Skip to comments.Curiosity nails perfect landing on Mars
Posted on 08/06/2012 4:22:01 AM PDT by Islander7
PASADENA, Calif. In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planets past.
Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory late Sunday after the most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere.
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This is quite the technological achievement, and hopefully we will get some great results.
Any live video of the landing?
2 billion on this what is the point of all of this?
Congratulations NASA and the United States. This was one of the most uplifting events of the year!
NASA TV streaming HD real time video was superb.
don’t know, Obama is laying people off in the space program. I have two relatives, one is already out of work and the other has been given an end date.
Ask a twelve year old.
He/She will tell you.
I kinda’ look on Earth and Space as Europe around 1480.
In only a few years it will be 1492 and those seeking adventure and freedom can take off into space to seek new areas and build new worlds.
It will take technology.
To "poke into rocks and scoop up rust-tinted soil."
What, you don't think that's value for money?
Eventually the technology will filter down and help severely retarded ppl like you. Rejoice!
We should be at about 1550 to 1600.
That 2 billion would have bought a lot of EBT cards!
re Obama: Go to www.NASA.gov. First paragraph is a two sentence announcement of the landing. Then there is a statement by Obama that I’m sure his office insisted had to be put out in spite of his damage to the space program.
The USA can still git er done.
I think everyone would agree we already have the technology. We could have humans on Mars in 4-5 years with a serious effort.
Might not ever get them back.
If you knew that it was 100% positive that you could be landed there and walk the surface and survive for some time, but the odds of getting back were slim, would you go?
(but only after one hell of a send-off party!)
Remember when “Blade Runner” came out (1982)? That was set in the future when we were spread out among the planets. I could believe it back then.
It was on the other night and as one of the replicants was fighting Deckard he stated their inception date 2017 so add four years and the movie was set in 2021.
We have fallen so far behind.
Seriously, I guess people said the same thing about Columbus in 1492, Zheng He in 1413, and Leif Erickson and his father in the first millennium. The point is discovery and expansion of the human race.
Man will get to Mars, some day. Do you want that man to be from the USA or China?
Perhaps you’d rather we’d given the money to SOLYNDRA?
My favorite has always been....it took 200 years to invent “sticky postal stamps”.
That’s what they’ve asked all explorers.
I watched Bladerunner last night.
Technologically we’re capable of about 12% the speed of light but the costs are astronomical and such a ship would need to be built in space due to its sheer size.
With a lot of our technology we’re in the same situation we were in when we built our first stealth jets. We could build them but the computer tech needed to fly them was still a couple decades off.
New spin-offs include water filtration systems that turn wastewater into drinkable water, wireless light switches, remediation solutions for sites contaminated by chemicals, the development of Liquidmetal and sensors on reconnaissance robots used in Afghanistan and Iraq to deal with improvised explosive devices.
The one-half of one percent of the national budget devoted to NASA may be the best investment we make, providing for long-term, high-dividend research, and technology breakthroughs.
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas)
BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE!!
God specifically gave us mother earth!!
-——we can’t cure the common cold-——
large doses of vitimin D3 and zinc like ziacam do the trick nicely
I think it is mans attempt to find “life” so they can claim there is no God.
Ask any woman with children if that's a long time. The human gestation period is 266 days.
First family trip to Mars,
"Are we there yet?" Repeat 4,789 times.
2 billion on this what is the point of all of this?
Well, Waxer, it is 2 billion NOT spent on one of Obama’s green jobs program.
That's an asteroid....and it's coming straight at us.....
You say behind and be happy.
” You’ll have to wait dear, not in front of the kids.”
I’m all for space exploration, but focusing on a “search for life” in a desperate attempt to prop up evolution theories is ridiculous.
LOL. Cute Story time -- last weekend Mrs. Commish and I took our 4 yr old grand-daughter on her first trip away from mommy & Daddy and also her first trip ever to the beach.
Apparently daddy decided to have some fun with us -- we hadn't even gotten out of our neighborhood good on the 3 hour drive and our grand-daughter yelled from her car seat "Pawpaw ARE WE THERE YET!!!!" and started laughing her self silly. She then repeated it about 5 times in the first few miles, cackling every time.
...the rest shall go to the stars.
Be sure to send her home with a gift: A brand new drum set.
Revenge is sweet...
We are way behind on the Mars thing. We should have gone there after the Moon Shot. As it stands now, the first Americans there will probably be able to order Chinese takeaway instead of good olde American pizza!
Trust me, it's a better investment than most of the government spending going on nowadays.
Sometimes we forget how much ‘impact’ the heavens have on us and how important it will be for the future of civilization.
I'm not a fan of Government doing this but private enterprise IS beginning to go into space. You can't say it was complete waste, however. The Space Race probably accelerated our development by 50-100 years.
Manufacturing and computing has dropped exponentially in price since the Apollo days. IMO,we are technologically only decades away from colonizing and mining nearby planets and asteroids. In fact,I am looking to get into the industry.
Why do this?
-First of all, by staying only on this planet, we severely limit our scientific knowledge. There could easily be elements, compounds or processes discovered on other bodies that completely change our world.
-Second of all, the entire human race faces 100% certain extinction if we do not expand and learn as much as possible about space. Not only because the nice environment on this planet is temporary, but also because we face the threat of cosmic impacts. With current technology,some giant masses will only be detectable within a few months of impact. And even if we do detect,our ability to touch them and know what to do with them is almost nil. This Mars landing was great practice but nothing compared to “touching” a much smaller irregular mass with little gravity and variable ice “thrusters” constantly altering its orbit.
World-changing impacts have happened many times in the history of our planet and will happen again. Remember that recorded human history is less than 10,000 years old and early records are poor at best. The Tunguska event was only 100 years ago and believed to be an air burst incident. If it happened today over a major city,not much would remain. Today, practically no evidence remains of this event because the vegetation grew back. There could easily have been many more in the past that we don't know of...
GPS did not come from NASA research. I should know since my Dad invented it.
How long did it take to put wheels on luggage? I remember toting bags from B31 to F14 on a short layover.
That POS muslim in the WhiteHut has destroyed the space program so he could funnel all his XTRA CA$H into bad investments and billions of foodie stamps!
I truly hate this guy.......
Great technological achievement — but not sure it’s worth $2.5 billion — no matter how many rocks it turns up.