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Old 11-26-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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Letter-perfect launch from Cape Canaveral today, ETA on Mars' surface: August 2012.

Curiosity launches to Mars on Saturday | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Effin' awesome.
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Old 11-26-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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This is cool stuff, hope all goes well.

It's time we had some NASA stuff to look forward to, most of us are sick of seeing the kartrashians on our tv; send them to mars.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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This is cool stuff, hope all goes well.
The landing will be the tricky part - the Rube Goldberg method they're figured out seems pretty crazy, but they're the rocket scientists, so...

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It's time we had some NASA stuff to look forward to, most of us are sick of seeing the kartrashians on our tv; send them to mars.
What did the Martians ever do to you?
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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Way to go NASA

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Old 11-28-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I was wondering what those four towers were. They must have some function.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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I was wondering what those four towers were. They must have some function.
Lightning rods. No, really - that's what they're there for.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:16 PM
 
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^^^ Yup....

Lightning Protection Tower Rises at Launch Pad 39B

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Old 11-30-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: the living desert
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Looking forward to August 2012 when it lands. It is supposed to have quite a bit more scientific equipment than Spirit did, so it should be able to find out a great deal more info ( if they can get it the surface in one piece).
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