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2012-07-24 09:08:17 PM
The landing maneuver looks a little like jumping up just before your out-of-control elevator hits the ground.

/complicated
 
2012-07-24 10:44:55 PM
This is at least the third time that this landing has gone green. It's complicated, Rube Goldberg would have trouble making it more complicated, we get it. And it's now just two weeks away. we get that too, get back to us a week Sunday.
...
 
2012-07-24 11:07:14 PM
look at the NASA engineers compensating for their tiny penii with the H2 sized rover
 
2012-07-24 11:27:46 PM
Yeah, we'll see how well this turns out.
 
2012-07-24 11:32:54 PM
I would hate to be one of the people who spent a decade working on this right now. My nerves would be shot. I hope this works.

Wouldn't it be simpler to send condemned prisoners? It worked with Australia.
 
2012-07-24 11:36:09 PM
Didn't we thrash this over in a link to NASA a while back?

/like a month or so?
 
2012-07-24 11:42:37 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Didn't we thrash this over in a link to NASA a while back?

/like a month or so?


There was another about two weeks ago too.
The Fark search sucks, two weeks ago I couldn't find the thread from a month ago.
 
2012-07-24 11:47:09 PM

sno man: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Didn't we thrash this over in a link to NASA a while back?

/like a month or so?

There was another about two weeks ago too.
The Fark search sucks, two weeks ago I couldn't find the thread from a month ago.


This one?
 
2012-07-24 11:52:59 PM
Other than I was sure I had posted in that thread, yea...
 
2012-07-24 11:57:00 PM
How many doobies have been smoked and how many bottles of Scotch have been emptied to calm down nerves over at JPL in the last few weeks?

And how hungover will they all be the day after the landing (or crash)?
 
2012-07-24 11:58:04 PM
It's a lot like looking for a prostitute. Sure, there's a high chance you'll get robbed, arrested, or catch an STD, but in the end it's worth it, cause damn that's a nice piece of ass. So Mars is the ass, the scientists are the Johns and the probe is the big black clock of time waiting to penetrate,
 
2012-07-25 12:01:18 AM
The truly scary moment will be the moment they get the signal that it's beginning descent. Because in actual time it's already done... good, bad or otherwise.
 
2012-07-25 12:03:30 AM

dalovindj: It's a lot like looking for a prostitute. Sure, there's a high chance you'll get robbed, arrested, or catch an STD, but in the end it's worth it, cause damn that's a nice piece of ass. So Mars is the ass, the scientists are the Johns and the probe is the big black clock of time waiting to penetrate,


Really?
 
2012-07-25 12:08:24 AM
I do hope they land this beast ... I've got my name in a microchip on that rover! :P
 
2012-07-25 12:10:51 AM

kayanlau: I do hope they land this beast ... I've got my name in a microchip on that rover! :P


Hey! I have one of those behind my ear!

/only it's got my name on it. And my driver's license number, and my SS number...
//hey... wait a minute...
///that's not the same, is it?
 
2012-07-25 12:16:27 AM

dalovindj: It's a lot like looking for a prostitute. Sure, there's a high chance you'll get robbed, arrested, or catch an STD, but in the end it's worth it, cause damn that's a nice piece of ass. So Mars is the ass, the scientists are the Johns and the probe is the big black clock of time waiting to penetrate,


Yes, exploring Mars is a lot like what you do on a Friday night...
 
2012-07-25 12:23:35 AM

kayanlau: I do hope they land this beast ... I've got my name in a microchip on that rover! :P


Cyberdyne Systems?
 
2012-07-25 12:30:31 AM
It's a good thing the BBC broke up that story into multiple pages so I could more easily view it on my TRS-80 with a 300 baud modem.

And it's extra classy for the BBC to have that very last page be essentially empty.

Stay classy, BBC.
 
2012-07-25 12:32:06 AM

Harry_Seldon: I would hate to be one of the people who spent a decade working on this right now. My nerves would be shot. I hope this works.

Wouldn't it be simpler to send condemned prisoners? It worked with Australia.


Even Australia has a breathable atmosphere.
 
2012-07-25 12:33:53 AM
tv.popcrunch.com
 
2012-07-25 12:36:00 AM

Ambivalence: Harry_Seldon: I would hate to be one of the people who spent a decade working on this right now. My nerves would be shot. I hope this works.

Wouldn't it be simpler to send condemned prisoners? It worked with Australia.

Even Australia has a breathable atmosphere.


But every insect and reptile, and one mammal is deadly poisonous.
 
2012-07-25 12:37:22 AM

Harry_Seldon: kayanlau: I do hope they land this beast ... I've got my name in a microchip on that rover! :P

Cyberdyne Systems?


Send Your Name To Mars (Link)

One of those geek things ...

I suppose if it manages to come back, it may start looking for those people on that list.
 
2012-07-25 12:44:44 AM

Harry_Seldon: I would hate to be one of the people who spent a decade working on this right now. My nerves would be shot. I hope this works.

Wouldn't it be simpler to send condemned prisoners? It worked with Australia.


I have nothing to do with this, and MY nerves are shot.
 
2012-07-25 12:58:23 AM
I'll shiat a brick if this works.

I understand just bouncing it on the surface while wrapped in balloons won't work like it did with the earlier rovers, but goddamn does that look impossible to pull off......
 
2012-07-25 01:11:09 AM
It's going to suck either way.

If the skycrane crashes, we lose the mission.
If the skycrane works, now everybody will have to land that way.
 
2012-07-25 01:33:31 AM

Shrugging Atlas: I'll shiat a brick if this works.

I understand just bouncing it on the surface while wrapped in balloons won't work like it did with the earlier rovers, but goddamn does that look impossible to pull off......


There are more links in the chain of events, and more variables to deal with, but it will work.
 
2012-07-25 01:46:54 AM

beer4breakfast: Shrugging Atlas: I'll shiat a brick if this works.

I understand just bouncing it on the surface while wrapped in balloons won't work like it did with the earlier rovers, but goddamn does that look impossible to pull off......

There are more links in the chain of events, and more variables to deal with, but it will work.


It will work. I'll stake my reputation on it.
 
2012-07-25 02:45:32 AM
Has anyone played the Xbox Kinect game of landing the rover yet? Seems like that could be a fun way to kill the time before the landing.
 
2012-07-25 03:21:39 AM
I like the part of the landing sequence where a slinky goes down a ramp to hit the switch that fires the pyro valves to start the descent engines.
 
2012-07-25 04:43:05 AM
11 days, y'all!

Link
 
2012-07-25 05:12:35 AM

studebaker hoch: It's going to suck either way.

If the skycrane crashes, we lose the mission.
If the skycrane works, now everybody will have to land that way.


I'll wager that its going to get alot worse than sling loading as the weight of the vehicles goes up and the landing zones become more specialized.

/I think sending insanely expensive probes will interfere with the job a probe is meant to do.
/but since the thing is already on its way I hope we get many years of good science out of it.
 
2012-07-25 05:43:44 AM

SN1987a goes boom: dalovindj: It's a lot like looking for a prostitute. Sure, there's a high chance you'll get robbed, arrested, or catch an STD, but in the end it's worth it, cause damn that's a nice piece of ass. So Mars is the ass, the scientists are the Johns and the probe is the big black clock of time waiting to penetrate,

Yes, exploring Mars is a lot like what you do on a Friday night...


www.coolorama.com

"He's not alone, you know"
 
2012-07-25 06:15:17 AM

Oldiron_79: look at the NASA engineers compensating for their tiny penii with the H2 sized rover


Penes, not penii. Is it really that hard to pluralize penis? Penes.
 
2012-07-25 07:45:01 AM
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2012-07-25 08:24:28 AM

Harry_Seldon: Ambivalence: Harry_Seldon: I would hate to be one of the people who spent a decade working on this right now. My nerves would be shot. I hope this works.

Wouldn't it be simpler to send condemned prisoners? It worked with Australia.

Even Australia has a breathable atmosphere.

But every insect and reptile, and one mammal is deadly poisonous.


Don't forget the plants there are evil too. This thing gives me nightmares, A Pain Tree that injects a neurotoxin that can last for months and is powerful enough to kill an adult human. (New Window)
 
2012-07-25 09:30:13 AM
Car sized? We are getting closer.

images.wikia.com
 
2012-07-25 01:50:07 PM

SN1987a goes boom: Yes, exploring Mars is a lot like what you do on a Friday night...


We also would have accepted 'Tuesday'. Tuesday night.
 
2012-07-25 02:52:46 PM

way south: studebaker hoch: It's going to suck either way.

If the skycrane crashes, we lose the mission.
If the skycrane works, now everybody will have to land that way.

I'll wager that its going to get alot worse than sling loading as the weight of the vehicles goes up and the landing zones become more specialized.

/I think sending insanely expensive probes will interfere with the job a probe is meant to do.
/but since the thing is already on its way I hope we get many years of good science out of it.


Like This?


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-07-25 04:48:48 PM

washington-babylon: way south: studebaker hoch: It's going to suck either way.

If the skycrane crashes, we lose the mission.
If the skycrane works, now everybody will have to land that way.

I'll wager that its going to get alot worse than sling loading as the weight of the vehicles goes up and the landing zones become more specialized.

/I think sending insanely expensive probes will interfere with the job a probe is meant to do.
/but since the thing is already on its way I hope we get many years of good science out of it.

Like This?


[imgs.xkcd.com image 639x862]


Saddest XKCD ever...

/Close to the point tho.
/If a big expensive probe can't take risks, it isn't doing as good a job as a hundred lesser probes that can.
 
2012-07-25 10:45:04 PM
Sky Crane won't work. You read it here first.
 
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