Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Watch What It's Going To Be Like When The Next Mars Rover Lands On Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover is prepped to deliver color video from the surface of Mars. And equipment with science instruments designed to tell us "if Earth's neighbor is, or ever was, capable of supporting microbial life." So I sure hope it survives the "seven minutes of terror" that will be its landing on Sunday night. There are not enough exclamation points on this planet to express the drama of this video.

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There's got to be a "hope it sticks the landing" joke here somewhere, but seriously I'm off for the weekend.

Jared (#1,227)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose "when we first get word that we've touched the top of the atmosphere, the vehicle has been alive or dead on the surface for at least seven minutes." That damned NBC tape delay.

They just said they're also gonna try to film the parachute landing with another satellite they already have in orbit. I kinda wanna go to Times Square Sunday night and geek out about this all!

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

Why is this so different from the simple Moon landing operations?

It's over 600 times farther away. It takes 7 minutes for a signal just to get there from Earth. There is no human pilot to make instantaneous adjustments. The moon has almost no atmosphere, Mars does. Gravity on Mars is more than twice that of the Moon. Etc.

Also: simple Moon landing operations?

BadUncle (#153)

Seems they could have simply wrapped the thing in bubble wrap and Hoppity Hops.

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