Aug 06 2012

Curiosity successfully touched down on Mars

The terror is over. Our first 256×256 snapshot of the surface of Mars after the utterly terrifying touchdown sequence.

Eight years to plan and build this rover that’s bigger than your car and taller than you.

36 weeks of travel across 562 million kilometres of space travel.

And it missed its mark by a mere couple hundred metres.

Science rules.

Heard on the live NASA TV stream: “Holy shit!” I concur, good sir. I concur.


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    Robert B.


    Days like this are why I’m a humanist. We’re capable of such amazing things.

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    A triumph for the entire human race. Things like THIS are why I’m going into Astronomy and Robotics. I almost shed a tear at “touchdown confirmed”.

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    Teared up and cheered up in my living room. Love when the best thing in the day is brought about by math and engineering.

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    I repeat: EEEEEEEEEEEE!

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    The terror is over

    The Curiosity has triumphed!

    And shall now be satisfied.

    Somany people have worked and struggle dand fought sohard tomake this happen. To them : CONGRATULATIONS! and thankyou for sharing the ride. (Via NASA-TV and elsewhere.)

    Image here :


    Those tothose peopelat NASA-JPL from the Curiosity itself. Shadows and wheels upon the rusty sands of Mars – and we put them there. Wow. :-)

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Yep, I’m buzzing. For clarity, that was intended to be :

    Through those people at NASA-JPL from the rover itself (we got that image.)


    So many people have worked and struggled and fought so hard to make this happen.

    I must remember to preview I know.

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    Jeez, you are a lousy Canuck for not mentioning the large role played by the Canadian aerospace company, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associaties (MDA).


    Not that I’m biased or anything…I just happen to work for MDA.

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    I’m old enough to remember watching the Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk (I was 14 at the time). I felt a similar sense of history-in-the-making as I watched this incredible machine emulate Neil Armstrong. The same thought struck me as in 1969: Man, what CAN’T we do!

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