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08-05-2012 11:04 PM  9 years ago
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Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Mars rover "Curiosity" landing tonight...
I haven't seen this topic started yet: So what are your guys' feelings about the Mars rover landing tonight? It is called "Curosity". It's going to be lowered to Mars from a sky-crane, and has a pretty significant microbiology laboratory.

You can watch the live feed here:

http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv
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08-05-2012 11:38 PM  9 years ago
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Pretty dang cool to me ive always been interested about the planets. Its so vast makes u wonder
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08-06-2012 12:05 AM  9 years ago
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So, what FBL system do y'all think they used?
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08-06-2012 12:07 AM  9 years ago
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Probably a $60 CopterX FBL marked up to $6 million Team A Main Hobbies/ProTek R/C
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08-06-2012 12:29 AM  9 years ago
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Thanks for the live feed ! for sure i'll be watching !!!    ▲
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08-06-2012 12:39 AM  9 years ago
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08-06-2012 12:42 AM  9 years ago
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Fingers crossed that this bad boy lands safely! From what I've read, it's the size of a small SUV. Simply amazing that we are landing this on the surface of Mars.
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08-06-2012 12:45 AM  9 years ago
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As much as I think this is really cool, from an engineering standpoint, I can't imagine this actually working. With so many steps in the landing sequence that must function perfectly in order to land the rover if anything goes slightly wrong at any point its going to fail.

Being so far away, corrections can not be made in real time. Obviously, if the equipment can only compensate for conditions that were anticipated if anything that was not considered occurs, this will break the chain of events and probably cause the rover to crash.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed though.. Remember, round trip communication takes almost 30 minutes!
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08-06-2012 01:43 AM  9 years ago
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It is my understanding that one of the big problems with the older generation of rovers (Spirit and Odyssey) was that they were solar powered, and the solar panels eventually got covered with so much dust that the rover barely had enough voltage to continue to function.

This new Curiosity rover is powered by 11kg of plutonium, and since plutonium batteries last almost forever, this rover could theoretically continue to send back images to Earth for many years.

This new rover is also very large.

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08-06-2012 01:58 AM  9 years ago
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You know there won't be live video... it takes longer for the radio signal (which I heard an engineer describe as "256 tones" to reach earth, 14 minutes, than it does for the entire landing to take place (7 minutes).The nasa.gov site has a link to a cool infographic: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/infographic...ew.php?id=10776

It makes me wonder if there are any videos around of the skycrane tests; share links if you encounter any please.
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08-06-2012 02:12 AM  9 years ago
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well i knew that by "live feed" it ment live feed to nasa, not live feed to the rover.....    ▲
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08-06-2012 02:14 AM  9 years ago
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Sunday at 10:31 p.m. Pacific time (1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday)
Curiosity, the first full-fledged mobile science laboratory sent to a distant world, was scheduled to touch down inside a vast, ancient impact crater on Sunday at 10:31 p.m. Pacific time (1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday/0531 GMT on Monday).

Mission control engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Los Angeles acknowledge that delivering the one-ton, six-wheeled, nuclear-powered vehicle in one piece is a highly risky proposition, with zero margin for error.

But just 12 hours away from Curiosity's rendezvous with Mars, JPL's team said the spacecraft and its systems were functioning flawlessly, and forecasts called for favorable Martian weather over the landing zone.

After a journey from Earth of more than 350 million miles (567 million km), engineers said they were hopeful the rover, the size of a small sports car, will land precisely as planned near the foot of a tall mountain rising from the floor of Gale Crater in Mars' southern hemisphere.

"We're rationally confident, emotionally terrified," Adam Seltzner, leader of Curiosity's descent and landing team, told reporters at a JPL briefing early on Sunday, as the spacecraft hurtled to within 100,000 miles of its destination - less than half the distance between Earth and the moon.

The vessel was sailing through space at about 8,000 miles per hour and steadily gaining speed from the tug of Martian gravity.

Flight controllers anticipate clear and calm conditions for touchdown, slated to occur in the Martian late afternoon. There may be some haze in the planet's pink skies from ice clouds, typical for this time of year, with temperatures at about 10 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 12 Celsius).

Facing deep cuts in its science budget and struggling to regain its footing after cancellation of the space shuttle program - NASA's centerpiece for 30 years - the agency has much at stake in the outcome of the $2.5 billion mission.

President Barack Obama's top science adviser, John Holdren, was among the dignitaries visiting JPL on Sunday for the landing, along with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

"It's critically important for the nation because it allows us to stay on pace for what the president asked us to, getting humans to Mars in the mid-2030s," Bolden told Reuters.

He added that success also was key to NASA's international partners in 12 countries in maintaining public and government support abroad for their continued funding.

Mars is the chief component of NASA's long-term deep space exploration plans. Curiosity, the space agency's first astrobiology mission since the 1970s-era Viking probes, is designed primarily to search for evidence that the planet most similar to Earth may once have harbored the necessary building blocks for microbial life to evolve.
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08-06-2012 02:52 AM  9 years ago
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i dont know much about space or if anything at all besides earth is too close to the sun in summer time!

But are the on mars? Without suits and O2?
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08-06-2012 03:47 AM  9 years ago
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But are the on mars? Without suits and O2?
I think you really have a handle on the situation here.
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08-06-2012 03:57 AM  9 years ago
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proximity to the sun is NOT why it's hot in the northern hemisphere in the summertime...its due to the 'tilt' of the earth's axis
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08-06-2012 03:57 AM  9 years ago
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Hey Justin!TREX 700N, V-Bar, OS 105HZ-R, MP-7, Mini-Protos 4s, JR 9303
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08-06-2012 04:15 AM  9 years ago
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Herky, well i knew that lol.

I was being funny
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08-06-2012 04:21 AM  9 years ago
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There, there, of course you did.....     ▲
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08-06-2012 05:49 AM  9 years ago
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About 40 mins to scheduled landing. Good luck !!!The case against politicians simply is that when they legislate for all men, they always omit themselves
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08-06-2012 06:00 AM  9 years ago
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Let's not forget that the live broadcasts are only live for activities here on earth, not on mars!

I really do hope that all goes well on entry. $2.5 billion could do a lot of things back here on earth.
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