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(Discover)   The coolest video of Curiosity dropping its heat shield to the surface of Mars you'll see, well, probably ever   (blogs.discovermagazine.com) divider line 37
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2012-08-08 08:27:16 PM  
We just got to the planet and we're already littering. Where's a Martian Indian with a tear when you need him?
 
2012-08-08 08:49:18 PM  

Walker: We just got to the planet and we're already littering. Where's a Martian Indian with a tear when you need him?


Are Martian indians like...reeeeeally red?
 
2012-08-08 09:02:48 PM  

Titor's Time Machine: Walker: We just got to the planet and we're already littering. Where's a Martian Indian with a tear when you need him?

Are Martian indians like...reeeeeally red?


cs5680.userapi.com
 
2012-08-08 09:11:37 PM  

Paris1127: Titor's Time Machine: Walker: We just got to the planet and we're already littering. Where's a Martian Indian with a tear when you need him?

Are Martian indians like...reeeeeally red?

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Land, schmand. We don't wanna live on this planet. It's a dump. We buy new planet and act like it's sacred. With cash like this, who's going to argue? Nobody, that's who.
 
2012-08-08 09:30:01 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-08 09:35:57 PM  
I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.
 
2012-08-08 11:16:09 PM  
Drop it like it's hot
 
2012-08-08 11:44:42 PM  

edmo: I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.


They should just have a live feed to what they're getting from the rover itself.
 
2012-08-08 11:49:33 PM  
encrypted-tbn0.google.com
 
2012-08-09 12:01:22 AM  

doglover: edmo: I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.

They should just have a live feed to what they're getting from the rover itself.


yes please.
 
2012-08-09 12:14:12 AM  

tsakali: doglover: edmo: I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.

They should just have a live feed to what they're getting from the rover itself.

yes please.


Doesn't quite work that way. They're dealing with limited bandwidth (between Curiosity and JPL) so they have to prioritize what data gets sent/received.
 
2012-08-09 12:16:54 AM  
This is just so farking cool.
 
2012-08-09 12:26:40 AM  
The Bestest

tsakali: doglover: edmo: I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.

They should just have a live feed to what they're getting from the rover itself.

yes please.


Doesn't quite work that way. They're dealing with limited bandwidth (between Curiosity and JPL) so they have to prioritize what data gets sent/received.


Dang it, The Bestest, for preempting my florid, over-the-top snark berating the acolytes of the nebulous demon They and its invocation to hobble the most holy Lord Bandwidth, with your brief and sensible explanation.
 
2012-08-09 12:30:28 AM  

The Bestest: tsakali: doglover: edmo: I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.

They should just have a live feed to what they're getting from the rover itself.

yes please.

Doesn't quite work that way. They're dealing with limited bandwidth (between Curiosity and JPL) so they have to prioritize what data gets sent/received.


No way! It's only 155.9 million miles away, don't they have decent broadband in outer farking space?! ;-)

In all seriousness, the fact that we can have data links of any kind TO ANOTHER PLANET is pretty damned amazing.
 
2012-08-09 12:32:35 AM  

The Bestest: tsakali: doglover: edmo: I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.

They should just have a live feed to what they're getting from the rover itself.

yes please.

Doesn't quite work that way. They're dealing with limited bandwidth (between Curiosity and JPL) so they have to prioritize what data gets sent/received.


yeah i get that, plus it only has time windows for data sending, but that would be nice. maybe by the next one (if this mission finds enough interest to warranty another mission) will come with even more bandwidth juice and one or two more orbiters to keep a true 24/7 stream. Why? could help raise public support and because it would be cool, that's why.
 
2012-08-09 12:32:46 AM  
When watching these videos my brain keeps fluctuating between "meh, cool video" and "omfg I can't believe the human race can do this shiat *mind blown*"

The first would be the reaction of a mind overexposed to incredible interwebs video (both fake and real)

The second is when it soaks in just what it is that I'm watching.

/never forget, these amazing moments might be the best our species ever sees
//never forget that with a bit of effort, ingenuity and especially luck... we can do so much more
 
2012-08-09 12:39:28 AM  

MurphyMurphy: When watching these videos my brain keeps fluctuating between "meh, cool video" and "omfg I can't believe the human race can do this shiat *mind blown*"

The first would be the reaction of a mind overexposed to incredible interwebs video (both fake and real)

The second is when it soaks in just what it is that I'm watching.

/never forget, these amazing moments might be the best our species ever sees
//never forget that with a bit of effort, ingenuity and especially luck... we can do so much more

Operation: Dumbo Drop on Mars!!
 
2012-08-09 12:45:13 AM  
"The video starts in darkness because there is no illumination inside the aeroshell"

We couldn't cut off those dark sections of the video, because...video editing. How does it work?
 
2012-08-09 12:50:18 AM  
Meh. Let me know when it finds ice, and a glass... and some bourbon. Otherwise watching whatever that was... not really all that exciting.
 
2012-08-09 12:55:23 AM  
0Icky0

"The video starts in darkness because there is no illumination inside the aeroshell"

We couldn't cut off those dark sections of the video, because...video editing. How does it work?


You noticed that, too? Two, maybe three seconds of disposable darkness there, probably to justify the explanation that preceded it. Thanks, Spielberg!

// Thank Bob Ken Burns wasn't in the neighborhood.
// It's not easy to pad these out to twenty minutes fifty-one seconds, y'know.
// Beautiful plumage.
// Notlob!
 
2012-08-09 12:58:59 AM  
Have you heard that NASA's next probe is going to be called the Bi-Curiosity rover. It's expected to go to Mars, but is also open to exploring Uranus
 
2012-08-09 01:02:30 AM  

dualplains: MurphyMurphy: When watching these videos my brain keeps fluctuating between "meh, cool video" and "omfg I can't believe the human race can do this shiat *mind blown*"

The first would be the reaction of a mind overexposed to incredible interwebs video (both fake and real)

The second is when it soaks in just what it is that I'm watching.

/never forget, these amazing moments might be the best our species ever sees
//never forget that with a bit of effort, ingenuity and especially luck... we can do Operation: Dumbo Drop on Mars!!


Is Dennis Leary in?

He could use the work
 
2012-08-09 01:13:05 AM  
I want to see night video of it firin' its lazor and blowing stuff away.
 
2012-08-09 01:52:41 AM  

edmo

I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.

^ This. The images that made this video were the thumbnails. The high def on still pending, though this one image has been released.
www.nasa.gov


Full version http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/674789main_pia16021-full_full.jpg
Click the link. It's worth it.

Sorry subs, we'll be getting a FAR better vid shortly, just a matter of days (due to the bandwith issue a prior poster pointed out).
 
2012-08-09 02:07:46 AM  
Aww yeah, drop that heat shield baby!
Let's see those nasty vents!
 
2012-08-09 02:14:18 AM  
What if the heat shield landed on the only thing that was alive on the planet?

/awesome video, of course
 
2012-08-09 02:27:24 AM  
couldn't resist

www.superslickstuff.com
 
2012-08-09 02:32:30 AM  
Martians have named the heat shield "street light."
 
2012-08-09 04:34:12 AM  
dat got kitty's jibblies all going
 
2012-08-09 04:40:00 AM  
faked.
 
2012-08-09 08:15:39 AM  

0Icky0: "The video starts in darkness because there is no illumination inside the aeroshell"

We couldn't cut off those dark sections of the video, because...video editing. How does it work?


No, no, no, no! This is HIGH RESOLUTION darkness. Much better than the original low rez dark sequence in the trailer a few days ago. This is truer to the lander's intent for the final cut of this sequence.
 
2012-08-09 08:58:37 AM  
I still can't believe this landing sequence works. Why aren't we doing more with sky cranes if we have that technology working? Send me my pizza via sky crane. How about sky crane polo? Send the checks from travelocity via sky crane instead of sending that dude on a jetpack.

Also, can I have a sky crane girlfriend?
 
2012-08-09 09:01:43 AM  
robohobo

[sh*t]

bye bye!

PLONK!!
 
2012-08-09 09:40:54 AM  
I guess I have a stupid question. I understand why there wouldn't be microphones on this apparatus, but my question is, did that make a sound? Like a "whoooosh" or something? Mars does have an atmosphere so I imagine there must have been a sound and it isn't like "no one can hear you scream in space" type of thing.
 
2012-08-09 01:15:58 PM  

OriginalGamer: The Bestest: tsakali: doglover: edmo: I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.

They should just have a live feed to what they're getting from the rover itself.

yes please.

Doesn't quite work that way. They're dealing with limited bandwidth (between Curiosity and JPL) so they have to prioritize what data gets sent/received.

No way! It's only 155.9 million miles away, don't they have decent broadband in outer farking space?! ;-)

In all seriousness, the fact that we can have data links of any kind TO ANOTHER PLANET is pretty damned amazing.


True!

http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/
 
2012-08-09 02:04:46 PM  

bniath: OriginalGamer: The Bestest: tsakali: doglover: edmo: I'm thinking we'll be seeing way cooler video when they get caught up on their data downloads and release a nice long HD video of the descent and landing.

They should just have a live feed to what they're getting from the rover itself.

yes please.

Doesn't quite work that way. They're dealing with limited bandwidth (between Curiosity and JPL) so they have to prioritize what data gets sent/received.

No way! It's only 155.9 million miles away, don't they have decent broadband in outer farking space?! ;-)

In all seriousness, the fact that we can have data links of any kind TO ANOTHER PLANET is pretty damned amazing.

True!

http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/


This, too:
Deepspace Network
 
2012-08-09 09:43:52 PM  
dalovindj

I still can't believe this landing sequence works. Why aren't we doing more with sky cranes if we have that technology working? Send me my pizza via sky crane. How about sky crane polo? Send the checks from travelocity via sky crane instead of sending that dude on a jetpack.

Also, can I have a sky crane girlfriend?


If you have 2.5 billion dollars to pay for a pizza (or a girlfriend), they can arrive by rocket skycrane.

2,500 suitcases each with a million dollars inside. if you lined up that many dollar bills end to end, they'd reach from Earth to the Moon.

//NASA didn't eff around on this mission.
 
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