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Curiosity Lands on Mars - Tonight!

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  1. Aug 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM
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    This should be intesting...the biggest woot in history or the biggest EPIC FAIL in history.
     
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    Yeah I really hope it works out. This thing is equipped with the best photography equipment available, it's gonna send back some epic pictures.
     
  4. Aug 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM
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    Almost forgot..it actually landed like 7 hours ago..
     
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    If you're a DirecTV subscriber (with HD option), you can watch NASA Select's coverage on 346.

    I was amazed by the number of people who are hanging out at Ames. It's a huge party atmosphere. They have a huge inflatable screen to show the landing coverage on. I'd go over there but home seems a bit warmer at the moment :D

    I have wondered why they chose to do the EDL the way they have. I mean if you look back, the most successful landings were Spirit & Opportunity and they arrived in a giant balloon device that just bounced for a bit then out they came. Compare that to the 7 minutes of terror, and that whole "Epic FAIL" thing seems too close for comfort.

    I hope my NASA friends aren't reading this. I want this to succeed but damn, the EDL just seems so close to the edge.
     
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  7. Aug 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM
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    this thing is the size of a small SUV so the balloon thing won't work according to NASA.
     
  8. Aug 5, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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    Communcations take 7 hours to go from mars to earth..so it will land...we won't get communcation that there was a successful landing till 7 hours later I believe it was...so actually..if they are saying projected landing...they won't know for sure until the morning.
     
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    seriously? cant wait to see the images
     
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    They are saying it could be 3 days before knowing for sure.
     
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    :facepalm: Then watching this is boring LOL
     
  12. Aug 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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    haha that is worst case I believe. It should be minutes if all goes well.
     
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    oh and it does not take 7 hours to get info from mars, more like a few minutes with radio waves traveling at the speed of light.;)
     
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    Oh its 7 minutes of terror not hours...FAIL :D
     
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    lol.

    so the dude just said 14 minutes for the signal to get here.
     
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    they just showed an alien! :goingcrazy:
     
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    that video had 2 million downloads from youtube? These people must not get out much...HAHA
     
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    LOL
     
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