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Curiosity: Mars Or Bust Pt II
 
# 1 : Friday 3-8-2012 @ 01:10
 
 
So, there are now less than three days until the latest Mars exploration rover, named Curiosity, attempts to land on the planet Mars inside the huge Gale Crater.




Curiosity is like no other spacecraft that has gone before - it is the largest object ever sent to Mars, being roughly the size of a compact saloon car. Only the Apollo manned Lunar landers were larger.

Curiosity will travel across the surface of Mars and hopefully, all going well, up the side of a huge mountain inside Gale Crater which scientists believe holds a geological treasure trove of past climatic conditions on Mars.

The rover will carry a powerful laser beam capable of firing at rocks and analysing them from afar, powerful cameras, remote sensing imagers, onboard automated science analysis laboratories and is expected to last several years.

It has to land first, though, and that's the nail biting part.



The landing system of Curiosity has a completely novel system called a Skycrane which is truly 21st century in its design. The rover will enter the atmosphere in a conventional aeroshell and heat shield with parachute but the moments before touchdown will be controlled by the amazing skycrane. See the video below to see how the landing sequence of Curiosity will hopefully work this weekend.


Video Link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4YqNoLkmxE


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# 2 : Friday 3-8-2012 @ 10:12
 
 
Really hoping this will work. The landing system seems so complicated compared to parachutes.
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# 3 : Friday 3-8-2012 @ 10:23
 
 
Someone said :
So, there are now less than three days until the latest Mars exploration rover, named Curiosity, attempts to land on the planet Mars inside the huge Gale Crater.

But, is that three Earth days, or three Martian days
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# 4 : Friday 3-8-2012 @ 13:24
 
 
Someone said :

But, is that three Earth days, or three Martian days

Earth and Mars days (or "sols" as they are known) are pretty much the same - 24 hours. It's something Mars has in common with Earth.

I wish Curiosity the best of success in its landing!
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# 5 : Friday 3-8-2012 @ 16:18
 
 
Hope it doesn't land on a cat
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# 6 : Friday 3-8-2012 @ 16:25
 
 
Someone said :
So, there are now less than three days until the latest Mars exploration rover, named Curiosity, attempts to land on the planet Mars inside the huge Gale Crater.




Curiosity is like no other spacecraft that has gone before - it is the largest object ever sent to Mars, being roughly the size of a compact saloon car. Only the Apollo manned Lunar landers were larger.

Curiosity will travel across the surface of Mars and hopefully, all going well, up the side of a huge mountain inside Gale Crater which scientists believe holds a geological treasure trove of past climatic conditions on Mars.

The rover will carry a powerful laser beam capable of firing at rocks and analysing them from afar, powerful cameras, remote sensing imagers, onboard automated science analysis laboratories and is expected to last several years.

It has to land first, though, and that's the nail biting part.



The landing system of Curiosity has a completely novel system called a Skycrane which is truly 21st century in its design. The rover will enter the atmosphere in a conventional aeroshell and heat shield with parachute but the moments before touchdown will be controlled by the amazing skycrane. See the video below to see how the landing sequence of Curiosity will hopefully work this weekend.


Video Link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4YqNoLkmxE

Hope it works better than the above
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# 7 : Friday 3-8-2012 @ 17:54
 
 
That is so cool. I was a kid at the time of the first moon landings and space has never lost it's fascination for me.

"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before"

La la lalalalalaaaaaaaaa la la la lalalalalaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Aw gee I'm a space cadet
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# 8 : Friday 3-8-2012 @ 21:56
 
 
We need to a get a move on about actually moving there! I would jump at the chance to settle a new world.
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# 9 : Saturday 4-8-2012 @ 03:13
 
 
Pasadena, California (CNN) - An hour before the Mars rover Curiosity is scheduled to make its dramatic touchdown on the surface of our neighboring planet, there must be peanuts.

David Oh, lead flight director for the mission, explains that it has been a tradition for decades to open up cans of peanuts and pass them around to the team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory responsible for overseeing the landing of the rover. Curiosity is scheduled to land at 1:31 a.m. ET Monday.

“It’s always been a lucky charm for us, and missions have always seemed to work out better when we had the peanuts there,” Oh said. “For landing this, I’ll take all the great engineering we have, and all the luck you can give us, too.”

Given how complicated and intricate this landing will be, it’s no surprise that scientists are taking extra precautions, even superstitious ones.

NASA has launched a tool called Eyes on the Solar System that lets you visualize Mars and its surroundings using the latest data. There’s even a mode where you can see the landing process. The popular NASA video “Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror” also illustrates just how extraordinary this landing is going to be.

Although "it looks a little bit crazy," Adam Steltzner, lead engineer overseeing how the rover is arriving, said, "I promise you it is the least crazy of the methods you could use to get a rover the size of Curiosity on Mars."

There is a lot to be excited about for Curiosity on Mars. But first it has to get there. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is buzzing with scientists and journalists eager to see it happen.

full story:
http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/02/mars-landing-it-could- etc ...
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# 10 : Saturday 4-8-2012 @ 03:20
 
 
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# 11 : Saturday 4-8-2012 @ 11:36
 
 
The landing is Monday - not yesterday or today. A couple of newswires got it wrong aswell.
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# 12 : Sunday 5-8-2012 @ 18:04
 
 
really hope this landing goes well, it would be a major blow with the current NASA budget, fingers and tentacles cross
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# 13 : Sunday 5-8-2012 @ 19:34
 
 
Less than 12 hours to go until landing. Fingers, toes and all appendages crossed!
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# 14 : Sunday 5-8-2012 @ 19:36
 
 
Someone said :
Less than 12 hours to go until landing. Fingers, toes and all appendages crossed!

Oh No!
Now we'll have a bunch of crossed wires!
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# 15 : Monday 6-8-2012 @ 00:33
 
 

In one hour we will have five hours,that's all we've got,we've got five hours,that's not a lot,but it's WONDERFUL......WONDERFUL.
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