The NASA MSL Rover Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by eagandale4114, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2011
    In just a few hours NASA will attempt to land a car sized rover on mars.

    NASA TV link.
  2. mykelala01 macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2009
    Watching the coverage

    NASA engineers uses Macbook pro on the control room.
  3. obeygiant macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    totally cool
    Curiosity has landed

    Good job!
  4. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    "Curiosity" is ironic, since they already know what's on mars... things that will rattle religion and mainstream history.
  5. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Nasa just released some sweet new pictures of their findings on Mars:

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  6. juanm macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    Fury 161
    I'm at the restaurant, and there's a guy just behind me complaining about the quality of the pictures, and how cheap it was for NASA to put such a bad camera on the rover, considering how inexpensive DSLR are these days!!
  7. nishioka macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Yup.... NASA spent $2.5 billion on Curiosity, and went with cheapo cameras. Makes sense :D
  8. cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    Sure their network can handle images of that size. Screw the 14 minutes or so it takes for the 64x64 black and white images to get here.

  9. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    They put their money where they had to, making as sure as possible they could get the darn thing safely where it was supposed to end up in order to do its piece of the work. Their entire budget is tiny compared to what we slopped into Iraq to get back what we got on that investment, which was... let's see... well I wouldn't want this thread to end up in PRSI.

    They have other more sophisticated cameras aboard anyway. They didn't need fancy ones to phone home about a safe landing. :)
  10. alfistas macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2012
    Helios Prime

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  11. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    It's probably not a joke, unfortunately. Not half of all "failed" mars missions actually failed in the slightest.
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    nishioka macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    I'm sure they had more pressing things to worry about - more responding to the idea that if only NASA had loaded Curiosity with $800 DSLRs that would have satisfied the person in the quote. :D

    You'll get no argument from me about the budget.... it's worth watching Neil deGrasse Tyson's testimony on the matter. Out of every dollar in the federal budget, half a penny goes to NASA. We're doing this now, what could we do if we simply doubled that and gave NASA one whole penny out of every dollar?
  13. juanm macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    Fury 161
    Yes, I was tempted to go to his table and tell him about transfer times, wavelenghts, and more generally how the point wasn't to go there to take pretty postcard pictures. but I didn't bother. It got me thinking, however, into how important it is to have a component of "public domain" and how adding some eye candy and PR can make that public opinion, represented by individuals like this one don't feel cheated by scientific endeavors and discoveries, and that one of the points of the mission is actually to take pretty postcard pictures
  14. DavidB52 macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2011
    Glad to see the landing was successful.

    I am a big follower and supporter of space exploration programs.
    It is just too bad the budget keeps getting cut and progress is not as fast as I would like it to be.

    And I'd prefer they didn't just focus on finding life.
    If they did find microscopic organisms on Mars, or something more significant, it actually might hinder further development on that planet. Then we'd have to worry about contaminating a virgin environment, or vice versa: one day bringing contaminants back to Earth. On the other hand, if life is not found on Mars, we'd be free to pave over what we want, mine minerals, etc. -- no tree-huggers acting on behalf of Martian life.
  15. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    This really is an awesome thing. That rover should be able to unearth (unmars?) loads of very important and interesting findings.

    The longevity of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers still astounds me.

    What's got me excited more than anything, though, is the Cassini-Huygens probe that's been orbiting Saturn. It's fly-bys of Titan and Enceladus are revealing things that are truly amazing, but most of the world is yawning, I fear. Even this Mars rover won't impress the masses. Unless Snooki shows up or something. :rolleyes:
  16. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC

    McKayla is not impressed.

    Can't get enough of that tumblr. Hopefully by Sochi...

    Ready for Curiosity to get moving. Imagine the threads if it took this long every time you upgraded OSs.:D
  17. combatcolin macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
    Annoying isn't it?

    But if they changed 1 specification then it would involve months of testing.
  18. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

    Old Muley

    Jan 6, 2009
    Titletown USA
    The cameras look good to me! :D I've been excited about this mission since to was announce and look forward to years of science!
  19. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

    That is impressive...I just hope Curiosity is fully mobile and can conduct all the exploration planned. So far, things seem to be going really well.

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