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(YouTube)   Nerdgasm alert: Complete MSL Curiosity Descent In Full Quality Enhanced 1080p   (youtube.com) divider line 100
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2012-08-22 03:57:11 PM  
I nerdgasmed
 
2012-08-22 03:58:22 PM  

joseelsegundo: I nerdgasmed


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2012-08-22 04:00:39 PM  
We built that.
 
2012-08-22 04:03:12 PM  
That was farking awesome!
 
2012-08-22 04:04:38 PM  
Staffist

We built that.

Post is almost as awesome as that landing.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
 
2012-08-22 04:05:41 PM  
Mmmm, Nerd candy. Delish.

This mission is going to produce lots and lots of Nerdgasms in the coming years...
 
2012-08-22 04:06:31 PM  
And you can see the heat shield impact at the bottom of the screen around 20-22 seconds, too!
 
2012-08-22 04:13:57 PM  
It was actually dizzying when it started to sway before almost hitting the surface, then the rockets kicked in, awesome!
 
2012-08-22 04:16:19 PM  
So who did they farm this out to? Dreamworks? Weta?

Maybe they went all Nolan on it and eschewed special effects entirely. Perhaps it was a location shoot in the Australian outback or some such.
 
2012-08-22 04:16:41 PM  
OMG THAT WAS THE AWESOMEST THING IN THE HISTORY OF AWESOME OMGOMGOMGOMG
 
2012-08-22 04:18:31 PM  
i911.photobucket.com

/no, really
 
2012-08-22 04:21:36 PM  
Wow. That's Mars. Like, actually another f*cking planet. In 1080p. That's insane. And I got dizzy.
 
2012-08-22 04:30:39 PM  
Descent is the highest form of patriotic, indeed.
 
2012-08-22 04:32:45 PM  
That farking gave me chills.
 
2012-08-22 04:35:25 PM  
Did we bring a flag?
 
2012-08-22 04:36:22 PM  

mark12A: Mmmm, Nerd candy. Delish.

This mission is going to produce lots and lots of Nerdgasms in the coming years...


It's nuclear powered and has a laser cannon... it's a rolling nerdgasm.
 
2012-08-22 04:37:38 PM  

Staffist: We built that.


You there! Genius person! Send forth all your single ladies to my minecraft server! I am pleased...
 
2012-08-22 04:37:49 PM  
That was farking SUH-WEET.
 
2012-08-22 04:38:02 PM  
I can truly say this was an epic video.
 
2012-08-22 04:38:58 PM  
Farkin brilliant. Homepage is NASA MSL mission for the next years.
 
2012-08-22 04:39:12 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-22 04:39:24 PM  
You can even tell when the parachute is let go and it free falls briefly until the thrusters fire, and then even when the skycrane kicks in.
 
2012-08-22 04:39:46 PM  
It's sad that I was thinking of the Starcraft MSL, right? Right.
 
2012-08-22 04:42:05 PM  
Not bad for only Thirty-eight combat drops under it's belt. Simulated.
 
2012-08-22 04:44:12 PM  

TyrantII: Not bad for only Thirty-eight combat drops under it's belt. Simulated.


How many real ones?
 
2012-08-22 04:45:27 PM  
Truly awesome, but...
I WANT SOUND!
When is someone going to plug just a cheap ass microphone to one of these things?
I want to hear the faint Martian wind wafting by dammit!

/USA USA UAS
 
2012-08-22 04:45:33 PM  
www.cotygonzales.com
 
2012-08-22 04:49:46 PM  
I can understand why they didn't include such a thing, but it would have been nice to have a camera facing up so we could see the skycrane thing happening and then flying off. Would have made great footage for the next mission proposal.
 
2012-08-22 04:53:50 PM  

id10ts: Truly awesome, but...
I WANT SOUND!
When is someone going to plug just a cheap ass microphone to one of these things?
I want to hear the faint Martian wind wafting by dammit!

/USA USA UAS


How bout you get off your ass, go get yourself a PhD in Outerspace Badassery, get a job at NASA and put a microphone on it your damn self....and quite complaining you whiny little shiat.
 
2012-08-22 04:54:52 PM  
HOLY F*CK.
 
2012-08-22 04:56:53 PM  

Oreamnos: I can understand why they didn't include such a thing, but it would have been nice to have a camera facing up so we could see the skycrane thing happening and then flying off. Would have made great footage for the next mission proposal.


You do realize that the primary mission of this craft is to collect data and conduct experiments, not to provide multi-directional high-definition imagery for every fat, lazy buffoon on the internet...right?
 
2012-08-22 05:01:48 PM  
After some hacking, I now have some of the missing 1600x1200 frames.


ts1.mm.bing.net

ts1.mm.bing.net
ts2.mm.bing.net 

You're welcome!
 
2012-08-22 05:03:43 PM  
i2.kym-cdn.com

/Seriously
//Farking awesome
 
2012-08-22 05:06:07 PM  

Poison Appleseeds: Oreamnos: I can understand why they didn't include such a thing, but it would have been nice to have a camera facing up so we could see the skycrane thing happening and then flying off. Would have made great footage for the next mission proposal.

You do realize that the primary mission of this craft is to collect data and conduct experiments, not to provide multi-directional high-definition imagery for every fat, lazy buffoon on the internet...right?


Of course I do. I also realize that when you do something, you know, totally unprecedented, it would be nice to get it on video. The rover on the ground is proof that it works, which is sufficient for the science guys, but having a few clips of your whizbang technology in action to show to the congressional subcommittee that approves your funding doesn't hurt anything either.

/No bucks, no Buck Rogers
 
2012-08-22 05:16:22 PM  

Poison Appleseeds:
You do realize that the primary mission of this craft is to collect data and conduct experiments, not to provide multi-directional high-definition imagery for every fat, lazy buffoon on the internet...right?


Yes, that's its secondary objective.
 
2012-08-22 05:17:39 PM  

joseelsegundo: I nerdgasmed

 
2012-08-22 05:26:05 PM  
That was neat. I liked that. I want more of that.
 
2012-08-22 05:26:45 PM  
If I recall, The Planetary Society paid to have a microphone put on the Mars Polar Lander. Unfortunately, that particular lander didn't...

The Mars Phoenix Lander (basically an identical copy of the MPL, with the "landing shock" switches installed rightside up) also had a microphone, but it was never used. It was attached to the MARDI camera (MARs Descent Imager), which was supposed to be used to optically monitor the landing, but an unrepairable problem was found during the time the Phoenix spent in transit to Mars, so it was never used.
 
2012-08-22 05:33:29 PM  
:D
 
2012-08-22 05:36:29 PM  

Jim DiGriz: If I recall, The Planetary Society paid to have a microphone put on the Mars Polar Lander. Unfortunately, that particular lander didn't...

The Mars Phoenix Lander (basically an identical copy of the MPL, with the "landing shock" switches installed rightside up) also had a microphone, but it was never used. It was attached to the MARDI camera (MARs Descent Imager), which was supposed to be used to optically monitor the landing, but an unrepairable problem was found during the time the Phoenix spent in transit to Mars, so it was never used.


Which makes you wonder if they'll have MARDI on the InSight lander. I hope so.
 
2012-08-22 05:47:18 PM  
i and a coworker tossed around ideas for a legged lunar rover(for better terrain handling). we ultimately came to the conclusion that it wouldn't be astoundingly difficult, just not that simple, to build one.

the hard part would be funding it.

we figured kickstarter might actually work.
 
2012-08-22 05:54:19 PM  

buttery_shame_cave: i and a coworker tossed around ideas for a legged lunar rover(for better terrain handling). we ultimately came to the conclusion that it wouldn't be astoundingly difficult, just not that simple, to build one.

the hard part would be funding it.

we figured kickstarter might actually work.


Well, Kickstarter and others have had their successes but there are also its failures like the RRE: Remote Rover Experiment to consider (unless something really happens in the next 17 hours or so).
 
2012-08-22 05:56:08 PM  
Hmm, 13 hours to go. Not 17.
 
2012-08-22 05:56:18 PM  
They couldn't have found a better section of Nevada to do this? Looks pretty ghetto.
 
2012-08-22 05:56:25 PM  
Awesome, cannot wait to see what else Curiosity sends back.

/Kids enjoy seeing the pics and what not. I
 
2012-08-22 05:58:42 PM  
And the YouTube commenter's once again shake my faith in humanity.

What a bunch of morans.
 
2012-08-22 05:59:02 PM  
This is awesome. So farking awesome. Between SpaceX's successes recently and now successfully parking a got-damn SUV on Mars, I've personally never seen people so excited about space and space exploration. It's about time. I think a big part of it is stuff exactly like this, where for the first time the public has a front row seat and is seeing this stuff happen in nearly real time. I watched the stream of this thing landing, and I was looking at the rover's first images of Mars at the same time as the people in the mission control room. Unbelievable.

Also, it doesn't hurt that I think people are starting to see these scientists and engineers as more "human" than they used to be. Things like twitter and even reddit AMA's are huge.

Plus, having this guy as the Curiosity flight director. What a badass. Kids are gonna grow up actually thinking these dudes are cool rather than just super-smart rocket scientist nerds.

qph.cf.quoracdn.net
 
2012-08-22 06:03:18 PM  

Vaneshi: And the YouTube commenter's once again shake my faith in humanity.

What a bunch of morans.


They usually are. Sounds like you need Herp Derp.
 
2012-08-22 06:05:31 PM  

bbfreak: Vaneshi: And the YouTube commenter's once again shake my faith in humanity.

What a bunch of morans.

They usually are. Sounds like you need Herp Derp.


Ahh much better, thanks for that.
 
2012-08-22 06:07:39 PM  

Vaneshi: bbfreak: Vaneshi: And the YouTube commenter's once again shake my faith in humanity.

What a bunch of morans.

They usually are. Sounds like you need Herp Derp.

Ahh much better, thanks for that.


You're welcome. :)
 
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