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Rough Red Planet Rocks Rip Rover Curiosity Wheels
universetoday.com ^ | December 26, 2013 | Ken Kremer on

Posted on 12/26/2013 5:55:13 PM PST by BenLurkin

“Dents and holes were anticipated, but the amount of wear appears to have accelerated in the past month or so,” Erickson noted.

“It appears to be correlated with driving over rougher terrain. The wheels can sustain significant damage without impairing the rover’s ability to drive. However, we would like to understand the impact that this terrain type has on the wheels, to help with planning future drives.”

The team is now inspecting the new imagery acquired of the wheels and will decide if a course alteration is in order.

“Routes to future destinations for the mission may be charted to lessen the amount of travel over such rough terrain, compared to smoother ground nearby,” says NASA.

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1 posted on 12/26/2013 5:55:13 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t guess there is a Discount Tire nearby.


2 posted on 12/26/2013 5:56:52 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: BenLurkin

Say that 3 times fast.


3 posted on 12/26/2013 5:57:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Can’t say it one time fast!


4 posted on 12/26/2013 5:58:32 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Oliviaforever

I wonder if they bought the road hazard insurance?


5 posted on 12/26/2013 5:59:00 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: BenLurkin

Seems to me that if this thing has only traveled a few miles at a snail’s pace and the wheels are already banged up, the design was poor and the wheels were never tested on earth.


6 posted on 12/26/2013 6:00:10 PM PST by fso301
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To: BenLurkin

You’d think that with gravity only 38% that of earth, it wouldn’t do much damage.

Should have sent a monster truck. What were they thinking?


7 posted on 12/26/2013 6:01:06 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: fso301
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Sorry ... your statement is completely absurd ...


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8 posted on 12/26/2013 6:01:36 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: BenLurkin

Besides to go all that way and not be able to mudhog if you found water is just crazy!


9 posted on 12/26/2013 6:01:49 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: BenLurkin

Hasn’t the Rover already lasted WAY beyond its design specs?


10 posted on 12/26/2013 6:03:14 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Oliviaforever
"I don’t guess there is a Discount Tire nearby."

Good one. Discount Tire should be the first to ship tires to settlers in the future there, and the settlers will need to learn to mount and balance their own tires.


11 posted on 12/26/2013 6:04:12 PM PST by familyop
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To: BenLurkin

12 posted on 12/26/2013 6:04:27 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: BenLurkin

Weally?

13 posted on 12/26/2013 6:04:33 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: BenLurkin

Just floor it babeeee! Pedal to the metal and fly over those rocks. That’s what my youngest stepdaughter would do.


14 posted on 12/26/2013 6:04:44 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Oliviaforever

BTW, UPS delivers to my remote area (much like Mars, climate-wise and road-wise), although FedEx doesn’t.


15 posted on 12/26/2013 6:05:28 PM PST by familyop
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Sorry ... your statement is completely absurd ...

And you say that because?

16 posted on 12/26/2013 6:06:57 PM PST by fso301
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To: piytar

Sorry was thinking of Spirit. This is Curiousity. Getting there though.


17 posted on 12/26/2013 6:08:01 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: piytar

I don’t think so. I think it intended from the start to climb mt sharp


18 posted on 12/26/2013 6:08:10 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Wheelie!


19 posted on 12/26/2013 6:12:59 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: JoeProBono

That ripping is strange. I wonder how thick the wheels are.

It looks like it might be a materials failure.

Made in China?


20 posted on 12/26/2013 6:15:01 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: BenLurkin

Next thing you know a Martian will Key the paint.


21 posted on 12/26/2013 6:18:00 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: Oliviaforever

If they go to Les Schwab, they’ll get a free cut of beef.


22 posted on 12/26/2013 6:24:38 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: BenLurkin

All that damage in only 3 miles? At this rate they will be damaged beyond functionality before they get to 10 miles.


23 posted on 12/26/2013 6:27:07 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: BenLurkin

Bleeping idiots didn’t renew their AAA membership. What do they expect?


24 posted on 12/26/2013 6:29:26 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: fso301

Too much durability was sacrificed over weight.


25 posted on 12/26/2013 6:35:26 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: BenLurkin

They lasted a lot longer than anyone thought they would


26 posted on 12/26/2013 6:38:22 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: BenLurkin

Rumors abound that there are things near or on that mountain that are not exactly “natural”, ya know?

Of course now they have a pretty dependable excuse “Well, you know we’d love to go closer over there and take a better look at that thing that looks like an ATM/Cash machine.... but the wheels... the wheels...”


27 posted on 12/26/2013 6:42:29 PM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The extreme cold temperature there also couldn’t help matters.


28 posted on 12/26/2013 6:43:46 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: cripplecreek

That that that


29 posted on 12/26/2013 6:44:25 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: BenLurkin

They need to send up an extra large 3D printer and a Canadian remote manipulator arm.


30 posted on 12/26/2013 6:49:24 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BenLurkin

Yup. I confused my Rovers.


31 posted on 12/26/2013 7:02:58 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: BenLurkin
We used to know how to make space wheels.


32 posted on 12/26/2013 7:06:10 PM PST by fso301
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To: djf
Years ago (pre-internet) I read that there supposedly was one Apollo landing during which our guys drove to a crater to have a look inside.

Turned out the video from that trip was somehow “lost”.

Good luck finding that story today. Internet searches only bring up rafts of repetitive and spurious websites which sound similar but are either unrelated or totally bogus.

33 posted on 12/26/2013 7:25:47 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: fso301
My first thought too, but weren't they shaped from "screens" of spring steel?

I bet that they would have shredded much sooner.

34 posted on 12/26/2013 7:42:50 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: BenLurkin

I can’t believe they didn’t bolt a spare on to the back of that contraption.


35 posted on 12/26/2013 7:43:55 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: blueunicorn6

Drive it like you stole it.


36 posted on 12/26/2013 7:47:02 PM PST by FAA
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To: familyop

“BTW, UPS delivers to my remote area (much like Mars, climate-wise and road-wise), although FedEx doesn’t.”

You too, eh. UPS has delivering to the ranch for 30 years but Fed Ex, to this day, doesn’t deliver within 30 miles of the place.


37 posted on 12/26/2013 7:50:05 PM PST by FAA
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To: Calvin Locke
My first thought too, but weren't they shaped from "screens" of spring steel?

I don't remember exactly but they were designed to move the lunar rover and they performed their job well. How well they would have done on Mars I don't know but they weren't designed for such conditions.

38 posted on 12/26/2013 7:50:40 PM PST by fso301
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To: Noumenon

They’ll have to wait ‘til February!


39 posted on 12/26/2013 7:59:58 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: BenLurkin

What did they find in the crater allegedly?


40 posted on 12/26/2013 8:01:26 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: BenLurkin

The wear really got worse when Sheila Jackson-Lee sat on the Rover.


41 posted on 12/26/2013 8:06:56 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: piytar

“Hasn’t the Rover already lasted WAY beyond its design specs?”

According to this wiki...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity_%28rover%29

Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST aboard the MSL spacecraft and successfully landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC.[1][6] The Bradbury Landing site[7] was less than 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the center of the rover’s touchdown target after a 563,000,000 km (350,000,000 mi) journey.

The rover’s goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for future human exploration.[11][12]

Curiosity’s design will serve as the basis for a planned Mars 2020 rover mission. In December 2012, Curiosity’s two-year mission was extended indefinitely.[13]

In April and early May 2013, Curiosity went into an autonomous operation mode for approximately 25 days during Earth–Mars solar conjunction. During this time, the rover continued to monitor atmospheric and radiation data, but did not move on the Martian surface.

Mobility systems: Curiosity is equipped with six 50 cm (20 in) diameter wheels in a rocker-bogie suspension. The suspension system also served as landing gear for the vehicle, unlike its smaller predecessors.[41][42] Each wheel has cleats and is independently actuated and geared, providing for climbing in soft sand and scrambling over rocks. Each front and rear wheel can be independently steered, allowing the vehicle to turn in place as well as execute arcing turns.[27] Each wheel has a pattern that helps it maintain traction but also leaves patterned tracks in the sandy surface of Mars. That pattern is used by on-board cameras to judge the distance traveled. The pattern itself is Morse code for “JPL” (·-— ·—· ·-··).[43] The rover is capable of climbing sand dunes with slopes up to 12.5 degrees.[44] Based on the center of mass, the vehicle can withstand a tilt of at least 50 degrees in any direction without overturning, but automatic sensors will limit the rover from exceeding 30-degree tilts.[27]

Curiosity can roll over obstacles approaching 65 cm (26 in) in height,[45] and it has a ground clearance of 60 cm (24 in).[46] Based on variables including power levels, terrain difficulty, slippage and visibility, the maximum terrain-traverse speed is estimated to be 200 m (660 ft) per day by automatic navigation.[45] The rover landed about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the base of Mount Sharp,[47] and it is expected to traverse a minimum of 19 km (12 mi) during its primary two-year mission.[48] It can travel up to 90 metres (300 ft) per hour but average speed is about 30 metres (98 ft) per hour.[48]

Curiosity is 2.9 m (9.5 ft) long by 2.7 m (8.9 ft) wide by 2.2 m (7.2 ft) in height,[19] larger than Mars Exploration Rovers, which are 1.5 m (4.9 ft) long and have a mass of 174 kg (380 lb) including 6.8 kg (15 lb) of scientific instruments.


42 posted on 12/26/2013 8:09:18 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: MV=PY

That is not a rip. The rover squashed a road runner!


43 posted on 12/26/2013 8:14:03 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: BenLurkin

Well, those Hasselblad cameras they used were some of the finest photo technology in the history of mankind.

For years I (and you, I’m sure) heard stories about things being covered up. I tended to think yeah, well, maybe, etc etc etc

But after looking at a large number of photos from the lunar missions, including photos taken by the orbiters, as well as Clementine photos, etc, you have to come to one conclusion:

Many, many of them show obvious signs of tampering.

The question then becomes who and why!


44 posted on 12/26/2013 8:19:19 PM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Beep beep!

;-)


45 posted on 12/26/2013 8:44:57 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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46 posted on 12/26/2013 8:59:23 PM PST by deks (Happy New Year!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

IIRC it was claimed to be one of two or three wacky things.

One was that they were there to secretly bury some cosmonaut’s who had crash landed on the moon.

Another was an alien ufo base or something like that.

Crazy stuff.


47 posted on 12/26/2013 9:00:43 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Rough Red Planet Rocks Rip Rover”

Avoid angering alliterative Mars!


48 posted on 12/26/2013 9:16:45 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: mrsmith

Ares.

Alliterative Ares.


49 posted on 12/26/2013 9:21:21 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Aye.


50 posted on 12/26/2013 9:24:53 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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