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Old 08-06-2012, 10:09 AM
 
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Here's a recap of the event when mission control got confirmation that the MSL made a successful touchdown and that it was already sending the first pictures. I don't know if the signal was coming direct from the MSL or if it was relayed by one of the orbiters though. Regardless, it was a moment of great celebration and congratulations on a job well done.




CURIOSITY HAS LANDED! First Images From Mars - YouTube
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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Here's a recap of the event when mission control got confirmation that the MSL made a successful touchdown and that it was already sending the first pictures. I don't know if the signal was coming direct from the MSL or if it was relayed by one of the orbiters though. Regardless, it was a moment of great celebration and congratulations on a job well done.




CURIOSITY HAS LANDED! First Images From Mars - YouTube
They were beaming back via Odyssey orbiting over-head. You could hear the JPL stating they may not get more photos (after three or four they had) for a couple of hours until Odyssey came back overhead.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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They were beaming back via Odyssey orbiting over-head. You could hear the JPL stating they may not get more photos (after three or four they had) for a couple of hours until Odyssey came back overhead.
Thank you for clarifying that the signals were going through Odyssey orbiter. The orbiters and MSL had to lined up with a relatively short window to capture the signal, otherwise there'd have to be a wait for another orbit to line up again. As it turned out, it was just right. Basically, what the MSL is doing is checking it's systems to make sure everything is working correctly. The bonus is that we're getting a preview of the location. It'll be when much higher resolution images can be beamed to Earth, not to mention color and stereoscopic images. MSL has more cameras than a tourist.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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Thank you for clarifying that the signals were going through Odyssey orbiter. The orbiters and MSL had to lined up with a relatively short window to capture the signal, otherwise there'd have to be a wait for another orbit to line up again. As it turned out, it was just right. Basically, what the MSL is doing is checking it's systems to make sure everything is working correctly. The bonus is that we're getting a preview of the location. It'll be when much higher resolution images can be beamed to Earth, not to mention color and stereoscopic images. MSL has more cameras than a tourist.
Yeah, it was a pretty exciting morning. I look forward to some primo mars photography.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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. . . MSL has more cameras than a tourist.
Haha, that'll make a great quote Thanks!

It was amazing to see everything unfold last night via NASA TV.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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Another excellent recap of the event. This one shows animations of what was taking place, mixed with the reactions from Mission Control as each event succeeded.




Curiosity Has Landed - YouTube
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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Great video.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Great video.
Below are a couple of links from JPL of the descent captured by HiRISE.
http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/images...256_9022-1.jpg

HiRISE | HiRISE Captures MSL's Descent to Mars


The parachute design made an enormous contribution in slowing the craft down after it hit the atmosphere. It's the longest and strongest ever made for a planetary mission. "...the parachute was 16 stories tall, 50 feet in diameter, and made of the same type of nylon found in outerwear like raincoats." It was able to withstand a 9-G shock and slow the craft from 1000 mph to 200 mph. That'd knock your dentures loose.
The Coolest Photograph Yet of the Curiosity Mars Rover | TheMagazine.us

If anything had gone wrong at each stage, or the timing had been even slightly off, the mission could've been a disaster. As it turned out, it was a flawless landing. Now the real point of the mission will soon begin. Like everyone, I can hardly wait to see what sights and discoveries can be revealed during this mission.
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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Picture of Curiosity from the orbiting Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter after it's parachute was deployed>>>>>



Another picture>>>>>



Galen Crater>>>>







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Old 08-06-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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Video of Curiosity's Descent(from JPL)>>>>




Curiosity's Descent - YouTube
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