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05 August 2012

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Matthew

Like during the Apollo missions, we again get to engage in wonder. USA!

Allen Thomson


Fun Fact from Physics:

The entry and landing sequence of MSL tonight is going to take about seven minutes. But at the time Mars will be 13.8 light-minutes from Earth, so the entire process will take place outside our future light cone, in a region of space-time from which we're absolutely excluded.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_cone

Anyway, I join everyone in hoping that MSL will at last locate the banths. Deja Thoris would be a definite plus.

The Twisted Genius

Just got an email from the RPI alumni association. They're doing a Google+ hangout tonight with Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science at RPI. She was previously deputy associate administrator of exploration systems for NASA and had a lot to do with the mission. Seems a lot of RPI alumni are involved with the project. I think I'll join them. I might get some inside scoop.

Here's a Laurie Leshin article on the mission:

http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/To-Mars-and-beyond-3761957.php

Allen Thomson


Oh, and we should note that Curiosity, like Gort, has a beam weapon built into its head:

http://wanderingspace.net/2007/06/the-coming-mars-laser/

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/03/Gort_Firing.jpg

The Twisted Genius

Curiosity is on the surface of Mars and transmitting pictures. Watched the JPL feed of the landing. That was exciting to watch. Everyone's going crazy in the control room. Great stuff!

r whitman

Does anyone have the website of the NASA live feed from the vehicle?? Please post.

SAC Brat

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

I've got my fingers crossed that this explorer has a longer than projected mission life like its predecessors. (Also a big Hubble fan)

Data. More data.

John Minnerath

So far it appears the landing was a success!
Have to say all my fingers and toes are still crossed. This is a major program and we really needed it to work.
This will go a long way in renewing interest in our foundering space exploration activities.

rick

PL,

I think the only reason why the Tharks did not avoid JC was that they had not had access to our radio and TV signals and did not know what to expect.

I am gueeing that they know better now, and would expect more of a Martian Chronicles type of greeting, at least if they're smart.

Allen Thomson


Latest interesting pic, this shot of Curiosity descending on its parachute as seen by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite. (I remember a day when the ability to take such a picture would have been Very Secret. Time moves on.)

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia15978b.html

rick

And speaking of the Martian Chronicles, many or most of the stories therein were made into radio dramas in the 50's. Here are 2 pretty good ones:

http://www.oldradioworld.com/media/xminusone_550508_MarsIsHeaven.mp3

http://www.oldradioworld.com/media/xminusone_550908_TheMartianDeathMarch.mp3

Also, Librivox.Org has several of the John Carter of Mars books as free audiobooks.

Allen Thomson


And let's not think that the undeserving victims of this interplanetary aggression are not, piteously, rightly, crying out in their anguish.

http://nasawatch.com/archives/2012/08/mars-rock-n165.html#comments

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