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Old August 6 2012, 08:05 AM   #76
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Congratulations NASA for the success of a high risk/high reward mission!

I was a sceptic at best, considered the whole thing way too complicated for such a mission but it worked and i'm happy to be disproven.

Now go get some pictures and data.. i want to see where the best place for some Mars property is.
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Old August 6 2012, 08:08 AM   #77
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Looks like there will be more pictures in a bit less than 25 minutes according to what they just said in the conference.
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Old August 6 2012, 08:19 AM   #78
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

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Looks like there will be more pictures in a bit less than 25 minutes according to what they just said in the conference.
I'm gonna be such a mess at work tomorrow.
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Old August 6 2012, 08:37 AM   #79
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Whoo! Science, bitches!
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Old August 6 2012, 08:44 AM   #80
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

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I showed the original Seven Minutes of Terror video to my wife and friends telling them how proud I was of NASA personnel for being so bold in their latest effort to put a new crater on Mars.

Now I have to eat crow, but I'm happy about it anyway.
I loved the video. It was like watching a movie trailer. And when it showed the sky crane, I was all "You've got to be KIDDING me." And it all worked so perfectly! Never have I wished so much that we had some kind of camera recording the actual descent and landing. Whoever dreamed this up, whoa, the utter rock-solid confidence needed to see it through.
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Old August 6 2012, 09:27 AM   #81
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Apollo's lunar orbit rendezvous also sounded crazy when they first came up with it.

Is there anything in space exploration that didn't sound crazy?
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Old August 6 2012, 10:34 AM   #82
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

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Apollo's lunar orbit rendezvous also sounded crazy when they first came up with it.

Is there anything in space exploration that didn't sound crazy?
...

Uh ...

...

Hmmm ...

I got noth'n.

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Old August 6 2012, 01:48 PM   #83
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

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Apollo's lunar orbit rendezvous also sounded crazy when they first came up with it.

Is there anything in space exploration that didn't sound crazy?
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Uh ...

...

Hmmm ...

I got noth'n.

Agreed.

Not now.

Not 110 years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JDaOOw0MEE



Congrats to the men and women who pulled this off!
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Old August 6 2012, 02:26 PM   #84
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Congrats to those at NASA that have pulled this amazing feat off.
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Old August 6 2012, 05:27 PM   #85
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"Get yo arse to Mars"

How fitting with the new "Total Recall" movie out


At least the biggest hurdle is over.
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Old August 6 2012, 05:54 PM   #86
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Old August 6 2012, 05:57 PM   #87
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

HiRISE image of MSL descent:

Related articles:

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily...parachute.html
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/ba...-its-way-down/

Check out this, too, on the planning which went into getting that picture:

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/08...-close-up.html
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Old August 6 2012, 06:52 PM   #88
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

The parachute photograph is truly the most unique photograph in existence.

There are only a few recognizable third-person shots of man-made objects on other planets: The photos of the Sojourner rover, the photos of the the Spirit and Opportunity landing gear, and of their heat shields. And that's it.

And out of those, only the Sojourner rover was caught in action. This is the only photograph from a distance, from an unrelated spacecraft, of a lonely man-made object that's currently preoccupied with the most difficult task that Martian landers have undertaken.

A photo of the parachute in action? It gives me the goosebumps...
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Old August 6 2012, 07:13 PM   #89
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Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

I don't know about you guys, but this was me pretty much the whole day:

http://xkcd.com/1091/

I got up early to watch the coverage, and you know what? It was totally worth it! Watching those engineers and technicians go wild when the probe landed totally got me caught in the moment too.

Congratulations to all the people who put this mission together! It was impressive enough that the landing went down smoothly, but to be getting images so quickly (in what, less than half a minute of landing, 2 images off already?), that's science and engineering right there.

I look forward to seeing the results of this mission as they come in.
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Old August 6 2012, 07:26 PM   #90
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I stayed up late to watch as well, and it was definitely worth it! Absolutely fantastic and amazing. Let the science begin!
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