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Old August 6 2012, 07:36 AM   #70
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

HopefulRomantic wrote: View Post
I was able to see it live on NASA TV. Tremendous watching the roomful of nervous blue-shirted techs hanging on every word from the play-by-play guy as he ticked off every stage -- all the same steps I went through when I played with the Eyes on the Solar System simulation today. And then the room erupting at touchdown. And the first images coming through within a couple of minutes! Amazing.
If you watched the feed closely, there was one blueshirt who fistpumped about a second or two before everyone erupted. He had to have been watching some data feed and knew it was a success just ever so slightly before the rest heard the confirmation.
It may very well be that the new system will be a better system, but it's not one that should be mandatory and imposed by the courts.
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