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Curiousity is about to Land near Mount Sharp, on Mars

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Mars landing risky but not crazy

 

As a robotic geologist approaches Mars to try out a new strategy for searching for life beyond Earth, the mission programme director says the rover's landing will be risky.

 

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/more about the Landing: http://www.planets.org.uk/news/mars-curiosity-mission/

 

If the Mars Science Laboratory, a wheeled rover nicknamed Curiosity, touches down safely - which is by no means a given - scientists expect to have two years to collect information about Mount Sharp and the surrounding area.

 

Nasa hopes to land the Mars rover on a flat surface as close as possible to the base of Mount Sharp using a first-of-a-kind, rocket-powered sky crane.

 

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/more about Mt. Sharp: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/06/mars-rover-curiosity-zeroes-in-on-landing-site/

 

The exact landing spot* will depend on the craft's final steering maneuvers as it races toward Mars.

/more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9404524/Mars-landing-risky-but-not-crazy.html

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*This shows the Landing Spot

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There's new excitement, because last August it was announced:

 

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Water could be present on Mars

 

Scientists claim that dark channels stretching across the surface of Mars could be streams of salty water running down the sides of craters.

 

/more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8682794/Water-could-be-present-on-Mars.html

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Let's hope that Curiousity is half as good as Opportunity has been.

(The "old" rover has far exceeded expectations.)

 

 

Video: NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Has Run a Marathon on Mars

(Marathon = 26 miles)

 

By Rebecca Boyle .. 07.19.2012

 

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All eyes will be on the new Mars rover Curiosity when it lands in just over two weeks, but lest we forget, NASA’s indefatigable Mars rover Opportunity is still rolling along, too. The rover has driven about 22 miles, which prompted some Olympic-minded NASA people to realize the rover is nearing marathon distance. It will be the first interplanetary marathon.

 

This is made all the more impressive by the fact that Opportunity and its late twin, Spirit, were designed to drive about one-third of a mile in total. And the fact that Opportunity drives about 160 to 330 feet a day. Granted, it flew a long way to even get to the starting line: “This particular marathoner had to fly about 283 million miles across space before being unceremoniously drop-bounced on the Martian surface,” said Ray Arvidson, the mission’s deputy principal investigator, told NASA Science News.

 

Its main mission has been to look for water, and both rovers have found slam-dunk evidence that the Red Planet used to be a wet planet. Opportunity first found evidence of water at a site called Eagle Crater, and then spent the next few years driving around deeper and larger craters nearby. Since August of last year, it’s been exploring Endeavour Crater, after traversing tricky Martian terrain “with no aid stations anywhere,” as NASA Science cheekily puts it. It even had to drive backwards for a while after a wheel injury.

 

/more: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-07/video-nasas-old-mars-rover-opportunity-about-hit-mars-marathon-mark

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ALIEN LANDING mentioned in BBC Report

 

An interplanetary mission is about to Land,

and this one is being discussed in the Mainstream Press (the BBC)

 

3 August 2012

 

Nasa's Curiosity rover on course for Mars landing

 

Nasa says the big robot rover it is sending to Mars looks in excellent shape for its Monday (GMT) landing.

 

The vehicle, known as Curiosity, was launched from Earth in November last year and is now nearing the end of a 560-million-km journey across space.

 

To reach its intended touch-down zone in a deep equatorial crater, the machine must enter the atmosphere at a very precise point on the sky.

 

Engineers told reporters on Thursday that they were close to a bulls-eye.

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/How the Landing will work:

Step by step: How the Curiosity rover will land on Mars:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19107577

 

 

What is its real Mission?

Will it "find" something that TPTB know is already there?

 

GLP thread: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1944955/pg1

Pride, GLP: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1948295/pg1

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What is its real Mission?

Will it "find" something that TPTB know is already there?

 

GLP thread: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1944955/pg1

The rover aims to explore the Gale Crater on Mars, which contains a low mountain and multiple layers of sediment that NASA scientists have said they expect will reveal the unknown history of Mars. Scientists know much more about Mars today than they did 50 years ago, namely that ample amounts of water once existed there, increasing the likelihood that microbial life did too. Future hopes for Mars exploration include drilling to see if water still runs beneath the surface. For now, the one-ton (900 kilogram) rover's toolkit contains a detector for water at 50 centimeters (20 inches) beneath the surface, plus lasers, sifters, drills and cameras to analyze rocks and send back images of the Martian surface as never before seen. It is expected to land August 6 at 0531 GMT. NASA hopes it will get communications during the final minutes though a series of pings or tones that indicate when key milestones have been met.

 

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-nasa-braces-terror-mars.html#jCp

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Broadcasting live - from tomorrow/Sunday night

 

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Five myths about Mars

 

Myth #1: There's a face on Mars

 

Myth #2: Martians built complex canals

 

Myth #3: Mars has oceans

 

Myth #4: Mars will appear as big as the moon

 

Myth #5: Mars supports intelligent life

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57486528/five-myths-about-mars/

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Five myths about Mars

 

Myth #1: There's a face on Mars

 

Myth #2: Martians built complex canals

 

Myth #3: Mars has oceans

 

Myth #4: Mars will appear as big as the moon

 

Myth #5: Mars supports intelligent life

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57486528/five-myths-about-mars/

 

How do they know? Perhaps they're all hiding underground in their bunkers, like the DUMB's :lol:

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How do they know? Perhaps they're all hiding underground in their bunkers, like the DUMB's :lol:

True enough.

Of course, the article reflects the mainstream media's consensus.

 

It is useful to repeat the "official line", if you are aiming to launch "news" that goes beyond it.

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If there is Life on Mars, the Dutch will find it

 

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Nasa Mars Landing: live blog

 

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"Who're you looking at ?!"

 

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎11 minutes ago‎

 

• Touchdown expected in under FOUR HOURS

• Odyssey satellite to be "rolled" into position at 6am • Entry sequence to begin around 6.25am, landing just after 6.30am • Probe will take "seven minutes of terror" to reach the ground • Space and Martian ...

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9454930/Nasa-Mars-Landing-live-blog.html

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Nasa's Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars

 

BBC News - ‎10 minutes ago‎

 

By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, Pasadena The one-tonne vehicle, known as Curiosity, was reported to have landed in a deep crater near the planet's equator at 06:32 BST (05:32 GMT).

 

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"extremely clean... low navigation error"

They say on the Live Nasa Link:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html?param=public

 

Two other rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have been on Mars since 2004.

You can read about those rovers here, or follow @MarsRovers on Twitter.

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Curiosity rover: why Nasa isn't looking for life on Mars

 

With its Curiosity rover – which is not designed to look for existing life on Mars – Nasa is playing an artful game to maximise scientific returns and secure future funding

 

It is difficult not to get excited about Nasa's Mars Curiosity rover. It's the most ambitious exploration vehicle yet sent to Mars. It has more instruments than any previous rover and the scientific harvest from its two year mission inside Gale crater could help reveal the planet's climate history and whether there was once a habitable period.

 

Scientifically, that's invaluable. Yet, on the question of whether there is present-day life on Mars, there has been a subtle but important shift.

 

Nasa's Mars Exploration Programme has as its defining question "Life on Mars?" but in the first few seconds of a recent video about Curiosity, project scientist John Grotzinger says, "Curiosity is not a life detection mission. We're not actually looking for life; we don't have the ability to detect life if it was there."

 

 

'We're not actually looking for life,' says project scientist John Grotzinger. Video: Nasa Link to this video

True, Curiosity will look for "the ingredients of life", the essential molecules and elements that go into living things. True also, that no previous mission has had instruments capable of looking for Martian life unless you go back to the Viking landers of the 1970s. Even so, it's a strong statement to lead with and has raised eyebrows.

 

So what's going on? Why is Nasa being so cautious?

 

/more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/across-the-universe/2012/aug/05/curiosity-rover-nasa-life-mars?intcmp=239

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Nasa's Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars

 

BBC News - ‎10 minutes ago‎

 

By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, Pasadena The one-tonne vehicle, known as Curiosity, was reported to have landed in a deep crater near the planet's equator at 06:32 BST (05:32 GMT).

 

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"extremely clean... low navigation error"

They say on the Live Nasa Link:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html?param=public

 

Two other rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have been on Mars since 2004.

You can read about those rovers here, or follow @MarsRovers on Twitter.

 

Nice :D

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So what's going on? Why is Nasa being so cautious?

 

 

 

It's more a geological mission than a biological one. That's it, he's just just pointing out that fact.

 

They can't directly look for life, but whether life was possible through geological analysis.

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It's more a geological mission than a biological one. That's it, he's just just pointing out that fact.

 

They can't directly look for life, but whether life was possible through geological analysis.

 

Yep, there's more to life than, er..... life :D

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Better quality photos are coming in now

 

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"The Hills are Alive" - or they might be

 

Close-up

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Panorama

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/source: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16008.html

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MARS ... Now in Color

 

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With her camera mast erected, Curiosity is beginning to beam back a flood of spectacular images and giving us the first detailed view of her new surroundings from her touchdown point inside Gale Crater on Mars beside a 3.4 mile (5.5 km) high layered mountain nicknamed Mount Sharp.

 

Overnight, Curiosity sent back many more full frame pictures from her Navcam navigation camera, including exquisite high resolution views of herself with the eroded rim of Gale Crater over her shoulder.

 

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/96708/curiosity-and-the-mojave-desert-of-mars-panorama-from-gale-crater/#ixzz23MKhWRUd'>http://www.universetoday.com/96708/curiosity-and-the-mojave-desert-of-mars-panorama-from-gale-crater/#ixzz23MKhWRUd

 

Photo on link: http://www.universetoday.com/96708/curiosity-and-the-mojave-desert-of-mars-panorama-from-gale-crater/

 

QUESTION:

Quite a lot of weight was sent to Mars from Earth.

Why did they not send a mirror ?

(So we could get a look at Curiousity itself on Mars.)

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BBC.co.uk;

 

"Nasa Mars rover makes detailed crater image

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Nasa has released the first full colour mosaic from its Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars."

 

A great image.

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QUESTION:

Quite a lot of weight was sent to Mars from Earth.

Why did they not send a mirror ?

(So we could get a look at Curiousity itself on Mars.)

Someone on another forum I read has managed to stitch together this excellent image of Curiosity on Mars.

 

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http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u37/fastfreddy_photos/Curiosity_Panorama3.jpg

 

Link to thread where the image was originally posted by 'FurtiveFreddy' the person who stitched it together:

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=219&t=1166219&mid=0&i=500&nmt=%27Curiosity%27+-+NASA+Mars+Rover+-+Due+to+land+5th+Aug+2012&mid=0

 

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has snapped a couple of photos of Curiosity from orbit, but the highest resolution camera has a pixel size of approximately 30cm square on the surface of Mars, so we're not going to see a lot.

 

Also, just in case anyone is inspired by Curiosity and wants to have their own fun playing around in space, here's a link to a blog of someone who managed to send a webcam transmitting live images into near space 40km in the air using a weather balloon.

http://www.daveakerman.com/?p=592

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Looking back - This C2C captures the Excitement of the Landing / & Raises Questions

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0peyhqVVx4

 

RC Hoagland:

"This could be the mission where NASA comes clean abot what's there... fossils?"

 

Nuclear explosion on Mars?

Some believe there was one - Natural or Made by creatures

 

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The Potassium Map of Mars shows a concentration:

 

http://www.fas.org/irp/imint/docs/rst/Sect19/Sect19_13a.html

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Not all NASA missions are succeeding...

 

A small Nasa lander vehicle being tested for missions to the Moon and beyond has crashed and burned after veering off course during a trial run at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

 

There were no injuries when the prototype, known as Morpheus, burst into flames. The engines of the insect-like vehicle, designed and built in Houston, appeared to ignite as planned, but it then rolled over on its side and plummeted to the ground.

 

Nasa claimed that the failure was anticipated and "was part of the development process".

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/moon-craft-explodes-during-trial-8031929.html

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Was Biggest Canyon in the Solar System Scarred by Plasma?

 

Updated: July 30, 2012 - Click for report with mp3.

 

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Valles Marineris, our solar system's biggest canyon, runs along the Martian equator

for 2,500 miles (4000 km) at depths up to 4 miles (7 km ). For comparison, Arizona's

Grand Canyon is about 500 miles long (800 km) and 1 mile deep (1.6 km). Valles Marineris

spans one-fifth of the entire distance around Mars! NASA 1980 global mosaic image by Viking 1

 

/more: http://www.earthfiles.com/

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