2 Hours away to the landing of Curiosity!

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  1. krozar Administrator

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  2. superbob Suspended in a sunbeam

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    still trying to decide if i want to go up to school, one of my professors helped work on the mineral imager on the rover and he's going to have the live stream up in an auditorium
  3. superbob Suspended in a sunbeam

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    Such a beautiful picture
  4. Digital Masta Peek A Boo

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    and the cat will soon be killed...AND THE END WILL COME FOR US ALL!!!!
  5. krozar Administrator

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    High res and without the dust cover, from Odyssey's second (but short) pass.

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    Bear in mind this is just from one of the hazcams. The main cameras haven't even been deployed yet. O those will be kickass.

    I am excited for this mission. For one, this rover can run throughout the Martian year whereas the Twin Rovers had to go to sleep for the winter and wait for a storm to come along and clean their solar panels. No solar panels this time mutherfukkas. Good ol' plutonium-238 just like the Viking missions. Now they can run some high-powered experiments and keep everything heated.

    Has a laser, a jackhammer, and 165lbs of scientific equipment versus the 11lbs on Spirit and Opportunity. We're going to rape the shit out of Mars.
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  6. superbob Suspended in a sunbeam

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    Amazing, isn't it? One major problem though, not with curiosity, with here on earth and NASA, is that we're almost out of 238PU... which will suck because it's what is used to power all the deep space satellites...

    Anyways, going to be waking up early to catch the press conference, see if any new images were released
  7. dreed Scourge of Seven Seas

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    i was at uni when it happened so managed to watch it live. so frigging excited.

    Higgs and Curiosity. Good year for science!
  8. krozar Administrator

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    My understanding of it is that the supply is low because there hasn't been much research into producing it. Recently the DOE has been pushing funding at 2 test reactors for producing domestic supply (previously we just got it from Russia).
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    Gen 4 LFTR reactors can actually produce it as a byproduct, though we have to get the DOE to allow a test reactor to be built...
  10. krozar Administrator

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    Too bad the established energy giants control every Administration :(
  11. superbob Suspended in a sunbeam

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    The first color image returned from curiosity, taken with the Mars Hand Lens Imager with dust cover still on. This is the camera that my professor helped work on
  12. Nozferatu Otaku

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    nothing short of amazing
  13. Marlie Otaku

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    Inb4 something picks up the rover. This is some pretty exciting stuff. The color pictures look amazing. It looks just like Earth's desert in a sandstorm. Not alien like at all. Man I want to go to Mars.
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    ^Much of that is probably the dust on the clear dust lens cover. JPL will remove it later.

    But yeah Mars does look a lot like the western US. However different areas of Mars can looks quite different than others

    Here are some pics from Viking 1

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    Panorama. Click to expand.

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    Blue sunset
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    Viking 2 /w frost at landing site.

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  15. Marlie Otaku

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    Man just imagine a night alone on Mars. It would be completely surreal possibly being only thing on the planet.
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    Other than bacteria, you would be the only living being. It would be very strange and a bit scary.

    Well the part about bacteria is questionable to the world. The evidence is there. This mission has a decent chance to find it. Bacteria travels through space, an even more hostile environment, depositing life on planets. Maybe it's in the poles in a cave somewhere under cryogenic stasis. But I have no doubt that it's there. IMO Mars is the second best place in the solar system to find life, excluding Earth of course. The other place is much harder to reach unfortunately.
  17. superbob Suspended in a sunbeam

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    I was just discussing it with a couple friends at the bar and we decided that the first manned mission to mars has to land close to either Spirit or Opportunity and bring one of them home with them... Hopefully both will eventually be brought back. Opportunity was designed for 90 days of operation on the mars surface when it landed in 2004... The rover is still going.
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    The would be spectacular. All of the probes on Mars right now are essentially monuments. Mars 3 (Soviet, com failed seconds after landing), Vikings 1 and 2, Pathfinder/Sojourner, Spirit and Phoenix. Also Beagle 2 (UK) if it survived the landing but still nobody knows what the fate of that one is since communication was lost just after leaving Mars Express. Then there's wreckage from several more attempt landings.

    Thinking of all this makes me wonder the fate of NEAR, which NASA 'crash' landed onto the asteroid Eros years ago. Even after they landed it, it continued to send back signals, so it did land in one piece. The craft wasn't even designed for landing, was something that Johns Hopkins University (who ran the project) though would be fucking awesome to try. They actually ran the craft's sensitive spectrometer, designed for use in orbit, just 4 inches from the damn surface.

    Right now it's probably just sitting there. NASA should plan for Eros to get close to Earth again and try to retrieve it for the hell of it. Would have been cool if a probe with real equipment was landed on an asteroid. NEAR didn't have much scientific equipment. The biggest accomplishment of NEAR was maneuvering around in deep space. Normally NASA just slingshots crafts from planet to planet. So a lot was learned from NEAR.
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    BTW almost forgot about the Hayabusa probe that Japan launched to an asteroid. Its collection mechanism didn't work, but there was enough residual material on the craft when it returned to Earth. A lot more silty than they expected. They had a lot of issues with that craft. Lost gyroscopes, an engine, solar flare knocked out a panel, and after it landed a fuel line burst and sent the craft flying around the surface and com was then lost for 7 weeks. Amazing they got it back. Was like a robotic version of Apollo 13.
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    Curiosity has grown and is now a teenager taking pictures of itself. :p
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