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NASA photographs split second when Curiosity enters Mars airspace
Fox news ^ | August 6, 2012 | Foxnews

Posted on 08/06/2012 3:44:40 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer

Thanks to a remarkable combination of engineering and mathematics, a NASA satellite in orbit around Mars was able to capture this picture of the split second when Curiosity fell from the skies to its successful landing on the surface of the red planet.

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KEYWORDS: curiosity; mars; marslanding; marsrover; nasa
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1 posted on 08/06/2012 3:44:45 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

That’s pretty damn cool I don’t care who you are.


2 posted on 08/06/2012 3:48:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Thanks to a remarkable combination of engineering and mathematics


3 posted on 08/06/2012 3:49:12 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (At what point does an escalated effort to remove this traitor commence, and what form does it take?)
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To: Vince Ferrer

remarkable. Hope they find something of interest.


4 posted on 08/06/2012 3:49:52 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Vince Ferrer
How long before we see a political ad explaining 0bamas single handed trip to Mars?
5 posted on 08/06/2012 3:51:41 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS

Obama may retire there after November.


6 posted on 08/06/2012 3:54:31 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Great pic!

The NASA gallery with more pics can be found here.

7 posted on 08/06/2012 3:57:56 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Jyotishi

I’d contribute to send him there on a one way ticket.

No parachute though. Sorry, I can only afford so much.

All we need is an orbiter capable of spitting him out.


8 posted on 08/06/2012 3:58:12 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I honestly didn’t think NASA could pull it off anymore. I’m so pleased to be wrong.


9 posted on 08/06/2012 3:58:43 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: cripplecreek

For sure. I for one am proud of America on this one.


10 posted on 08/06/2012 3:58:52 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (HEY UNION MEMBER: INVEST IN YOUR OWN DAMN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A CHANGE!)
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To: cripplecreek

Well I don’t care who you are either, but I agree with you.

;^)


11 posted on 08/06/2012 3:59:20 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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To: Vince Ferrer

12 posted on 08/06/2012 4:00:58 PM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: Vince Ferrer

If we had not spent so much money on LBJ’s Great Society programs(black reparations), we would be landing MEN on Mars.

Great Photo.


13 posted on 08/06/2012 4:01:42 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Balding_Eagle
I honestly didn’t think NASA could pull it off anymore.

I didn't think it would be able to pull off the Sky Crane, powered fight part.

Happy to say...."I was wrong"!

14 posted on 08/06/2012 4:02:37 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: JusPasenThru

The Dawn Spacecraft is due to leave asteroid Vesta soon and will be heading for Ceres.

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/

Juno still has at least a year to its destination orbiting Jupiter.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html

I personally am most looking forward to the New Horizons flyby of Pluto in 2015.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/


15 posted on 08/06/2012 4:03:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
That’s pretty damn cool I don’t care who you are.

Indeed it is. Seeing that rocket-powered flying sky crane landing system operate flawlessly the first time out more than makes up for the metric mishap that killed an earlier lander.

16 posted on 08/06/2012 4:07:44 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: ZinGirl

Very curious, this Curiosity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwxc_zLH560


17 posted on 08/06/2012 4:09:24 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: JoeProBono

You might get a laugh out of this


18 posted on 08/06/2012 4:11:10 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Balding_Eagle
JPL’s known for some pretty hair brained ideas, that have a tenancy to not only be thinking outside the box, but actually work as well. Am I surprised that the skycrane worked? No. Or the parachute? No.

Am I dumbfounded in awe at being able to hit the all time smallest bullseye? Absolutely. Yeah, the rest of the stuff was cool, relaying stuff through satellites, taking pictures of Curiosity after parachute deployment - all pretty nifty. But even hurling a smart bullet to hit their injection window of just a few miles across while travelling over 12,000 miles an hour? That's over 3 miles a second.

Miss that, it doesn't matter what whizbang stuff you've got stowed away, it will be doing a bang up impression of the Beagle.

Now, if only they could get that stupid NASA sign off of my Caltech/JPL.

19 posted on 08/06/2012 4:12:09 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: EGPWS

I don’t know about that, but the usual suspects are already crawling out from under their rocks with the same 40-year-old mantra: “working poor”, “dying in the streets”, “evil companies laid them off”, “can’t pay their bills”, the usual left-wing verbal diarrhea.


20 posted on 08/06/2012 4:12:12 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Just don’t let Wallowitz drive it.


21 posted on 08/06/2012 4:17:50 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Windcatcher

The drama queens are already coming out about how terrible this is.

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2012/08/06/news/doc501f8c77de5b7412000855.txt


22 posted on 08/06/2012 4:19:30 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Vince Ferrer
If anyone hasn't seen the video animation of the complexity of this landing here it is:

Seven minutes of terror

And for comparison, here is the complexity of their last landers, Spirit and Opportunity. They were much smaller, and so could use a simpler landing system.

Rover landing on Mars

23 posted on 08/06/2012 4:23:33 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: JusPasenThru

” I for one am proud of America on this one.”

I have to admit that I was bursting with pride last night as I stayed up to watch it all happen.It’s a shame that we have become so enured by the whole process.

I believe it was Neil Armstrong that said not too long ago that he would welcome commanding a trip to Mars. I would love to go along!


24 posted on 08/06/2012 4:26:10 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Vince Ferrer

Nifty engineering indeed. I recall one time that NASA spent millions of dollars in developing a ballpoint pen that would work in zero gravity environment. What did the Russian use in orbit? They used a pencil!!

Now that is known as “No Frill” engineering!


25 posted on 08/06/2012 4:33:00 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (We have met the enemy and they is us! After all, who voted Obama in?)
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To: Vince Ferrer

I wonder what bacteria Curiosity had ON IT.. thats now on Mars?..


26 posted on 08/06/2012 4:34:07 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: brivette
remarkable. Hope they find something of interest.

They already have:


27 posted on 08/06/2012 4:37:56 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: Rebelbase

Exactly, I’ve been awaiting comment from Dr. Sheldon Cooper.


28 posted on 08/06/2012 4:39:21 PM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound
I recall one time that NASA spent millions of dollars in developing a ballpoint pen that would work in zero gravity environment. What did the Russian use in orbit? They used a pencil!!

After an early point in manned space exploration, the Russians wisely went to pens as well:

Pencil lead is conductive, and so a break-off or even powdering of pencil lead can float around and cause electrical shorts, and hence fires.

A fire in space is a bad day indeed.

29 posted on 08/06/2012 4:44:05 PM PDT by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Where de flag??????

'where the photos of the American flag that Neil Armstrong planted on Mars?'

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

30 posted on 08/06/2012 4:46:24 PM PDT by Lockbox
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To: Cyman

I felt the same way. It was so good to feel proud of an American accomplishment like this. These people are brilliant scientists! What an amazing feat! I love watching the NASA briefings instead of having to watch the political BS. Thank you so much for the distractions! USA! USA! USA!


31 posted on 08/06/2012 5:03:51 PM PDT by greenhornet68
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To: brivette; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
remarkable. Hope they find something of interest.


32 posted on 08/06/2012 5:25:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: F15Eagle

33 posted on 08/06/2012 5:32:30 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Balding_Eagle
I honestly didn’t think NASA could pull it off anymore. I’m so pleased to be wrong.

Politicians tend to stay away from the unmanned programs which is my theory for why they do so well.

34 posted on 08/06/2012 5:34:11 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Wow!

By comparison, a few months ago, Russia couldn't even get their Mars mission out of Earth orbit.

35 posted on 08/06/2012 5:38:07 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: EGPWS
How long before we see a political ad explaining 0bamas single handed trip to Mars?

As long as there's no return trip I don't care how much it costs to send Obama to Mars!

36 posted on 08/06/2012 5:39:46 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Vince Ferrer
The landing was not universally applauded...


37 posted on 08/06/2012 5:46:01 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
If we had not spent wasted so much money on LBJ’s Great Society programs(black reparations), we would be landing MEN have a permanent colony on Mars.
38 posted on 08/06/2012 5:47:02 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Moonman62
By comparison, a few months ago, Russia couldn't even get their Mars mission out of Earth orbit.

So far only about 30% of Mars Landers have landed successfully.

39 posted on 08/06/2012 5:54:12 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

For the first time in the last three and one half years, I am proud of the United States.


40 posted on 08/06/2012 5:54:40 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Who is that guy?


41 posted on 08/06/2012 6:09:38 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: cripplecreek

“Hasta la Vesta!” Ouch!!


42 posted on 08/06/2012 6:10:32 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Bernard Marx

Sounds Ceres.


43 posted on 08/06/2012 6:14:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Charles Martel

Success rate for landing on Mars is about 30% (including all nations). Pretty amazing to have something this complicated work so well. It was really exciting to watch it live. My 14-year old daughter thought so too. Especially when the first photo of the wheel on Mars came back so quickly. Cool stuff.


44 posted on 08/06/2012 6:20:15 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: EQAndyBuzz

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45 posted on 08/06/2012 6:34:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: South40
Thanks for the link! I liked this one too. It's a picture of the mountain it will soon be off to explore.


46 posted on 08/06/2012 6:41:50 PM PDT by MCH
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To: a fool in paradise

I thought it was a character from a Saturday Night Live skit.


47 posted on 08/06/2012 6:43:18 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Vince Ferrer; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ..
Two things... to ponder here:

First, they release Obama's New No-Deport Immigration Policy on the same day lands on Mars-- Why... do that?

Could it be... to send a message... to Mars--

And, secondly, why did they not release... the other photo of Curiosity entering Mars airspace?

Just two things to ponder... until the martinis numb the need to think!

48 posted on 08/06/2012 6:49:59 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Vince Ferrer; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ..
Two things... to ponder here:

First, they release Obama's New No-Deport Immigration Policy on the same day Curiosity lands on Mars-- Why... do that?

Could it be... to send a message... to Mars--

And, secondly, why did they not release... the other photo of Curiosity entering Mars airspace?

Just two things to ponder... until the martinis numb the need to think!

49 posted on 08/06/2012 6:53:09 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: All
Gadzooks! Not another... double post?

So... sorry about that!

50 posted on 08/06/2012 6:55:35 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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