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E -> Just out of Curiosity... (8/6/2012 7:15:00 AM)

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flanyboy -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/6/2012 7:34:32 AM)

What is your curiosity?




E -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/6/2012 7:53:35 AM)


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ORIGINAL: flanyboy

What is your curiosity?


Those pictures are just out of (received from) "Curiosity" (AKA: MSL or Mars Science Labratory).

Curiosity, just landed on Mars (about an hour ago now). The landing was hyped as "7 Minutes of Terror" and an admittedly large gamble by NASA, due to the complexity of the landing system (which included dumping the heat shield, a supersonic parachute, a "skycrane" landing system, etc.). As the pictures attest, it was successful (which history has proven is an "iffy" proposition on Mars, at best)




Josh -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/6/2012 11:16:26 AM)

Yes very exciting indeed, I've been following the adventures on Mars of the 2 other bots closely. This one looked even more promising... *if* it succeeded in landing that is, so I'm very happy it did land correctly. It's huge, weighs one ton and is as big as a car... so double [&o] [&o]

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/msl_landing.cfm




E -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/6/2012 12:22:11 PM)

Everything went right... even Odyssey performed well and was able to relay those thumbnails above! (the actual touchdown of Curiosity was beyond the Mars horizon from Earth).  I wonder if anything interesting will come out of the MRO once they get the data decoded.




parusski -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/6/2012 12:46:14 PM)

I was looking at the images earlier, never crossed my mind anyone here would care.[;)]




Erik Rutins -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/6/2012 5:07:10 PM)

Awesome! Wanted to watch this real-time but had to prioritize getting some rest.

Regards,

- Erik




parusski -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/6/2012 6:18:04 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Erik Rutins

Awesome! Wanted to watch this real-time but had to prioritize getting some rest.

Regards,

- Erik


Well! Rest? What is that?




Mobius -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/6/2012 6:52:34 PM)

The engineers at JPL I know (Im a few miles from there) were real nervous on this landing procedure. A little Rube Goldbergy. But JPL has 28 other ongoing projects so this is not the whole ball of wax for that facility.




Jeffrey H. -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/8/2012 7:15:01 PM)

Ya, ok. Barren Red Planet; CHECK. Anything else ?




parusski -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/8/2012 7:26:16 PM)


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ORIGINAL: Jeffrey H.

Ya, ok. Barren Red Planet; CHECK. Anything else ?


Yes, there are rocks and dust. DUH.




warspite1 -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/8/2012 7:34:50 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Jeffrey H.

Ya, ok. Barren Red Planet; CHECK. Anything else ?
Warspite1

Martians - I know coz Richard Burton said so....




Lieste -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/8/2012 8:34:45 PM)

Mars Landing Video




parusski -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/8/2012 9:56:57 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: warspite1


quote:

ORIGINAL: Jeffrey H.

Ya, ok. Barren Red Planet; CHECK. Anything else ?
Warspite1

Martians - I know coz Richard Burton said so....


There is also an American flag that S. Ambrose planted on Mars in 1962.




Josh -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/8/2012 10:07:14 PM)

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ORIGINAL: Lieste

Mars Landing Video


Now *that* was very funny [:D]

Oh and here's a more instructive video of the landing sequence...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2I8AoB1xgU

(a thousand [&o] )

By the way I googled for a "Hitler -Der Untergang- parody" of the Marslanding but they haven't made that ... yet.




Lieste -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/8/2012 10:09:00 PM)

As alluded to here:

Mars Landing > Moon Hoax




parusski -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/8/2012 10:12:52 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Josh


quote:

ORIGINAL: Lieste

Mars Landing Video


Now *that* was very funny [:D]


Funny that.




Orm -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/8/2012 11:20:57 PM)

Comedy, science and space. What more could one ask in a thread. Thank you. [:)]




parusski -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/9/2012 1:34:15 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Orm

Comedy, science and space. What more could one ask in a thread. Thank you. [:)]


HA, you fired off a live one Orm. Give it a minute and we will have some history, Ambrose history that is, from warspite1/2.




Jeffrey H. -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/10/2012 8:14:15 PM)

I was reading a story about the right hand image, that blocky thing on the horizon. There is some speculation that it's a dustcloud raised by the crash of the other part of the lander which flew away after droppping the rover.

Still though, I want evidence of the moving rocks on Mars, ever see that website ? Google it, moving rocks on Mars. Freaky tiki.




E -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/10/2012 8:28:13 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Jeffrey H.

I was reading a story about the right hand image, that blocky thing on the horizon. There is some speculation that it's a dustcloud raised by the crash of the other part of the lander which flew away after droppping the rover.


The right hand image is pointing down at the wheel... perhaps someone was mistaking the MSL's shadow for a horizon?

And FWIW, these images were enlarged thumbnails sent via the Odyssey satellite before it lost line of sight with the MSL immediately following the landing. They were meant more as proof the MSL landed in one piece with the wheels down, than anything else at the time.




Jeffrey H. -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/10/2012 11:12:55 PM)

Here it is, mystery cloud solved:

http://news.yahoo.com/mystery-cloud-mars-rover-landing-photo-solved-182429081.html





E -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/10/2012 11:29:05 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Jeffrey H.

Here it is, mystery cloud solved:



Ah. Different image from the one you referred to in your post above... you meant the right image on a different set of images!




Lieste -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/13/2012 10:28:10 PM)

Nope, isn't it the dark blob just to the left of the logo on your second image? (which looks to be a very wide angle compared to the first).




Jeffrey H. -> RE: Just out of Curiosity... (8/15/2012 3:01:53 AM)

Yep, that was it.




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