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  • Scimarad 6 Aug 2012 08:09:08 8,591 posts
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    I just overheard the news on a local BBC radio station and not one fucking mention that a 1 tonne mobile laboratory just successfully landed on another planet. God, the human race depresses me...
  • chopsen 6 Aug 2012 08:10:29 16,194 posts
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    Local radio, innit. Mars is really far away.
  • Scimarad 6 Aug 2012 08:13:58 8,591 posts
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    I thought local meant 'Solar System':)
  • Immaterial 6 Aug 2012 08:14:08 1,451 posts
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    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    Khanivor wrote:
    The tweets really are precious.
    Love the tweets! Shows a good sense of humor. Go curiosity!
    I'm sure I just saw one on the news saying 'GALE CRATER, I AM IN YOU.'

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

  • Ka-blamo 6 Aug 2012 08:15:47 7,580 posts
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    There better be HD cameras on that thing, I want a new desktop wallpaper. ;)
  • Khanivor 6 Aug 2012 08:16:21 41,065 posts
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    If only the tweet had been, 'In your crater, stealing all your rocks'.
  • Fab4 6 Aug 2012 08:24:03 6,143 posts
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    I wonder if there is a woman out there called Gale Crater who is getting a bit worried.
  • Fab4 6 Aug 2012 08:32:07 6,143 posts
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    The guy running the descent show, Adam Stelzner, sounds like a colourful character :)

    "I was sort of studying sex, drugs and rock and roll in high school," says Steltzner. It wasn't just the long hair. "I liked to wear this strange Air Force jump suit. And my first car was a '69 Cadillac hearse. I put a bed in the back."
  • woodnotes 6 Aug 2012 09:36:54 4,937 posts
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    Completely and utterly mind-blowing. Got to be honest, I couldn't see how this could possibly land successfully. But... wow! Incredible - my jaw dropped when I saw we'd landed it successfully this morning.
  • glaeken 6 Aug 2012 09:42:59 11,234 posts
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    "We'd" landed it successfully? Are we all pretending we work for NASA now like everyone is in the football team they support?

    Any way this was great stuff :-) I loved the live footage of the NASA control room and about two dozen geeks going nuts.
  • SolidSCB 6 Aug 2012 09:52:10 7,136 posts
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    Fucking brilliant. What an absolute set of unbelievable geniuses those guys at NASA are. I hope this success inches us closer to seeing a manned mission to Mars. Really want to see that happen in my lifetime.
  • Immaterial 6 Aug 2012 09:54:03 1,451 posts
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    Edited by Immaterial at 09:54:20 06-08-2012

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

  • mcmonkeyplc 6 Aug 2012 09:54:56 39,508 posts
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    Billy_Sastard wrote:
    There is HD camera's on it, I'm hoping they can stream live video footage with that thing, I highly doubt it though.
    There would be an 8 minute delay on it anyway.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • mcmonkeyplc 6 Aug 2012 09:56:24 39,508 posts
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    SolidSCB wrote:
    Fucking brilliant. What an absolute set of unbelievable geniuses those guys at NASA are. I hope this success inches us closer to seeing a manned mission to Mars. Really want to see that happen in my lifetime.
    Tweet from Nasa this morning:

    Today, the wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars," @NASA Administrator Charles Bolden #MSL
    I'd say they're thinking on the right track :)

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • woodnotes 6 Aug 2012 10:27:32 4,937 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    "We'd" landed it successfully? Are we all pretending we work for NASA now like everyone is in the football team they support?

    Any way this was great stuff :-) I loved the live footage of the NASA control room and about two dozen geeks going nuts.
    I kinda meant humankind! lol :)
  • wobbly_Bob 6 Aug 2012 10:50:47 1,898 posts
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    The shot from the rear hazcam without the dust cover http://twitpic.com/ag43lt
  • glaeken 6 Aug 2012 11:07:06 11,234 posts
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    These things always look the same. Drive it up a Olympus mons for gods sake and give as a nice scenic view.

    Edited by glaeken at 11:10:49 06-08-2012
  • DaM 6 Aug 2012 11:28:08 13,435 posts
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    wobbly_Bob wrote:
    I would love to see a mission to Europa that drilled down through the ice to the ocean below. And beyond that I would love to see a manned mussion to mars... Hope I'm still around to see it :)
    Khanivor mentioned Enceladus - we really need to go there, no need to land and drill - they've recently discovered that it's shooting liquid into space, all we have to do is fly through its atmosphere.

    "In May 2011 NASA scientists at an Enceladus Focus Group Conference reported that Enceladus "is emerging as the most habitable spot beyond Earth in the Solar System for life as we know it"
  • chopsen 6 Aug 2012 11:44:12 16,194 posts
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    A body called the "Enceladus Focus Group Conference" is hardly going to say "Yeah, Europa's a better candidate for finding life actually. Fund research in to that, don't give us any money."
  • pauleyc 6 Aug 2012 12:06:08 4,503 posts
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    woodnotes wrote:
    Completely and utterly mind-blowing. Got to be honest, I couldn't see how this could possibly land successfully. But... wow! Incredible - my jaw dropped when I saw we'd landed it successfully this morning.
    This, it was absolutely amazing. I have to say watching the live feed from JPL and the comments for the final landing sequence - "radar acquired ground...deploying sky crane...touchdown!", all coming within 10 or so seconds - felt almost unreal.
  • Khanivor 6 Aug 2012 17:24:27 41,065 posts
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    Descent shot

    Edited by Khanivor at 17:24:58 06-08-2012
  • RabidChild 6 Aug 2012 17:51:26 2,293 posts
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    Probably a very stupid question: how did things like the Viking probe send pics back? It was before digital photography, right?
  • Khanivor 6 Aug 2012 17:54:42 41,065 posts
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    It's real alright. Just incredible.

    @Rabid - like TV, basically.
  • Ka-blamo 6 Aug 2012 17:57:30 7,580 posts
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    What's the diffrence between this and all the other rovers that've landed on mars?
  • SolidSCB 6 Aug 2012 17:58:33 7,136 posts
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    RabidChild wrote:
    Probably a very stupid question: how did things like the Viking probe send pics back? It was before digital photography, right?
    It stopped off at the Kodak on Mars and got them developed. Why did you think there was a 48hr delay?
  • chopsen 6 Aug 2012 17:59:07 16,194 posts
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    It's bigger and better is designed to do different experiments. It's also exploring a bit of the planet we've not been to. Also: it knows kung-fu and makes a mean mojito.
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