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Aug 06 2012

Our Mars spacecraft can take photos of our other spacecraft landing on Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image of the Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity rover parachuting to the surface:

This is so cool.

2 comments

  1. 1
    Rogi Riverstone

    Thoughts: Curiosity on Mars
    http://youtu.be/XbkkVKBgTr8
    I was going to write an opinion piece about Curiosity, landing on Mars. But others addressed my position better than I, so here they are.
    CREDITS

    Music:
    “Simon Says Don’t”
    By Kevin MacLeod
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    free/
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    “NASA & Federal Budget”
    – Neil deGrasse Tyson
    http://youtu.be/7i2QDpGRQKc
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    Carl Sagan message to Mars
    http://youtu.be/syVD6blTXN8
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    “Curiosity Land on Mars”
    Final hour here
    http://youtu.be/SJXFnMoMt10
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    FaceBook Screen Captures:
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    Curiosity Mission to Mars:
    Your Tax $ @ work

  2. 2
    The Lorax

    We did this with Phoenix back in aught 8 (it’s so cool that I can say ‘aught’… I can’t wait ’till I’m a curmudgeonly old man) and we even got details of the strings connecting the lander to the ‘chute, but that’s likely due to a better lighting angle

    Also, turns out that MRO also captured the heat shield as it was falling away.

    The time it would take for the heat shield to hit the ground after being ejected was a minute and a half. We captured it in mid-air.

    Fuck yeah.

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