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Message 1268241 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 6:01:42 UTC

Brilliant!!!

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Message 1268246 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 6:11:06 UTC
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Quite frankly, i can't believe it! Its incredible! Its shocking that the whole parachute and sky crane thing actually worked! I'm thrilled!

Press conference in a few minutes;
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/

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Message 1268252 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 6:29:29 UTC - in response to Message 1268246.

Quite frankly, i can't believe it! Its incredible! Its shocking that the whole parachute and sky crane thing actually worked! I'm thrilled!

Press conference in a few minutes;
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/

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I agree with you! This is so exciting.

I hope this image is right??


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Message 1268261 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 6:54:36 UTC

Congratulations to NASA and the team that designed and built the lander/rover. Even though it will be a couple of weeks before they start with the science part of the mission the hard part is over.
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Message 1268315 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 10:52:42 UTC
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Tremendous stuff for a successful landing!

Nasa's Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars

Great Convergence of Spacecraft around Mars

NASA's New Mars Rover Sends Higher-Resolution Image


Also fantastic for the convergence of spacecraft to relay the second by second details of the landing!

When now for the next rovers for elsewhere across our solar system?... ;-)


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Message 1268388 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 14:55:52 UTC - in response to Message 1268315.

Maybe on an asteroid. Mercury and Venus are too hot, Jupiter is gaseous.But some satellites of Jupiter and Saturn might offer some chance of survival.
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Message 1268395 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 15:29:15 UTC

Other cameras aboard Curiosity, with color capability and much higher resolution, are expected to be sent back to Earth over the next several days.




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Message 1268399 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 15:45:58 UTC

I'm hoping for some more live feeds from NASA Mars, don't seem to be any as yet.
Perhaps something later on-for us....been up watching since 05:30 BST.

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Message 1268465 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 18:00:22 UTC

How's this for a pic....

Taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, it shows Curiosity descending to the surface of Mars on its parachute.


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Message 1268503 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 19:25:35 UTC
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As things currently stand, all the camera's on Curiosity have "dust covers" on them to protect them during landing. Thats why the pictures look small and blurry, there is dirt on the lens as expected.

3 questions;
Does anyone know officially when the dust covers are being opened?
In other words, when do we get the first colour picture?
Anyone know what is the schedule for the next 24 to 48 hours?


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That picture of Curiosity descending on the parachute is really cool. What a brilliant picture! There is a real WOW factor about that image!

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Message 1268506 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 19:42:01 UTC - in response to Message 1268503.

As things currently stand, all the camera's on Curiosity have "dust covers" on them to protect them during landing. Thats why the pictures look small and blurry, there is dirt on the lens as expected.

3 questions;
Does anyone know officially when the dust covers are being opened?
In other words, when do we get the first colour picture?
Anyone know what is the schedule for the next 24 to 48 hours?


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That picture of Curiosity descending on the parachute is really cool. What a brilliant picture! There is a real WOW factor about that image!

John.

I think that occurs in a couple of days time...taking the caps off.


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Message 1268518 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 20:47:28 UTC

Eckey Thump Mr Gnu, that was one 'eck of a picture, many thanks :-)

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Message 1268521 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 20:50:04 UTC - in response to Message 1268506.

As things currently stand, all the camera's on Curiosity have "dust covers" on them to protect them during landing. Thats why the pictures look small and blurry, there is dirt on the lens as expected.

3 questions;
Does anyone know officially when the dust covers are being opened?
In other words, when do we get the first colour picture?
Anyone know what is the schedule for the next 24 to 48 hours?


Gnu,
That picture of Curiosity descending on the parachute is really cool. What a brilliant picture! There is a real WOW factor about that image!

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I think that occurs in a couple of days time...taking the caps off.


I read a statement that the next several weeks are going to be boring for the rover because it is going to have system checks done repeatedly to make sure nothing failed upon arrival.
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Message 1268540 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 22:36:12 UTC - in response to Message 1268465.

How's this for a pic....

Taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, it shows Curiosity descending to the surface of Mars on its parachute.


Getting the MRO orbit to coincide with the landing to relay data is quite a feat... But to then take a happy snap also!!!

I think that rates as one hell of a WOW shot!


Makes the proverbial golf hole-in-one and one-in-a-million sound awfully feeble in comparison.

Excellent stuff!

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Message 1268566 - Posted: 7 Aug 2012, 0:39:41 UTC - in response to Message 1268540.

Great pic, Martin!




Curiosity’s Latest Mars Image Shows Imposing Mt. Sharp


I like Mt. Sharp! I wish it could take a peep at Olympus Mons.

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Message 1268576 - Posted: 7 Aug 2012, 0:59:03 UTC
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The caps are off, high res pics sent, Mt. Sharp looks brilliant and clear from 6 kms away.

I had the opprotunity to watch the landing live, what an event. A once in a life time event, and I had front row seats to it all.

So far, all systems are go, and it will take 10-15 Sols before the team knows that eveything is working to specifications. The biggest concern so far is maintaining battery charge and battery management.

Congrats to ev1 who was a part of this mission, your work efforts will be appreciated for the next 8-10 years, as Curiosity ventures forward on her mission.

Earth bound humans now have the opprotunity to achieve great things and discover the unknown on Mars. Now that the delivery of the rover to Mars is complete, revealing the historical mysteries of Mars is now within your grasp.

Congrats to all, and best of luck to the next team of Curiosities handlers.

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Message 1268641 - Posted: 7 Aug 2012, 7:13:09 UTC
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They have a short video from Curiosity showing its decent to the surface.

New Mars Rover Beams Back Images Showing Its Descent;
Story;
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/whatsnew/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowNews&NewsID=1291
Video;
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=149974611

The video is made from 297 tiny thumbnail images, so its small. But its really cool to see the view from the underbelly of Curiosity as she approached the ground!

They also have the first colour image of Mars;
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=4282

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Message 1268649 - Posted: 7 Aug 2012, 7:40:51 UTC

she ??
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Message 1268652 - Posted: 7 Aug 2012, 7:45:49 UTC - in response to Message 1268649.
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she ??

Do you feel Curiosity is male? or an "it" because its a machine...LOL :)

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Message 1268658 - Posted: 7 Aug 2012, 8:08:11 UTC

Like all ships, I feel any car, vessel, or rover should also be considered female. :-)
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