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Landing in one Hour!



Some live shows going on.  There is no live video of the actual landing, more important things to do, like land.  The live shows will be from JPL Mission control.  We will know about 7 minutes after it actually lands if landing went well (entire landing is automated).  There will probably not be pictures for several hours.

That said, NASA has an amazing program called Eyes on the Solar System.  They have set up a special "live" simulation of the entire landing sequence that you can watch from now, until landing.

http://eyes.jpl.nasa.gov/


NASA TV
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/edu_flash.html

Bunch of famous astronomy nerds live show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrJT1d1BKhw&feature=player_embedded

Size Comparison to previous rovers:

Fun Fact:  Rover Opportunity (upper left) landed in 2004, with a planned mission life of 90 days and it's still going today.

Video of the landing:  Due to size, they could not use the airbag method of older rovers.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/a4YqNoLkmxE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/a4YqNoLkmxE</a>







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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2012, 10:19:57 PM »
Currently I'm getting horrible buffering on the Ustream feeds, but the feed on the nasa TV website is still good:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/


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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2012, 10:29:36 PM »
Damn you, NASA. You made me run out to the store and buy peanuts. Curse your superstitious ways!


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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2012, 10:38:09 PM »
Landing successful.  First HD pictures will take hours to come in.  One single picture from a camera under the Rover has been sent back, confirming it is on the ground safely.


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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2012, 10:40:05 PM »
Wow, this is awesome. All those people are so freakin' excited. They're like a bunch of giddy schoolkids. Everybody's jumping up and down, yelling and hugging. Pretty uplifting stuff. The whole lead up to the landing was pretty exciting, too.

GO NASA!!!
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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2012, 10:42:37 PM »
First time I've ever seen a control room filled with real people (not actors) stand up and cheer in unison.  More grown men crying and hugging each other than...  I'll just stop there.

It was a cool moment to see.


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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2012, 10:46:02 PM »
Lousy emotionless jerks at NASA.




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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2012, 10:50:20 PM »
The 2 images look good, it's on it's wheels.

It was such a complicated landing, amazing it all worked.

Bill Nye at planetfest 2012 is pretty stoked.  That's another cool feed.


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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2012, 11:00:11 PM »
Here's NASA's raw feed page from Curiosity.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/


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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2012, 11:04:22 PM »
No Martian (or Decepticon) face in the first pictures was a tad disappointing. But I won't deny I'm pretty proud of NASA right now.  ;D
lol @ One of the techs shouting "SIX YEARS OF TENSION RELEASED!"


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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2012, 11:12:47 PM »
Watched this on Xbox Live. So proud of NASA right now :)


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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2012, 11:13:49 PM »
Here's NASA's raw feed page from Curiosity.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/

Can't get in, looks like it has crashed again.  I was going to get the right and left images and make red/blue images but it will have to wait until tomorrow.  I did that a lot for Pathfinder, the last twin missions they released pretty good 3D images, hope they do that for this mission also, but where they landed is pretty flat, it will be a while until they drive to more interesting terrain.

Here are the 3D images I made from the pathfinder raw images: http://www.science.widener.edu/mars3d/index.html

Just realized Pathfinder was 15 years ago, how is that possible?
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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2012, 11:30:57 PM »
No Martian (or Decepticon) face in the first pictures was a tad disappointing. But I won't deny I'm pretty proud of NASA right now.  ;D
lol @ One of the techs shouting "SIX YEARS OF TENSION RELEASED!"

Important photoshops first. 

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Re: Mars Science Laboratory: NASA Is Going To Land A Small Car On Mars!
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2012, 11:36:46 PM »
No Martian (or Decepticon) face in the first pictures was a tad disappointing. But I won't deny I'm pretty proud of NASA right now.  ;D
lol @ One of the techs shouting "SIX YEARS OF TENSION RELEASED!"

Important photoshops first. 

Like ponies.


Overload the probe's plutonium core. Destruct sequence 3, code 1 B-2B-3.

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