August 6th, 2012 02:15 AM
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
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
August 6th, 2012 02:20 AM
Is this real or was it all done on a movie set like the moon landing?
Kidding, awesome job America!
August 6th, 2012 03:33 AM
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...
August 6th, 2012 08:26 AM
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.
NRA RSO & Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
August 6th, 2012 08:38 AM
Anyone know the cost of this curiosity?
Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
self defense (A.O.J.).
How does disarming
the number of victims?
Reason over Force: The Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos)
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August 6th, 2012 08:49 AM
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!!
Originally Posted by mlr1m
"Anyone know the cost of this curiosity?"
About 2.5 billion.
EOD - Initial success or total failure
August 7th, 2012 08:20 AM
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"
Cost of mission listed as $2.5 billion from one source.
Why Mars again? A look at NASA's latest venture - KansasCity.com
August 7th, 2012 11:43 AM
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August 7th, 2012 11:53 AM
I want to see the math these guys/gals did for this
August 7th, 2012 11:55 AM
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.
August 7th, 2012 11:59 AM
1: well, that sucker's gonna be haulin
Originally Posted by wolverine181
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?
August 7th, 2012 12:15 PM
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?
"Confidence is food for the wise man but liquor for the fool"
August 7th, 2012 12:29 PM
I dunno, but I hear it killed a cat.
Originally Posted by ccw9mm
"My God David, We're a Civilized society."
"Sure, As long as the machines are workin' and you can call 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, and you scare the crap out of them; no more rules...You'll see how primitive they can get."
-The Mist (2007)
August 7th, 2012 07:45 PM
yeah, all of that money we wasted on this could have been used for welfare lol
Originally Posted by Sig35seven
August 7th, 2012 08:20 PM
This is cool, but at 2.5 Billion dollars........
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