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Brew-Happy 07-25-2012 02:32 AM

Mars Curiosity. Anyone Else Excited!
 
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/

About 12 days and NASA will do their best not to splat millions of dollars on the surface of Mars. Anyone else willing to stay up and watching it??

A rover the size of a compact car making a "controlled" decent to the surface of another planet??? Sounds like homebrew to me. :ban:

Let the fun begin.

Aggie.

b-boy 07-25-2012 02:34 AM

I love this stuff. I remember the Gemini and Apollo missions as a kid. It was awesome!

I'm bummed that no one seems to care about this any more.

Brew-Happy 07-25-2012 02:36 AM

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Originally Posted by b-boy (Post 4277575)
I love this stuff. I remember the Gemini and Apollo missions as a kid. It was awesome!

I'm bummed that no one seems to care about this any more.

Keep an eye out. I'm hoping that NASA TV will be airing the decent and results. :rockin:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

gratus fermentatio 07-25-2012 11:41 AM

I'll be watching if I can. Till then, I'll hoist a pint (or 2) to Dr. Sally Ride, RIP.
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/features/ride.html
She is currently exploring the true final frontier.
Regards, GF.

slomo 07-25-2012 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by gratus fermentatio (Post 4278209)
I'll be watching if I can. Till then, I'll hoist a pint (or 2) to Dr. Sally Ride, RIP.
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/features/ride.html
She is currently exploring the true final frontier.
Regards, GF.

Yeah I was sad to hear about Dr. Ride's passing. With respect to the landing on Mars it seems pretty complicated, and sounds like a lot could go wrong. It will be awesome if NASA succeeds. Is the landing on 7/28?

Brew-Happy 07-25-2012 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by slomo (Post 4278363)
Yeah I was sad to hear about Dr. Ride's passing. With respect to the landing on Mars it seems pretty complicated, and sounds like a lot could go wrong. It will be awesome if NASA succeeds. Is the landing on 7/28?

My understanding is the rover is supposed to land on the night of Aug 5th depending on your location. I'm trying to post the countdown time now.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov The countdown timer is at the bottom of the page (IF someone that is good at html can post it in this thread, I would be greatful!)

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/images/spacer.gif

hmmm i can't get the image to post like i wanted. The worst part will be the 7min decent where they have no communication. Pass/Fail kinda test.

solbes 07-25-2012 01:22 PM

I love reading about the space race in the 50's/60's. Really interesting stuff. Then watching the Space Shuttle missions as a kid was really captivating. Unfortunately I don't get that excited about these unmanned missions to Mars. I will still pay attention to some of it though.

Two concepts on how to do a manned mission to Mars. The earth orbit rocket build option had astronomical costs. The second option where Earth Return fuel is made on the surface of Mars had costs that were still very high, but more manageable. I would love to see us get back to manned missions, but the economy has no room for it now. If we ever did, it could spur on a lot of industry and technology innovations because of all the challenges it presents.

mb82 07-25-2012 01:26 PM

I plan on watching. I love the work NASA does, it could get kids interested in science. Too bad schools don't teach anything about space besides the names of the planets.

Brew-Happy 07-25-2012 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by solbes (Post 4278398)
I love reading about the space race in the 50's/60's. Really interesting stuff. Then watching the Space Shuttle missions as a kid was really captivating. Unfortunately I don't get that excited about these unmanned missions to Mars. I will still pay attention to some of it though.

Two concepts on how to do a manned mission to Mars. The earth orbit rocket build option had astronomical costs. The second option where Earth Return fuel is made on the surface of Mars had costs that were still very high, but more manageable. I would love to see us get back to manned missions, but the economy has no room for it now. If we ever did, it could spur on a lot of industry and technology innovations because of all the challenges it presents.

One huge hurdle right now for a manned mission is the people going likely won't come back. There have been several articles recently about this being a "suicide" mission. Terrible description, but they will likely be there to stay.

I have read some interesting stuff on how private industry is building up a ton of space tech. Just recently a private company docked a module to ISS!

Brew-Happy 07-25-2012 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by mb82 (Post 4278409)
I plan on watching. I love the work NASA does, it could get kids interested in science. Too bad schools don't teach anything about space besides the names of the planets.

Ever watch this?: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

Thankfully, here in Texas the high school students have to take 4yrs of science and one class can be Earth and Planetary Sciences. I hope to teach that class one day :D


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