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    Cool Seven Minutes of Terror :) Curiosity Mission

    On August 5, 2012 NASA space mission Curiosity will land on Mars after a two year voyage to the Red Planet.

    Team members of the Curiosity mission dramatically share the challenges of Curiosity's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

    See the video Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

    I highly recommend it to help appreciate what it's like to land on Mars.



    Other spectacular videos telling the story of the Curiosity Mission can be found HERE

    The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission homepage is HERE

    Ever wonder about the distance from Earth to Mars?
    That link contains a really cool photo of Mars taken from NASA's Viking spacecraft, which launched in 1975.

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    So many factors to content with and to top it all, a nail biting time lag at the end.
    I'll be watching!

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    Default Re: Seven Minutes of Terror :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    On August 5, 2012 NASA space mission Curiosity will land on Mars after a two year voyage to the Red Planet.

    Team members of the Curiosity mission dramatically share the challenges of Curiosity's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

    See the video Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

    I highly recommend it to help appreciate what it's like to land on Mars.



    Other spectacular videos telling the story of the Curiosity Mission can be found HERE

    The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission homepage is HERE

    Ever wonder about the distance from Earth to Mars?
    That link contains a really cool photo of Mars taken from NASA's Viking spacecraft, which launched in 1975.

    Steve
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    ---------- Post Merged at 03:44 PM ---------- Previous Post was at 03:41 PM ----------

    Hi Steve.

    Thanks indeed for the info on Curiosity; had its arrival date logged into the calendar in my phone for months now. Hope Curiosity succeeds far more than John Carter of Mars did/didn't.

    --Hugh L

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    Default Re: Seven Minutes of Terror :) Curiosity Mission

    If you can’t get to a Mars Science Lab landing party on August 5, 2012, one website will bring the party to you.

    Explore Mars, a not-for-profit, has joined up with several space-faring organizations and firms to create Get Curious. It’s a one-stop shop for all things concerning Curiosity, the centerpiece of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission (MSL).


    Read more: Universe Today

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    For complete article, please visit: High-stakes Mars mission relies on untried 'sky crane'

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    The entry, descent and landing of the Mars Science Laboratory requires autonomous steering, a supersonic braking parachute and an innovative "sky crane" technique to lower the nuclear-powered rover to the surface of the red planet.
    (Credit: NASA)

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    The moment of truth: Curiosity touches down on the floor of Gale Crater. Cables connecting the rover to its rocket-powered descent stage are severed, freeing the science lab for initial checkout.
    (Credit: NASA)

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    Curiosity Homepage (NASA) including the Mission Countdown Clock

    For extraordinary details about the landing, the mission and about Mars, download this Press Kit

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    Curiosity Rover.jpg

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    Default Re: Seven Minutes of Terror :) Curiosity Mission

    Imagine a space vehicle accelerating into Martian atmosphere at 20 times the speed of sound, 13,000 miles per hour. Outside the heat shield breaches 1,600ºC. Seven minutes later, the Rover must be at 0 miles perhour.

    The parachute deploys and moments later lander and capsule separate. Rockets thrust the lander a distance away and it hovers above the Martian surface. Finally it lowers its rover to the surface.

    That's if everything goes according to plan.

    It takes 14 minutes for the radio signal to travel back to Earth at the speed of light, so Curiosity will have either landed safely or will have crashed and we won't know for seven minutes. Those are the seven minutes of terror.

    Mars rover has a considerable Canadian connection

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    Time of Mars landing: 10:31 p.m. Aug. 5 PDT (1:31 a.m. Aug. 6 EDT, 05:31 Aug. 6 Universal Time) plus or minus a minute. This is Earth-received time, which includes one-way light time for radio signal to reach Earth from Mars. The landing will be at about 3 p.m. local time at the Mars landing site.

    Landing site: 4.6 degrees south latitude, 137.4 degrees east longitude, near base of Mount Sharp inside Gale Crater

    Earth–Mars distance on landing day: 154 million miles (248 million kilometers)

    One-way radio transit time, Mars to Earth, on landing day: 13.8 minutes

    Total distance of travel, Earth to Mars: About 352 million miles (567 million kilometers)

    Source: Nasa Press Kit

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    Watching it all on the NASA website and touchdown was just confirmed.

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    I alternated between CNN and NASA TV to watch the touchdown, and it was indeed very exciting. Seeing the immediate transmission of the pictures was also exciting to see.

    They say we should see some spectacular pictures of the descent of the lander released later today!

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