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Re: Curiosity landed!7th Aug 2012, 05:25 #11
When I read the details about how they were supposed to put the Curiosity rover on the Martian surface, I had serious doubts whether they would be able to pull it off. But they nailed it, which is pretty amazing considering that they could only pre-program the landing and hope that reality would reflect theory. I took a college course focusing on the solar system taught by someone who worked at JPL on the Spirit and Opportunity project, and she talked about sending commands to the rovers and waiting until the next day to find out what happened because of the time delay caused by distance (really interesting class BTW.) But it seems most of the Mars rovers have performed well above expectations, so hopefully this one will as well.
I'm really looking forward to the New Horizons mission, which is supposed to fly by Pluto in mid-2015 and take the first closeup pictures of it.
Re: Curiosity landed!12th Aug 2012, 20:46 #12
If you haven't seen it...
By ChunkMunk in forum The SiteReplies: 12Last Post: 21st Feb 2008, 00:49