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#26523 - 08/05/12 10:13 AM CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY
lynn-a-roo Offline


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Wagga......you are our OUTER SPACE EXPERT....I look forward to you updates on Outer Space missions....haven't seen one on CURIOSITY yet....

I bet you'll be the one of the first people to map out trails to the highest peaks on Mars.

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#26524 - 08/05/12 10:35 AM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: lynn-a-roo]
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I had some links prepared - then thought I had posted them.

Curiosity

Here is an article from The Register

And retrorockets have been tried before: "Almost perfectly reliable"

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#26526 - 08/05/12 12:22 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: wagga]
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Here is how to watch it and here is UStream.
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#26533 - 08/05/12 08:05 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: wagga]
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Wagga....Awesome...Thank you for the links....I'm all set with U-stream now...I had never heard of U-stream before....I like how it gives a countdown to the the Curiosity Mars Rover landing coverage...I knew you'd have all the answers on Curiosity. Thanks!

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#26545 - 08/05/12 10:43 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: lynn-a-roo]
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Awsome!

Way to go Curiosity. Absolutely perfect descent & stuck the landing.

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#26552 - 08/06/12 05:15 AM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: wagga]
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#26559 - 08/06/12 09:33 AM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: wagga]
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Photo of Curiosity shot by the Mars Orbiter.

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#26600 - 08/06/12 08:54 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: wagga]
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Amazing....this brings back memories of when I was a kid and the USA was in a race with Russia to the moon. The shot of the parachute lowering Curiosity is so mind-BOGGLING ....that we can receive such amazing pictures from so far away documenting such a historic event......Hey..I hear if we were on Mars with our TV gear we could get all the TV channels ...I bet the Martians have been watching the Olympics...maybe we'll see Martians in the Grand Opening of the Olympics someday...wouldn't it be cool if the games were played on Mars someday....I wonder what kind of new games we could play on Mars???

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#26606 - 08/07/12 04:43 AM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: lynn-a-roo]
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Here is a condensed video of the landing, in case you missed it...

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#26655 - 08/07/12 07:38 PM Curiosity Leaves A Mess [Re: wagga]
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Crime scene photo. Details at The Reg.

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#26674 - 08/08/12 06:57 AM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: wagga]
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#26700 - 08/08/12 03:32 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: Fishmonger]
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#26701 - 08/08/12 03:33 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: AlanK]
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#26702 - 08/08/12 03:53 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: AlanK]
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AlanK: Did we see you on the front row at the command center?
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#26703 - 08/08/12 04:37 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: wagga]
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Originally Posted By: wagga
AlanK: Did we see you on the front row at the command center?

I was watching on my screen at home. But I'm certainly geeky enough for that crowd.

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#26705 - 08/08/12 05:19 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: AlanK]
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This image comparison shows a view through a Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover before and after the clear dust cover was removed. Both images were taken by a camera at the front of the rover. Mount Sharp, the mission's ultimate destination, looms ahead.

Mt Sharp is around 17,900 feet, which many of the posters on the board have reached. Getting to the trailhead is a bit tougher, though.

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#26708 - 08/08/12 05:38 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: wagga]
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Originally Posted By: wagga
Mt Sharp is around 17,900 feet, which many of the posters on the board have reached. Getting to the trailhead is a bit tougher, though.

And I believe that the atmosphere gets a bit thin by 17,900'. Or even sooner.

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#26716 - 08/08/12 07:17 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: AlanK]
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And the oxygen thing probably won't work out so well, either.
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#26722 - 08/08/12 09:11 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: wagga]
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I understand there were way too many WAG bags sighted also.

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#26723 - 08/08/12 09:37 PM Re: CURIOUS ABOUT CURIOSITY [Re: Whitney Fan]
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Originally Posted By: Whitney Fan
I understand there were way too many WAG bags sighted also.

Hey, could be it's where they all come from!

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