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Message 1252528 - Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 6:24:27 UTC - in response to Message 1252526.


Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing


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Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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PASADENA, Calif. -- A maneuver on Tuesday adjusted the flight path of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft for delivering the rover Curiosity to a landing target beside a Martian mountain.

The car-size, one-ton rover is bound for arrival the evening of Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (early Aug. 6, EDT and Universal Time). The landing will mark the beginning of a two-year prime mission to investigate whether one of the most intriguing places on Mars ever offered an environment favorable for microbial life.

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Message 1252669 - Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 15:26:58 UTC

That was really impressive, Lynn; I trust there will be a live link to NASA
so we can listen in on the landing.

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Message 1252713 - Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 17:10:13 UTC
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When this thing lands, I sure hope someone will be kind enough to link to all the goodies, like live streaming video feeds, news, etc.

IIRC the last good mars mission I watched unfold was in the late 90's (I forget what that rovers name was, but those were the nicest HD images of the red world I think we've ever seen. I remember N-Geo magazine doing a nice series on it.)
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Message 1252733 - Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 17:25:15 UTC - in response to Message 1252713.

When this thing lands, I sure hope someone will be kind enough to link to all the goodies, like live streaming video feeds, news, etc.

IIRC the last good mars mission I watched unfold was in the late 90's (I forget what that rovers name was, but those were the nicest HD images of the red world I think we've ever seen. I remember N-Geo magazine doing a nice series on it.)

Lets hope we do get a link, Ex'.


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Message 1252777 - Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 18:12:10 UTC

Good report Lynn, many thanks :-)

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Message 1252860 - Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 21:06:13 UTC

For those who want a real experience on landing day
http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/planetfest-2012/
this should fit the bill nicely.

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Message 1252949 - Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 23:03:11 UTC - in response to Message 1252860.

For those who want a real experience on landing day
http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/planetfest-2012/
this should fit the bill nicely.



Nick and Chris, your both welcome :-) Gary, posted the above link. Thanks! It said Curiosity, will land around August 4 and 5, 6, 2012. Let's hope we do get live feed.

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Message 1252981 - Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 23:55:07 UTC
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http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/

Is the link to NASA's page for the Mars science laboratory.

And I bet the "Nasa TV" link in Chris's first post will come in handy in August.
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Message 1257185 - Posted: 7 Jul 2012, 20:03:39 UTC

spectacular photos of Mars

Until the Curiosity rover landing next month, thought these would make do for now....
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Message 1257267 - Posted: 7 Jul 2012, 23:54:36 UTC

I have to voice my thoughts here. I am very nervous about that sky crane they are using to land Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Its very risky! Its a very complex method of putting that thing on the surface. I will keep my fingers crossed that it makes it down safely!

Good luck Curiosity!
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Message 1258022 - Posted: 9 Jul 2012, 12:57:36 UTC
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I seem to remember seeing that the method used with Spirit and Opportunity wouldn't work for Curiosity due to it's increased size and mass. Plus they want to make a pinpoint landing. Other than the possibility of the new system having difficulties another potential hazzard would be one of those infamous Martian dust storms. But I would assume they have planned the landing for a time of the year when dust storms are a minimal risk.
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Message 1258091 - Posted: 9 Jul 2012, 17:11:26 UTC
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Bob is correct that Curiosity's weight is too much for the airbag crash-landing method.

But I, like Johnny am worried about it all going just right. The "sky crane" is basically a rocket powered parachute of sorts, I see a lot that could go wrong. However we have some experience with successes and failures when it comes to dropping craft on other planets, and I think they will pull this off just fine.

I'm really looking forward to it. Only about one month left now.
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Message 1258124 - Posted: 9 Jul 2012, 18:09:46 UTC

Once a lander failed because of different units systems used by the builders and NASA. I hope this time they have used the same system.
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Message 1258128 - Posted: 9 Jul 2012, 18:20:27 UTC

Well if we can't land a container of sophisticated machinery and electronics softly I think it will be so much longer before we attempt to send humans to the red planet. At least Curiosity is on a one way trip no matter how hard or soft the landing is. On the other hand a spacecraft with humans on board has to land totally intact and be able to launch again with only minimal repairs being able to be conducted. So far I do not recall any rocket making a re-entry into an atmosphere and then launch again without major servicing, except the lunar modules from the Apollo missions. However the moon is less massive and has virtually no atmosphere.
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Message 1261344 - Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 1:04:46 UTC

Curiosity Rover update!

NASA held a media press conference with just 20 days to go for the landing of Curiosity on Mars.

Its on Youtube,
NASA Rover on Course for Mars Landing(By NASA television)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9BRqeqJ2X0 (1 hour 5 minutes)

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Message 1261490 - Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 10:49:54 UTC

WE may have a last minute hitch .....

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Message 1261495 - Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 11:15:13 UTC

Well , it isn't like they could send a last minute command to fix a problem at that point. We may just have to wait a few minutes longer to find out whether the landing was a success.
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Message 1261551 - Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 15:07:09 UTC

Its going to be very tense, the landing is just so technical. Fingers crossed here!

If it makes it to the surface ok, there is just a tonne of valuable instruments on that thing that could tell us so much about Mars!

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Message 1261567 - Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 15:38:31 UTC

Agreed John, all fingers crossed ....

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Message 1261716 - Posted: 18 Jul 2012, 7:35:43 UTC

I am following Curiosity on the JPL site. They don't seem to worry much and they give more space to a new amplifier they just built.
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