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Mars lander

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:12 pm

Just a reminder. Touchdown in just minutes away....


Or already happened, depending on your point of view.

It is live on several networks I'm watching CNN.

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Re: Mars lander

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:23 pm

It is somehow appropriate that one of the commentators on CNN is the same guy they use in Key West on New Years' when they lower the drag queen.

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Re: Mars lander

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:35 pm

Confirmed safe landing. Data from the surface. They already have blurry images through the landing dust covers of the rear wheel as planned.

It will be a while before they take the covers off.

With luck-- 10 years or more of data!

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Re: Mars lander

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:47 pm

The only disappointment is they still haven't put a microphone on a mars rover, so we still don't know what it sounds like when the wind blows.

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Re: Mars lander

Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:38 pm

PurpleGeezer wrote:The only disappointment is they still haven't put a microphone on a mars rover, so we still don't know what it sounds like when the wind blows.
Or what they are saying out there! Razz

This picture was taken in 2004 by the Mars explorer Spirit:



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Re: Mars lander

Post by PilotNut on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:04 am

The first image sent back from Curiousity:




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Ancient Civilization

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:20 am

Apparently NASA now knows there are remnants of an ancient civilization or space colony on Mars...........



Poor Geezer, he was attempting to educate us, and we just keep screwing-off in class.

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Re: Mars lander

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:30 am

And to think you might have been in the cockpit of a plane i flew in....

Life is Scarey.

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Post by PilotNut on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:55 am

PurpleGeezer wrote:Scarey

Oh dear. I'm pretty sure Stonehouse just felt a sharp pain in his brain.

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Re: Mars lander

Post by Geezaldinho on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:18 am

PilotNut wrote:
PurpleGeezer wrote:Scarey

Oh dear. I'm pretty sure Stonehouse just felt a sharp pain in his brain.

Why that would be is a compleate aenigma to me. Perhaps the way things are spelt is a chalenge to him. There is really nothing opake about it.

Does he fly aëroplanes?

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Re: Mars lander

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:16 am

PilotNut wrote:
PurpleGeezer wrote:Scarey

Oh dear. I'm pretty sure Stonehouse just felt a sharp pain in his brain.
Calm down guys, remember some on PN are NOT UP grads! Razz

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Re: Mars lander

Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:26 am

In an attempt to renew a bit of decorum to this thread and deflect a middle-of-the-night spelling situation:
PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s rover Curiosity touched down deep in a Martian crater early Monday after a picture-perfect descent and landing, beginning what promises to be one of the most ambitious planetary missions in history.

Jubilant NASA engineers and scientists let out a loud and prolonged whoop when the data came in indicating that the one-ton rover had touched down. It remains unknown exactly what shape the $2.5 billion rover is in, but the fact that it survived its “seven minutes of terror” descent was cheered like the grandest Olympic triumph.

The descent and touchdown were tracked by the Mars orbiter Odyssey, which allowed Curiosity to send black-and-white “fisheye” (wide-angle) images within minutes of the rover’s wheels on the ground. Two hours later, Odyssey passed over again and relayed other more highly defined images, including one that appeared to show the distant rim of the Gale Crater landing site.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “This is a huge day for the American people.”

Described by top NASA officials as their “mission of the decade,” the just-delivered rover will search for the building blocks of extraterrestrial life as well as investigate how and why Mars turned from a wet and warm planet into the dry and cold place it is now. The complex, precision landing and sophisticated instruments being used on the mission could hasten the day when humans fly to Mars as well.

The excitement and jubilation burst into a bedlam scene of hugs, smiles and high-fives an hour after touchdown when the entire Entry, Descent and Landing team entered a nearby auditorium for a news conference-turned celebration.

“The team went to the Olympics and we weren’t sure what would happen,” Charles Elachi, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the crowd. “But you came back with the gold.”

The landing took place within the 9-by-3-mile ellipse selected for touchdown. Entry, Descent and Landing team leader Adam Steltzner said that the rover appeared to have landed in a “nice flat spot;” other NASA officials said it seemed to have landed on rock rather than sand, which would have made movement potentially more difficult. The rover is believed to be close to its ultimate destination, three-mile-high Mount Sharp.
Read more at:http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nasa-mission-to-mars-rover-curiosity-touches-down/2012/08/06/e10e7bf2-df89-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_story.html

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Rat Snake in first Curiosity rover image

Post by Michael G Hunter on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:23 am

I have written two books: Life on Mars and Life on Mars 2 which show life on Mars in enlargements of NASA's rover photos. I intend to post some of the pictures from my books on this site from time to time. If you are interested you may find the books with online booksellers .This first image is what I got as one of the first Curiosity rover photos, showing a rat snake Shocked . Also in this photo there is a sort of plant or perhaps a lichen on the ground under the wheel. The top photo is from the Phoenix lander in 2008 showing a similar snake. (must wait 7 days as a recruit, before posting images Very Happy )


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