Curiosity landed safely on Mars!!! USA does it again!!

Curiosity landed safely on Mars!!! USA does it again!!

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    Curiosity landed safely on Mars!!! USA does it again!!

    Just watched the live coverage of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars. It was very cool to see the USA land another, much larger this time, rover on Mars. The two small rovers we landed there many years ago were designed to last about 90 days. One of them is still going. This rover, about the size of an SUV where the other two were the size of large microwave ovens, is designed to last a long time. Conceivably, this one could be driving around on Mars for decades.

    I did have to laugh at one interview after the landing took place though. It was with president Obama's science adviser. He stated that the USA is the only country that has landed what he called "landers" on another planet. I guess he is unaware that the former Soviet Union landed several "Landers". missions called "Venera", on the surface of Venus that returned data and pictures before being destroyed by the harsh conditions on that planet after being on the surface for some time. One would expect a presidential science adviser to know things like that wouldn't one??

    Soviet Venus Images

    http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observations_and_explorations_of_Venus#Early_landi ngs

    For anyone wanting to see the raw pictures being sent back by Curiosity, go here: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multime...UT_04096Z_&s=0
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    Is this real or was it all done on a movie set like the moon landing?
    Kidding, awesome job America!

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    Nice thing to wake up to given the current state of things. Here's a short overview of the landing process. I can't imagine pitching this proposal to a superior.



    If they could figure this out surely one of the good scientists could have figured out a way to conceal a weapon on the lander. One just never knows...

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    There are still a few steely eyed rocket men (and women) out there. I've had the pleasure to know a couple after Apollo shut down.
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    Anyone know the cost of this curiosity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlr1m View Post
    Is this real or was it all done on a movie set like the moon landing?
    Kidding, awesome job America!

    Michael
    I have to say that the SAM Instrument I worked on here at Goddard was real when it left here, so I have to believe the rest of what they sent to Mars was also real!!

    "Anyone know the cost of this curiosity?"

    About 2.5 billion.
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    It has a laser which can be used to shoot things.

    Lasers, Cameras and Particle Detectors: Mars Rover's Super High-Tech Science Gear | Wired Science | Wired.com

    "Possibly the coolest Curiosity instrument is the ChemCam, which uses a laser beam to shoot rocks (and maybe a Martian or two) in order to vaporize a small sample. A spectrograph will then analyze the vapor, determining the composition and chemistry of the rocks. Situated on Curiosity’s head, ChemCam can shoot up to 23 feet and should provide unprecedented detail about minerals on the Martian surface"

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    Cost of mission listed as $2.5 billion from one source.

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    I want to see the math these guys/gals did for this

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    Amazing. I cant get over how insane the whole process seems, yet, it works. So cool. Put a check in the "win" column for America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolverine181 View Post
    I want to see the math these guys/gals did for this
    1: well, that sucker's gonna be haulin
    2: yep. probably use a parachute?
    1: yeah good plan. how big?
    2: huge. as big as a swimming pool cover. maybe bigger
    1: for sure. it'll have to be strong too. like made of denim.
    2: or leather
    1: for sure. but once it lands, how we gonna power it? it'll need alot of gas.
    2: gotta be a hybrid.
    1: thats why you get paid the big bucks. a leather parachuted hybrid jeep lander. now we need money.
    2: bake sale?

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    Why is this so great for America?

    All this talk about over spending being out of control and budget cuts yet spending on this stuff seems to be OK.

    These space programs are extremely expensive and what exactly do we get in return for our money spent???? Pictures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Anyone know the cost of this curiosity?
    I dunno, but I hear it killed a cat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig35seven View Post
    Why is this so great for America?

    All this talk about over spending being out of control and budget cuts yet spending on this stuff seems to be OK.

    These space programs are extremely expensive and what exactly do we get in return for our money spent???? Pictures?
    yeah, all of that money we wasted on this could have been used for welfare lol

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    This is cool, but at 2.5 Billion dollars........

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