Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission: NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars, 6th August 2012

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  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus



    The video is amazing!

     
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  2. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    It's an incredible plan. So many possible points of failure! This rover will kick lots of arse. Being nuclear powered and so much bigger than the current rovers, it will cover loads more ground and do much more science. Can't wait!
     
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It seems incredibly complex, but it if makes it - woohoo!
     
  4. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    It does seem very complicated.
     
  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Lift off this Saturday - fingers crossed!

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15821141
     
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  7. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Done! I hate the merge function on Xeno. Well fiddly.
     
  9. gabi

    gabi Banned Banned

    that looks like a well-dodgy plan. so many things could go wrong. lets hope this dude's not involved

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  10. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    I found it easier to bump the older thread to get it on the front page along with the newer one, then you can select them both more easily.
     
  11. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    This robot shoots rocks with a laser by the way. We are sending a robot to Mars to shoot rocks with lasers. We are sending a robot to Mars to shoot rocks with lasers.
     
  12. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    I really hope they've tested that skycrane somewhere on earth. It looks totally made of fail to me.
     
  13. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Indeed, I have just watched the video and there are so many things that have to work right to get the robot on the ground. Who is to say that it will be over a nice smooth bit of the planet as the video, what precautions have they against coming down on a mountain?
     
  14. Hocus Eye.

    Hocus Eye. Snap, crop, scrap crap

    I expect they have checked out the landing site on Google Mars. Yes there really is such a thing.
     
  15. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Extensive surveys by the three current mars orbiters (NASA's Matrs Odyssey and Reconnaissance Orbiter, and ESA's Mars Express) have been used to select smooth landing sites. By making course adjustments on approach, the actual landing area can be narrowed down very well (an ellipse 20 x 25km). The lander itself has a downwards facing radar that scans the landing site starting pretty high up. Radar is good at differentiating smooth from rough surfaces, so that data will be used to steer the lander down to the smoothest possible surface.
     
  16. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    I know they've done stuff about the landing site, but rocket-powered skycranes in sparse atmospheres are hardly a proven technology.

    I see here they have tested the crane bit in a lab, but surely they'd want to test the crane hovering over some high-altitiude Peruvian desert laying down payloads.
     
  17. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    It's all built for martian Gs though. You'd have to test one built for earth Gs and then you're testing something else :D
     
  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  19. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    T minus 1 hour. I have to go out :(
     
  20. ferrelhadley

    ferrelhadley These violent delights have violent ends.

    The final part of the landing system is very similar to the Surveyor moon probes in that it is a rocket to slow descent. The difference being it hand the probe like a parachute rather than being underneath.

    Hmmm the AI on the lander though, thats gotta be a fair bit of code.
     
  21. Crispy

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  22. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    But the waffles will be epic.... :hmm:
     
  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    *merged
     
  25. dilute micro

    dilute micro esse quam videri

    We come in peace.
     
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Man oh man, I'm keeping everything crossed for this landing but it seems so ridiculously complicated I'm harbouring a few fears.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18933037
     
  27. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    :(
     
  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Tonight at 9pm:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01llnb2
     
  29. ExtraRefined

    ExtraRefined Better than you at everything you love

    That mad landing procedure in full



    The NHM are doing a landing event with webcast and guest speakers, for those hardcore space nerds who fancy being out of bed before dawn next Monday (ie. me)
     
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  30. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    Arse. I'll be travelling from about 5 am to the Olympics on Monday morning. I think I'd rather "watch" the landing.

    I bet they won't carry the Mars news on the scoreboards. Philistines.

    I liked the bit on the Horizon programme when they said every part of the mad-cap descent was the right solution to an engineering problem. If that's the answer, the question must have been pretty majestic.

    I can't find a bookie that's offering odds on the landing (but Paddy Power is offering 16/1 against alien life being discovered in 2012).
     

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