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Author:   MrGrimm
Date:   Mar 12, 11 at 2:30pm (PST)
Subject:   Live Feed of Construction of New Mars Rover
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This is really neat.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/whereistherovernow/

Watch the technicians at NASA assemble and test the next Mars rover.

They usually don't do much around this time of day. If you want to see something other than a webcam feed blocked by a huge dome shaped thingy, you'll have to visit the feed during work hours for US timezones.

The other day, they took it out and were doing some testing outside. Was fun to watch. I like spying on them.

Some stuff about the new Mars rover:

Well, it's much bigger than the last one!
It's got 6 wheels, all with separate motors. Or maybe it's only 3 motors, I can't remember. Anyway it should be more reliable and maneuverable.
According to wikipedia, it's going to launch in November, and land next year in August.
It's costing 2 billion dollars! I hope it at least leaves the atmosphere.



Author:   Hraefn
Date:   Mar 12, 11 at 2:39pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Live Feed of Construction of New Mars Rover
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I thought this was a feed from Mars.

Well, it's a cool thing in any case. I hope they continue doing this kind of live feed once the thing is on Mars. It would be all kinds of awesome. =^^=



Author:   MrGrimm
Date:   Mar 12, 11 at 7:42pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Live Feed of Construction of New Mars Rover
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Yeah, I changed the thread title so no one else makes the mistake.

I'm not surprised that it's costing 2 billion dollars. Hell, look at that lab. They leave the lights on all night! What a waste! No one is even in there.



Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Mar 12, 11 at 10:37pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Live Feed of Construction of New Mars Rover
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what the hell goes into that thing to make it worth 2 billion? how much do they pay the workers?



Author:   The Striker
Date:   Mar 13, 11 at 1:26am (PST)
Subject:   re: Live Feed of Construction of New Mars Rover
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Ooh they built a new mars rover? How interesting!



Author:   Ultimatum
Date:   Mar 13, 11 at 1:01am (PST)
Subject:   re: Live Feed of Construction of New Mars Rover
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quote hiigaran
what the hell goes into that thing to make it worth 2 billion? how much do they pay the workers?
The thing has to survive atmospheric entry, land properly, and then function without any support on the surface of Mars. Of course its gonna cost a lot to build. =|



Author:   MrGrimm
Date:   Mar 13, 11 at 11:37am (PST)
Subject:   re: Live Feed of Construction of New Mars Rover
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Much of the cost is also for running the facilities, building the prototypes, the rocket that launches it, and the shuttle that carries it for an entire year.

I'm sure some of that 2 billion will be used during the one year flight too.

BUT IT'S ALSO FOR MAKING SURE THAT THE SCIENTISTS WORKING IN THIS PROJECT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT ABOUT FINDING ALIEN LIFE, RITE?? /CONSPIRACY



Author:   hiigaran
Date:   Mar 13, 11 at 11:43am (PST)
Subject:   re: Live Feed of Construction of New Mars Rover
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<blockquote>quote Ultimatum
<div class="qt">The thing has to survive atmospheric entry, land properly, and then function without any support on the surface of Mars. Of course its gonna cost a lot to build. =|
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but would that cost be for just the rover or for the workers as well?

EDIT: ok never mind



Author:   Vollando
Date:   Mar 13, 11 at 1:26pm (PST)
Subject:   re: Live Feed of Construction of New Mars Rover
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I kinda want to see like scientists in there just goofing around xD


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