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Old 08-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #61
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Reminder: Curiousity lands on August 5, just two days away.
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Reminder: Curiousity lands on August 5, just two days away.
I'll be watching that and I sure hope all goes well with it. A failure that expensive will set NASA back years, and they could use a resounding success story.

That and it's just very neat to see that happen.

The "Seven minutes of terror" will be serious nail-biting time for everyone who worked on the project.
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I'll be watching that and I sure hope all goes well with it. A failure that expensive will set NASA back years, and they could use a resounding success story.

That and it's just very neat to see that happen.

The "Seven minutes of terror" will be serious nail-biting time for everyone who worked on the project.
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Article showing how the rover plans on landing:

A step-by-step guide to how the NASA Mars rover's plans to land - CBS News
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I got a chuckle looking at this picture from NASA. 24 I believe is the number of failed mars landers

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Down and safe! First pics through rear camera dust cover shown.

I would have liked them to keep the dashboard view up on the Nasa TV channel for the last few minutes of entry, that was where the action was.
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Sweet worth tearing myself away from the Olympics. I wonder if the guys at NASA will up date the billboard
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Yippee! They made it!
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3/11 The Messanger spacecraft is in orbit around Mercury.
5/12 SpaceX takes a trip to the space station and back.
8/12 Curiosity lands on mars.

Not a bad two years for NASA.
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It is impressive that the NASA team could make that Rube Goldbergeske sequence work flawlessly. I feel that we will learn some exciting stuff from this mission.
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It is impressive that the NASA team could make that Rube Goldbergeske sequence work flawlessly. I feel that we will learn some exciting stuff from this mission.
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Almost as impressive is the fact they were able to program the Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter to snap a photo of the rover six minutes into its seven minute descent:

Mars orbiter captures rover in midair - PhotoBlog

That's just cool, way cool...
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Amazing technology, very impressive, a triumph of human accomplishment.

Landing on the moon was probably the most significant achievement man has accomplished, putting humans there is still amazing 43 years later but I'd rank this right up there.

The delay of mission communications was terrible, the mission may have ended tragically or was a success but the long delay relaying back to earth was a nail biter. I watched the final 20 minutes and I was terrified of failure, there were only what a million or more things that could have gone wrong with no way to know and correct anything.
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This is an interesting article about the benefits of space exploration.

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/o....html?src=recg

I wouild add two things: 1.) IMHO, space exploration inspires our young students to study and to well in areas where we need to improve as a nation, and 2.) He forgot to mention the success of last year's Messenger spacecraft which is currently orbiting Mercury and sending back information about that planet.
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Listening to the local talk radio this morning I heard the host interview a scientist that was involved in the lastest trip to Mars and he talked about Curiosity and all that had to be considered in the landing. Then he went on to talk about getting people to Mars in the future. This is still years off. I guess there is a "think tank" that discusses the whys and wherefores and many "ifs" about going to Mars. Getting there is a lot easier than getting back so one of the options is to go there and stay. The astronauts would never come back to Earth. At least the first couple trips would be one way. This is a serious consideration. Also, a big concern is bringing back bacteria or things for which there is no earthly deterent or none that we could forsee.
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Listening to the local talk radio this morning I heard the host interview a scientist that was involved in the lastest trip to Mars and he talked about Curiosity and all that had to be considered in the landing. Then he went on to talk about getting people to Mars in the future. This is still years off. I guess there is a "think tank" that discusses the whys and wherefores and many "ifs" about going to Mars. Getting there is a lot easier than getting back so one of the options is to go there and stay. The astronauts would never come back to Earth. At least the first couple trips would be one way. This is a serious consideration. Also, a big concern is bringing back bacteria or things for which there is no earthly deterent or none that we could forsee.
Sure hope the travelers decide to take plenty of nuclear batteries to keep warm.

Seeing the Curiosity photos, just thinking about how nothing may be alive there feels sorta lonely. Facinating, but lonely.
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Voyager. Still out there, still working!
Excite News - 35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars

I wish I could say the same about my coffee pot!
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Some people are still looking towards the future:

NASA's 100-Year Starship Project | Interstellar Space Travel & Warp Drive | Science Fiction, Space Exploration | Space.com
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Another reason to keep up one's health in retirement. I plan to see this. Though I do wonder if NASA will be around in 100 years.

NASA's 100-Year Starship Project | Interstellar Space Travel & Warp Drive | Science Fiction, Space Exploration | Space.com

http://www.space.com/6649-star-trek-...mpossible.html
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