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Watch NASA's live coverage of Mars rover landing (Cnet)
Cnet ^ | 8/6/2012 | Cnet

Posted on 08/05/2012 8:48:39 PM PDT by Dallas59

Video Linky Here


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: curiosity; landing; livemarslanding; mars; marslanding; marslandinglive; marsrover; nasa; rover

1 posted on 08/05/2012 8:48:53 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

Dang! I’ve got to work tomorrow but I sure would like to know how this turns out.


2 posted on 08/05/2012 9:02:50 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Video Linky To NASA TV Here
3 posted on 08/05/2012 9:14:18 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

Thanks! I think we’ve got like an hour and fifteen minutes left.


4 posted on 08/05/2012 9:19:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: Dallas59

Some addition video/info. links:
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/watch-live-curiosity/
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/


5 posted on 08/05/2012 9:31:28 PM PDT by Drago
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To: Dallas59

Landing LIVE FR thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2914921/posts


6 posted on 08/05/2012 9:38:15 PM PDT by Drago
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To: Dallas59
Java based simulator on the Curiosity Mars Mission



Linky to Eyes on the Solar System

7 posted on 08/05/2012 9:45:02 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
10:31 Pacific landing

NASA: Curiosity lands on MARS.

CNET Watch NASA's live coverage of Curiosity landing.

8 posted on 08/05/2012 9:59:48 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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9 posted on 08/05/2012 10:06:22 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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10 posted on 08/05/2012 10:17:32 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

5 minutes to entry


11 posted on 08/05/2012 10:20:42 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

entry into atmosphere...


12 posted on 08/05/2012 10:26:18 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

Parachutes deployed


13 posted on 08/05/2012 10:30:22 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!


14 posted on 08/05/2012 10:33:07 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: Dallas59

LANDED!


15 posted on 08/05/2012 10:34:36 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

First picture!! Wheel on ground


16 posted on 08/05/2012 10:36:17 PM PDT by bigtoona
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17 posted on 08/05/2012 10:38:27 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dallas59

Nicely done. They needed a success.


18 posted on 08/05/2012 10:40:31 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Dallas59

Flippin’ AMAZING! America just landed a car on Mars!


19 posted on 08/05/2012 10:41:15 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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20 posted on 08/05/2012 10:42:23 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

A nuclear powered car at that!


21 posted on 08/05/2012 10:43:03 PM PDT by bigtoona
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I saw the video of what needed to happen for Curiosity to land and I thought “no way”. So many things had to go right for it to land and that it is on mars sending pictures already is such a testament of the men and women at JPL and all the other companies that helped this happen. WOW!


22 posted on 08/05/2012 10:44:32 PM PDT by hillarys cankles
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To: hillarys cankles

I know. This is truly amazing. I’m glad I decided to watch it on NASA TV. Big Screen. Those folks are going crazy. Everything worked to perfection including Odessey’s flyover. Simply amazing.


23 posted on 08/05/2012 10:46:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: Dallas59

CONGRATS !!!
Amazing


24 posted on 08/05/2012 10:47:02 PM PDT by jennychase
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To: Dallas59; NormsRevenge; Marine_Uncle; SunkenCiv; blam; TigersEye; justa-hairyape; SierraWasp; ...

Thanks...for the post....damn amazing!


25 posted on 08/05/2012 10:48:51 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
From NASA:

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MSL Landing Updates

Curiosity Lands on Mars
08/05/2012 10:32 PM

NASA's Curiosity rover has landed on Mars! Its descent-stage retrorockets fired, guiding it to the surface. Nylon cords lowered the rover to the ground in the "sky crane" maneuver. When the spacecraft sensed touchdown, the connecting cords were severed, and the descent stage flew out of the way. The time of day at the landing site is mid-afternoon -- about 3 p.m. local Mars time at Gale Crater. The time at JPL's mission control is about 10:31 p.m. Aug. 5 PDT (early morning EDT).

Parachute Pops Open
08/05/2012 10:29 PM


26 posted on 08/05/2012 10:52:49 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Dallas59
Adding some more detail:

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But first, Curiosity has to survive its landing. Much larger than earlier Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity -- the 1-ton machine is roughly the size of a very small car -- Curiosity posed a significant challenge to the engineers tasked with getting it down through the Martian atmosphere and onto the soil of the Red Planet.

27 posted on 08/05/2012 11:00:41 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
the 1-ton machine is roughly the size of a very small car -- Curiosity posed a significant challenge to the engineers tasked with getting it down through the Martian atmosphere and onto the soil of the Red Planet.

Not to quibble, but the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) for the Apollo missions to the moon weighed over 5 tons. Although there was no atmosphere through which to penetrate and the gravity was less, the LEM did have to return into orbit.

I don't know much about the Reynolds' numbers for the Martian atmosphere, but I found the design a bit over-complicated. One would think a glider for the final phase, completing a flare out and stall on the landing would have been easier to do than the rocket powered "sky hook," but I have little doubt that such a system was considered and and rejected in favor of this one.

28 posted on 08/05/2012 11:11:56 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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And a bit more from the CNET link,....see above:

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The science instruments carried by Curiosity will be looking for, among other things, carbon compounds and signs of whether Mars is, or ever might have been, habitable. The rover's uphill climb will take it through eons of Mars' geological evolution.

"The really cool thing about the Gale stratigraphic succession to me is it's a tour through nearly the entire history of Mars, where we can begin to understand these major changes in the environmental history of the planet," project scientist John Grotzinger said in an interview with CNET.

29 posted on 08/05/2012 11:12:14 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nice engineering feat.


30 posted on 08/06/2012 9:22:44 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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