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Curiosity rover on Mars

#1  Postby DougC » Mar 07, 2012 8:49 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17261359
By Jonathan Amos B.B.C. Science correspondent
"Come August, we'll be right in the middle of the London Olympics - the greatest show on Earth. But you'll excuse me if I'm a little distracted towards what is sure to be the greatest show off Earth.
This will be the landing on Mars of Nasa's Curiosity rover, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)."
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#2  Postby Zwaarddijk » Mar 07, 2012 9:19 pm

Human-built machinery on other worlds or even just heading onwards into the infinity or sitting in orbit somewhere far off is all very exciting. Mars' tiny robot population is proof we're living in the future.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#3  Postby DougC » Mar 07, 2012 9:25 pm

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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#4  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Mar 07, 2012 9:39 pm

Yay! Awaiting some off world awesomeness. I hope it lasts as long, if not longer that Spirit and Opportunity.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#5  Postby jaydot » Mar 11, 2012 8:37 pm

the olympics comes around every four years, bigger, gaudier and more yawn-inducing with every episode.

the mars rover curiosity is a once-in-a-lifetime event far more rivetting than watching bunch of people expending energy to no productive output. i hope it lands ok and look forward to what it can tell us.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#6  Postby mraltair » Mar 11, 2012 9:28 pm

Curiosity is one hell of a badass robot.

-Project costed at $2.5bn; will see initial surface operations lasting two Earth years
- Onboard plutonium generators will deliver heat and electricity for at least 14 years
- 75kg science payload more than 10 times as massive as those of earlier US Mars rovers
- Equipped with tools to brush and drill into rocks, to scoop up, sort and sieve samples
- Variety of analytical techniques to discern chemistry in rocks, soil and atmosphere
- Will try to make first definitive identification of organic (carbon rich) compounds
- Even carries a laser to zap rocks; beam will identify atomic elements in rocks


It even carries it's own spare change. :smoke:

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Curious about Mars

#7  Postby Evolving » Jul 30, 2012 11:57 am

This is pretty cool; and there is a programme about it on the BBC this evening.
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#8  Postby Pulsar » Jul 30, 2012 11:53 pm

Just watched it, excellent programme. But damn, that landing procedure looks just insane. The people involved are having trouble sleeping these days, I reckon. Fingers crossed...
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#9  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jul 31, 2012 12:18 am

Pulsar wrote:Just watched it, excellent programme. But damn, that landing procedure looks just insane. The people involved are having trouble sleeping these days, I reckon. Fingers crossed...


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Re: Curious about Mars

#10  Postby theropod » Jul 31, 2012 1:34 am

I worry about the cable deployment phase. I'm not sure why.

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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#11  Postby lucek » Aug 01, 2012 9:41 am

Just under 5 days now.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#12  Postby Evolving » Aug 01, 2012 9:44 am

Had overlooked this thread.

Suggest merging mine with it.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#13  Postby twistor59 » Aug 01, 2012 9:49 am

I was watching the BBC documentary on it this week. The task of getting that huge thing delivered to the planet surface in one piece is phenomenally difficult. Huge great parachute then lowered from a hovering sky crane. If this works it'll be a pant-wettingly glorious achievement.
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#14  Postby The_Metatron » Aug 01, 2012 10:06 am

Only one pant?
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#15  Postby AlohaChris » Aug 02, 2012 1:51 am

Evolving wrote:Had overlooked this thread.

Suggest merging mine with it.


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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#16  Postby byofrcs » Aug 02, 2012 1:55 am

6 minutes of terror ? They have terrorists on Mars already ?
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#17  Postby AlohaChris » Aug 02, 2012 1:56 am

Cool article on the laser & Chemcam that are outfiteed on Curiosity:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0801/Why-Mars-rover-will-be-blasting-its-heat-ray-as-it-searches-for-life

I'm kind of pissed that I paid for part of the $2.5 Billion it cost to build & fly Curiosity and NASA's not broadcasting the landing live on the web. It'll be broadcast in NY's Time Square, but not on the web. Thanks NASA! :nono:
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Re: Curiosity rover on Mars

#18  Postby AndreD » Aug 02, 2012 5:17 am

AlohaChris wrote:Cool article on the laser & Chemcam that are outfiteed on Curiosity:

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0801/Why-Mars-rover-will-be-blasting-its-heat-ray-as-it-searches-for-life

I'm kind of pissed that I paid for part of the $2.5 Billion it cost to build & fly Curiosity and NASA's not broadcasting the landing live on the web. It'll be broadcast in NY's Time Square, but not on the web. Thanks NASA! :nono:


Phil Plait, Pamela Gay and Fraser Cain are doing a Google Hangout thing which includes a live NASA feed and interviews with the scientists/engineers etc. https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c7c2 ... 3962595019
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#19  Postby stijndeloose » Aug 02, 2012 6:10 am

DougC wrote:DAILY MARTIAN
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Chances of anything coming from Earth are a million to one, they said.
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#20  Postby Zadocfish2 » Aug 03, 2012 1:56 pm

Am I the only one who is, like, REALLY excited about this?

Also... They launched a probe like this, and I missed it? Shouldn't it have been in like, every newspaper in America?
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