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John Henry Dough

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PostPosted: July 23, 2012 9:29 AM 

You have got that exactally right!!!


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PostPosted: August 3, 2012 11:14 AM 

Does anyone know if the ground track of Curiosity takes it over Oppy's view of the sky?

Apparently all three of the satellites will "see" the landing and I was wondering if the
remaining Mars visitor might catch a glimpse of the fiery entry.

That streak of light in the sky if seen by Oppy would be totally cool.


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PostPosted: August 3, 2012 11:33 AM 

Gale is that far from Gusev, which is on the opposite side of Mars to Meridiani.


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PostPosted: August 3, 2012 11:40 AM 

nice spot


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PostPosted: August 3, 2012 3:33 PM 

Barsoomer: Doh!

Gale is at 4.49S,137.42E and Endeavour is at 2.28S, 5.23W - so lets say 8,000 km apart.

If the 7 minutes EDL was a uniform deceleration from 5,900 to 0 m/sec ( which it's not ) the distance traveled would be about 1,200 km.

In fact the speed drops from 5,900 to 470 m/sec in the first 75 seconds (!) with a peak deceleration of 15 g - so in that time the distance traversed will be about 200 km.

I should have done the math - but sometimes I'm just too lazy.

SO, no fireworks for Oppy.

Say, I'm started to get a little excited about this curiosity. I may even stay up late Sunday night to learn the rover's fate.


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PostPosted: August 4, 2012 6:20 AM 

Cool video:

Seven minutes of Terror.

John Henry Dough

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PostPosted: August 4, 2012 11:00 AM 

I cant bring myself to believe that unless
the planners had a high level of confidence,,they would not have planned it
the way it is set to happen.

We are talking around 2.5 $Billion$$(with a B)here,and around a metric ton of Earths highest Tech.

If this thing fails NASA, might as well file
Bankruptcy.I don't think begging for a bailout would work.

On the other hand,,If all goes well,,then there is a huge potential for investor capital for further exploration.

Europa anyone?


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PostPosted: August 4, 2012 11:53 AM 

Hi all just checking in ready for Monday how exciting Smile

Simon Graham

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PostPosted: August 4, 2012 1:43 PM 

Um, just a thought, no status update in the last 24 hours, I am stoked for this thing to come off, have they gone into media shutdown?

Despite 'offering' livestreams.

Simon Graham

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PostPosted: August 4, 2012 1:52 PM 

^ ^ Possibly strike that, as if by magic a somewhat way pre-scripted update has appeared.

Possibly the least information given in relation to the distance to the target.


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PostPosted: August 4, 2012 2:07 PM 


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PostPosted: August 4, 2012 3:40 PM 


Where have you been hiding?

Saw that pic on the 'live' NASA channel this AM.



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PostPosted: August 5, 2012 1:42 AM 

Hi DX I have not been hiding just waiting for Curio to get there and get on with it, I have got everything crossed for a safe landing .
JPL have got some interactive bits and pieces for students which I was playing with last night to get in the mood will try posting the link below .


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PostPosted: August 5, 2012 8:34 AM 

Thanks for the link Ixt I have posted that on the FB page for our Observatory where many young folk and parents visit to learn more.

NASA/JPL said they are right on bulls eye for the landing corridor and have made fewer adjustments to trajectory than planned.

I shall be watching from 5.30am here in the UK with a large pot of coffee!


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PostPosted: August 5, 2012 9:10 AM 

Interview with Robert Maxwell Mars Rover Driver cited by Mars Stu on Twitter.


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PostPosted: August 5, 2012 12:27 PM 

Hail Hail the gang's all here


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PostPosted: August 5, 2012 1:27 PM 

Hi Kevin thats a lovely piece on Scott Maxwell and lucky Kim his girlfriend why cant I find a rover driver for a boyfriend I cant even find one who likes to talk about Mars Wink


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PostPosted: August 5, 2012 2:49 PM 

All agog here for tomorrow morning (6.30 in Scotland) Very Happy


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PostPosted: August 5, 2012 2:52 PM 

I'm here in Pasadena attending the Mars Society Convention. There will be an MSL landing event tonight at 11:31 PDT where we will be receiving a live feed from JPL mission control. The Planetary Society is having a similar PlanetFest event next door. Some kids there are dressed in "spacesuits"!

Some interesting talks at the Convention. Elon Musk was here in person to receive an award last night. He gave a very moving speech about what led him to start Spacex. Also Rob Manning and Paolo Bellutta gave talks, even though they must be frantic getting ready for the big event.

Fingers crossed all around!


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PostPosted: August 5, 2012 4:46 PM 

What does that stand for!!! loLoLol
Where have U been Ree'Chard? Are the fires out?
Glad to see you are on board the Curiosity ship.
Very Happy

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