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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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To: Bender2
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51 posted on 08/06/2012 7:01:47 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: brivette
Hope they find something of interest.

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52 posted on 08/06/2012 7:04:21 PM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: MCH
Marine Combat Photographers were the first on the moon as shown in this rare photograph with the CH-46 dusting off immediately after dropping off the Marine who shot Armstrong taking his first step.


53 posted on 08/06/2012 7:07:51 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Curiosity tweeted from Mars, after landing!! NASA was wicked smart to set that up.


54 posted on 08/06/2012 7:09:11 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: MCH

That is a good. I like it too! Should be interesting to see more and up close.


55 posted on 08/06/2012 7:12:12 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Cvengr
Marine Combat Photographers were the first on the moon...

Why am I not surprised...

56 posted on 08/06/2012 7:13:34 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Bender2

57 posted on 08/06/2012 7:13:43 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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58 posted on 08/06/2012 7:14:12 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

Yeah, it sounds extravagant to spend millions on a pen that operates in zero gravity, when a pencil would do, However, anyone who has tried to decipher something written in pencil, after a few years, can see the value of information written in ink.


59 posted on 08/06/2012 7:22:50 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: reg45

But Michelle Obama isn’t. After all, look at the Curiosity Rover. . . it’s (shudder) WHITE !!!

I’m waiting for some Congresscritter to complain on that very point. . .


60 posted on 08/06/2012 7:36:46 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: cripplecreek
ROTFL! I actually liked District 9, even though it was, as I told our son when we left the theater, a real splat-fest. It was a very interesting, and in the end, a poignant story.
61 posted on 08/06/2012 8:05:22 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Vince Ferrer

Wow!!! Amazing!!!


62 posted on 08/06/2012 8:16:48 PM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: cripplecreek

Ceres? Sirius I could go for.


63 posted on 08/06/2012 8:42:38 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Vince Ferrer
Thanks to a remarkable combination of engineering and mathematics

Two subjects which most liberals try to avoid. If they had their way, kids would grow up and only go into liberal arts programs in college.
64 posted on 08/07/2012 3:29:13 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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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.

NASA has been pretty successful when it comes to Mars over the past few projects. And I note that they just awarded SpaceX the contract to haul people/cargo the Space Station, freeing up NASA resources for more important things.

There are some incredibly talented people there. It's a shame the libs are doing everything they can to kill off exploration. Wouldn't want to inspire kids or make the USA look good or anything.
65 posted on 08/07/2012 3:31:20 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: kingu
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.

The first time I heard about the whole thing, I thought they were nuts. Then I heard about the reasoning behind the sky crane and it made a lot of sense. They need to explain their reasoning a little more clearly here and there.

And to their credit, they held back and added an extra year or two of testing, realizing their limits.
66 posted on 08/07/2012 3:34:15 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Moonman62
Politicians tend to stay away from the unmanned programs which is my theory for why they do so well.

Interesting theory. Would explain a lot. Astronauts make great photo ops. Robots...not so much.
67 posted on 08/07/2012 4:26:52 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr
Astronauts make great photo ops.

Some politicians got joyrides at our expense, too.

68 posted on 08/07/2012 5:24:01 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: af_vet_rr

What I love about JPL, is the accidental discoveries. When one of their positioning devices failed to work as expected, they had a bit of a problem.. They couldn’t measure how far the rover had traveled. What the heck could they do now? It’s not like they could send the rover out to get a tape measure!

Then someone look at the mockup of the rover, which they were using to try to figure out a solution, and they pointed to the wheel, where the bolt holes were in the tread that held the rover to it’s delivery system. “Can’t we just measure that?”

Every couple of feet, the rover makes a very distinctive diamond shape on the dust of Mars. The bolt hole in the metal ‘tire’ that is on the Mars rover Spirit and Opportunity was the perfect measuring device, and they had all the pictures they needed to measure not only the exact distance that the rovers traveled, but also a standard comparison - a ruler, if you will, for measuring anything with the rover’s cameras.

So when Curiosity was being planned, they scrapped the existing ‘unmarred’ tires and instead placed a mark in the tread, so that they could use the footprint of Curiosity to make measurements. And being geeks, they didn’t just put in an unnecessary bolt hole, but instead, three lines of dots and bars - Where ever Curiosity goes on Mars, it leaves a Morris Code footprint stating ‘JPL’.


69 posted on 08/07/2012 9:02:05 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kingu

Great story! I love it ... geekery is so cool!


70 posted on 08/07/2012 9:05:43 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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