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Message 1173856 - Posted: 26 Nov 2011, 13:03:44 UTC
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Launch T-2 hours and counting at Atlas Launch Control. Launch window from 15:00pm onwards UK time.

I'm viewing on the Public channel with Flash U-Stream in HD. I'm also using the Mission audio option.

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Message 1173872 - Posted: 26 Nov 2011, 14:33:53 UTC

Still looking good for launch in 30 minutes time, which includes a 10 minute hold at t-5. Weather report is good.

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Message 1173878 - Posted: 26 Nov 2011, 15:10:00 UTC

We have lift off and a successful launch. Next stop Mars....

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Message 1173885 - Posted: 26 Nov 2011, 16:02:20 UTC

Thanks for the info! :)
Super interesting and hopefully it will give us some nice information.

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Message 1173927 - Posted: 26 Nov 2011, 19:26:16 UTC - in response to Message 1173878.
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We have lift off and a successful launch. Next stop Mars....


Chris, are you going to be our seti reporter regarding the progress of
Nasa Mars Rover, just like LynnL is for Voyager 1 & II ?
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Message 1173969 - Posted: 26 Nov 2011, 23:50:57 UTC - in response to Message 1173927.

We have lift off and a successful launch. Next stop Mars....


Chris, are you going to be our seti reporter regarding the progress of
Nasa Mars Rover, just like LynnL is for Voyager 1 & II ?


Nick, will try my best for the Voyager 1 & 11. :-)

Chris, great news! It will take eight and a half months for Curiosity to make the 345-million-mile journey to Mars.

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Message 1173977 - Posted: 27 Nov 2011, 0:25:23 UTC

Chris, are you going to be our seti reporter regarding the progress of
Nasa Mars Rover, just like LynnL is for Voyager 1 & II ?


Chris, great news! It will take eight and a half months for Curiosity to make the 345-million-mile journey to Mars.


OK, I'll do my best :-)

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Message 1174029 - Posted: 27 Nov 2011, 10:30:58 UTC
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The Atlas flight lasted almost three-quarters of an hour. By the time of separation and the encapsulated rover was ejected on a path to the Mars, it was moving at 10km/s (6 miles per second). Controllers will command a course correction manoeuvre in two weeks to refine the trajectory to the Red Planet.

"Our spacecraft is in excellent health and it's on its way to Mars", said Curiosity project manager Peter Theisinger. The rover - also known as the Mars Science laboratory (MSL) - is due to arrive at the Red Planet on 6 August 2012. Then, the hard part begins - landing safely.

The Project costed at $2.5bn; will see initial surface operations lasting two Earth years, and on-board plutonium generators will deliver heat and electricity for at least 14 years. However mechanical components are expected to wear out before then.


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Message 1174099 - Posted: 27 Nov 2011, 17:45:46 UTC

Nice update Chris...great if it could survive for those 14 years though.
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Message 1175222 - Posted: 2 Dec 2011, 20:51:09 UTC

Chris and Lynn,
The updates on Curiosity would be good.

Anything ye can do to speed up the time it takes to get there guys?

Very exciting mission!
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Message 1175225 - Posted: 2 Dec 2011, 21:02:03 UTC

Hi Johnney,

Well, we did wonder about putting a few drops of the "Black Gold" into the fuel tank, but they politely declined our offer ;-))
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Message 1175243 - Posted: 2 Dec 2011, 22:39:23 UTC - in response to Message 1175225.

Hi Johnney,

Well, we did wonder about putting a few drops of the "Black Gold" into the fuel tank, but they politely declined our offer ;-))


Would have caused a few "Hic!-ups" had you done so?

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Message 1175891 - Posted: 5 Dec 2011, 17:22:48 UTC
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As announced last Friday,

Course Excellent, Adjustment Postponed

PASADENA, Calif. – Excellent launch precision for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission has forestalled the need for an early trajectory correction manoeuver, now not required for a month or more.

That first of six planned course adjustments during the 254-day journey from Earth to Mars had originally been scheduled for 15 days after the mission's Nov. 26 launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Now, the correction manoeuver will not be performed until later in December or possibly January.


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Message 1175926 - Posted: 5 Dec 2011, 20:10:32 UTC

Very informative updates via the attached threads of yours Chris.
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Message 1175934 - Posted: 5 Dec 2011, 20:54:46 UTC - in response to Message 1175926.

are we there yet are we there yet are we there yet?
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Message 1179309 - Posted: 19 Dec 2011, 17:25:57 UTC
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Good point.

I would like to know how much we have been able to put in place in or around Mars, because I now have lost track of it.

Some years ago we had a very small, but very successful mission to the surface of Mars.

The little rover on wheels who was able to run on the surface of Mars was having the name of Sojourner.

Both the rover as well as the platform which it rolled on from were having cameras. As far as I know, we only have pictures from the surface of Mars, not recorded or live playback streaming video including possible sound.

As soon as Spirit and Opportunity were launched, each one with its separate mission to the planet, Sojourner became soon forgotten. Anyone remembering those happy (joyous) scenes in Mission Control when those first pictures came up on the monitors?

We also have had Mars missions lately which were not meant at landing on the surface. Some of these missions unfortunately became unsuccessful, other ones again were success stories. Do anyone have the name of these later missions which did not land rovers on the surface?

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Message 1179376 - Posted: 19 Dec 2011, 20:16:19 UTC - in response to Message 1179309.

Good point.

I would like to know how much we have been able to put in place in or around Mars, because I now have lost track of it.



So Norway now has a space program?
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Message 1179379 - Posted: 19 Dec 2011, 20:29:43 UTC
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Possibly, but nothing compared with the capabilities of the United States, of course. Anyway, we do have a very competent person in charge of the Norwegian space research program (more than 50 years of experience).

By saying "we", I really meant to say the human race, we living on planet Earth.

It should have come to that point now, we always will be having individuals as well as organizations who think they are leading the way, still Nasa and the U.S. Military should be those who currently are having the big resources.

Also countries like China are doing well right now. Russia may still suffer from possibly bureaucracy and economic hardship, but they are having great scientists as well as a strong military, of course. North-Korea launched a missile into space yesterday.

But maybe nothing is beaten by good ideas and the exchange of such ideas, in the end.

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Message 1183838 - Posted: 8 Jan 2012, 19:01:02 UTC
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Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report

Trajectory Maneuver Slated for Jan. 11

PASADENA, Calif. -- An engine firing on Jan. 11 will be the biggest maneuver that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will perform on its flight between Earth and Mars.

The action will use a choreographed sequence of firings of eight thruster engines during a period of about 175 minutes beginning at 3 p.m. PST (6 p.m. EST or 2300 Universal Time). It will redirect the spacecraft more precisely toward Mars to land at Gale Crater. The manoeuver is designed to impart a velocity change of about 12.3 miles per hour (5.5 meters per second).

"We are well into cruise operations, with a well-behaved spacecraft safely on its way to Mars," said Mars Science Laboratory Cruise Mission Manager Arthur Amador, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "After this trajectory correction manoeuver, we expect to be very close to where we ultimately need to be for our entry point at the top of the Martian atmosphere."

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Message 1184107 - Posted: 9 Jan 2012, 18:21:58 UTC

Thanks for the update Chris, not long before landing then?
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