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#1 Aug 05 2012 at 10:25 PM Rating: Excellent
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Livestream up at http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/mars/curiosity_news3.html

I'm allowing myself a shot when the window occurs, and a second shot if we get news of successful landing.

Good luck, little robot!

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#3 Aug 05 2012 at 11:20 PM Rating: Excellent
Pretty cool coverage.
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#4 Aug 05 2012 at 11:33 PM Rating: Excellent
and down!

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Touchdown confirmed.

CHEERS!

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#6 Aug 05 2012 at 11:48 PM Rating: Excellent
Probably want to right click and save this, it's a really big file.

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/archive/PIA15689.jpg

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Probably want to right click and save this, it's a really big file.

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Looks like Arizona.
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thats either spirit or oppertunity though.
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#9 Aug 05 2012 at 11:58 PM Rating: Excellent
I started a liveblog thingy for the higgs, no one was on, so I spent this one in google chat with these guys.

I find it awesome that we had to invent a rocket-crane for this mission. A ROCKET-CRANE. (It was really a rocket-winch, but that doesn't sound as awesome).

Fun fact: In 2010, NASA's budget was about $8.7 billion. In its entire history from 1958 to 2011, the total budget was $526.18 billion. In 2010, the U.S. military budget was $663.85 billion. That means that in one year, the military spent $137.67 billion more than NASA has in more than 50.

I can't post the first image from Curiosity due to an internal server error (KAO!), but here's a link.

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I have co-opted "SKY CRANE" into my lexicon. It should always be shouted or typed in all caps, preferably with many exclamation points.
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Fun fact: In 2010, NASA's budget was about $8.7 billion. In its entire history from 1958 to 2011, the total budget was $526.18 billion. In 2010, the U.S. military budget was $663.85 billion. That means that in one year, the military spent $137.67 billion more than NASA has in more than 50.
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#12 Aug 06 2012 at 1:22 AM Rating: Good
Yup.
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I don't know which is more impressive: that it is apparently in the crater that they aimed it at, or that the thirty bazillion stage rocket-winch landing worked at all.
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#14 Aug 06 2012 at 2:36 AM Rating: Good
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or that the thirty bazillion stage rocket-winch landing worked at allworked perfectly.


We invented a rocket-crane (SKY-CRANE!!!!) in order to drop a 1 ton science-car into a crater on Mars.



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I don't know which is more impressive: that it is apparently in the crater that they aimed it at, or that the thirty bazillion stage rocket-winch landing worked at all.



Or that the meters-to-feet conversion wasn't dropped again.
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Aripyanfar wrote:
I don't know which is more impressive: that it is apparently in the crater that they aimed it at, or that the thirty bazillion stage rocket-winch landing worked at all.



Or that the meters-to-feet conversion wasn't dropped again.
I have to imagine that's been added to a checklist after the first time.
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When do we find out how many Martian cats the Rover has run over?
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Samira wrote:
Aripyanfar wrote:
I don't know which is more impressive: that it is apparently in the crater that they aimed it at, or that the thirty bazillion stage rocket-winch landing worked at all.



Or that the meters-to-feet conversion wasn't dropped again.
I have to imagine that's been added to a checklist after the first time.

And yet there are @#%^ ups and near misses troublingly often.
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Samira wrote:
Aripyanfar wrote:
I don't know which is more impressive: that it is apparently in the crater that they aimed it at, or that the thirty bazillion stage rocket-winch landing worked at all.



Or that the meters-to-feet conversion wasn't dropped again.
I have to imagine that's been added to a checklist after the first time.

And yet there are @#%^ ups and near misses troublingly often.


When you're autonomously traveling millions of miles toward a target the size of about 5 meters, near misses are a part of the game.
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I caught the live feed of the landing. F'kin' awesome work!

Omegavegeta's post about funding put into some sort of perspective of how much evolution humans have yet to achieve tho'.

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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
Samira wrote:
Aripyanfar wrote:
I don't know which is more impressive: that it is apparently in the crater that they aimed it at, or that the thirty bazillion stage rocket-winch landing worked at all.



Or that the meters-to-feet conversion wasn't dropped again.
I have to imagine that's been added to a checklist after the first time.

Talking about the Cassini kerfuffle?
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Yes! Couldn't remember the name, thanks.

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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
Samira wrote:
Aripyanfar wrote:
I don't know which is more impressive: that it is apparently in the crater that they aimed it at, or that the thirty bazillion stage rocket-winch landing worked at all.



Or that the meters-to-feet conversion wasn't dropped again.
I have to imagine that's been added to a checklist after the first time.

And yet there are @#%^ ups and near misses troublingly often.


When you're autonomously traveling millions of miles toward a target the size of about 5 meters planet 4220 miles wide, near misses headbutts are a part of the game.

lolWikipedia wrote:
The Mars Climate Orbiter was launched by NASA on December 11, 1998 to study Mars and to act as [a Martian satellite]. However, on September 23, 1999, communication with the spacecraft was lost as the spacecraft went into orbital insertion headbutted the planet, due to ground based computer software which produced output in English American units of pound-seconds (lbf-s) instead of the specified metric units of newton-seconds (N-s). The spacecraft encountered Mars at an improperly low altitude, causing [the $200 million satellite] to incorrectly enter the upper atmosphere and disintegrate headbutt the planet.
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Yes! Couldn't remember the name, thanks.


It only sticks in my mind because some of my Professors was involved in the designing of the probe and such. He held it up as an example of why it's important to have a set of standard measurements for things like that.

In other words LRN2MERTRIC! Smiley: laugh
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When you're autonomously traveling millions of miles toward a target the size of about 5 meters planet 4220 miles wide, near misses headbutts are a part of the game.

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The Mars Climate Orbiter was launched by NASA on December 11, 1998 to study Mars and to act as [a Martian satellite]. However, on September 23, 1999, communication with the spacecraft was lost as the spacecraft went into orbital insertion headbutted the planet, due to ground based computer software which produced output in English American units of pound-seconds (lbf-s) instead of the specified metric units of newton-seconds (N-s). The spacecraft encountered Mars at an improperly low altitude, causing [the $200 million satellite] to incorrectly enter the upper atmosphere and disintegrate headbutt the planet.
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Well yeah, there was that. Smiley: bah

But that was back in the stone age of interplanetary exploration.
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According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, NASA isn't being nearly as candid about the mission as they should be. Here is the true first image from the Curiosity.
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Yes! Couldn't remember the name, thanks.


It only sticks in my mind because some of my Professors was involved in the designing of the probe and such. He held it up as an example of why it's important to have a set of standard measurements for things like that.

In other words LRN2MERTRIC! Smiley: laugh
While the metric system is awesome, the message from that foulup is "always show your units."
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According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, NASA isn't being nearly as candid about the mission as they should be. Here is the true first image from the Curiosity.


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While the metric system is awesome, the message from that foulup is "always show your units." don't let the summer help drive your spaceship.

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While the metric system is awesome, the message from that foulup is "always show your units." don't let the summer help drive your spaceship. Always...no...never...forget to check your references.


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While the metric system is awesome, the message from that foulup is "always show your units." don't let the summer help drive your spaceship. Always...no...never...forget to check your references.Would you qualify that as a launch problem or a design problem? ?



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While the metric system is awesome, the message from that foulup is "always show your units." don't let the summer help drive your spaceship. Always...no...never...forget to check your references.Would you qualify that as a launch problem or a design problem? ? "...I drank what?"
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The Mars Climate Orbiter was launched by NASA on December 11, 1998 to study Mars and to act as [a Martian satellite]. However, on September 23, 1999, communication with the spacecraft was lost as the spacecraft went into orbital insertion headbutted the planet, due to ground based computer software which produced output in English American units of pound-seconds (lbf-s) instead of the specified metric units of newton-seconds (N-s). The spacecraft encountered Mars at an improperly low altitude, causing [the $200 million satellite] to incorrectly enter the upper atmosphere and disintegrate headbutt the planet.
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The weird units are always English/British. I was reading a translation for a manga that was obviously ye olde queen language due to a character using "Mummy" to refer to her mother. And in that same volume they translated a distance that was in kilometers into some silly unit called "Blocks".
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There was a GI Joe series where Flint had a decidedly British accent.
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The weird units are always English/British. I was reading a translation for a manga that was obviously ye olde queen language due to a character using "Mummy" to refer to her mother. And in that same volume they translated a distance that was in kilometers into some silly unit called "Blocks".


Slugs and stones may break my bones...

My car's speedometer displays furlongs per fortnight. Hellish to convert really.
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The weird units are always English/British. I was reading a translation for a manga that was obviously ye olde queen language due to a character using "Mummy" to refer to her mother. And in that same volume they translated a distance that was in kilometers into some silly unit called "Blocks".


Slugs and stones may break my bones...

My car's speedometer displays furlongs per fortnight. Hellish to convert really.

Nobby's not been around, so you gotta use his shtick?
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That's just @#%^ing cool.
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Man, Mars is a dump. Add Governor Brewer chasing some Mexicans with a stick and you'd have Arizona.


While I enjoyed my visits to Arizona, I would have a Nerdgasm if given the chance to visit Mars.
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Well, I for one think Sheriff Joe Arapaio would feel right at home there, and should be offered his own Martian kingdom forthwith.
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Loving the open wiring on the outside of the 2.5 billion dollar rover.

"Sir, our mass spectro diometer is not working"

"Turn the camera"

"Sir, it seems the wind has disconnected the wire"

"I f$%#in told them to put the guts on the inside!!!!"
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Loving the open wiring on the outside of the 2.5 billion dollar rover.

"Sir, our mass spectro diometer wind speed sensor is not working"

"Turn the camera"

"Sir, it seems the wind has disconnected pebbles have severed the wire"

"I f$%#in told them to put the guts on the inside!!!!"


Called it!

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