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Curiosity - Mars Science Laboratory

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Shelley, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Nasa's next Robotic Rover.

    I've been following this for a good number of years now, also watched the launch (november (2011) and been closely following ever since awith it due to arrive at mars and perform it's landing on August 5th. Anyone else been following this mission? I'm quite excited about it and hope everything goes to plan with the never done before landing.

    Link: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/
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  2. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member


    Given that this new robot is about the size of a small car (smart car)... It will be interesting if it can make the landing. Very daring more on how they plan on landing it too.

    Yet it will have less chances of getting stuck and also will move a little faster.
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  3. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Yeah the landing is very adventurous but I would expect anything less from the folks that work at NASA. I noticed the parachute specialist who worked on the previous rover missions has been recruited for this mission so they're falling back in reliable past contractors which is a good thing. I actually think the Rover will go at the same speed as the previous two rovers but your right less chance of getting stuck. More importantly, They're not relying on solar cell technology this time so they won't have to put the Rover in hibernation in the Martian winter.

    I'm sad so i'll be staying up to watch all of this come august 5th, August the 6th my time. :p
  4. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

  5. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I think it'll be a commentary of the landing as it happens with updates saying whether it was successful. Staying awake for that.
  6. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    Ah. I see.

    .... I seem to be missing my communication skills tonight... Thought you were feeling sad ....
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  7. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

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  8. captainslater

    captainslater Well-Known Member

    Yeah but it may take some hours longer to get the final verification if anything went well. I really hope this will be a success!
  9. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

  10. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Landing 1:30 AM EST Aug 6, 2012.
  11. ArnyVee

    ArnyVee Well-Known Member

    I'm hoping that I can stay up to watch it! :D
  12. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

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  13. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    Full animation of Curiosity rover's flight, landing and work routine (HD, no narration)

  14. Fred Sherman

    Fred Sherman Well-Known Member

    This is the most technically complex landing ever attempted in the history of mankind, beyond any of the lunar landings. The moment NASA is informed the landing has begun, the rover will have either been safely down or destroyed for 7 minutes. I'm crossing my fingers. This is going to be marvel of human ingenuity.
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  15. kyrgyz

    kyrgyz Well-Known Member

    There is no live coverage right now. Gush, I hope everything is ok.

    In the meantime here is the video explaining in detail the scientific instruments on board of Curiosity:
  16. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Time to Entry: 1 hour 13 mins
    Time to touchdown: 1 hour 20 mins
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  18. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

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  19. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    4 minutes to entry
    11 minutes to touchdown

    Goodluck :) #trueinnovation #nasa
  20. captainslater

    captainslater Well-Known Member

    Parachute deployed. Looking good so far.

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