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Water not found 9 13.85%
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:29 PM   #51
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Parts of Mars interior as wet as Earth's - Technology & science - Science - DiscoveryNews.com - msnbc.com
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:19 PM   #52
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I think we need a new poll on the Curiosity rover. I think "Successful landing" would come in last behind "Crashes into a trout at 1,000 miles per hour."
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:17 PM   #53
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Curiousity will dig a little deeper into Mars ...

New rover could seek evidence of ancient Mars life just below surface, study says | Fox News
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Evidence of ancient life on Mars, if any such evidence exists, might be detectable at shallower depths below the planet's surface than has been thought, a new study says – which would improve the chances that NASA's newest Mars rover, scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet next month, finds it.

The research indicates that simple organic molecules, such as a single molecule of formaldehyde, could exist a mere 2 to 4 inches beneath the Martian surface. While the radiation level at these depths is still intense, simple building blocks of life (and, in the case of young craters, perhaps even complex building blocks) could survive, the researchers said.

The study, which suggests ideal locations and depths to search for organic molecules, could act as a road map for the Curiosity rover, which is due to land on Mars the night of Aug. 5.

Once on the surface, Curiosity, carrying out NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, is expected to dig, drill and investigate rocks for signs that Mars is, or ever was, inhabited.

"Right now the challenge is that past Martian landers haven't seen any organic material whatsoever," study lead author Alexander Pavlov, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., said in a statement. "We know that organic molecules have to be there, but we can't find any of them in the soil."

The researchers report that the chances of finding organic molecules roughly 0.8 inches below the surface are close to zero. The top layer of the Martian surface has absorbed so much cosmic radiation over the past billion years that all organic material is likely to have been destroyed, the scientists said. Past rovers on Mars collected and analyzed only loose soil from the topmost layer of the Martian surface.

Yet only inches deeper — within reach of Curiosity — simple organic molecules could still exist, the researchers said.

Even if Curiosity detected these molecules, the discovery wouldn't necessarily mean ancient life existed on Mars. Simple organic molecules could have originated from other sources, such as meteors and interplanetary dust particles, the researchers said
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:14 PM   #54
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Here we go. Good luck NASA.

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The descent of NASA's Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars is must-see TV on Sunday night, but for the uninitiated, all the geekspeak, apps and animations can be disorienting. Now you can consider yourself initiated: Here's a rundown of the basics for the $2.5 million mission, plus lots of goodies you can sample online.

Mars Curiosity in 150 words
Eight months after its launch last November, the Mars Science Laboratory will plunge through Mars' atmosphere and deliver the Curiosity rover to the bottom of Gale Crater, for a two-year mission aimed at documenting billions of years' worth of the geological record. Its prime objective is to study the layers of rock on a 3-mile-high mountain inside the crater, known as Aeolis Mons or Mount Sharp.

Curiosity’s 10 instruments can analyze the chemistry of Mars' rocks, soil and atmosphere in unprecedented detail. It has a drill, a robotic arm with a microscope, a miniaturized laboratory and even a rock-blasting laser. Curiosity isn't designed to detect life directly, but it can identify chemicals hinting at how habitable Mars was in ancient times.

Because the nuclear-powered rover weighs a ton, it has to be lowered to the surface on cables during a set of maneuvers known as the "Seven Minutes of Terror."

Where and when to watch
NASA TV will provide live commentary on the countdown to landing beginning at 11:30 p.m. ET Sunday. We're due to receive the first signals relayed from Curiosity on the surface at 1:31 a.m. ET Sunday.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:49 AM   #55
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Just a little too late at night to stay up for the pictures

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Old 08-05-2012, 11:33 AM   #56
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:53 AM   #57
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Definitely will be staying up for this tonight. Can get some stuff done while watching the streaming video. REALLY hope it works. The pictures and what we will learn will be fantastic.
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:31 PM   #58
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Think I'll play a little Endless Space while I'm watching.
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:45 PM   #59
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Getting close..
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Old 08-05-2012, 10:49 PM   #60
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Where will this be broadcast?
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:03 PM   #61
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Where will this be broadcast?

NASA TV. If you don't have it on your TV provider, you can watch it in HD online at the following link. Coverage starts at 11:30 EDT. About 30 min away.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:20 AM   #62
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This shit is fun as hell to watch. http://eyes.nasa.gov/server/player/index.html?document=$SERVERURL/content/documents/msl/edl.xml
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:21 AM   #63
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:22 AM   #64
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Traveling at over 12,500 MPH currently. That would be one hell of a ride.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:27 AM   #65
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Watching the simulation data is kind of like riding along with it.. Wish I had a pair of glasses to really put me there.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:29 AM   #66
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:32 AM   #67
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Nailed the landing.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:33 AM   #68
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Holy crap, it landed!
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:35 AM   #70
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:35 AM   #71
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Really excited to see first pics.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:35 AM   #72
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First images are coming across
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:36 AM   #73
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Gotta say that went off beautifully. Congrats to all those people who have put in years of research and labor to make this huge step forward happen.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:37 AM   #74
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:39 AM   #75
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That was just plain awesome. Glad I stuck around. Just amazing. Fucking Mars.

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Old 08-06-2012, 01:40 AM   #76
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Thats probably it for tonight, odessy is moving past the landing zone and will lose contact.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:42 AM   #77
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I've never seen so many geeks so happy at teh same time in my entire life
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:45 AM   #78
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I've never seen so many geeks so happy at teh same time in my entire life

Thought you've been to Gencon?

On a side note, must be nice to have a job with a sense of accomplishment.
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New hi-res pic that was transmitted a couple hours after landing.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:34 AM   #80
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WOO! Fuckin awesome!
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:44 AM   #81
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Another really nice picture.



Picture from one of the orbiting spacecraft of the Curiousity craft as it descends.

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Yup, definitely a raptor.

F'ing super cool pic of Curiosity from one of the orbiters.
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The new rover has already discovered a Martian life form! It was a small mammal that was unfortunately crushed by the landing. The picture shows that Curiosity killed the cat.
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Sure is!
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First tweet from Curiosity: Dude, I don't know if you know this, but you NASA nerds landed me on a serious dump! Come on, the nearest Wawa is like... a MILLION miles away!
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Sure is!

That's actually pretty cool.
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Some pictures but nothing too exciting yet. There seems to be a dearth of info on what-when Curiousity will move and/or do experiments, soil samples etc.

'Impressive' Curiosity landing only 1.5 miles off, NASA says - CNN.com
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Early data shows the Mars rover Curiosity landed with amazing accuracy this week, coming down about 1.5 miles from its target after a 350-million-mile journey, NASA scientists said Friday, perhaps giving planners more confidence about landing spacecraft in tight spaces in the future.
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I think it has been extremely exciting already. Am I incorrect or are these the first actual color images from the surface of Mars. I believe previous color photos were digitally added. That just blows my mind.

Here is where all pictures are dumped.

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There seems to be a dearth of info on what-when Curiousity will move and/or do experiments, soil samples etc.

Patience padawan, patience.

It takes time to get the backdrops changed, replace the first set dressers that had to be eliminated to maintain operational security.
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Patience padawan, patience.

It takes time to get the backdrops changed, replace the first set dressers that had to be eliminated to maintain operational security.

Are you joking, or do you honestly believe this?
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I think it has been extremely exciting already. Am I incorrect or are these the first actual color images from the surface of Mars. I believe previous color photos were digitally added. That just blows my mind.

Here is where all pictures are dumped.

Mars Science Laboratory: Raw Images

It blows my mind.. to think something could travel that far and just land on another planet and relay pictures like that, just seriously blows my mind.

Looks like some of the dirt roads around where I live.
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Are you joking, or do you honestly believe this?

Let's see, I repeated the wisecrack to my son & it gave me an opportunity to realize & lament the fact he'd never seen Capricorn One. At no point in the conversation however did the word "documentary" ever come up.

That said, there really isn't much that would surprise me either.
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Bunch of rocks, but pretty neat!

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Wow. Unbelievable. Those are some pretty glorious pics. Even though we have all grown up in an age where we always knew this kind of stuff was an inevitability, this is still just 100% completely awesome.
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I was having fun last night outside last night around 11pm about how Curiousity is up there and with the meteor shower..

Love this shit and wish I could be a part of what astronomers do...
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That's Mars.

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Love this shit and wish I could be a part of what astronomers do...

This kind of thing always reignites my child-like sense of wonder about the universe. I wish I could live long enough to see us (read:the smart humans among us) figure everything out.

Or at least long enough to see us build an Enterprise-D. That would be sweet.
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