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catrancher
13-07-2012, 12:49 PM
Here's a film from NASA outlining what they have to do to get the Curiosity rover down to the Mars surface. Coming this August to a planet near you.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki_Af_o9Q9s

Absolutely incredible the technology involved in this. I hope it works. :fingers:

Just thought you all might find this interesting. :unsure:

Tom (:macwave:... talk about drama! :eek:)

Watchinherskip
13-07-2012, 01:23 PM
You know it Tom. I have put together a special show at the planetarium on Curiosity's mission. Pretty cool stuff. Like to see how the plan has evolved. Pathfinder to Rovers, to Curiosity. Cool stuff to be sure.

catrancher
13-07-2012, 01:34 PM
You know it Tom. I have put together a special show at the planetarium on Curiosity's mission. Pretty cool stuff. Like to see how the plan has evolved. Pathfinder to Rovers, to Curiosity. Cool stuff to be sure.

Unbelievable stuff! Take Opportunity for example. Still rolling, after all these years. What is it? Five Martian winters and it's still ticking. Did Timex build this thing? :unsure:
A real testament to the engineering prowess at NASA. :thumbsup:

If this one makes and and lasts half as long, the knowledge gained will be staggering.

Tom (:macwave:... suitably impressed...)

Watchinherskip
13-07-2012, 01:48 PM
I think a real testament to their skills is the Voyager probes...still kicking (well check in from time to time). I mean they are still doing science and were launched in 1977. Not sure if you remember the cars in 1977....they were total junk. Feather in JPLs cap.

Their new mission has been renamed "Interstellar Mission"

Both are about 30 light hours round trip away from us. Makes for a really slow game of "Marco-----Polo"..about 15 hours between each. Hehe

http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/

uscwest
13-07-2012, 04:26 PM
But, but, but Mission Space already knows how to land on Mars. LOL