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Curiosity nails perfect landing on Mars
Boston Herald ^ | Aug 6, 2012 | AP

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 planet’s 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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TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: curiosity; mars; marslanding; marsrover; nasa; science; space
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Over the next two years, Curiosity will drive over to a mountain rising from the crater floor, poke into rocks and scoop up rust-tinted soil to see if the region ever had the right environment for microscopic organisms to thrive. It’s the latest chapter in the long-running quest to find out whether primitive life arose early in the planet’s history.
1 posted on 08/06/2012 4:22:12 AM PDT by Islander7
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To: Islander7
OK, I'll be the first. "We can put an SUV sized explorer on Mars, but we can't cure the common cold."

This is quite the technological achievement, and hopefully we will get some great results.

2 posted on 08/06/2012 4:28:40 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: Islander7

Any live video of the landing?


3 posted on 08/06/2012 4:31:55 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: deoetdoctrinae

2 billion on this what is the point of all of this?


4 posted on 08/06/2012 4:32:46 AM PDT by waxer1 ("The Bible is the rock on which our republic rests." -Andrew Jackson)
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To: Islander7

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.


5 posted on 08/06/2012 4:34:11 AM PDT by mountaineer1997
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To: waxer1

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.


6 posted on 08/06/2012 4:35:42 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: waxer1

Ask a twelve year old.

He/She will tell you.


7 posted on 08/06/2012 4:35:42 AM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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To: waxer1

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.


8 posted on 08/06/2012 4:37:03 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: waxer1
2 billion on this what is the point of all of this?

To "poke into rocks and scoop up rust-tinted soil."

What, you don't think that's value for money?

9 posted on 08/06/2012 4:38:55 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: waxer1

Eventually the technology will filter down and help severely retarded ppl like you. Rejoice!


10 posted on 08/06/2012 4:39:14 AM PDT by Blado (Democrats - the party of juvenile unresolved daddy issue rage.)
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To: PeteB570

We should be at about 1550 to 1600.


11 posted on 08/06/2012 4:40:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: waxer1

That 2 billion would have bought a lot of EBT cards!


12 posted on 08/06/2012 4:41:43 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: television is just wrong

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.


13 posted on 08/06/2012 4:42:26 AM PDT by TomT in NJ
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To: Islander7

Very cool.
The USA can still git er done.


14 posted on 08/06/2012 4:45:15 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: cripplecreek

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?

I would.

(but only after one hell of a send-off party!)

;-)


15 posted on 08/06/2012 4:46:55 AM PDT by djf (The barbarian hordes will ALWAYS outnumber the clean-shaven. And they vote.)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree.

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.


16 posted on 08/06/2012 4:48:34 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: waxer1
The point? Well, hopefully, they will find the flag the astronauts left on Mars.

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?

17 posted on 08/06/2012 4:54:47 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: waxer1

Perhaps you’d rather we’d given the money to SOLYNDRA?


18 posted on 08/06/2012 5:02:11 AM PDT by greenhornet68
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To: deoetdoctrinae

My favorite has always been....it took 200 years to invent “sticky postal stamps”.


19 posted on 08/06/2012 5:03:18 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: waxer1

That’s what they’ve asked all explorers.


20 posted on 08/06/2012 5:03:18 AM PDT by cydcharisse (`)
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To: PeteB570

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.


21 posted on 08/06/2012 5:04:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: FRiends
Miniaturized integrated circuits, satellite technology, GPS navigation systems, bone-density measurements, miniaturized heart pumps and other technologies derived from NASA research and development have saved and improved our lives.

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)

22 posted on 08/06/2012 5:04:49 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: Islander7
'Curiosity' - Mission to Mars
23 posted on 08/06/2012 5:06:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Siri: Gold Baby, Gold!)
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To: PeteB570
There's a big difference between traveling a few thousand miles and 48 million miles. And there's a reason other planets are not occupied.

BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE!!

God specifically gave us mother earth!!

24 posted on 08/06/2012 5:09:25 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
A sticky post-it note on a sticky stamp. Now there's an invention! LOL


25 posted on 08/06/2012 5:09:43 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: deoetdoctrinae

-——we can’t cure the common cold-——

large doses of vitimin D3 and zinc like ziacam do the trick nicely


26 posted on 08/06/2012 5:13:04 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: waxer1

I think it is mans attempt to find “life” so they can claim there is no God.


27 posted on 08/06/2012 5:14:59 AM PDT by winodog
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To: PeteB570
Right....It took Curiousity 253 days to get to Mars.

Ask any woman with children if that's a long time. The human gestation period is 266 days.

28 posted on 08/06/2012 5:15:55 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Islander7
NASA Scientists: Mars Landing 'Beautiful'
29 posted on 08/06/2012 5:17:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Siri: Gold Baby, Gold!)
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To: Sacajaweau

drivel


30 posted on 08/06/2012 5:18:02 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Sacajaweau
Ask any woman with children if that's a long time.

First family trip to Mars,

"Are we there yet?" Repeat 4,789 times.

31 posted on 08/06/2012 5:18:25 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: waxer1

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.


32 posted on 08/06/2012 5:19:21 AM PDT by ruesrose (It's possible to be clueless without being blonde.)
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To: central_va
How about...Holy cr**...

That's an asteroid....and it's coming straight at us.....

Where's Kirk??

33 posted on 08/06/2012 5:20:49 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

No problem.....

You say behind and be happy.


34 posted on 08/06/2012 5:21:22 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: winodog
I think it is mans attempt to find “life” so they can claim there is no God.

How in the world would that follow? If the odds are against life forming spontaneously in just a single instance here on earth, to have the same thing happen twice are those odds TIMES those odds. The more times life that has independent sources is found, the less likely it is that it originated by chance.
35 posted on 08/06/2012 5:21:40 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Sacajaweau

” You’ll have to wait dear, not in front of the kids.”


36 posted on 08/06/2012 5:23:40 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Islander7
As a kid I watched a whole series of documentaries about Martian life produced by Warner Bros.


37 posted on 08/06/2012 5:26:08 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Islander7

I’m all for space exploration, but focusing on a “search for life” in a desperate attempt to prop up evolution theories is ridiculous.


38 posted on 08/06/2012 5:28:54 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: central_va
"Are we there yet?" Repeat 4,789 times.

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.

39 posted on 08/06/2012 5:28:56 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: PeteB570
The meek shall inherit the earth

...the rest shall go to the stars.

40 posted on 08/06/2012 5:31:58 AM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: commish

Be sure to send her home with a gift: A brand new drum set.

Revenge is sweet...


41 posted on 08/06/2012 5:36:54 AM PDT by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: ruesrose
Eventually we will settle Mars, possibly beginning with illegal aliens and the more obstreperous ghetto residents amongst us. Think of it as a modern answer to 18th and 19th C Australia. Or a perfect summer camp for José, Trayvon, and Tawanna.

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!

42 posted on 08/06/2012 5:41:45 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Do not listen to Conservative Talk Radio ... until they talk to Sheriff Joe.)
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To: waxer1
"2 billion on this what is the point of all of this?"

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...

43 posted on 08/06/2012 5:45:17 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: deoetdoctrinae

GPS did not come from NASA research. I should know since my Dad invented it.


44 posted on 08/06/2012 5:45:57 AM PDT by Richard from IL
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To: waxer1
Gee..what were the Nina Pina & Santa Maria in 1492 dollars?
45 posted on 08/06/2012 5:59:39 AM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: waxer1
Gee..what were the Nina Pina & Santa Maria in 1492 dollars?
46 posted on 08/06/2012 5:59:39 AM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: waxer1
Gee..what were the Nina Pina & Santa Maria in 1492 dollars?
47 posted on 08/06/2012 5:59:45 AM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: Sacajaweau

How long did it take to put wheels on luggage? I remember toting bags from B31 to F14 on a short layover.


48 posted on 08/06/2012 6:01:40 AM PDT by Boojum
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To: Richard from IL
I personally think that it is awesome as hell that we are doing things like this.

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.......

49 posted on 08/06/2012 6:02:50 AM PDT by Johnny_cash
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To: Islander7

Great technological achievement — but not sure it’s worth $2.5 billion — no matter how many rocks it turns up.


50 posted on 08/06/2012 6:04:13 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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