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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1065 on: August 6, 2012, 01:25 AM »
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1066 on: August 6, 2012, 01:33 AM »
OMFG!   They did it! 

Congratulations to NASA & all those involed with the landing of Curiosity on Mars, truely NASA's finest hour in space-age technology since landing a man on the moon! KUDO'S!

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1067 on: August 6, 2012, 01:48 AM »
First image from the Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Credit Spaceflight.com


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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1068 on: August 6, 2012, 01:53 AM »
Curiosity's shadow!   8)


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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1070 on: August 6, 2012, 04:47 PM »
Here is the real first picture the rover took.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1071 on: August 6, 2012, 05:09 PM »
Another great shot of Curiosity & its parachute taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on the descent.


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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1072 on: August 6, 2012, 11:29 PM »
Another great shot of Curiosity & its parachute taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on the descent.



that is just so freaking awesome! glad the thing arrived safe and sound, now let's get to doing some scienc-y stuff!
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1073 on: August 7, 2012, 12:40 AM »

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1074 on: August 7, 2012, 01:53 AM »
That was our galactic F U to all the life out there.  We beat them to the punch.
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1075 on: August 7, 2012, 01:43 PM »
Scene of a Martian Landing
The four main pieces of hardware that arrived on Mars with NASA's Curiosity rover were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image about 24 hours after landing. The large, reduced-scale image points out the strewn hardware: the heat shield was the first piece to hit the ground, followed by the back shell attached to the parachute, then the rover itself touched down and finally, after cables were cut, the sky crane flew away to the northwest and crashed. Relatively dark areas in all four spots are from disturbances of the bright dust on Mars, revealing the darker material below the surface dust.

Around the rover, this disturbance was from the sky crane thrusters, and forms a bilaterally symmetrical pattern. The darkened radial jets from the sky crane are downrange from the point of oblique impact, much like the oblique impacts of asteroids. In fact, they make an arrow pointing to Curiosity.

This image was acquired from a special 41-degree roll of MRO, larger than the normal 30-degree limit. It rolled towards the west and towards the sun, which increases visible scattering by atmospheric dust as well as the amount of atmosphere the orbiter has to look through, thereby reducing the contrast of surface features. Future images will show the hardware in greater detail. Our view is tilted about 45 degrees from the surface (more than the 41-degree roll due to planetary curvature), like a view out of an airplane window. Tilt the images 90 degrees clockwise to see the surface better from this perspective. The views are primarily of the shadowed side of the rover and other objects. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona.


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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #1076 on: August 7, 2012, 05:20 PM »
that is so awesome!
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
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This sticker is dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love Fig Newtons.

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This sticker is dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love Fig Newtons.