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Message 1267970 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 16:20:39 UTC

With Mars looming ever larger in front of it, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and its Curiosity rover are in the final stages of preparing for entry, descent and landing on the Red Planet at 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6).

Curiosity Closes in on its New 'Home'

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Message 1267978 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 16:31:50 UTC

I think perhaps that this thread should be amalgamated with the Science (non-SETI) : Mars Curiosity Rover - Mission Progress one?

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Message 1267984 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 16:40:00 UTC - in response to Message 1267978.
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I think perhaps that this thread should be amalgamated with the Science (non-SETI) : Mars Curiosity Rover - Mission Progress one?



Well, I didn't know it was such a thread, since I do not read that section of the forum. I'm sure there are others who like me doesn't read every section of the forums....

I'm sure there is room for this thread in the Cafe too.....
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Message 1267987 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 16:41:58 UTC

Lets hope this one does better than our last effort, Beagle 2.

[Off-topic] I certainly stay out of Politics, the stench in there is overpowering.
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Message 1267989 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 16:47:09 UTC - in response to Message 1267984.

Well, I didn't know it was such a thread, since I do not read that section of the forum. I'm sure there are others who like me doesn't read every section of the forums....

I'm sure there is room for this thread in the Cafe too.....


I concur...There should be more moderation directed towards certain ranter on the forums that continuously clutters them with random semi-unintelligible speak about things that have little if anything to do with...well...anything of importance.

At least this NASA Curiosity Rover project relates to space exploration and discovery, something relevant and worthy of a spot (or two) on these forums.

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Message 1267991 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 16:53:07 UTC

Ive been waiting weeks for tonight. Now to find some of the links I posted in the past. In the other thread (which is not in politics, but rather in one of the science threads)
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Message 1267996 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 17:00:27 UTC

I can only hope NASAs latest rover/lander doesn't land with a splat...
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Message 1268010 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 17:21:48 UTC

agreed. I think this landing is somewhat tricky compared to what we've done in the past, and man is this craft heavy. But I'll follow along and hopefully we'll see a successful landing. :-)

It'll be landing about 1:30am eastern time for me. I'll be awake for it.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
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Message 1268028 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 17:44:20 UTC

It's cerainly a big step forward for the exploration of Mars. Let's hope it does as fine a job as its predecessors.
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Message 1268032 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 17:51:27 UTC

Hear hear :-)

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Message 1268035 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 17:53:28 UTC

Yea they've had a good run of crafts that live well past their original planned life, and go on to provide a wealth of other data. Here's hoping for the same for "curiosity". Cheers!
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Message 1268042 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 18:08:09 UTC - in response to Message 1268010.
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agreed. I think this landing is somewhat tricky compared to what we've done in the past, and man is this craft heavy. But I'll follow along and hopefully we'll see a successful landing. :-)

It'll be landing about 1:30am eastern time for me. I'll be awake for it.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

If this one is heavy, then how in the heck do they think they'll land humans on Mars, let alone get them back to orbit?

I'd have gone for a bigger lander where the lander was also the garage and the rover could just roll out and not be sky craned to the surface of Mars, which may not work.

If this Fails, NASAs foes will say see Government can't do anything right, they'll want NASA defunded or Privatized entirely...
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Message 1268067 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 19:01:11 UTC


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Message 1268068 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 19:03:09 UTC

I was wondering how long it would be...
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Message 1268071 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 19:20:14 UTC

Nicely done Scarecrow.

I would think that if this landing goes well, the nice folks at Nasa may want to name the next mars rover "Satisfaction".

After all, if ``Curiosity`` killed the cat, "Satisfaction" might bring it back.

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Message 1268086 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 20:03:05 UTC
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This looks like a good web addy to use:
jpl.nasa.gov
It would be nice if more money could be spent on the space program.

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Message 1268100 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 20:54:34 UTC - in response to Message 1268086.

This looks like a good web addy to use:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/
It would be nice if more money could be spent on the space program.

Yes, It would, but some think things like NASA should be cut, not enlarged and that's as much as I can say on that. Oh and that link is busy, from what I've read here, touch down should start tonight at 10:31pm PDT Sunday or 1:31am EDT Monday oh and that JPL site is super busy...
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Message 1268108 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 21:13:54 UTC
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Here's a link from the National Geographic... Plus one here and here.

Sky Crane, except for parts here and there was only tested in the computer...

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Message 1268134 - Posted: 5 Aug 2012, 23:52:00 UTC

5 hours, 40 minutes. And counting.


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Message 1268156 - Posted: 6 Aug 2012, 1:26:13 UTC

There's also a live blog over at the Huffington Post, Here.


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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover.
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