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Mars Rover Curiosity Lands successfully!! LIVE THREAD
Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) ^ | 5 Aug 2012 | JPL

Posted on 08/05/2012 11:04:03 AM PDT by hattend

Landing at 10:30PM Pacific...yes, this is early so all the aviation, space, astronomy and science pingers can "get 'er done".


TOPICS: Breaking News
KEYWORDS: curiosity; jpl; livemarslanding; mars; marslanding; marslandinglive; marsrover; nasa
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Good Luck, Curiosity! Wonder if it will be on Network TV as I only have basic cable.
1 posted on 08/05/2012 11:04:17 AM PDT by hattend
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To: hattend

I love these things. I sure hope this one works. I just watched that “7 Minutes of Terror” clip. It appears that there are a lot of opportunities for something to go wrong. These guys have been great so far. I hope this works! I’ve got my fingers crossed.


2 posted on 08/05/2012 11:06:36 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Any chance I can get this moved to Breaking News sometime today?


3 posted on 08/05/2012 11:06:37 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

My theory is that there is life on Mars. It takes the form of a rather large cat. My fear is that the Lander will come down directly on top of the cat. Yes, my fear is that Curiosity may kill the cat.


4 posted on 08/05/2012 11:10:24 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: hattend
I'm curious, will Curiosity roll over to the flag that the astronauts planted. If so I'll page Sheila Jackson Lee.

5.56mm

5 posted on 08/05/2012 11:11:28 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: ClearCase_guy

[groan]


6 posted on 08/05/2012 11:12:50 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

This is so exciting!!


7 posted on 08/05/2012 11:17:51 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: hattend
Cool!

(Posted 14 minutes ago.)


8 posted on 08/05/2012 11:21:08 AM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: hattend

We’ve had a pretty good record when it comes to landing stuff on Mars, but you still cant help but be nervous with those guys.


9 posted on 08/05/2012 11:22:47 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: hattend

http://www.nasa.gov/


10 posted on 08/05/2012 11:25:57 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: hattend

Thanks for posting! We’ll move this to breaking news early this evening.


11 posted on 08/05/2012 11:28:04 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: RIghtwardHo

Click picture to go to interactive description of what is happening above.

12 posted on 08/05/2012 11:28:32 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

Sure! How about 6-ish?


13 posted on 08/05/2012 11:30:56 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: VanDeKoik

Ok, after watching the video on Space.com, I’m not too confident this is going to work out.

It is like trying to land a bullet in space on a banana running at full speed without bruising the skin.

I hope they did some extensive testing for that 2.5 billion dollars.


14 posted on 08/05/2012 11:31:56 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: hattend

Here is hoping NASA has a great day. If this works the pictures this sends back should be awesome


15 posted on 08/05/2012 11:32:53 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: MNJohnnie

This landing is so complex, so many things that have to automatically go right. Very little room for error if that. I feel a little shaky about this one!


16 posted on 08/05/2012 11:37:36 AM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: Sidebar Moderator

Sounds great! Thank you!


17 posted on 08/05/2012 11:37:55 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

What time is the expected landing???


18 posted on 08/05/2012 11:40:32 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: hattend

I concur, it should moved to breaking news.

If there is life, microbial other forms and or evidence of past life on Mars, there is a real good chance Curiosity will detect it.

I really hope they pull off the landing.


19 posted on 08/05/2012 11:40:46 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion or tools of deceit)
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To: hattend
Welcome!

Good luck, Curiousity!

20 posted on 08/05/2012 11:43:14 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Uncle Chip

9:30PM Alaska, 10:30PM Pacific, 11:30PM Mountain, 12:30AM Central, 1:30AM Eastern

That is touchdown prediction but we won’t know if everything worked correctly until 13 minutes later.


21 posted on 08/05/2012 11:43:44 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: tet68; KevinDavis; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks hattend.


22 posted on 08/05/2012 11:44:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Uncle Chip

Landing at 10:30PM Pacific

Approximately 14 or so minutes after landing time, they should know if it was successful.

www.jpl.nasa.gov


23 posted on 08/05/2012 11:45:01 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion or tools of deceit)
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To: hattend

Bookmark.


24 posted on 08/05/2012 11:46:18 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: hattend

Does this rover have an arm for Muslim outreach? Mars is what Earth will look like someday.


25 posted on 08/05/2012 11:47:27 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Uncle Chip

Landing time is 1:31 AM EDT, Monday 8-6-2012


26 posted on 08/05/2012 11:49:04 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: The Cajun

bump


27 posted on 08/05/2012 11:49:43 AM PDT by fedupjohn (America...Designed by Geniuses...Now run by Idiots)
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To: hattend

BTW, thanks for posting this.

This could possibly turn out to be the most important mission in the history mankind.

Curiosity is all about detecting life, past or present and is very well equipped to do this.


28 posted on 08/05/2012 11:52:14 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion or tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Totally agree.

Good Luck, Curiosity!


29 posted on 08/05/2012 12:07:04 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend
Well, HST ain't on the chart so guessing about 2230 Hawaiian time. Now what time will it be on Mars?


30 posted on 08/05/2012 12:10:10 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Hold.....hold......hold.......)
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To: onedoug

Ping


31 posted on 08/05/2012 12:12:49 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: hattend
Do any FReepers work at JPL? Can you give us a feeling of the tension level at Mission Control?

If I had written the landing sequence code I would be biting my nails to the quick right about now.

32 posted on 08/05/2012 12:18:12 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: VanDeKoik

Well, they certainly did the testing/simulations, but it is very complicated sequence of operations, almost seems Rube Goldberg or overly ambitious science fiction. Lots of individual probabilities for failures and those are multiplicative.

One is tempted to say they should have gone simple. But then the Russians, who have an excellent reputation for straightforward, no-frills engineering in air force applications, have a very poor record on Mars missions.

So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see whether NASA can pull it off. It will be a real kick if they do and another national deflator if they don’t.

Personally, if it were up to me, I probably would have gone with about three small and simple rovers in a single payload which would separate and land independently (using airbags, etc.). But I hope the NASA approach succeeds.


33 posted on 08/05/2012 12:24:26 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: hattend

Mark...


34 posted on 08/05/2012 12:29:54 PM PDT by 103198
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To: hattend

Thanks for the thread. Will be following. I agree with others about the complexity of entry and landing.


35 posted on 08/05/2012 12:32:46 PM PDT by PA Engineer ("We're not programs, Gerty, We're People")
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To: All

I know Spirit died, but does anyone know is Opportunity still operational?


36 posted on 08/05/2012 12:32:52 PM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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To: hattend

Let’s find a martian, abduct him and probe him for a change.

It’s payback time!


37 posted on 08/05/2012 12:35:09 PM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: djf

Yes.


38 posted on 08/05/2012 12:38:37 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion or tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Absolutely amazing.

The greatest success of NASA since the moon landings.

Although no doubt Hubble is way up there also!


39 posted on 08/05/2012 12:45:14 PM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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To: steve86

Hi - I certainly agree with your sentiments.

But doesn’t it feel great to see American Exceptionalism at work?

USA! USA! USA!

I think this mission somehow managed to “fly under the radar” of those who run things these days. Or they would surely have shut it down.


40 posted on 08/05/2012 12:51:59 PM PDT by Museum Twenty (If every truth & hidden motivation were to tumble out, not one supporter would turn against him.)
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To: djf

Yup, we’ll be going over the incredible data from HST for many years to come.

BTW, Opportunity was to last about 90 days after landing in 2004.

3000+ days later and thousands of images, and traveling about 24 miles....And it’s still in operation.


41 posted on 08/05/2012 12:53:10 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion or tools of deceit)
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To: hattend
Does anyone know the lat/long of the center of the landing ellipse?

/johnny

42 posted on 08/05/2012 12:53:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

From the JPL website:


For comparison, the Mars Phoenix Lander had a landing ellipse the size of Gale Crater, but the Mars rover Curiosity will land within a small area inside of Gale.

If you know where Gale Crater is, there you go.


43 posted on 08/05/2012 12:57:15 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Gale Crater spans 96 miles (154 kilometers) in diameter and holds a mountain (which is informally named "Mount Sharp" to pay tribute to geologist Robert P. Sharp) rising higher from the crater floor than Mount Rainier rises above Seattle! Gale is about the combined area of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Curiosity will land somewhere within a landing ellipse that is approximately 4 miles wide and 12 miles long (7 kilometers by 20 kilometers). The landing ellipse is about 14,400 feet (4,400 meters) below Martian "sea level" (defined as the average elevation around the equator). The expected near-surface atmospheric temperatures at the Gale Crater landing site during Curiosity's primary mission (1 Martian year or 687 Earth days) are from - 130 F to 32 F (-90 C to 0 C). http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/timeline/prelaunch/landingsiteselection/aboutgalecrater/

44 posted on 08/05/2012 1:00:24 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: dragnet2

Wiki says the two rovers sent back over 250,000 images.

And AFAIK there are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of hi-res images taken from the various orbiters. And many of those, I suspect, have never really been studied in any detail.

People will call me a fruit-loop, but I think the goal of this mission is to announce they found life.

Because I’m pretty convinced by the history of things that they ALREADY found it and have been trying to figure out a way to tell us.

Cripes, there’s probably 50 species of lichens on Earth that would do perfectly well up there.


45 posted on 08/05/2012 1:01:50 PM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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To: JRandomFreeper; BIGLOOK

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/timeline/prelaunch/landingsiteselection/aboutgalecrater/

Location:
4.5 degrees south latitude, 137.4 degrees east longitude

Diameter:
96 miles (154 kilometers)

Elevation:
14,400 feet (4,400 meters) below Martian “sea level”

Temperature Range:
From - 130 F to 32 F (-90 C to 0 C)

Landing Ellipse:
4 miles wide and 12 miles long (7 kilometers by 20 kilometers)

Crater mound height:
3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) above the crater floor


And for FReeper BIGLOOK:

Local time at landing:
Approximately 3 p.m. Mars local time


46 posted on 08/05/2012 1:02:24 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

We can make Mars the club Gitmo for the rest of the century. Bring your own Oxygen


47 posted on 08/05/2012 1:03:10 PM PDT by Textide
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To: hattend
Actually, I found it. 4.5 S, 137.4 E.

I've got a Java ap that shows the sunclock orthographic image of the face of Mars. Looks like the landing site is right at the terminator now, and the sun should be rising on it soon.

/johnny

48 posted on 08/05/2012 1:05:34 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ClearCase_guy

LOL!

(We can name the next one “Satisfaction.”)


49 posted on 08/05/2012 1:09:12 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: hattend

I’d like to see them make a lander that operates like the car in the animated movie “Heavy Metal.”


50 posted on 08/05/2012 1:09:15 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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