06 August 2012 04:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Well done, NASA. As CC said, this is much more exciting than a sporting event. I can’t remember who won the World Series last year, but Curiosity will keep us busy and entertained for years. Here’s hoping the little vehicle lasts half as long as its predecessors.

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Posted: 06 August 2012 04:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Incredible landing! Couldn’t stay awake for it but saw the news on CNN. Curiosity makes the first rover look like a tinker toy! Hope to see some clear pictures in the future.

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Posted: 06 August 2012 06:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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I love what Maki on sci-ence.org said:

Our species has landed a goddamn truck on the surface of another world using a parachute and a flying crane.

Great day for space science!

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Posted: 06 August 2012 08:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Way to go NASA!

Now let’s see you catch a cat.

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Posted: 06 August 2012 09:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 06 August 2012 04:41 AM

Incredible landing! Couldn’t stay awake for it but saw the news on CNN. Curiosity makes the first rover look like a tinker toy! Hope to see some clear pictures in the future.

Cap’t Jack

It was fun.
Then the Odyssey orbiter made the communication link that NASA was saying was iffy, since it was so low on the horizon.
In any event, that meant that telemetry was coming in uninterrupted,
in more or less real time, minus seven minutes that is.
And knowing how complicated the whole process was, listening to the various stages proceeding as planned, despite all the things that could go wrong racing through my mind, well… it was tense and exciting.

Can’t even image how scientists and engineers who have spend large portions of their careers on this project felt.


Job Well Done - congrats to NASA and all the rest who had a part in the project
And as Darron said, now the real fun starts.

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Posted: 16 August 2012 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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It is so amazing that there is another rover on Mars.  Its a hole in one for NASA.  But the sad thing is that very soon Marvin the Martian will zap that rover.  The more that NASA explores that planet then the more likely it is!  So, as each sol goes by, we can be more and more certain that Marvin will zap that rover!  smile

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Posted: 17 August 2012 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Listineing to the process for getting the thing on the ground, I would have bet heavily against it working. Great to be wrong!

Here’s a perspective on it that I found amusing.

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