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Is NASA crazy or genius (or both)

Discussion in 'The OT' started by dpeters11, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. dpeters11

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    We'll find out August 5th. This is the craziest landing on Mars ever attempted and it has to perform each step on its own. By the time we get word that the probe has entered the atmosphere, the probe has been on the surface for seven minutes already, either whole, or in pieces.

    http://gizmodo.com/5920588/why-na

    The video is a must see.

    They can't use the ball method they used for Spirit and Opportunity because of size. This thing is apparently around the size of a Mini Cooper.
     
  2. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    Incredible.
     
  3. Carl Spock

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    Why don't they just do a water landing in one of the canals? The Martians could then just swim out and bring our lander to shore.
     
  4. dpeters11

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    Unfortunately, they're in a drought.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2012 #5 of 10
    TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

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    WOW! The answer is GENIUS. What an incredibly amazing success!

    They actually are using a pair of "earthly" SLR's for the photos. Looks like a Nikon. A couple great photos in this album particularly the one of the landers parachute taken from a Mars orbiting satellite.

    http://news.yahoo.com/photos/nasa-s...ence-systems-works-photo-photo-004732629.html
     
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    dennisj00

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    A massive technological achievement!
     
  7. Aug 6, 2012 #7 of 10
    dpeters11

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    They haven't rolled out the good cameras yet, the first ones from Mars were taken with its hazard avoidance cameras.
     
  8. Aug 6, 2012 #8 of 10
    P Smith

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    According last night conference, they will need to check/test all components of Curiosity - it could take up to a month.
     
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    RasputinAXP

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    Amazing.
     
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    Nothing beats Yankee Ingenuity.
     

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