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    Nasa's Curiosity Landing

    Curiosity's 7 minutes of Terror.


    Its approximately 352 million mile (567 million kilometer), 36-week journey from Earth nearly complete, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and its Curiosity rover are "all systems go" for touchdown in Mars' Gale Crater tonight at 10:31 p.m. PDT (1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6). This morning, flight controllers decided to forgo the sixth and final opportunity on the mission calendar for a course-correction maneuver. The spacecraft is headed for its target entry point at the top of Mars' atmosphere precisely enough that the maneuver was deemed unnecessary. In addition, this afternoon, mission controllers determined that no further updates are necessary to the onboard information the spacecraft will use during its autonomous control of MSL's entry, descent and landing. Parameters on a motion tracker were adjusted Saturday for fine-tuning determination of the spacecraft's orientation during its descent. As of 6:18 p.m. PDT (9:18 p.m. EDT), MSL was approximately 36,000 miles (57,936 kilometers) from Mars, traveling at a speed of about 8,400 mph (about 3,755 meters per second).
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    Source: http://news.discovery.com/

    Thanks Podsaurus.

    Really cool video.


    New Images will be updated here:




    This reminded me of Wall-E.



    Alright I'm done, now back to work. I'll try to update it later when I get free time gotta get ready for Siggraph tommorow.
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    Awesome video. I love watching this stuff.
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    That was so great. Awesome data from the rover. Great accomplishment. Bravo NASA, bravo.


    Edit: Managed to get a quick photo of the images that were broadcast on the NASA HD channel

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    Excellent vid mate. Loving it
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    It will be interesting to see what they find. Love this stuff.

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    Don't forget to thank the Mars taxi service

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    I figured I'd update with some more pictures.



    Source: http://news.discovery.com/

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    wow, simply amazing stuff. will definitely stay tuned

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    This is awesome stuff! I forgot that nasa has this program going on on the planet mars

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    What's the big deal? Not like its the first rover on Mars. Meh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayWalker View Post
    Don't forget to thank the Mars taxi service
    fine. I'll do it.

    Great Job United Launch Alliance for delivering the payload to Mars.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-The-Rave View Post
    What's the big deal? Not like its the first rover on Mars. Meh.

    the sky crane, payload size, and technology on the rover make it a big deal. Unless all that look easy to you.

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    I was half expecting an autobot to show up on the cam feed when it landed LOL


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    Quote Originally Posted by DayWalker View Post


    the sky crane, payload size, and technology on the rover make it a big deal. Unless all that look easy to you.
    Plus some pretty, hight quality pictures of the surface, never seen anything like that before from Mars. So awesome

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    I want more pictures!!!!!!! This thing has sure sparked my....curiosity. ha ha ha, ya that wasn't funny..

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    I just like seeing this kind of stuff. I'm always amazed at how much care and attention to detail goes into these missions. And yet NASA barely gets any funding compared to other things like our national security, which is important too, but yeah. Space exploration is really a long-term and important goal for mankind if we want to ensure our survival.
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    So America owns Mars now, right?
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    OP has been updated, with more pictures and a quick heat shield video.

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