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Mars rover Curiosity makes first test drive
AP / Terra.Com ^ | 8/22/12 | Alicia Chang

Posted on 08/22/2012 10:49:07 AM PDT by jb729

The NASA rover Curiosity has taken its first test drive on Mars.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Allen Chen on Wednesday tweeted an image of marks left in the soil and declared, "Wheel tracks on Mars."

Details of the brief drive are expected to be released at a late-morning news conference.

The rover was expected to move forward 10 feet, turn right and back-track close to where it started.

Curiosity touched down near the Martian equator earlier this month on a $2.5 billion mission. Scientists plan to drive it to the base of a mountain where it will drill into rocks and scoop up soil to determine whether the Martian environment was hospitable to microbial life.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: curiosity; mars; nasa

1 posted on 08/22/2012 10:49:11 AM PDT by jb729
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To: jb729

this thing is a lot bigger than those 2 little end tables were, right?


2 posted on 08/22/2012 10:52:18 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL


Does that answer your question? ;).
3 posted on 08/22/2012 10:53:32 AM PDT by jb729
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To: jb729

Cool! ... Any coding on the treads this time?


4 posted on 08/22/2012 10:53:48 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: jb729

oooh, oooh! Is that the laser cannon on the right? WANT!


5 posted on 08/22/2012 10:53:48 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: MHGinTN

Morse Code that says “J-P-L”


6 posted on 08/22/2012 10:56:33 AM PDT by jb729
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To: jb729

Any sign of Neal Armstrong’s footprints?


7 posted on 08/22/2012 10:59:00 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: MHGinTN

Coding on the treads? Enlighten me on that, pls. I hadn’t known of it.


8 posted on 08/22/2012 10:59:18 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: MHGinTN

Coding on the treads? Enlighten me on that, pls. I hadn’t known of it.


9 posted on 08/22/2012 10:59:28 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Raycpa

10 posted on 08/22/2012 11:01:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Raycpa

LOL! That’s STILL funny.


11 posted on 08/22/2012 11:01:51 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: jb729

not getting stuck on a pebble

priceless (or rather $2.5 billion)


12 posted on 08/22/2012 11:02:35 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: MHGinTN

JPL is encoded in Morris on the left front wheel. You can see the openings that leave little raised dots and dashes


13 posted on 08/22/2012 11:06:14 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Lee'sGhost; dfwgator

A newbie usually corrects me by now.


14 posted on 08/22/2012 11:07:24 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: jb729

Is that a Martian footprint?


15 posted on 08/22/2012 11:08:30 AM PDT by bgill
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To: jb729
Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Allen Chen on Wednesday tweeted an image of marks left in the soil and declared, "Wheel tracks on Mars."

Scientific discovery of the first magnitude easily worth $2.5 billion. Maybe they'll discover the valley of lost SUVs next.

It looks like Mars is still made of rocks and dirt - just like the last set of expensive taxpayer funded robots found.

16 posted on 08/22/2012 11:11:52 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: bert
"JPL is encoded in Morris on the left front wheel."

Whaaatttt?

Morris the Cat?

Johnny Morris?

Philip Morris?

Dick Morris?

17 posted on 08/22/2012 11:14:12 AM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: jb729

Those two martians look a lot like terrestrians!


18 posted on 08/22/2012 11:15:38 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: jb729

they have been on the planet for a week- what have they been doing?


19 posted on 08/22/2012 11:16:38 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: theDentist

IIRC, one of the earlier little remotes was sent to Mars without a distance gage and when the techies tried to firgure out how far their little remote had driven and thus how far from some item of interest, they were stumped. Until one of the techies realized the tread ont he tired was something they could measure on earth (as a duplicate was here for comparisons) and extrapolate distance covered by counting the number of times a pattern on one wheel tread repeated.


20 posted on 08/22/2012 11:17:23 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: jb729
move forward 10 feet, turn right and back-track close to where it started


21 posted on 08/22/2012 11:17:48 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: jb729

Is it programmed to correctly respond to any four-way stop signs it encounters?


22 posted on 08/22/2012 11:21:17 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: MHGinTN

It’s stories like yours that make me wonder how NASA has any success at all.

Even a 3rd grade farm kid wouldn’t have sent a rover to Mars without some type of odometer, and a 1st grader would have figured out how to measure distance if there weren’t one.

I actually think their successes are accidents.


23 posted on 08/22/2012 11:33:03 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: diogenes ghost

Better hope it doesn’t meet a cat because we all know what Curiosity does to them.


24 posted on 08/22/2012 12:07:44 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: MHGinTN

Thank you!


25 posted on 08/22/2012 12:24:40 PM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: diogenes ghost

Morse code......


26 posted on 08/22/2012 12:42:14 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Balding_Eagle; bert; theDentist

Actually, they did have an odometer onboard. IIRC, each wheel had an odometer. Problems with their measuring system arose when wheels would slip. The odometers would register as if a distance without slip had occurred, thus throwing the calculations into a jumble, falsely asserting a turn had occurred. The visual checking was thought up to correct the distance actually traveled, but it was an ‘after the landing’ Ah HAH sort of thing. Now they have algorythms which do the visual assembling of marks checking actual distance traveled.


27 posted on 08/22/2012 12:55:31 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: bert

Morris? Morris code?

Morse code.


28 posted on 08/22/2012 1:00:02 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jb729

Did the salesman have to go along on the test drive? I hate that. Why do you think I’m test driving a Mustang? To see how it parks? I hope they do a burnout on Mars.


29 posted on 08/22/2012 2:35:23 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: MrB
move forward 10 feet, turn right and back-track close to where it started

And this is what it saw...


30 posted on 08/22/2012 3:46:39 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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31 posted on 08/22/2012 3:49:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MrB

I had one of those...they were quite cool...


32 posted on 08/22/2012 4:05:14 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: MrB

I had one of those...they were quite cool...


33 posted on 08/22/2012 4:06:41 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: UCANSEE2

Did no one else have a “Big Trak” as a child?


34 posted on 08/23/2012 5:14:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Fedupwithit

The “10 feet forward, turn right, then return to its start” was very reminiscient of programming the Big Trak...


35 posted on 08/23/2012 5:15:41 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: dfwgator

eeew - shame on you. I vomited a little in my mouth when I saw that face.


36 posted on 08/23/2012 5:47:52 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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