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Date: 11/26/11 02:00 PM

27 Responses to Curiosity Rover Had a Successful Launch Today

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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    Link: Curiosity Rover Had a Successful Launch Today - Here`s an animation of how the rest of the mission is supposed to go.
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    earthshone Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm
    that videos about as long as the actual voyage.
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    shappy Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm
    this is one of the coolest things ive seen
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    nettech98 Male 50-59
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    November 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm
    Cool video, but what`s with the `dull roar of space` sound? And all the other sounds in space... I thought no sound was possible. Makes the video much better tho!
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    elhowell Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm
    They.. made a video about how it`s suppose to go?
    When did Nasa become an entertainment company? Ohh yea...
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
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    November 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm
    I feel separation anxiety, watching this. Curious!
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    November 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm
    ...and how many steps/stages/operations have to go flawlessly to get this thing safely on the Martian surface, much less running around beaming photos back home? Orbital insertion, lander pod separation, atmospheric entry, parachute deployment, heat shield drop, rocket & rover package separation, retro rocket fire, winch operation, soft landing - am I leaving anything out? I wish NASA the best of luck.
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
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    November 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    Besides the part where there were noises in space, this is pretty awesome. I`ve always wanted to visit another planet, perhaps one with a little more going on then Mars; I know I never will, but it`s fun to think about.
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    lawndartsftw Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm
    I agree, very (maybe too) complex, and the higher the complexity the greater chance/odds of something going wrong. Like several other missions, will this fail and go permanently off-line 5 minutes before landing ?? I hope not....
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    donthaveone Male 30-39
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    November 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    pooz never gong to work....
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    jacos27 Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    JUST SEND A HUMAN UP THERE ALREADY... SHEESH!
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm
    When does the Transformer jump out and squash it? I thought they shut NASA down?
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    Kaagan Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    "I agree, very (maybe too) complex, and the higher the complexity the greater chance/odds of something going wrong. Like several other missions, will this fail and go permanently off-line 5 minutes before landing ?? I hope not...."

    they haven’t had any rover fails for mars. only fail they thought they had was a rover that the solar panels got cover in sand and the battery died. and some other rover fell to hard or something and a wheel broke.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    Now way it`s going to work. Russians didn`t even make it out of orbit.
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    mervviscious Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm
    We need to go there...
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm
    Cool. They`ve finally figured out that a "last mile" deployment of the craft will need some topical scan data to let it get full deployment without a crash. I think Vonnegut should get some credit for getting spacecraft out of caves.
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    MrAtari Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    this is how the Dutch do this...
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    iamboredtooo Male 18-29
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    November 27, 2011 at 2:03 am
    i never get how those jets at 0:14 to 0:24 work - what are they pushing against?
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    ecpkngt Female 18-29
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    November 27, 2011 at 2:50 am
    "i never get how those jets at 0:14 to 0:24 work - what are they pushing against?"

    Well... nothing.

    It`s that old classic, every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

    Think of it as the spacecraft pushing off the exhaust of the rocket, if it helps.

    When you shoot a rifle, the kickback isn`t because the bullet is pushing on the air. It`s because of the amount of force you just shot in the opposite direction.

    The usual analogy is to imagine yourself on rollerskates, throwing something heavy away from you. It send you backwards.

    The only thing that normally stops you from being propelled the other way everytime you toss, push, move anything is your friction.
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    ecpkngt Female 18-29
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    November 27, 2011 at 3:01 am
    thlonious, whatchu talkin bout?! The last one bypassed the need for a complicated system for scanning/implementing results of topographical data by simply saying "Fine, we`ll crash then" and installing ridiculous airbags! Call it caveman-ish if you like; I think it`s brilliant!

    (See Mr Atari`s lovely link for that demo, plus beer humor)
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    xmastree_ph Male 40-49
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    November 27, 2011 at 3:46 am
    Time for a repost of this?
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    CreamK Male 40-49
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    November 27, 2011 at 4:56 am
    Nasa has been lying to us, the seem to be sound in space after all...
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Like the lunar landings, it`s all fake.
    They get ILM to do the special effects and shoot it all in the desert.
    Yep. Conspiracy to hide the secret bases on Mars.
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    PringleMan Female 13-17
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    November 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm
    geh. watching this makes me feel like such an alien... except not the kind of alien that comes down in cylinders and shoots lasers at the host species.
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    iamroaaaared Male 18-29
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    November 28, 2011 at 1:52 am
    If all that multistage parachute/hovering rockets/lowering gantry sequence goes off without a hitch... wow
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    November 28, 2011 at 5:45 am
    Iamroooared, I had the same thought, so many variables=so many ways it can go wrong.

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