Nasa’s Curiosity is finally due to land on Mars in a few hours time.
It’s a complicated procedure – as this animation explains
Posted on August 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm in Forum | RSS feed
So very cool. Thanks Duncan!
Touchdown! NASA press conference on now.
thanks for the link, Andy
Good one Duncan.
The first images look a bit strange and grainy because they are from the hazard cameras down by the wheels. Also there are transparent dust caps on the lenses; these will be dropped soon. The hi-res images will come from the mast cameras over the next few days.
NASA TV is gearing up for the next pass of MRO for a radio link.
Sorry, it’s Odyssey not MRO doing the next radio relay.
You crafty bugger, Duncan – you only posted a science article to lure Dr H out of his lab, and back into the realm of the Manic Milliners…
Not the lab any more sticky, I’m retired. The studio maybe (I wish), my armchair is most probable. Anywhichways I’ve posted the early Curiosity images back at home and I’ll do more as time allows. I may even revamp the old place, it’s about time.
[As if anyone else is even remotely interested in the greatest feat of engineering and science since the Moon landings]
Perhaps folk might have been more interested if the Mars landing wasn’t competing with the Olympics for their attention?
True enough, and I’m trying to do both myself. Big sleep tonight though, it’s band practice tomorrow.
Retired? You lucky bugger!
I’m interested in the Mars mission, but mostly in what the public won’t be shown.
Like Curiosity slaying Martian cats with its +5 mighty laser of doom ?
Wow! I didn’t realise that you’re an insider!
Oh, and some people think the moon landings were faked.
Buzz Aldrin says not:
But Neil Armstrong made this cryptic remark:
I’m very distrustful of ‘the establishment’, and enjoy a good conspiracy theory as well as the next bloke, but I have not seen anything other than crackpot waffle to discredit the moon landings.
‘Call me Dave’ Cameron as prime minister, with William Vague as No1 international statesman, however…… now you’re talking unbelievable. Much more of this, and someone will claim that Mitt ‘walking on one knuckle’ Romney is going to be the next president of the USA!
How do you explain this, then?
Who can vouch for the authenticity of that, or any other of Sibrel’s films. Camera trickery, selective editing and biased, manipulative commentary can be indulged in by all parties. There’s nothing conclusive there to convince me…. sorry.
I wonder if Sibrel ever got over being punched by Aldrin?
It’s not picked up on in the vid, but those cloud formations are too big for the earth as it is presented.
Neil who? It was Aldrin and Collins who went to the Moon!
Cracking punch, Grommit!
No one asked me if I wanted to go.
What – go home?
Band practice? I hope that’s a proper Yorkshire Brass Band! What do you play Andy?
Bass guitar, and we do heads down no-nonsense mindless boogy.
Ha! Ha! I imagined you in a uniform, playing trombone!
Mindless boogie? I didn’t see any Quo ones there…
We do ‘Caroline’ and ‘Down Down’ but not on YouTube. I’ve no up to date recordings at all and the line up is flexible (there’s usually six of us now – different drummer and new guitarists to the video) so it’s hard enough to get together for a gig, never mind a full day in a studio. Want to though.
If we get out your way sometime I’ll try to let you know, but Dewsbury or Batley is more likely.
Sorry sticky, I told an untruth there. Here’s dreadful version of us doing Caroline from yonks ago. You have to laugh… or weep.
New drummer? Good – I didn’t want to say anything, but…
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