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(Discover)   What was it like for Curiosity to descend to Mars? See for yourself in this rover's-eye-view video of the landing   (blogs.discovermagazine.com) divider line 158
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2012-08-06 08:47:45 PM  
Absolutely mind-blowing.
 
2012-08-06 09:06:50 PM  
Whenever I see awesome stuff like this I'm always reminded of the line from The Gladiator when they see the Coliseum "I did not know men could build such things."

Science!
 
2012-08-06 09:08:07 PM  
img829.imageshack.us
 
2012-08-06 10:04:47 PM  
Looks shopped.

But seriously, this is awesome. Fark anyone who bemoans the cost. We need to do this for humanity because we can.
 
2012-08-06 10:06:23 PM  
Wait for the full res, 1600x1200
 
2012-08-06 10:18:57 PM  
So what's it doing now?

/just idle Curiosity...
 
2012-08-06 10:24:44 PM  
onfinite.com

/how many Curiosity threads have we had so far?
//it probably isn't anywhere near enough
 
2012-08-06 10:35:40 PM  
We need Slim Plckins to sit on top of that screaming Yeee Ha! Too bad he died.
 
2012-08-06 10:35:42 PM  

doyner: Fark anyone who bemoans the cost. We need to do this for humanity because we can.


Seriously, it cost roughly $2.5bn, or about $8 a person. Meanwhile, we're about to spend $3bn refurbishing a fleet of Abrams tanks that the Pentagon doesn't even want. I don't even have good snark for that, it just makes me sad.
 
2012-08-06 10:35:57 PM  
"Yayyyyy...Science!

What if life was prominent?

Then what?

Mind."

P.S. You're welcome.
 
2012-08-06 10:39:07 PM  
You'd think science could increase the resolution. Somebody get to the CSI machine and enhance this video.
 
2012-08-06 10:40:21 PM  
I continue to be blown away by everything Curiosity-related from the last 24 hours. Way to go, science nerds!

/spider
//gumdrop
 
2012-08-06 10:40:26 PM  
The Curiosity rover has 724k followers on twitter. That's more than Jeri Ryan and Thinkgeek put together!!
 
2012-08-06 10:40:52 PM  

doyner: Looks shopped.

But seriously, this is awesome. Fark anyone who bemoans the cost. We need to do this for humanity because we can.


People bemoan the costs?!? farking savages.
 
2012-08-06 10:41:20 PM  
What was that one black pixel near the middle of the screen? Already a malfunctioning component?
 
2012-08-06 10:42:42 PM  
Worst video game ever.
 
2012-08-06 10:43:49 PM  

nmrsnr: Seriously, it cost roughly $2.5bn, or about $8 a person. Meanwhile, we're about to spend $3bn refurbishing a fleet of Abrams tanks that the Pentagon doesn't even want. I don't even have good snark for that, it just makes me sad.


There is a segment of human beings who live for strife, for violence, and for chaos. Until that segment is identified and eliminated, human beings will never be able to fully devote their lives to peaceful pursuits.
 
2012-08-06 10:43:54 PM  

ultraholland: You'd think science could increase the resolution. Somebody get to the CSI machine and enhance this video.


Seriously. 16:9 does not have concave sides, NASA.
 
2012-08-06 10:45:01 PM  
sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-08-06 10:45:10 PM  
Looks like it landed in Nevada.
 
2012-08-06 10:45:47 PM  
Why the low resolution? Doesn't NASA have HD cameras now? I've seen better photos from a GD iPhone.
 
2012-08-06 10:46:11 PM  

Kenny B: Looks like it landed in Nevada.


shhhhh!
 
2012-08-06 10:46:16 PM  
I kept expecting to see a bowl of petunias falling too. "Oh no, not again"
 
2012-08-06 10:47:50 PM  

Token Anarchist: ple bemoan the costs?!? farking savages.


I think it's more about spending the money on things that will have a greater effect on solving national problems. Don't get me wrong, this mars mission is beyond cool, but you can't tell someone he or she is wrong for wanting to have spent the money feeding the poor. Just a matter of perspective for some people I guess.
 
2012-08-06 10:49:40 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

//I hated that move
//Would still disappoint a young Ally Sheedy
 
2012-08-06 10:51:08 PM  
Blurry, Lo-res, they could have held the camera steady! ;)

I heard there is a full res HD version after they finish downloading it.
 
2012-08-06 10:51:38 PM  

the_chief: Why the low resolution? Doesn't NASA have HD cameras now? I've seen better photos from a GD iPhone.


Those pictures are taken with the 1 megapixel hazard avoidance cameras (you know, for navigation).
 
2012-08-06 10:52:29 PM  
I feel the highest form of patriotic.
 
2012-08-06 10:53:04 PM  

Cheesehead_Dave: [sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 499x354]


Just a 7 minute delay in seeing the automated results. It's a 14 minute round trip delay between triggering and action and getting the results. But the landing was all scripted and happened 7 minutes before the NASA JPL control room got their rocks off.
 
2012-08-06 10:53:42 PM  

trappedspirit: What was that one black pixel near the middle of the screen? Already a malfunctioning component?


That's you needing to clean the spittle off your display
 
2012-08-06 10:54:43 PM  

ultraholland: You'd think science could increase the resolution. Somebody get to the CSI machine and enhance this video.


NASA is already working on it, preliminary results, original:

farm8.staticflickr.com

Enhanced:

farm8.staticflickr.com

And CSI-version:

farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2012-08-06 10:54:46 PM  

LordOfThePings: I feel the highest form of patriotic.


jingoistic, hate monger.
 
2012-08-06 10:54:51 PM  

Cheesehead_Dave: [sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 499x354]


Thank you dave!
Made me laugh!

/hating nbc continues
 
2012-08-06 10:55:01 PM  

Harry_Seldon: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 295x400]

//I hated that move
//Would still disappoint a young Ally Sheedy


"...is this here, this here, where you label me?

P.S. Five was alive b4 robots could talk, friend."
 
2012-08-06 10:55:30 PM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Seriously. 16:9 does not have concave sides, NASA.


the ultra wide angle lens does
 
2012-08-06 10:59:07 PM  

Kenny B: Looks like it landed in Nevada.


Naw... Nevada is more desolate than that
 
2012-08-06 10:59:36 PM  

Lordserb: Token Anarchist: ple bemoan the costs?!? farking savages.

I think it's more about spending the money on things that will have a greater effect on solving national problems. Don't get me wrong, this mars mission is beyond cool, but you can't tell someone he or she is wrong for wanting to have spent the money feeding the poor. Just a matter of perspective for some people I guess.


Just tell them that we are going to spend more on tanks that nobody wants than this entire mission cost.

/Sorry for harping on the subject, but the fact that this is headline news across the country, and people are worried about the cost, while the tank thing is a by-line on page 6, but nobody questions those costs seriously really, really bothers me.
 
2012-08-06 11:00:58 PM  
$2.5B project, or about 10% of our annual air conditioning costs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wanna know what I'd rather my tax money be spent on?

We landed a robot on Mars using a f*cking rocket-powered sky crane. I didn't even know we could do that on Earth.
 
2012-08-06 11:01:18 PM  

Lordserb: Token Anarchist: ple bemoan the costs?!? farking savages.

I think it's more about spending the money on things that will have a greater effect on solving national problems. Don't get me wrong, this mars mission is beyond cool, but you can't tell someone he or she is wrong for wanting to have spent the money feeding the poor. Just a matter of perspective for some people I guess.


Seems appropriate:
www.smbc-comics.com
 
2012-08-06 11:02:28 PM  

James F. Campbell: nmrsnr: Seriously, it cost roughly $2.5bn, or about $8 a person. Meanwhile, we're about to spend $3bn refurbishing a fleet of Abrams tanks that the Pentagon doesn't even want. I don't even have good snark for that, it just makes me sad.

There is a segment of human beings who live for strife, for violence, and for chaos. Until that segment is identified and eliminated, human beings will never be able to fully devote their lives to peaceful pursuits.


Just how stupid are you? The pentagon doesn't want to spend that money on tanks, they are being forced to by congressmen who have been bought by General Dynamics. I can't even imagine how frustrating it must be for some of these generals to have the best interests of the military overridden by the best interest of some shiat eating corporate profiteers.

You want some real food for thought though? Imagine if we took all the money and effort spent on the war in Iraq and put it into space exploration. We could have a permanent colony on goddam mars. Instead thousands are needlessly dead and the pockets of a few have been lined. Not to mention we are no safer than before.
 
2012-08-06 11:02:33 PM  

Kenny B: Looks like it landed in Nevada.


I was going to say Detroit....
 
2012-08-06 11:02:48 PM  

Lordserb: Token Anarchist: ple bemoan the costs?!? farking savages.

I think it's more about spending the money on things that will have a greater effect on solving national problems. Don't get me wrong, this mars mission is beyond cool, but you can't tell someone he or she is wrong for wanting to have spent the money feeding the poor. Just a matter of perspective for some people I guess.


There are a lot of hungry people in the world, and none of them are hungry because we went to the moon Mars. None of them are colder, and certainly none of them are dumber because we went to the moon Mars.

The thing is, if you took money away from NASA (correction: if you took MORE money away from NASA) it wouldn't be redirected into food for the poor. Most likely it would get dumped into defense spending. NASA's budget is less than a half-penny on the dollar, anyway.

But we can do both. We can do great science and feed the poor in this country. As a matter of fact, making sure that everyone is well-fed and well-educated from birth is probably the best way to ensure that we have a robust science program.
 
2012-08-06 11:03:59 PM  

Lordserb: you can't tell someone he or she is wrong for wanting to have spent the money feeding the poor



I sure as fark can tell them they're wrong. For starters, I would point out the size of NASA's budget vs. the BILLIONS that are completely wasted in the defense industries every year. There are other places to cut way the fark before anyone gets anywhere close to touching NASA.
 
2012-08-06 11:04:00 PM  
Between this, SKY CRANE and the pics of Curiosity descending (and the heat shield falling away). It's been a pretty damn good run for NASA.
 
2012-08-06 11:06:43 PM  
After initial reports on Mars that the heat shield was a "flying saucer," the Martian Air Force is now claiming that it was a weather balloon, and there is nothing to worry about. Also, all civilian travel to the Gale Crater is strictly prohibited while they clean up the flying-- er weather balloon.
 
2012-08-06 11:06:49 PM  

BSABSVR: Between this, SKY CRANE and the pics of Curiosity descending (and the heat shield falling away). It's been a pretty damn good run for NASA.


Agreed.
 
2012-08-06 11:08:27 PM  
i283.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-06 11:08:47 PM  

Lordserb: Token Anarchist: ple bemoan the costs?!? farking savages.

I think it's more about spending the money on things that will have a greater effect on solving national problems. Don't get me wrong, this mars mission is beyond cool, but you can't tell someone he or she is wrong for wanting to have spent the money feeding the poor. Just a matter of perspective for some people I guess.


I don't think that spending money on societal ills will necessarily fix anything, let alone our problems as a nation. Additionally, I'd go as far as to say that the pursuit of science and discovery for the mere sake of discovery is *more* noble than feeding the poor.

The more young people that are inspired to pursue STEM, the more we benefit in the long run.
 
2012-08-06 11:10:40 PM  
High Res will be coming. Hope the scheduled software upgrade isn't like some Adobe Flash fix...

If/when all systems get vetted then this mission should actually be interesting in the extreme.

Pu-238 for your driving enjoyment: http://www.inl.gov/research/mars-science-laboratory/
 
2012-08-06 11:12:00 PM  

Lordserb: Token Anarchist: ple bemoan the costs?!? farking savages.

I think it's more about spending the money on things that will have a greater effect on solving national problems. Don't get me wrong, this mars mission is beyond cool, but you can't tell someone he or she is wrong for wanting to have spent the money feeding the poor. Just a matter of perspective for some people I guess.


First time I've said 'proud to be an American' without wincing in a LOOOONG farking time. So, $8 well spent on this farker.

Oh, and a HUGE chunk of my paycheck goes to those on the dole, MUCH more than $8.

/perspective, I haz it
 
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