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#1 Bingo

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:39 AM

The largest vehicle ever sent to Mars is set to land on the red planet August 6th.

http://www.nasa.gov/.../msl/index.html

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#2 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:48 AM

Man, if this things lands like it is supposed to, it's a bit of a miracle.

I wish them luck.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:00 AM

If it all goes horribly wrong, they could re-do it on a soundstage for TV like they did with the moon landing ...




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#4 D.L.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:21 PM

That last Mars rover had a pretty successful run didn't it?

#5 Hotel Mike

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 03:38 PM

I so hope Curiosity lands successfully. Just think of the huge expansion of man's knowledge, not just about Mars but much about our solar system. And yes, Dylan, the two previous rovers performed better than anyone expected.
Don't be so sure.:cool:

#6 LJ

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:12 PM

What can curiosity provide that rovers didn't?
Life's a journey......so roll down the window and enjoy the breeze.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:45 PM

^a modern laboratory that is set up to look for specific things that the rovers were not set up for. Also the old rovers are not fully functional anymore.

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#8 Gary H

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:02 PM

NASA has an amazing 3D rendering simulation of the solar system that now includes the Curiosity mission. Follow the link to NASA's Eyes on the Solar System web site and click on the Curiosity Landing on Mars feature button. It will load a Java applet that puts you in space and shows a detailed rendering of the spacecraft in real-time, accurately positioned within the solar system. Be sure to click on the full screen button. You can zoom in/out and rotate the camera around the 3D solar system by moving your mouse. It also shows all kinds of real-time data like velocity, distance traveled, distance to destination and time to touchdown. All important celestial objects and sites are labeled. You can also fast forward the simulation to see of the future landing on Sunday night. The best way to follow Curiosity to its destination! :thumbsup:

http://eyes.nasa.gov/

#9 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 12:06 PM

What can curiosity provide that rovers didn't?


This new one is the size of a small car. I think the old ones were like 18" long. So it must have some neat stuff onboard.

I think we've now discovered lots of planets way cooler than Mars, outside of our solar system, but it would take so damn long to get anything to them, it would be too long a wait for anyone to enjoy the success of the mission.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:33 PM

If it all goes horribly wrong, they could re-do it on a soundstage for TV like they did with the moon landing ...




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Thank goodness. I thought I was the only one! :banana:

#11 Gary H

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:31 PM

You can watch a live HD stream of the Curiosity mission from JPL here:

http://www.nasa.gov/...tv/ustream.html

Watching this in conjunction with the live real-time 3D simulation will put you in the middle of the action.

I used the preview mode to see what will happen once Curiosity reaches Cruise Stage Separation. The animation from this stage to the landing is really something. The 16 or so minutes from Cruise Stage Separation to landing is really exciting to watch as it is filed with lots of activity that is completely simulated in 3D and there is a countdown from one activity to the next. The live simulation will obviously exactly follow the preview. This is some very cool stuff.

Screen capture from a few minutes ago. Interesting that the velocity has been increasing as Curiosity gets closer to Mars. The pull of Mars' gravity must be causing this.




#12 Gary H

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 09:33 PM

Touchdown confirmed, we are safe on Mars!

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:38 PM

Relive the final couple of minutes of the landing if you missed it.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:38 PM

They say it's to look for life, but I think the real reason we're on Mars is to see if we can send Victoria's sewage there.

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#15 Wayne

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 09:21 PM

InSight lander spacecraft will land only 550 kilometers from Curiosity (which is still working).

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ww?ocid=DELLDHP



#16 Bingo

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 09:36 AM

 

NASA’s InSight spacecraft is on target for Mars landing at around noon PST today. Regular updates about the entry, descent and landing will be posted here.  

In mere hours, NASA’s InSight spacecraft will complete its seven-month journey to Mars. It will have cruised 301,223,981 miles (484,773,006 km) at a top speed of 6,200 mph (10,000 kph).

 

https://mars.nasa.go...landing/status/

 



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Posted 26 November 2018 - 09:51 AM

7 Months at 10,000kph: 10,000x24 = 240,000 km per day, x30 days = 7,200,000km per month x 7months = 50,400,000km.

 

If it reached a top speed of 10,000 kph, it could not have possibly gone more than one eighth of the distance stated (484,733,006). That distance also seems off strange as well. The shortest distance between Earth and Mars (when their orbits are aligned) is ~54,000,000km and the average distance is ~225,000,000km. Perhaps the accidentally put an extra digit in the distance figure?



#18 Wayne

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:07 AM

Mattjvd, on 26 Nov 2018 - 09:51 AM, said:

7 Months at 10,000kph: 10,000x24 = 240,000 km per day, x30 days = 7,200,000km per month x 7months = 50,400,000km.

 

If it reached a top speed of 10,000 kph, it could not have possibly gone more than one eighth of the distance stated (484,733,006). That distance also seems off strange as well. The shortest distance between Earth and Mars (when their orbits are aligned) is ~54,000,000km and the average distance is ~225,000,000km. Perhaps the accidentally put an extra digit in the distance figure?

Or it could be fake news! Which I don't believe.

 

But Russia is investigating the Moon landings to see if they were real.

 

https://www.sciencea...really-happened



#19 Bingo

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:08 AM

7 Months at 10,000kph: 10,000x24 = 240,000 km per day, x30 days = 7,200,000km per month x 7months = 50,400,000km.

 

If it reached a top speed of 10,000 kph, it could not have possibly gone more than one eighth of the distance stated (484,733,006). That distance also seems off strange as well. The shortest distance between Earth and Mars (when their orbits are aligned) is ~54,000,000km and the average distance is ~225,000,000km. Perhaps the accidentally put an extra digit in the distance figure?

 

I agree, maybe they went to Venus instead as that's where I would go.


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#20 Mystic-Pizza

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:21 PM

Apparently the landing was successful.


Edited by Mystic-Pizza, 26 November 2018 - 12:25 PM.


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