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Author:   kingy
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 6:19pm (PST)
Subject:   NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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Source



quote news.cnet.com
PASADENA, Calif.--Dutifully executing its complex flight control software, the Mars Science Laboratory silently raced toward its target Sunday, picking up speed as it closed in for a 13,200-mph plunge into the Red Planet's atmosphere and an action-packed seven-minute descent that will require a rocket-powered "sky crane" to lower a one-ton nuclear-powered rover to the surface.

The target is Gale Crater and the goal is a pinpoint landing near the base of a three-mile-high mound of layered rock that represents hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of years of martian history, a frozen record of the planet's changing environment and evolution.

Exploring the crater floor and climbing Mount Sharp over the next two years, the Curiosity rover will look for signs of past or present habitability and search for carbon compounds, the building blocks of life as it is known on Earth.

But first, the rover has to get there and its entry, descent, and landing represent the most challenging robotic descent to the surface of another world ever attempted, a tightly choreographed sequence of autonomously executed events with little margin for error.

"We're about to land a rover that is 10 times heavier than (earlier rovers) with 15 times the payload," Doug McCuistion, director of Mars exploration at NASA Headquarters, told reporters. "Tonight's the Super Bowl of planetary exploration, one yard line, one play left. We score and win, or we don't score and we don't win.
"Confirmation of the landing should come at about 10:31 p.m. PT Sunday for folks on the U.S. West Coast, or 1:31 a.m. ET Monday for those on the East Coast."

This is absolutely amazing! Watch it LIVE!

EDIT: added video



Author:   Sniper
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 6:24pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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I get very excited when this stuff happens. It's truly unbelievable how we can take things to outer space and get rovers up there and move around and take samples to really learn about the other planets. Very exciting stuff!



Author:   Tonystew42
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 6:27pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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Misleading title is misleading.



Author:   ditto
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 6:34pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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Lmao what happens if it crashes and we waste billions of monies?




Author:   Superwalnut
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 6:38pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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quote ditto
Lmao what happens if it crashes and we waste billions of monies?

"We learn from our mistakes." - NASA Guy



Author:   nani17
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 7:04pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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It would be great if NASA had a fake video of it landing and somthing walking over and picking it up. It would freak everybody out



Author:   Smell The Chiken
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 7:23pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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quote Superwalnut
quote ditto
Lmao what happens if it crashes and we waste billions of monies?

"We learn from our mistakes." - NASA Guy
"Well, we're *bleep*ed." - What the Guy Says Offscreen

I'll be interested to see what we'll find when it lands. Of course, I'm assuming that if they're putting over a billion dollars into this, then the odds of it blowing up are less than a percent.



Author:   Oglop
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 8:34pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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I won't be excited until they find life on Mars. Or Prothean technology.



Author:   kingy
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 8:50pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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^ Mars is dead except for some ancient ice caps. So I don't think we'll ever see that news story...

quote Tonystew42
Misleading title is misleading.
I didn't feel like changing the title so I just left it in past tense, seeing as the event will happen in just an hour's time.



Author:   Superwalnut
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 9:26pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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quote Smell The Chiken
quote Superwalnut
quote ditto
Lmao what happens if it crashes and we waste billions of monies?

"We learn from our mistakes." - NASA Guy
"Well, we're *bleep*ed." - What the Guy Says Offscreen
"Told you so." - Guy Who Wanted Another Mission to the Moon



Author:   The Killer Fish
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 10:33pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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And it has landed.



Author:   Cashis
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 10:33pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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lol. the reaction was 5*



Author:   walnuts
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 11:00pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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The first picture from the Mars rover has been published:



Watching the stream now, keen to get some live video footage going soon, bit boring at the moment.



Author:   Superwalnut
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 11:04pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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Walnuts; Haha, have my internet.



Saw it, all they did was eat peanuts and then freak out. :/



Author:   The Don
Date:   Aug 05, 12 at 11:07pm (PST)
Subject:   re: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars
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The REAL first images from Curiosity on Mars:




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