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  • Ged42 7 Aug 2012 18:24:20 7,700 posts
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    I feel that it will be China that puts a man on Mars.

    Simply because the Chinese Government doesn't give a crap about the mental and physical well being of the astronaut, as long as the guy gets there and plants a flag.

    In other news
    Lego Curiosity

    Edited by Ged42 at 20:12:54 07-08-2012
  • Fake_Blood 7 Aug 2012 20:34:12 4,059 posts
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    Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) made another pass of the landingsite and took a shot:

  • mcmonkeyplc 7 Aug 2012 23:43:51 39,384 posts
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    God damned litter bugs

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • mcmonkeyplc 7 Aug 2012 23:47:26 39,384 posts
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    @wobbly_Bob I believe there's a thread called the 21st century space race :-)
    Sadly the Indian government are useless. If India are going to compete it'll have to be the private sector.

    Space x claim the Falcon heavy could reach Mars with modifications. So who knows government might have nothing to do with it... Probably will though.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • neilka 8 Aug 2012 01:31:53 15,630 posts
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    Has it found anything that can be eaten and/or fucked yet? If not then I want my tax dollars back.
  • ecureuil 8 Aug 2012 01:33:45 76,485 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) made another pass of the landingsite and took a shot:

    Coloured in.
  • DaM 8 Aug 2012 09:37:42 12,892 posts
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    Ged42 wrote:

    In other news
    Lego Curiosity
    Arse, keep forgetting I fixed the sound driver on my work PC and the speakers now work....!
  • glaeken 8 Aug 2012 09:54:18 11,086 posts
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    @ecureuil It would be kind of funny if life had been hanging on in only one spot on Mars to be wiped out by falling debris from a mission to find life.

    I mean come on NASA just letting your shit crash any old place seems to be sending a bad message to any potential Martians.
  • mal 8 Aug 2012 17:10:18 22,332 posts
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    No high speed link just yet though, I take it?

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Fake_Blood 8 Aug 2012 17:21:31 4,059 posts
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    Heads up!



    Don't know if the high gain antenna is up yet.
    Best case scenario is when they send data over one of the two orbiting sattelites. One of the two has a 2mbit connection with the deep space network, which is -amazingly- faster than what some people have at home.

    Is that a QR code in that pic?
    Probably just a calibration tool.
  • glaeken 8 Aug 2012 17:23:27 11,086 posts
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    Is that one of the awesome pics? It looks awfully like a shot of some gravel.
  • Fake_Blood 8 Aug 2012 17:25:32 4,059 posts
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    This might be interesting for some folks.

    (Apple) IBM G3 with 256mb of ram and 2 gigs of storage.
    Might seem slow, but has a great track record and can resist stuff like extreme temperatures and radiation.

    Edited by Fake_Blood at 17:26:30 08-08-2012

    Edited by Fake_Blood at 17:31:49 08-08-2012
  • wobbly_Bob 8 Aug 2012 17:30:02 1,617 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    Heads up!



    Don't know if the high gain antenna is up yet.
    Best case scenario is when they send data over one of the two orbiting sattelites. One of the two has a 2mbit connection with the deep space network, which is -amazingly- faster than what some people have at home.

    Is that a QR code in that pic?
    Probably just a calibration tool.
    That's a cool shot. I like it because of the quality of the image and it really brings home this huge thing is on Mars. It's cool they got such a fast connection.
  • Fake_Blood 8 Aug 2012 17:30:32 4,059 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    Is that one of the awesome pics? It looks awfully like a shot of some gravel.
    Lol, don't worry, lot's of nice pics to come, the camera was obviously not pointed at the horizon. They are first going to take pictures of of the rover itself, see if nothing has fallen off and stuff.
  • Fake_Blood 8 Aug 2012 18:55:47 4,059 posts
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  • mal 8 Aug 2012 19:09:41 22,332 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    Heads up!



    Is that a QR code in that pic?
    Probably just a calibration tool.
    Bit of both probably. It's not strictly speaking a QR code cos it's not the right format, but it looks to be some sort of indentifier. Judging by the number of bits it might be a part number type thing, and could well be used for calibration as well.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • billythekid 8 Aug 2012 19:12:21 11,013 posts
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    It's a pixel art curiosity
  • ecureuil 8 Aug 2012 19:36:31 76,485 posts
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    Yeah it's just a basic image of the rover.

    Image of the descent, by MARDI.
  • SolidSCB 8 Aug 2012 19:41:35 6,387 posts
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    Brilliant shot. Still feels surreal to me seeing this stuff.
  • muttler 8 Aug 2012 19:45:45 3,937 posts
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    New hi res image from MARDI of the descent, where the heat shield detached and dropped away

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16021.html
  • ecureuil 8 Aug 2012 19:47:40 76,485 posts
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    Here's the video.
  • muttler 8 Aug 2012 19:51:59 3,937 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    Here's the video.
    That's flipping incredible.
  • Bremenacht 8 Aug 2012 19:52:04 17,600 posts
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    SolidSCB wrote:
    Brilliant shot. Still feels surreal to me seeing this stuff.
    Yeah - same here. Sending a robot across our solar system, dealing with solar radiation successfully (apparently), landing it on Mars using a rocket-crane, all the time recording these events to amaze us.

    I read about some JPL or NASA guy saying this event is as significant as the man on the moon. I think I agree.
  • Ged42 8 Aug 2012 20:00:38 7,700 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    Here's the video.
    I want to ride that waving my hat, crying 'yeee ha.'

    Awesome stuff.
  • Khanivor 8 Aug 2012 20:47:06 40,359 posts
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    Thing's barely on the ground and it's already bending minds. Should be an incredible mission.
  • ecureuil 8 Aug 2012 23:40:45 76,485 posts
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    Another image.
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