Curiosity to land (or not) Sunday night

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Curiosity to land (or not) Sunday night

Post by John Q. Public » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:33 pm

10:31 p.m. PDT.

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My question is: if it finds evidence of life, will it count as a "Martian?" What if it finds a bacterium or some such? Will we call that a Martian or do we have to hold out for a humanoid with retractable antennae growing out of the back of its head or something that can operate a ray gun? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Post by crayegg » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:59 pm

My wheelhouse.

I am pumped for 10:30 tomorrow. This is wild.

It's only in the last 10 years or so that we have become accustomed to successfully landing on Mars. Before that, failures were more common than success. Small rovers land entombed in airbags, bounce along and eventually roll off the deck.

That won't work with a one-ton payload. Must use a "sky crane" with rockets blasting to lower down the payload on Mars. Everything has to work perfectly, without any assistance from Earth, it's all automatic programmed into the computer(s). If JPL pulls off the landing, great science to follow. HUGE IF FOR JPL.

I'll be watching NASA channel (234 on Time-Warner) tomorrow night to see for myself what becomes of the seven minutes of terror. My fingers and toes will be crossed.

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Post by Parrotpaul » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:27 am

I'm psyched...if I can stay awake long enough.
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Post by Parrotpaul » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:21 pm

Curiosity stream...
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Post by crayegg » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:17 pm

crunch time

MRO made its turn, good com.

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Post by crayegg » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:21 pm

five minutes to EDL. All systems nominal.

Heartbeat tones from the spacecraft nominal.

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Post by John Q. Public » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:26 pm

Lotta very nervous looking geeks.
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Post by crayegg » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:37 pm

They freaking did it.

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Keep watching.

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Post by crayegg » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:39 pm

OMG it all worked.

Unbelievable.

I LOVE JPL.

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Post by crayegg » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:52 pm

The skycrane worked. The pyrotechnical cable cutters all worked. We have a brand new Cadillac Escalade rover on Mars. I believe us Earthlings ROCK!

Yea for our team!

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Post by John Q. Public » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:59 pm

Lotta happy looking geeks!
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Post by tLIB » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:19 am

It was all a Hollywood stunt. :D Remember when they said that about the moon landing?

It is impressive. This is a larger vehicle than the three previous vehicles. More equipment. Newer. Better...

Perhaps some day, after we are all gone and man has landed on Mars, they will bring Curiosity back and put it in a museum.

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Post by Hanna » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:28 am

Great job JPL!

And now, can we please restore NASA funding? Also funding technical and engineering advanced degrees? The way we did after Sputnik?

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Post by Wabash » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:45 am

Hanna wrote:Great job JPL!

And now, can we please restore NASA funding? Also funding technical and engineering advanced degrees? The way we did after Sputnik?
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