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    Mars Curiosity lands TONIGHT!

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    http://www.universetoday.com/96541/j...rover-landing/

    Wish them luck, it's engineering at the highest level for all you geeks out there.

    I'm excited!

    On a sidenote, what news network spent lots of $$ for a crash simulation to be broadcast a few minutes of it not making it? I'm sure the news will be a mile a minute if it does, more than if it does make it. I hate the 30 second news cycle. All about ratings. No brain, all pundit these days.
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    I can't wait, man. So excited. Several of my friends worked on the rover, and I think will be sitting in mission control during the landing. Can't wait to see the first pictures come back!
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    Mars rover Curiosity is scheduled to land on the Red Planet tonight at 10:31 p.m. PDT/1:31 a.m. EDT, just as a heads up
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    It landed! 100% even pics!

    God Bless America and it's engineering excellence!
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    Amazing, there were over 70 electro explosive devices that had to work perfectly.


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    Awesome, when can we expect an invasion force?
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    On the one had I think it is a tremendous waste of money; then I think about how money works and get to feeling a little better because every dollar spent multiplies revenues as it floats through the economy. The caveat is much of the money leaves the US headed for Asia.

    On the other hand I think it is awesome!
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    Yea, I was very happy to see landing turn out well. I was really worried about the sky crane method.

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    Shot of the descent taken by the MRO.

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    ^^ I *LOVE* that shot. SO cool.

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    On the one had I think it is a tremendous waste of money; then I think about how money works and get to feeling a little better because every dollar spent multiplies revenues as it floats through the economy. The caveat is much of the money leaves the US headed for Asia.
    Not really, most of it stays here. Its US government money (NASA) being paid to US government employees (NASA engineers/scientists), Boeing/Lockheed for the launch vehicle, BAE, Raytheon, and a few others for the electronics, and universities all over the world for the scientific instruments.
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    Really glad we had a success again...wish they could have kept within budget though.

    I started reading "Red Mars" in preparation for this a really good book so far.

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    Yea, I was very happy to see landing turn out well. I was really worried about the sky crane method.
    My worries were on the Parachute deployment at 1000mph....Nothing like thin atmosphere!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneWolf121188 View Post
    ^^ I *LOVE* that shot. SO cool.


    Not really, most of it stays here. Its US government money (NASA) being paid to US government employees (NASA engineers/scientists), Boeing/Lockheed for the launch vehicle, BAE, Raytheon, and a few others for the electronics, and universities all over the world for the scientific instruments.
    Initially yes but it trickles out through employee spending. It just can not multiply like it did 20+ years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfonda View Post
    My worries were on the Parachute deployment at 1000mph....Nothing like thin atmosphere!
    Yea, no doubt. I wonder how well this landing method will scale up for larger payloads.

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    Watched the news report on this this evening and in the background was a big screen with the Windows XP screen saver bouncing around on it. Apparently NASA didn't trust Vista or 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfonda View Post
    My worries were on the Parachute deployment at 1000mph....Nothing like thin atmosphere!
    Ever read Roving Mars, by Steve Squyres? There's a section in there where he talks about the development of the parachute for the MER mission. Pretty interesting/terrifying stuff. It's a great book, highly recommended. Also, Squyres was one of my professors at Cornell. Awesome guy.
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    The money cruising through the economy is only part of it.
    Next time you use a microwave, thank NASA!
    Money "wasted" on space is responsible for a lot of the stuff we take for granted every day.

    I think it's fantastic it made it, that makes me very happy. I'm hoping it can vastly outlive it's projected lifespan like the last rovers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobnova View Post
    I think it's fantastic it made it, that makes me very happy. I'm hoping it can vastly outlive it's projected lifespan like the last rovers
    Looks like there's a good chance of that... if only there were two of them.

    http://www.space.com/16679-mars-rove...-lifespan.html

    "While the rover could realistically survive five or six years on Mars, there are three main areas that could limit Curiosity's life: the rover's onboard mechanisms, its batteries, and its nuclear-powered RTG, he explained.

    "We test the mechanisms usually for three times life — sometimes two — and we don't test them to failure," Theisinger told SPACE.com. "So, all the mechanisms have been tested to last two to three times longer than we expect the mission to operate, if they haven't failed in that period of time."

    "The RTG suffers from the degradation of plutonium dioxide, but that lasts a long time," Theisinger said. "I think from the RTG, I would expect to get 10, 12 or 15 years out of it."

    "The reasons Spirit and Opportunity lasted longer are different, so you can't run away with that idea," he said. "Do I think Curiosity could last longer? It certainly could. Could it last 10 years? I don't think so. But could it last five years? You bet. If it lasted five or six years, I wouldn't be shocked."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobnova View Post
    The money cruising through the economy is only part of it.
    Next time you use a microwave, thank NASA!
    Money "wasted" on space is responsible for a lot of the stuff we take for granted every day.

    I think it's fantastic it made it, that makes me very happy. I'm hoping it can vastly outlive it's projected lifespan like the last rovers
    Hey it is cool! I have worked with former NASA engineers (Bob Babington for one) before (yeah I know you think I am FOS but hey) and I redesigned the heat spreader mechanism on the griddle top here http://www.babingtontechnology.com/PMB_Sled.htm last pic at bottom.

    As well as building these: http://www.babingtontechnology.com/P...um%20L-RES.pdf

    These burners were developed by Bob while at NASA and have made eating in the Corps a bit better. And there is a Colonel or two out there that make a mean burger as well sausage with peppers and onions. Bob has them in europe heating homes but for some reason cant get it going in the US.

    http://spinoff.nasa.gov/spinfaq.htm

    I have also worked with many NASA developed technologies from IBM to OSSID.

    My point was not what NASA does but where the money ends up (not cycling through our economy). I am sorry I ruined this thread but I guess I just like to ruin everyones day by putting things in perspective. It is how I think.
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