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Offline Snowcrash Topic starter
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In case anyone has missed it, NASA's new rover, Curiosity, lifted off a few days ago.

Only another 8.5 months to wait before landing on Mars.

APOD has a good pic of it and Bad Astonomy blog has a more in depth report.

But for those that like to just sit and stare at things, here's the vid...



I will post here with more news as it happens next year.
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Thought I would get in with the first update  Tongue

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16515006
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Good Good.

Curiosity is now on the correct course. We hope.
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It would be a bugger if someone had forgotten to carry the 1 eh  lol
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An article on Curiosities camera!!

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=36007
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now that's what I call a camera, I'll take 2 of them please  lol
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The landing zone has now been narrowed down:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18401248
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They say they can hit this target because of their confidence in the high-precision landing system attached to the rover.

The landing site is 7km by 12km. High precision eh?

Luckily we can land planes with a little better precision.
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When you consider the distances involved thats a pretty small area!!!!!
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They (NASA) say they can hit this target because of their confidence in the high-precision landing system attached to the rover.

Somehow, the term "high precision landing system" doesn't quite mesh with a ~140 square mile landing zone. Undecided I think that maybe the guidance system during the trip might have just a tiny bit more to do with it, don't you? Smiley
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a plutonium battery  Shocked
Lasts up to a decade long I want one
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Get two. Then you'll have the requisite 1.21 gigawatts necessary for the flux capacitor. Tongue
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Found this vid called the 7 minutes of terror. Shows how complex their problem is and why the landing zone is so large.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=146903741

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Wow. Just... Wow! That's the most complex, intricate arrangement of methods for "getting home" (because let's face it, Mars is Curiosity's new home, one way or another) I've ever seen, and it's one I wouldn't want to have to try solo; but what a ride! Smiley
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I say too many systems to rely on, They certainly did not use the term K.I.S.S on this project   scratch-head

I hope all goes well Smiley
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