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Curiosity Rover Had a Successful Launch Today

Hits: 8009 | Rating: (2.9) | Category: Science | Added by: madest
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PierreJeanFR
Male, 40-49, Europe
 1337 Posts
Monday, November 28, 2011 5:45:47 AM
Iamroooared, I had the same thought, so many variables=so many ways it can go wrong.

iamroaaaared
Male, 18-29, Europe
 13 Posts
Monday, November 28, 2011 1:52:15 AM
If all that multistage parachute/hovering rockets/lowering gantry sequence goes off without a hitch... wow

PringleMan
Female, 13-17, Canada
 1364 Posts
Sunday, November 27, 2011 6:11:37 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.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Sunday, November 27, 2011 8:36:53 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.

CreamK
Male, 40-49, Europe
 1106 Posts
Sunday, November 27, 2011 4:56:10 AM
Nasa has been lying to us, the seem to be sound in space after all...

xmastree_ph
Male, 40-49, Europe
 416 Posts
Sunday, November 27, 2011 3:46:22 AM
Time for a repost of this?

ecpkngt
Female, 18-29, Western US
 159 Posts
Sunday, November 27, 2011 3:01:51 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)

ecpkngt
Female, 18-29, Western US
 159 Posts
Sunday, November 27, 2011 2:50:36 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.

iamboredtooo
Male, 18-29, Europe
 216 Posts
Sunday, November 27, 2011 2:03:04 AM
i never get how those jets at 0:14 to 0:24 work - what are they pushing against?

MrAtari
Male, 30-39, Europe
 1393 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 11:58:08 PM

this is how the Dutch do this...

thelonious
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 3246 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 11:17:04 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.

mervviscious
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 1807 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 11:14:58 PM
We need to go there...

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 12218 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 7:56:44 PM
Now way it's going to work. Russians didn't even make it out of orbit.

Kaagan
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1521 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 7:37:20 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.

robosnitz
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 6:25:46 PM
When does the Transformer jump out and squash it? I thought they shut NASA down?

jacos27
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 245 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 6:02:50 PM
JUST SEND A HUMAN UP THERE ALREADY... SHEESH!

donthaveone
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 958 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 6:02:05 PM
pooz never gong to work....

lawndartsftw
Male, 40-49, Canada
 1815 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 5:56:49 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....

TheShgn2
Male, 13-17, Southern US
 631 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 5:47:39 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.

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6401 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 5:44:59 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.

sutra46
Female, 40-49, Asia
 2478 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 5:19:34 PM
I feel separation anxiety, watching this. Curious!

elhowell
Male, 18-29, Asia
 168 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 3:51:43 PM
They.. made a video about how it's suppose to go?
When did Nasa become an entertainment company? Ohh yea...

Link_Hiei
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 5189 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 2:50:28 PM
I hope in the time I'm alive they're about to fully explore Europa, Titan, and Triton. That would be amazing to see.

nettech98
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 980 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 2:21:56 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!

shappy
Male, 18-29, Canada
 758 Posts
Saturday, November 26, 2011 2:14:41 PM
this is one of the coolest things ive seen

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