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Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by elitegamer23
He will be Up. Even if he was in school, I cant take it away from him.
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
I cant help thinking the entire delivery system for the new rover is reckless.
I'm not saying i could do a better job but why use a system with so many stages with absolutely zero redundancy? From what i can tell if any of the stages goes wrong that's it..its all over. All that time and money wasted.
Im sure if it was the military doing this they would have some sort of backup plan. It just seems that so much can go wrong.
Originally posted by Thrace
I have DirecTV and no high speed access at home (dial up) to watch the landing. Will any channels on DirecTV or news channels be broadcasting this?
Regardless of whether the Curiosity rover lands safely on Mars on Sunday night, Manning can say, with a clear conscience, that he did his best to ruin it.
Manning heads a team of hundreds of engineers who design, test and operate the Mars Science Laboratory, as the rover mission is officially known. But for nine days, he becomes his own team's worst enemy.
The cheerful veteran of two previous rover missions devises horrible scenarios for the team to face. He throws solar flares at the rover and pokes holes in its fuel system.
You know Murphy's law, that anything that can go wrong will go wrong? "Well, I'm Murphy," Manning said.
Originally posted by geobro
are we there yet
Originally posted by JimmyJagov
reply to post by elitegamer23
Wow man- that video was cool! Hadn't seen that-Cant wait for the real deal now. Hope all goes well.
Thanks for posting that! s&f
NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars early on Monday morning, August 6th. The focus of its exploration will be Mount Sharp, a 5.5-kilometre-tall mound of layered sediments that time and pressure have squeezed into a mountain of rock, strangely located in the center of the large Gale crater.
The landing is set for 05:31 GMT on 6 August, “NASA’s Curiosity rover will spend its working life climbing up the lower part of the mountain, which is named after Robert Sharp, a pioneer of planetary geology who died in 2004. Researchers hope that as the compact-car-sized rover ascends Mount Sharp, it will unpack the hundreds of millions of years of Martian history that are hidden in the mountain’s layers.”
“The making of Mount Sharp
Gale Crater’s central mound, nearly two-thirds the height of Mount Everest, features several distinct layers of rock spanning hundreds of millions years. Some of these layers seem to have been laid down at very different times, leaving a mysterious gap in the geological record. Here is one way to account for the formation of Mount Sharp and its associated features.”
Curiosity Closes in on its New 'Home'
Sun, 05 Aug 2012 12:20:24 AM GMT+0100
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 remains in good health with all systems operating as expected. Today, the flight team uplinked and confirmed commands to make minor corrections to the spacecraft's navigation reference point parameters.
This afternoon, as part of the onboard sequence of autonomous activities leading to the landing, catalyst bed heaters are being turned on to prepare the eight Mars Lander Engines that are part of MSL's descent propulsion system. As of 2:25 p.m. PDT (5:25 p.m. EDT), MSL was approximately 261,000 miles (420,039 kilometers) from Mars, closing in at a little more than 8,000 mph (about 3,600 meters per second).