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(Ustream) NewsFlash Murphy can go suck it, Rube Goldberg for the win. Curiosity has landed successfully on Mars   (ustream.tv) divider line 667
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2012-08-06 03:34:59 AM
She;s hot.
 
2012-08-06 03:35:40 AM
OMG, one of the laptops next to the downlink people in the surface operations control room isn't a MacBook Pro. Damn budget cuts!
 
2012-08-06 03:35:54 AM

thespindrifter: If there were ever an open call for colonists, they'd have to kill me to keep me away!


Ditto
 
2012-08-06 03:36:19 AM

Tickle Mittens: elffster: Venus is more suited to being the solar systems garbage dump than anything else. Way too hot (750+degrees on the surface) and really nasty atmosphere.

If we could only convince all the extreme fundies/loonies that Jeebus was going to be there, we could clean off the planet and have nice things.

/yes like flying cars. and frogurt.

fly a few comets into it's tail pipe to give it a little more speed and see what that does.


I dont know if any comet strikes would work for terraforming Venus, id guess that a moon (like ours, which is 1/81st of the Earth's mass) would work to strip off lots of the Venusian atmosphere...slowly. I doubt Venus could ever be used for much more than a big nuklear waste dump.



OO flight director is hawt. YAY SICENTS.
 
2012-08-06 03:38:02 AM

VRaptor117: She;s hot.


elffster: OO flight director is hawt. YAY SICENTS.


And other similar posts sure to come.
 
2012-08-06 03:38:13 AM
www.overclock.net

We colonized it before realizing that wouldn't make the place suck much less.
 
2012-08-06 03:38:13 AM

Representative of the unwashed masses: Read the comments on the ctvnews.ca website about the landing, the ZOMG why do this instead of feed poor people brigade are out in full force.

/bunch of pussies
//mars FARK yeah!


Feed the poor...on Mars!

A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies! A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!
 
2012-08-06 03:38:34 AM

ItchyBrother: FAKE! FAKE!! FAKE!!!

Keep you eyes on ThereIsNoMars.com for further updates.

Suckers.

Didn't you learn anything from the faked "Moon Landings" ????

Those people ("scientists") at JPL are all actors. I recognize more than a few of them from bit parts in "Monk" and other San Fransisco-based TV shows. Look on IMDB.com, you'll find they are ALL members of the Screen Actors Guild.

We believe just about anything we see on the TV or the web. Does anyone really think we could pull something like tis off, using less money than we spend for Air Conditioning for tents in Iraq and Afghanistan???

Idjuts. It's all FAKED!!!

[thereisnomars.com image 749x99]


I dare you to air condition a tent in the desert for cheap... No insulation is a biatch to cool...
 
2012-08-06 03:38:38 AM

Quaker: Either is fine with me, I just want to see some terraforming or something of similar grandeur. My expectations have been unrealistically built up by science fiction.

/Manifest destiny... IN SPACE


working on it :-)
 
2012-08-06 03:39:13 AM
www.metroactive.com

Wasn't me!
 
2012-08-06 03:39:28 AM

Representative of the unwashed masses: Read the comments on the ctvnews.ca website about the landing, the ZOMG why do this instead of feed poor people brigade are out in full force.

/bunch of pussies
//mars FARK yeah!


LOL! I wonder what they'd say if they knew their Canadian Space Agency flew a couple guys in patch-adorned flights suits to Hawaii for a week or two last month, to test a prototype rover at the "Lunar Analogue Site" on Mauna Kea.
 
2012-08-06 03:40:00 AM

dbirchall: StoPPeRmobile: So, no more info tonight? Just the circle jerk?

If you watched the press con, Odyssey is going to fly over again in about 5 minutes, and they're expecting more pictures to be beamed back shortly after.


Thank you. Late for me.
 
2012-08-06 03:40:04 AM
About 3:50 eastern time is the next data set. I'm gonna go shower.
 
2012-08-06 03:40:25 AM

Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: Representative of the unwashed masses: Read the comments on the ctvnews.ca website about the landing, the ZOMG why do this instead of feed poor people brigade are out in full force.

/bunch of pussies
//mars FARK yeah!

Feed the poor...on Mars!

A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies! A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!


Would you like to know more?
 
2012-08-06 03:41:08 AM

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: Wil Wheaton was there at JPL?!? With Morgan Freeman and Will.i.am?!?


Yup. I was working volunteer fire-watch and crowd control. From my different duty shifts and breaks, I got to shake hands will Will.I.am, said hello to Freeman, and directed Wheaton to his parking spot.

Wheaton got the shaft, IMO. He narrated a few of our videos and he got put in unwashed massed parking instead of VIP. Saw a bearded dude in a Mini drive up to me and pointed him on his way. "Was that?????..... then the Mini drove past and I saw the popular troll grin sticker on the back window. "Yup, that was him." He didn't stay long after. Was out of the parking lot by 11:15pm. Understandable as he had his family with him, probably with sleepy kiddies.

--Carlos V.
 
2012-08-06 03:41:13 AM
What is the name of that smokin' hot flight director?
 
2012-08-06 03:43:17 AM
So Mars is covered in small rocks. Who knew?

/jk, nice work
 
2012-08-06 03:43:55 AM

tankjr: What is the name of that smokin' hot flight director?


t1.gstatic.com
 
2012-08-06 03:44:43 AM
im goin to bed. someone wake me up if martians eat Curiosity.
 
2012-08-06 03:45:04 AM

dbirchall: Representative of the unwashed masses: Read the comments on the ctvnews.ca website about the landing, the ZOMG why do this instead of feed poor people brigade are out in full force.

/bunch of pussies
//mars FARK yeah!

LOL! I wonder what they'd say if they knew their Canadian Space Agency flew a couple guys in patch-adorned flights suits to Hawaii for a week or two last month, to test a prototype rover at the "Lunar Analogue Site" on Mauna Kea.


I'm assuming by burning PM Sweatervest in effigy. Because its an obvious Conservative ploy. Unless the lucky two were québécois government employees...
 
2012-08-06 03:45:54 AM

dbirchall: OMG, one of the laptops next to the downlink people in the surface operations control room isn't a MacBook Pro. Damn budget cuts!


The program they are required to use probably needs to run on DOS with a physical serial port interface.

"We know the program's calculations are incorrect. But dammit don't you dare fix it because if you do then we have to go back and redo 30 years worth of output from that old binary. Just work with it like it's right."
 
2012-08-06 03:45:58 AM

Representative of the unwashed masses: Read the comments on the ctvnews.ca website about the landing, the ZOMG why do this instead of feed poor people brigade are out in full force.

/bunch of pussies
//mars FARK yeah!


The derpy thing about that argument is that we already do spend way, way more on poor people here. NTTAWWT mind you, but with that in mind we can easily afford to kick up NASA's budget by a factor of 5. Imagine what they'd do with that if they pulled this one off for a measly $2bil. I dunno if you've ever seen Neil DeGrasse Tyson's testimony before Congress, but he made a very persuasive point about how NASA has pushed society so far ahead so quickly, and to stifle that sort of innovation is to stifle the entire economy of the Western world, it's a huge factor in our decline.

Ending the Space Shuttle program was a good thing, but cancelling the next generation of heavy-lift rockets has put us behind now. The only redeeming thing is that SpaceX and other private contractors are stepping up, hopefully they'll be able to continue where NASA was forced to leave off and further the technological advances.
 
2012-08-06 03:46:14 AM
FAKE!

I recognize Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the Badlands of North Dakota when I see it.

FAKE!!!!
 
2012-08-06 03:48:36 AM

StoPPeRmobile: tankjr: What is the name of that smokin' hot flight director?

[t1.gstatic.com image 128x128]


Her?
s9.postimage.org
 
2012-08-06 03:50:45 AM
Artist's rendering of what Curiosity discovering evidence of life might look like:
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/hot
 
2012-08-06 03:54:09 AM

bob_ross: StoPPeRmobile: tankjr: What is the name of that smokin' hot flight director?

[t1.gstatic.com image 128x128]

Her?
[s9.postimage.org image 748x674]


yes please...
/no bath necessary. She's fine the way she is
 
2012-08-06 03:55:27 AM
NEW IMAGES COMING DOWN NOW! Back halfcam.

/this is just wowzers
 
2012-08-06 03:56:41 AM

100 Watt Walrus: Back halfcam


Or Rear Haz-Cam.

/should be in bed
 
2012-08-06 03:57:19 AM

100 Watt Walrus: 100 Watt Walrus: Back halfcam

Or Rear Haz-Cam.

/should be in bed


I should be too. Looks like the sun is going down over there. It'll be coming up here shortly.
 
2012-08-06 03:57:42 AM
DNRTFT. Anyone have a link to a recap of the Mission Control touchdown sequence?
 
2012-08-06 03:57:51 AM

New image

s12.postimage.org
Full size
 
2012-08-06 03:58:27 AM
C'mon, front hazcam! I wanna see a mountain!
 
2012-08-06 03:58:46 AM

cptjeff: jdcgonzalez: surfingcow: TyrantII: Anyone know how far off target it was?

There was a report made during the entry that it was 262m off.

Wow. That is wayyyy off. I thought these guys were supposed to be smrt.

/Congrats, JPL and all involved
// Hell of a show tonight

Travels roughly 36 million miles, and they land it two and a half football fields away from where they wanted it. Nuts, really.


That is approximately 1 MOA... pretty good for any long distance sharpshooter
 
2012-08-06 03:59:06 AM

100 Watt Walrus: NEW IMAGES COMING DOWN NOW! Back halfcam.

/this is just wowzers


I look forward to the first full-res full-color view of the skyline. I want to see what that mountain peak looks like.
 
2012-08-06 03:59:48 AM

bob_ross: New image
[s12.postimage.org image 850x763]
Full size


Hmm. Definitely some sort of ridge in the background.
 
2012-08-06 03:59:50 AM

bob_ross: StoPPeRmobile: tankjr: What is the name of that smokin' hot flight director?

[t1.gstatic.com image 128x128]

Her?

s9.postimage.org
Andrea McTitty Von Nerdbait
 
2012-08-06 03:59:58 AM

dbirchall: OMG, one of the laptops next to the downlink people in the surface operations control room isn't a MacBook Pro. Damn budget cuts!


the only people at nasa and JPL who use any mac piece of crap are the one's that go to starbucks after work to work on their screenplays. everyone knows they run anything that counts with IBM and Lenovo
 
2012-08-06 04:00:28 AM
These are some terribly exciting black and white lo-res photos of rocks on the ground.

We get color video when?
 
2012-08-06 04:00:43 AM
Now everyone has that "there area bunch of cameras around" look.

Nerds in headlights...
 
2012-08-06 04:00:54 AM

buckler: DNRTFT. Anyone have a link to a recap of the Mission Control touchdown sequence?


Go to youtube, google "Mars curiosity landing". Should come back with a few good vids. It's pretty wild what they did to get that thing down on the ground.
 
2012-08-06 04:02:08 AM

robohobo: These are some terribly exciting black and white lo-res photos of rocks on the ground.

We get color video when?


The data feed is like 2400 baud or some godawful speed. It's gonna take many hours or even a day or so to upload the hi-res full color pics.
 
2012-08-06 04:03:13 AM
Better quality:
s11.postimage.org
Full size
 
2012-08-06 04:03:17 AM

Tickle Mittens: cmdwedge: All snark aside, you should be bloody proud, America. Seriously. Pat yourselves on the back - this is farking science.

/Aussie

Might be my country's flag, but it's our species future.


And lets not forget that some other countries were involved, too.
 
2012-08-06 04:03:58 AM

zulius: [profile.ak.fbcdn.net image 200x180]
What did he do?


Bucket Head Wendy?
 
2012-08-06 04:04:55 AM

TyrantII: Anyone know how far off target it was?


I heard it was only three or four furlongs off. Not too shabby.
 
2012-08-06 04:05:01 AM

cptjeff: Travels roughly 36 million miles, and they land it two and a half football fields away from where they wanted it. Nuts, really.


They could have done a better job. It's not impossible. I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, and they're not much bigger than two meters.
 
2012-08-06 04:05:29 AM

Joce678: Tickle Mittens: cmdwedge: All snark aside, you should be bloody proud, America. Seriously. Pat yourselves on the back - this is farking science.

/Aussie

Might be my country's flag, but it's our species future.

And lets not forget that some other countries were involved, too.


I do know that Australia is part and parcel with helping to collect the data feeds from out there. Not sure if they've contributed to the project in other ways, but thanks for anything you guys have pitched in for us regardless!
 
2012-08-06 04:05:35 AM
It's 3am on the east coast? Well, guess I got longer before work than I thought!
 
2012-08-06 04:07:05 AM
Why is it that even on NASA.gov the anchorette is the most clueless, airheaded nitwit in the room? You expect your local news is gonna be filled with bimbos reading teleprompters but NASA TV?
 
2012-08-06 04:07:22 AM
imgs.xkcd.com

/very appropriate
 
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