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Old 08-06-2012, 12:57 AM
 
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YES! As noted, Curiosity is safely alive and well on the surface of Mars at Gale Crater. It is sending black and white photos of it's surroundings and of its own wheel. It's going to be a very interesting journey there. It is expected to be a while, several days at least, before it gets down to doing some real science. In the meantime, I suppose it'll be doing a bit of sightseeing to better understand the lay of the land and determine where it should go. Curiosity's mission is for 2 years, but with any luck, it might last for a decade or two. It's power supply can last for a very long time, but the mechanical parts probably won't last that long.

Congratulations to all the brilliant people who have helped achieve this incredible success. We now know for sure that the skycrane system works like a champ and may pave the way for similar landings of other missions in the future. I can hardly wait for it to start traveling around and give us all a look at the sights there.

I'm also happy to know that my name, as well as Mrs. NB, are safely on the surface aboard Curiosity. It's the next best thing to being there in person. I know that Pitts' name is also aboard. Get ready for deluxe tour Pitts!

The surface looks pretty rocky, but nothing the rover can't handle.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:00 AM
 
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NASA images...

mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/raw
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:01 AM
 
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Holy crap, They all exploded. I'm surprised no one had champagne, and I've caught a couple of people swearing (which I think is hilarious). But yeah, what an incredible event.

Look at me still talking when there's science to do
When I look out there it makes me GLaD I'm not you
I've experiments to run, there is research to be done
On the Rovers who are still alive
I don't believe they are allowed to have alcohol at JPL. Being intoxicated while trying to crunch those numbers could be disastrous lol.

What an incredible event! I cant wait to see what MSL finds!
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:10 AM
 
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NASA - Seventeen Cameras on Curiosity

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Old 08-06-2012, 01:21 AM
 
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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YES! As noted, Curiosity is safely alive and well on the surface of Mars at Gale Crater. It is sending black and white photos of it's surroundings and of its own wheel. It's going to be a very interesting journey there. It is expected to be a while, several days at least, before it gets down to doing some real science. In the meantime, I suppose it'll be doing a bit of sightseeing to better understand the lay of the land and determine where it should go. Curiosity's mission is for 2 years, but with any luck, it might last for a decade or two. It's power supply can last for a very long time, but the mechanical parts probably won't last that long.

Congratulations to all the brilliant people who have helped achieve this incredible success. We now know for sure that the skycrane system works like a champ and may pave the way for similar landings of other missions in the future. I can hardly wait for it to start traveling around and give us all a look at the sights there.

I'm also happy to know that my name, as well as Mrs. NB, are safely on the surface aboard Curiosity. It's the next best thing to being there in person. I know that Pitts' name is also aboard. Get ready for deluxe tour Pitts!

The surface looks pretty rocky, but nothing the rover can't handle.
I'm so relieved and excited and thrileed all our names are onboard the lander......Happy and Safe travels for Curiosity.

Here's Curiosity's Twitter account so we can follow "his tweets".....

https://twitter.com/MarsCuriosity

Curiosity Cam, Ustream.TV: UPCOMING EVENTS: Sunday, August 5 NASA Mars Rover Landing 8:30 to 10:45 p.m. PT Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Landi...
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:32 AM
 
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Congratulations to NASA / JPL / Caltech / all contractors involved in pulling this off. Just watched the live feeds and the landing was incredible!
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:36 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Boy, one has to go all the way to Mars just to legally text and drive these days.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:42 AM
 
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Boy, one has to go all the way to Mars just to legally text and drive these days.
That joke is entirely underrated.

Now that we have an SUV on Mars, all we have to launch into space are the casts of Desperate Housewives and Jersey Shore.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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Wasn't that simply amazing? Even more amazing is that now that the EDL systems have been ground-proven, they could, in theory, land this craft or a similar vehicle elsewhere in the solar system. Congratulations to NASA and JPL.
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