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So NASA just jet packed a rover the size of a car onto a planet millions of miles away... that is one of the coolest things I have ever read.

I would love to see a rover go to Enceladus as well. That's another major candidate for existing life in our solar system.
Edited by Creator - 8/6/12 at 8:21am
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NASA came out of its cave for a week of glory, only to return to hiding again tongue.gif
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http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

 

 

 

Press conference just starting

 

 

One of the Mars orbiters was able to get a shot of Curiosity with the parachute deployed yessir.gif

 

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Edited by quakermaas - 8/6/12 at 9:26am
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I think this is a cornerstone achievement for space exploration. If we can safely land a heavy high-tech machine on Mars, we can begin to prepare a forward mission for a return vehicle for manned exploration of the red planet. Mars Express mission here we come!

I doubt we will see any return trips from mars, way to expensive, and you have to carry all that fuel to take off again from mars. However I do believe we may see manned missions, they will just be 1 way.
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I doubt we will see any return trips from mars, way to expensive, and you have to carry all that fuel to take off again from mars. However I do believe we may see manned missions, they will just be 1 way.

It's not as far fetched as you think. Fuel need's could be cut down considerably if the mars rocket was built in earth orbit. Also it would make sense to use a lander like in the apollo mission's to cut down on the payload that needs to be recovered from the mars surface.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by quakermaas View Post

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html



Press conference just starting


One of the Mars orbiters was able to get a shot of Curiosity with the parachute deployed yessir.gif


Saw that pic on the screen - my jaw dropped. I WISH they took a pic about 30 seconds later, with the thing on the skycrane. That would have been amazing.

I do with they would upload it WITHOUT the inset though.

/edit

Nasa's Site seems to be still be borked, so I've re-upped all the full-size images we have so far.

Front Hazard Cam (With Cover)
fronthazcoverpic1.jpg

Rear Hazard Cam (With Cover)
rearhazcoverpic1.jpg

Rear Hazard Cam (Without Cover)
rearhaznocoverpic1.jpg
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I doubt we will see any return trips from mars, way to expensive, and you have to carry all that fuel to take off again from mars. However I do believe we may see manned missions, they will just be 1 way.

That is what they said about the moon....

We will do it, the biggest challenge isn't the landing or taking off, but the time the trip takes. People tend to get a little weird when confined for that period of time.
    
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http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html



Press conference just starting


One of the Mars orbiters was able to get a shot of Curiosity with the parachute deployed yessir.gif


Thanks for the link. I have been watching it since it started. It is truly awesome what we have done.
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That is what they said about the moon....
We will do it, the biggest challenge isn't the landing or taking off, but the time the trip takes. People tend to get a little weird when confined for that period of time.

Actually think that with proper funding (like there was in the Apollo days) the travel time could be cut down to more reasonable amount. IMO its more about money than anything else.

Engine tech that would provide faster travel times is already in the testing stages.
http://news.discovery.com/space/mars-rocket-vasimr-nasa.html
    
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Next "show" is in about 5 and a half hours - they'll hopefully have new images.
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