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(Mars Daily)   Scientists can't wait for the Curiosity to land on Mars next month, because they equipped this one with a shovel   (marsdaily.com) divider line 37
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2012-07-09 09:24:35 AM
Finally!
 
2012-07-09 09:41:07 AM
How many of the last probes didn't need a shovel to dig a hole?
 
2012-07-09 10:36:55 AM
I cannot wait.
 
2012-07-09 10:44:59 AM
This will be much easier now that the Higgs Boson has been proven.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-07-09 10:52:30 AM

DON.MAC: How many of the last probes didn't need a shovel to dig a hole?


Uh, none. All they had were little scoops that could scrape up a little soil.
 
2012-07-09 11:20:26 AM

vpb: DON.MAC: How many of the last probes didn't need a shovel to dig a hole?

Uh, none. All they had were little scoops that could scrape up a little soil.


But can it dig deeper than the Mars Climate Orbiter did?
 
2012-07-09 01:25:17 PM

DON.MAC: Uh, none. All they had were little scoops that could scrape up a little soil.

But can it dig deeper than the Mars Climate Orbiter did?


I use that when TAing as an example of why units matter.
 
2012-07-09 01:25:46 PM
Curiosity doesn't have a shovel but, equipped with drilling technology, it will collect, store, and analyze samples of Martian material down to 5 centimeters below the surface of rock and soil.

When I read the headline my first reaction was an auger would be more mechanically simple to automate. Glad to see JPL agree.
 
2012-07-09 01:26:07 PM
FTFA: Curiosity doesn't have a shovel but, equipped with drilling technology, it will collect, store, and analyze samples of Martian material down to 5 centimeters below the surface of rock and soil.

Just saying. Still, pretty awesome.
 
2012-07-09 01:34:14 PM
If I were a martian feline, I'd be pretty nervous right now with something like this headed my way:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-09 01:36:30 PM
No, subby it doesn't have a shovel - it has a drill.
 
2012-07-09 01:49:45 PM

DON.MAC: vpb: DON.MAC: How many of the last probes didn't need a shovel to dig a hole?

Uh, none. All they had were little scoops that could scrape up a little soil.

But can it dig deeper than the Mars Climate Orbiter did?


meowcheese.com
 
2012-07-09 01:59:49 PM
Aaah! It's got a board with a nail in it!
 
2012-07-09 02:05:28 PM

Felgraf: DON.MAC: Uh, none. All they had were little scoops that could scrape up a little soil.

But can it dig deeper than the Mars Climate Orbiter did?

I use that when TAing as an example of why units matter.


Came for DON.MAC's, reference.
Within 2 months of each of my last two jobs, found unit-related bugs* in production systems.

*insert crabs joke here...
 
2012-07-09 02:40:34 PM
fossils. i want to see a multi-celled fossil on mars.

Just a damn sea shell is all i'm asking.

how far can this rover travel anywho?
 
2012-07-09 02:44:14 PM
Will it rescue Spirit, so we can finally bring it home?
 
2012-07-09 02:49:12 PM
I have $20 that landing sequence they've come up with goes horribly wrong.
 
2012-07-09 03:08:24 PM

Shrugging Atlas: I have $20 that landing sequence they've come up with goes horribly wrong.


An easy 20, make the check out to bbfreak. That's two b's!
 
2012-07-09 03:08:59 PM

DON.MAC: vpb: DON.MAC: How many of the last probes didn't need a shovel to dig a hole?

Uh, none. All they had were little scoops that could scrape up a little soil.

But can it dig deeper than the Mars Climate Orbiter did?


I knew some people who worked on the Clementine lunar orbiter that was being developed not long after the loss of the MCO...they pasted a picture of the MCO on a milk carton with the caption "HAVE YOU SEEN ME?" and sent it to JPL. Needless to say, the JPL gang were less than amused.
 
2012-07-09 03:14:57 PM

Ranger Joe: DON.MAC: vpb: DON.MAC: How many of the last probes didn't need a shovel to dig a hole?

Uh, none. All they had were little scoops that could scrape up a little soil.

But can it dig deeper than the Mars Climate Orbiter did?

I knew some people who worked on the Clementine lunar orbiter that was being developed not long after the loss of the MCO...they pasted a picture of the MCO on a milk carton with the caption "HAVE YOU SEEN ME?" and sent it to JPL. Needless to say, the JPL gang were less than amused.


Didn't JPL screw up *Again* with the solar orbiter thing, the one that was collecting solar wind particles? (I mean, I know someone screwed up and installed the switch that was supposed to trigger the parachute in *backwards*, I just can't remember if it was JPL or not).

It's a testatment to NASA that they were able to get any data out of that thing after it pancaked in the desert.
 
2012-07-09 03:17:11 PM
Relevant Link(pops)

So this time, when they abandon it, it can bury itself.
 
2012-07-09 03:20:30 PM

bbfreak: Shrugging Atlas: I have $20 that landing sequence they've come up with goes horribly wrong.

An easy 20, make the check out to bbfreak. That's two b's!


Do you really think it will work? I hope it works, but everytime I watch the landing animation my first thought is, "No farking way."

I get why they just can't drop them like the other rovers, but the hovering 'skycrane' thing just looks too 'SciFy' for me.
 
2012-07-09 03:29:51 PM
Shrugging Atlas: bbfreak: Shrugging Atlas: I have $20 that landing sequence they've come up with goes horribly wrong.

An easy 20, make the check out to bbfreak. That's two b's!

Do you really think it will work? I hope it works, but everytime I watch the landing animation my first thought is, "No farking way."

I get why they just can't drop them like the other rovers, but the hovering 'skycrane' thing just looks too 'SciFy' for me.


Thing weights as much as a civic, and is just about as big.

This isn't your mother's rover.
 
2012-07-09 03:33:50 PM

Kome: Will it rescue Spirit, so we can finally bring it home?


Maybe Sheila Jackson Lee can convince the guys at JPL to drive it over to the site of the Apollo 11 landing and take some pictures.
 
2012-07-09 03:38:56 PM

keithgabryelski: fossils. i want to see a multi-celled fossil on mars.

Just a damn sea shell is all i'm asking.

how far can this rover travel anywho?


3-12 miles is what's planned. Opportunity has done a bit more than 21 so far for comparison, but I'm not sure what the planned distance was for it.
 
2012-07-09 03:58:47 PM

Felgraf: Didn't JPL screw up *Again* with the solar orbiter thing, the one that was collecting solar wind particles? (I mean, I know someone screwed up and installed the switch that was supposed to trigger the parachute in *backwards*, I just can't remember if it was JPL or not).


That was the Genesis mission, and while operated by JPL it was shown to be a Lockheed Martin error during construction.
 
2012-07-09 04:13:01 PM
 
2012-07-09 04:17:44 PM

Brick-House: Based on it's langing procedure, it just might dig it's own hole without ever useing the shovel


I think the landing will fail too. Curiosity crater will be a future tourist attraction.
 
2012-07-09 04:24:40 PM
TyrantII:
Shrugging Atlas: bbfreak: Shrugging Atlas: I have $20 that landing sequence they've come up with goes horribly wrong.

An easy 20, make the check out to bbfreak. That's two b's!

Do you really think it will work? I hope it works, but everytime I watch the landing animation my first thought is, "No farking way."

I get why they just can't drop them like the other rovers, but the hovering 'skycrane' thing just looks too 'SciFy' for me.

Thing weights as much as a civic, and is just about as big.

This isn't your mother's rover.


Goes in hot and fast, drops its load and then flies away as fast as it can. Sounds like his mom's favourite kind of rover to me.
 
2012-07-09 04:31:21 PM
Are they afraid to investigate the base that the Martians who landed in Roswell came from? Didn't tell you about tha(&#%$%^^^ **NO CARRIER**
 
2012-07-09 04:53:27 PM
So this program is shovel ready?
 
2012-07-09 04:54:28 PM

dittybopper: If I were a martian feline, I'd be pretty nervous right now with something like this headed my way:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x360]


Pfffft.
www.toysyouhad.com
 
2012-07-09 06:25:07 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Pfffft.


That thing scared the bejeezus out of me and gave me nightmares for a year when I was a kid...
 
2012-07-09 08:11:41 PM

pastorkius: keithgabryelski: fossils. i want to see a multi-celled fossil on mars.

Just a damn sea shell is all i'm asking.

how far can this rover travel anywho?

3-12 miles is what's planned. Opportunity has done a bit more than 21 so far for comparison, but I'm not sure what the planned distance was for it.


The Mars Exploration Rover program's formal criteria for success was that at least one rover survived 90 Martian days and at least one rover traveled 600 meters. Both rovers far exceeded this criteria. More importantly they got important scientific results -- everything and more that was hopped for.

I don't know what the criteria is for the Mars Science Laboratory is, but we can be sure that the mission people, scientists, and space fans are hoping for far more than 12 miles. Heck, if the risk of using the skycrane pays off, I would hope that "Curiosity" would keep on going until its nuclear power source runs out and then I would hope they could do science as a stationary lander for a few more years beyond that.
 
2012-07-09 09:41:14 PM

TheMysteriousStranger: everything and more that was hopped for.


I guess that would be dry hopped, I don't see fresh hops surviving the trip to Mars.
 
2012-07-10 01:25:49 AM
But can it play fetch?


www.contrapositivediary.com
 
2012-07-10 03:08:01 PM
Why does that researcher's name ring a bell?
 
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