Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by JanewayRulz!, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. YellowSubmarine

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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?
     
  2. Psion

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    ...

    Uh ...

    ...

    Hmmm ...

    I got noth'n.

    :D
     
  3. JanewayRulz!

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    Agreed.

    Not now.

    Not 110 years ago.

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

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

    Congrats to the men and women who pulled this off! :beer:
     
  4. Rhaven

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    Congrats to those at NASA that have pulled this amazing feat off.
     
  5. Samurai8472

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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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  8. YellowSubmarine

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    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...
     
  9. SilentP

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    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.
     
  10. Warp Core Breach

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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!
     
  11. Coloratura

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    :lol:

    Yeah, that sounds about right!

    Seriously, though, I was on pins and needles during those last few seconds. :lol:
     
  12. Pavonis

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    Except for the similar photo that MRO took of Phoenix as it was landing near the martian north pole in 2008.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Phoenix_Lander_seen_from_MRO_during_EDL2.jpg

    And the Mars Odyssey photo taken by the Mars Global Surveyor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mgs_odyssey.gif


    That's true. It's cool that now our spacecraft can photograph each other in action.
     
  13. Data Holmes

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    I'm always amazed at the ever increasing quality of images we get back from these things.
     
  14. Ar-Pharazon

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    A shame MRO couldn't take video of the descent.
     
  15. FPAlpha

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    I'm far more amazed about the current state of autonomous control of robots that made this even possible.. just a decade or so ago it would have been impossible to pull off such a landing without direct human control (or a vastly simpler approach).
     
  16. Data Holmes

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    Was it really, or was it a simple matter of no one seriously trying?
     
  17. Trekker4747

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    Where are the pics?!
     
  18. banzaiduck

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    There's some individuals out there asking why we don't get real time video. It's not exactly easy having a reliable, high throughput, high bandwidth stream that supports standard definition video, much less HD video over such distances. Unless they're using some miraculous compression schemes I haven't heard of...

    In any event, here's a description of the cameras on the rover:

     
  19. Psion

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    It'll be a couple more days before they deploy the stereo camera boom and send along the high-resolution color shots. Right now, we're just seeing stuff from the lo-res collision-avoidance cameras. The latest is a picture of Mt. Sharp that looks like a bright something on a darker background. There just isn't much point to sending a lot of pictures until the boom deploys.


    EDIT TO ADD:
    Ninja'd by a duck. How humiliating.
     
  20. Coloratura

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    This is so awesome, I could kiss that rover. :lol: