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Curiosity Has Landed!!

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posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 05:42 PM
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Originally posted by mac420
I'm sorry if this was already answered, I looked through and didnt see this mentioned, but didn't we get pictures from Curiosity pretty fast? I thought we'd have to wait like 15 minutes to get images back?


There were indeed factors at play which made MANY things uncertain right up to the last second.

For example, it was not clear whether the orbiting Mars Orbiter would be "in position" to receive the first images...if it would've been out of reach at the time of the landing they would've had to wait another 2 hours until it would appear again to "beam up" and then relay the image to us on Earth.

The other amazing thing was that the MRO camera was capable to actually get a picture of Curiosity on the way down with the parachute - i read there was only a 40% chance that this might be achieved.

Overall, the entire mission/landing is so perfect in all its aspects its almost scary that everything happened as planned. Mind-boggling if you watch the videos etc. with all the things involved.
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posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 05:44 PM
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Overall, the entire mission/landing is so perfect in all its aspects its almost scary that everything happened as planned.

What was scary was that it might not.
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posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 05:46 PM
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especially since they went live in times square, it was all or nothing and our men and women in light blue (that day) shown bright. Proud to be an American for the first time in a while.



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 05:47 PM
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I am sorry I cant beleive this is happening , you're not actually going to try and say this happened . Its nuts . Just can't beleive it , sorry . All I can say is dont do it , thats way too much risk i think my one eyed cat could make a more convincing video. Putin knows when to eat catfood - you dont . Thats all the sense there is this to me or the equivalent



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 05:52 PM
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It must be hard to live, not having faith in humanity.

That is all i can politely say. (from what i could understand of your post, which isnt much)

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posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:01 PM
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Originally posted by ZIPMATT
I am sorry I cant beleive this is happening , you're not actually going to try and say this happened . Its nuts . Just can't beleive it , sorry . All I can say is dont do it , thats way too much risk i think my one eyed cat could make a more convincing video. Putin knows when to eat catfood - you dont . Thats all the sense there is this to me or the equivalent


If I told you that humans are living in "space" for more than a decade... must hard to believe.



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:03 PM
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Originally posted by Phage
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Overall, the entire mission/landing is so perfect in all its aspects its almost scary that everything happened as planned.

What was scary was that it might not.
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That I can agree with wholeheartedly, it was incredibly complex, and it worked. I must confess when I read into the whole scenario of events, including after the landing, I thought something was going to give, but it worked.
Just to add, it seems NASA now has a satellite pic of the heat shield.
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posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:04 PM
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You trust in God, but not in your fellow man who've spent the last 10 years on this one mission alone? It went perfectly because it was meticulously planned. It takes more faith to believe in supernatural things than it does in science.



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:10 PM
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Originally posted by Alda1981
people need to realise we have a 30 light minute distance from mars... dont expect hd 1080i videos streaming directly


I thought it was a 20 minute delay?
2nd...



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:13 PM
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14 minutes, actually.
Current distance to Mars: 154,678,597miles
Speed of light: 186,000 mps
154,678,597/186,000 = 831 seconds = 13.86 minutes



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:14 PM
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This is BS.
I call this the equivalent to American Idol.
We have been in space for decades.
We have moon colonies for decades.



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:17 PM
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Originally posted by Patrol
This is BS.
I call this the equivalent to American Idol.
We have been in space for decades.
We have moon colonies for decades.


No it isn't
No it isn't
Yes we have, off and on
No we don't



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:19 PM
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From someone like me the meaning of life cannot be taken away .
Its not happening today or tomorrow , because the answers will come to me , in the end , no matter when . So if it is true , then you have faith in me .



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:20 PM
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Originally posted by Phage
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Overall, the entire mission/landing is so perfect in all its aspects its almost scary that everything happened as planned.

What was scary was that it might not.
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I'll second that, all my life I've been disappointed when it comes to expectations, but this landing has renewed my faith in Nasa.. Thanks to all the people involve in making this possible... Can't wait to see the pics...

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posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:24 PM
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just watching live press conf. showing video of the descent. amazing to think of that little machine sitting on the martian surface, limbering up for the mission. i look forward to many interesting images!
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posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:24 PM
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I have to apologise, when I said I read into the story, I missed the direct link antenna on the rover to Earth.
To add, it is in the X-band, although It wasn't used in the first phone home, being out of sight of Earth, the rest of the universe might have had it been activated.

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posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:30 PM
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Haha not sure if anyone posted this yet but google added the landing in the background of their olympic tribute.




posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:34 PM
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good eyes!




posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:34 PM
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NASA is linking to 2 live streams
www.ustream.tv...
mars.jpl.nasa.gov...

one is very delayed



posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 06:39 PM
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Originally posted by ZIPMATT
From someone like me the meaning of life cannot be taken away .
Its not happening today or tomorrow , because the answers will come to me , in the end , no matter when . So if it is true , then you have faith in me .

I think you need some sleep buddy or you have drank too much.. Off to bed myself now.. What a day, it has been... Night all..



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