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The Launch and Flight of the Mars Science Laboratory (aka Curiosity)

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posted on Nov, 28 2011 @ 01:41 AM
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Here are my images of the Mars Science Laboratory launching and then leaving the Earth-Moon system on its way to Mars. I also calculated its orbital trajectory using the images and produced a short visualization of its flight using that data (it's easier to read the labels in HD).

www.youtube.com...




posted on Nov, 28 2011 @ 03:26 AM
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Nice work!

The full-res of the MSL heading-out really needs annotation. I could not identify it in that clip.

I liked the trajectory calibration. I've been wanting to know how to do that.

S & F



posted on Nov, 28 2011 @ 10:57 AM
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You are the steely-eyed-missile-man!

I spent a bit of time this morning trying to find any hope concerning the Phobos-Grunt. No two articles say the same thing, so I don't know.

The window closes for the trans-Martian burn for the Russian mission very soon if it has not passed already.



posted on Nov, 28 2011 @ 11:07 AM
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what camera are you using on your telescope?



posted on Nov, 28 2011 @ 11:52 AM
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For the LX200 used to photograph the launch I used a Canon XTi at prime focus. The GRAS-016 telescope used to track MSL is equipped with an SBIG ST-11000M with ABG.



posted on Nov, 28 2011 @ 12:15 PM
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I added some youtube annotation to the full resolution images of MSL, hopefully that will help make it easier to see.



posted on Nov, 28 2011 @ 06:09 PM
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It does!

Shear perfection...



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