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« on: August 05, 2012, 08:54:31 PM »

Anybody else going to be watching as the Mars rover lands tonight?  It's supposed to hit down at 10:31pm Pacific, 1:31am Eastern and I guess you can watch it from your Xbox 360 or the NASA site

I guess this is pretty huge for NASA, and obviously with things like the 7 Minutes of Terror video they are trying to build some visibility and interest among the public.

Hopefully it doesn't crash.   icon_wink
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2012, 09:06:00 PM »

yeah beta testers on the 360 can't watch it icon_frown,Major Nelson was meant to be getting back to us,but it doesn't look like its gonna happen,so if i am up i will watch it on NASA's site instead

352 million miles away that took 8 and a half months to get there,speeds of 8000mph until Gravity of Mars pulls it to 13,200mph  retard
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2012, 09:27:27 PM »

 I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2012, 11:18:04 PM »

Is it real or fake like the moon landings?   icon_wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2012, 12:22:34 AM »

I'll be watching. I've been following this mission since it launched. NASA needs a success here if they hope to ever get funding for future big-budget missions (Curiosity cost $2.5 billion, compared to <$500 million for their Discovery-class probes). Plus it should answer the question of whether Mars was able to support life in the past, and possibly even whether it might still do so today. (It's not looking for life specifically, but rather conditions conducive to life.)

Yeah, I'm geeked.
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2012, 01:23:40 AM »

It's such a complicated landing. I hope it all works out okay. Seven minutes of terror indeed!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2012, 01:28:16 AM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 05, 2012, 09:06:00 PM

yeah beta testers on the 360 can't watch it icon_frown,Major Nelson was meant to be getting back to us,but it doesn't look like its gonna happen,so if i am up i will watch it on NASA's site instead


I'm in the beta and I downloaded the thing to view it fine.  Countdown 2 hours until their event starts I guess.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2012, 03:59:29 AM »

I've been following this for days on the 360. I just started to watch the live streaming about 20 minutes ago - very interested in how this turns out and hope its a success.
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2012, 05:33:08 AM »

Touch-down confirmed!  smile
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2012, 05:40:31 AM »

Wow those crazy ass engineers pulled this massively complex landing off.  eek
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2012, 05:48:20 AM »

Curio City congratulates Curiosity.

May the science prove to be as amazing as the engineering.
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2012, 05:48:31 AM »

It is a good night at the JPL:

 

Funny to think this was just across town, I wish I could go knock on their door and shake their hands.  smile
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2012, 05:51:26 AM »

Just watched it too. That was glorious.  To be in that room right now seeing those first images come down the pipes from Mars after a successful touchdown.  
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2012, 05:53:01 AM »

That was a lot of happy nerds. WTG.
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2012, 05:59:40 AM »

How come all I can see it people cheering?  I thought there was gonna be video!

EDIT:  I think pics are here, but the site is getting hammered:  http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/
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« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2012, 06:09:29 AM »

Yeah, they've shown the two small B&W images, but quickly lost contact with it as it passed out of contact behind Mars.  They should have full color images tomorrow I'd reckon. 

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An alternative link for images: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mars/images/first_images_mars.html
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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2012, 06:30:32 AM »

One of the rover's first jobs is to take a 360-degree false-color panorama and then spend the better part of a day transmitting it. True-color images will come later. But yeah, if everything's working right we'll see some awesome pics of rocks and sand in a couple of days.
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« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2012, 06:51:49 AM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 06, 2012, 01:28:16 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on August 05, 2012, 09:06:00 PM

yeah beta testers on the 360 can't watch it icon_frown,Major Nelson was meant to be getting back to us,but it doesn't look like its gonna happen,so if i am up i will watch it on NASA's site instead


I'm in the beta and I downloaded the thing to view it fine.  Countdown 2 hours until their event starts I guess.


I was able to watch it on the Live Event App

It was all good,and it was really cool to get pictures back so quickly

Looking forward to see what else it can show us
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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2012, 10:01:03 AM »

I watched this live too. Well, I watched them watching it, kinda. Awesome stuff indeed. Obviously better than breaking bad I guess based on the inactivity of my thread based apon my interest in the phenominal television series. But yea, go team mars!

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« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2012, 10:03:46 AM »

This is pretty awesome - NASA has some brilliant minds to be able to make something like this work. The reseach and the pictures coming over the next weeks will be quite interesting as well!
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« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2012, 12:33:47 PM »

I stayed up until very late last night to watch the landing. How exciting! It's an example that anything we set with our will out to accomplish, we can. Now, to get a manned flight out there!
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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2012, 03:12:46 PM »

That was a clutch performance.  They were under a ton of pressure and stress.  If the landing turned out to be a bust, that would've been terrible for NASA.  Instead, their engineers and scientists made it work.  After hearing about what needed to happen during the 7 minutes of landing, with such little margin for error in every step of the process, I'm cheering for NASA today too.

     
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« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2012, 03:39:45 PM »

I stayed up late with my brother to watch it on the 360 and it was totally worth it.
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« Reply #25 on: August 06, 2012, 05:26:51 PM »

What I find totally amazing is the MRO orbiter managed to take a photo of the lander with the parachute deployed, from above.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/gallery-indexEvents.html
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« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2012, 07:57:26 PM »

This is pretty awesome, a high res panorama: http://www.360pano.eu/show/?id=731
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« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2012, 09:55:31 PM »

NASA Calls It A Mission As Curiosity Rover Fills Up Whole 2-Gigabyte Memory Card.
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« Reply #29 on: August 11, 2012, 04:55:49 PM »

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« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2012, 04:48:54 AM »

Wow............
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Wow............

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« Reply #32 on: August 14, 2012, 11:04:45 AM »

Simply amazing
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« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2012, 11:09:46 AM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 14, 2012, 11:04:45 AM

Simply amazing

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« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2012, 11:59:59 AM »

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« Reply #35 on: August 21, 2012, 05:46:19 PM »

another Mars mission on the cards



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The InSight lander will set out to discover how Mars was formed, which scientists say will give them a better understanding of how rocky bodies like the Earth were created.

While the car-sized Curiosity is looking for habitats where microbial life could thrive on the Red Planet, the new, smaller, probe will focus on what is happening deep inside the planet's core.

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« Reply #36 on: August 21, 2012, 06:04:23 PM »

Uh oh. But what if there's aliens beneath the surface and that probe bores done and accidentally penetrates the womb of a female alien. Are we going to end up with some weird alien+NASA Marsprobe Xenomorphs!!  paranoid
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« Reply #37 on: August 21, 2012, 07:07:00 PM »

As much as I like Mars exploration, the Titan probe was scientifically more interesting. But I guess that the Mars mission had the greatest likelihood of coming in on time and within budget.

It's a pity NASA can't do both; these Discovery missions are capped at $425 million. Chump change!
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