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Safe On Mars!

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by maxd, Aug 6, 2012.

    Aug 6, 2012
  1. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

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    Curiosity, NASA's Mars mission, just completed entry, descend and and a very ballsy landing! Pictures of the afternoon sun are coming back. All good! Nice job guys!

    See an infographic on the EDL sequence You must register/login in order to see the link.. It all took about 7 minutes, crazy fast!

    FTR, these are the three major Mars vehicles to date compared side-by-side, the big one on the right -- the size of a compact car, weighs about a ton! -- is Curiosity. If you're wondering why there are no solar panels it's because it doesn't have any, instead it has its own little [strike]nuclear reactor[/strike] plutonium battery on board.

    Safe On Mars!: three generations of mars rovers.jpg,Aug 6, 2012

    The first picture back from Curiosity, it's wheel on the surface just moments after touchdown:

    Safe On Mars!: 1st pic - wheel.jpeg,Aug 6, 2012

    And this is Curiosity's first high res picture, it's shadow on the surface:

    Safe On Mars!: 2nd pic - shadow.jpg,Aug 6, 2012
     
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  3. CakeKing

    CakeKing On a Break

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    You can watch it live on nasa's site
     
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  5. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

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    Yes indeed! You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
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  7. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    Space ventures like this always boggle my mind - what a splendid technological achievement:notworthy

    Having monitored the "7 Minutes of Terror" landing, I listened to the post-landing technical checkout procedures, and as the Surface team taking over from the Landing Team said "In the spirit of the Olympics that was a perfect 10".

    Well done NASA!
     
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  9. Nifty29

    Nifty29 Dormant account

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    Pity it is all done in a film studio......

    :p
     
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  11. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

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    NASA do release some awesome stuff, no doubting that, pity that after releasing this one they closed up shop regarding comments about it, bar everything you see is none orbital space debris :rolleyes:.......


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  13. smcinoz

    smcinoz Experienced Member

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    A quote sponsored by Alfoil :p J/K

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    Reminds me i aint watched Capricorn One in a while, great movie.
     
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  15. Casinomeister

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    This is great news! I'm looking forward to its mission to check out a vast section of sedimentary rock. I wait with bated breath for some mind boggling finds.
     
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  17. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

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    Yeah, the science of this mission is pretty impressive.

    Safe On Mars!: mars_science_lab.jpg,Aug 6, 2012

    Thing has seven cameras, lasers, spectrometers, a rock drill, microscope, a chemistry lab to analyse the samples, etc etc. Guess that's why they call it MSL, Mars Science Laboratory.
     
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  19. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    It is space debris.
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    Space journalist James Oberg wrote an analysis of the footage giving further detail.
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  21. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    Interesting it has a plutonium battery. I haven't looked, but do they have an idea how long this will last?
     
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  23. P.V.

    P.V. Senior Member webmeister

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    Didn't this launch back in November 2011, landing now? Anyone know the launch date?
     
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  25. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    I read somewhere earlier today that the journey took about eight months.
     
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  27. chayton

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    I just watched this show called Death of a Mars Rover on NatGeo - it's really quite good, helps us laypeople understand a bit more about the science and the trials with working with equipment from so far away. This new one looks like the wheels are going to work much better - one of the other ones had a bad wheel and so it just dragged it along. It was actually a little sad, ever since I watched Wall-E I've had more compassion for machines. :oops:

    Oh and it's online in case anyone is interested.
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  29. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

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    Yup, launched November 26, 2011 (You must register/login in order to see the link.). Travelled half a _billion_ kilometers in 8 months.

    Curiosity is "designed to explore for at least 687 Earth days (1 Martian year) over a range of 5 by 20 km (3.1 by 12 mi)". I've read several places that there's a good chance it will be functional considerably longer than that, partial functionality for possibly as long as five years. Batteries like the one on the rover apparently have a minimum function lifespan of 14 years:

     
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  31. Seventh777

    Seventh777 RIP Roy

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    Space debris that comes in from all angles and is basically identical in shape just different in size, it has always been my belief that debris orbits the Earth on a set route and doesn`t drift about in all directions.

    What`s your take on this piece of space ice manoeuvring out of the way of an incoming missile...........

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  33. shanetospin

    shanetospin Experienced Member MM

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    I watched it this morning on Nasa's website, it was awesome :) completely entertained me!
     
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  35. Mousey

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    "No disassemble Johnny-5!"... can't even remember the name of the movie that's from.... wait... brain finding a gear.... Short Circuit? I think that was it.

    It's a bit sad that the Curiosity landed during all the Olympic furor. The public, in general, just doesn't seem to get excited about interplanetary exploration even on a non-news day anymore. I do! I think it's so cool....
     
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  37. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    I recall reading or seeing somewhere that the Mars Rover lasted far longer than its intended life, so perhaps this one will do the same.
     
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  39. The Viking

    The Viking Ueber Meister MM

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    oppss someone did beat USA to the moon :)
     

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