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Old August 4 2012, 07:08 AM   #31
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

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Oh, cool... thanks for posting that! I'll be sure to watch!
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Old August 4 2012, 11:54 AM   #32
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

I'll be at work when that thing does its controlled crash thing so all i can hope is a radio news report about the success but the first thing i'll do when i get home is to check the net for details.

I'm amazed at the complexity of the entire thing and the possibility that a tiny, non properly functioning thing for a few hundred dollars can ruin an entire 2 billion dollar project.
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Old August 4 2012, 12:46 PM   #33
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Apparently Xbox Live is also doing a 'Live' Broadcast of the landing, so I may try and catch it on that.
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Old August 4 2012, 11:41 PM   #34
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Old August 4 2012, 11:53 PM   #35
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Wheaton does a much better job at this. Shatner is terrible.
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Old August 5 2012, 12:21 AM   #36
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

NebulaClassGuy wrote: View Post
Hmmm... I don't think I get NASA as part of the package I have. .
In Seattle on Comcast Cable, it's channel 76.

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Old August 5 2012, 02:14 AM   #37
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Spaceflight Now should also be streaming live coverage of the landing at the following link:

http://spaceflightnow.com/mars/msl/status.html

Also JPL's UStream channel:

http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl
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Old August 5 2012, 02:44 AM   #38
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

YellowSubmarine wrote: View Post
Wheaton does a much better job at this. Shatner is terrible.
Turn in your Trekker card, now.

The Shatner is infallible. (Okay, Wheaton's reading was a bit better but damn if Shatner wasn't in all his Shatner.)
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Old August 5 2012, 07:36 AM   #39
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

So damn excited.
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Old August 5 2012, 01:27 PM   #40
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

17 hours to go!

mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ has a countdown, info on the project and link to ways of watching the landing
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Old August 5 2012, 06:04 PM   #41
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Yesterday's update on the NASA website:

Curiosity Closes in on its New 'Home'

Sat, 04 Aug 2012 07:20:24 PM EDT


With Mars looming ever larger in front of it, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and its Curiosity rover are in the final stages of preparing for entry, descent and landing on the Red Planet at 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6). Curiosity remains in good health with all systems operating as expected. Today, the flight team uplinked and confirmed commands to make minor corrections to the spacecraft's navigation reference point parameters. This afternoon, as part of the onboard sequence of autonomous activities leading to the landing, catalyst bed heaters are being turned on to prepare the eight Mars Lander Engines that are part of MSL's descent propulsion system. As of 2:25 p.m. PDT (5:25 p.m. EDT), MSL was approximately 261,000 miles (420,039 kilometers) from Mars, closing in at a little more than 8,000 mph (about 3,600 meters per second).

Not landing till 1:31 EDT on 8/6/2012...

I guess I'll find out about it when I wake up Monday morning.
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Old August 5 2012, 09:39 PM   #42
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

^ Stay up. You don't need to go to work tomorrow.
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Old August 6 2012, 02:57 AM   #43
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

I do...
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Old August 6 2012, 03:02 AM   #44
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

I'll have to get up at the right time to watch any "results" online/TV. Is the time when the lander actually touches down on Mars or when we'll have signal(s) from it given the time-delay between Earth and Mars. (Something like 20-30 minutes right now, isn't it?)
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Old August 6 2012, 04:48 AM   #45
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Just a few more hours. Even though we've sent rovers before, this is still really exciting.

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Not landing till 1:31 EDT on 8/6/2012...

I guess I'll find out about it when I wake up Monday morning.
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