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Mars Rover/Mission Thread: Following Our Curiosity

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Bio-engineering!

Build us some Mars compatible bodies Hobble!

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You can turn me be into a bug eyed tentacled monstrosity and send me to mars as long as there is a female B.E.T.M to go with me!:)

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You can read a live chat with

three scientists/experts in Curiosity’s mission, astrobiology, and the engineering required for landing.

Curiosity science team member Jim Bell of Arizona State University has spent decades imaging planetary bodies of every sort. Most recently, he led the panoramic camera team of Curiosity’s immediate predecessors on the martian surface, Spirit and the still-operating Opportunity.

Andy Steele of the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory and the Curiosity science team trained in microbiology and draws on a range of techniques to search for traces of past life and distinguish them from non-life chemistry.

Devin Kipp is an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he has spent the past 7 years working on the design and testing of the system to slow Curiosity from 20,000 kilometers per hour and place it gently on a relatively small target area on Mars.

Read the full chat here:

http://news.sciencem...ver-arrive.html

Some interesting questions + answers from the chat:

Q: What are curiositys main goal

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Jim Bell:

Curiosity's official main science goal is "to explore and quantitatively assess a local region on Mars's surface as a potential habitat for life, past or present." Pretty cool.

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CNET is saying this is tonight?

The space agency will begin its live coverage Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET on the NASA TV site and will also show the coverage via UStream:

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Title correction..

Don't you mean Monday, August 6th or Sunday, August 5th

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Too bad we won't be around for when they Terraform Mars.

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Title correction..

Don't you mean Monday, August 6th or Sunday, August 5th

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Too bad we won't be around for when they Terraform Mars.

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Wish Canada was a more active participant in Space exploration. I don't even think the CSA is recruiting right now.

But this is very cool. Till we get a man on Mars this is the next best thing to exploring it.

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Title correction..

Don't you mean Monday, August 6th or Sunday, August 5th

?

Too bad we won't be around for when they Terraform Mars.

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This thing crashes because of the martian spies in Nasa.

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Title correction..

Don't you mean Monday, August 6th or Sunday, August 5th

?

Too bad we won't be around for when they Terraform Mars.

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For those looking to watch the landing online.

We can have our own CDC viewing party here tonight for those wanting to 'get together' to share their thoughts.

On Sunday night, watch 'The Landing' here:

Live Stream of Landing (commentary and interviews.): http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl

Live Stream of Landing (uninterrupted footage with mission audio): http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

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So would it be 12:30am in Winnipeg?!? (central time zone)

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So would it be 12:30am in Winnipeg?!? (central time zone)

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Updated Landing Time: 10:31pm PST.

Make sure you start watching before 10:30pm otherwise you'll miss it.

A good time to start watching would be around 10pm PST or earlier.

NASA Television will be broadcasting live coverage of Curiosity's landing on Aug. 5 beginning at 8 p.m. EDT (11 p.m. EDT; 0300 GMT Aug. 6). You can watch NASA's live webcast here: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

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Ill be watching for sure. this is a major step for mankind.

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I've seen movies about this kind of thing and it never goes well. I'll be watching but just for the inevitable discovery of robot alien dropsite or sandking infestation

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Surely not a small step, and potentially perhaps even a giant leap for mankind,

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