Curiosity: new Mars rover about to land!

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BrownArmy, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. BrownArmy

    BrownArmy Well-Known Member

    Nasa's new Mars rover, Curiosity, is set to land on Mars at 01:30 this morning.

    Nasa just turned off the transmitter...now the rover is on it's own; I've got my fingers crossed.

    The rover capsule is going to slam into Mars' atmosphere at 13,000 mph, and land itself with rockets and a 'sky-crane'...since there is a fourteen-minute communication lag time between Earth and Mars, Nasa won't know if the landing is a success until after it's happened.

    They're broadcasting the landing in Times Square, NYC.

    Very, very cool!

    7 Minutes of Terror: Curiosity Rover's Risky Mars Landing | Video - YouTube
     
  2. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    It'll be even cooler if we get a person there.
     
  3. BrownArmy

    BrownArmy Well-Known Member

    Success!

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    Doesn't look like much, but we're back on Mars!
     
  4. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

  5. BrownArmy

    BrownArmy Well-Known Member

    One of the orbiting satellites snapped this picture of the rover parachuting down to the surface...NASA timed this one just right...

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  6. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Congrats NASA on perfection.
    A job more than well done !
    Proud of the USA !
     
  7. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    And how do we know it wasn't a Hollywood studio set?
     
  8. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Canadian news described it as a 655 Million km hole in 1 !
     
  9. BrownArmy

    BrownArmy Well-Known Member

  10. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Capricorn One was neat and the last time anyone knew who James Brolin was.
     
  11. BrownArmy

    BrownArmy Well-Known Member

    [​IMG]

    The rover is building up a picture of itself on the Mars' surface...notice the grit on the top of the rover from the landing...
     
  12. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Mars and Baker CA. are the same......Alien Jerky, anyone ??
     
  13. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    This was the first picture that came back from Curiosity:

    Marvin the Martin Curiosity.jpg
    Marvin the Martin Curiosity.jpg
     
  14. BrownArmy

    BrownArmy Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode where astronauts land on another planet and things go wrong...supplies are destroyed etc...

    One astronaut kills another to save himself, fearing both won't make it...

    Hiking away, he comes upon a highway and a road sign and realizes that the ship actually landed in the CA desert.

    Didn't he feel like a heel.
     
  15. The government has more than just this piece of junk, what is the price tag on this mission? 2 billion USD?
    The afghan war alone cost about a trillion...
     
  16. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    Then this was a bargain!
    And you helped pay for it!
    JADAW Obama thanks you.
     
  17. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    I assume it is a longer ride there, than the moon.
     
  18. Not if you got some ET tech in your garage. :wink2:
     
  19. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Another picture from Mars.

    Name that caption ...
    Curiosity+killed+the+cat.jpg