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Mars landing will be broadcast live from Times Square

 
 
Reply Wed 1 Aug, 2012 08:25 pm
This article was updated at 9:37 p.m. EDT to include an 11-minute animated video of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Mission.

Times Square’s iconic Toshiba Vision screen will be the largest location for East Coast viewers to watch NASA’s coverage of the upcoming landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, according to a report from NASA. Beginning at 11:30 p.m. EDT on August 5, the Toshiba Vision screen will broadcast NASA TV, showing the events of the landing live.

John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, says, “In the city that never sleeps, the historic Times Square will be the place for New Yorkers to participate in this historic landing. When you think of all the big news events in history, you think of Times Square, and I can think of no better venue to celebrate this news-making event on Mars.”



Read more: http://www.capitolcolumn.com/news/nasa-mars-landing-will-be-broadcast-live-from-times-square-video/#ixzz22LrWXlic
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Rickoshay75
 
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Reply Thu 2 Aug, 2012 03:43 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Lustig Andrei wrote:

This article was updated at 9:37 p.m. EDT to include an 11-minute animated video of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Mission.

Times Square’s iconic Toshiba Vision screen will be the largest location for East Coast viewers to watch NASA’s coverage of the upcoming landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, according to a report from NASA. Beginning at 11:30 p.m. EDT on August 5, the Toshiba Vision screen will broadcast NASA TV, showing the events of the landing live.

John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, says, “In the city that never sleeps, the historic Times Square will be the place for New Yorkers to participate in this historic landing. When you think of all the big news events in history, you think of Times Square, and I can think of no better venue to celebrate this news-making event on Mars.”



Read more: http://www.capitolcolumn.com/news/nasa-mars-landing-will-be-broadcast-live-from-times-square-video/#ixzz22LrWXlic


NASA is concerned about the landing, the damage it may do. Let's hope it's a soft one.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 01:43 am
This is intended to be a "hard" landing. Let's hoper NASA doesn't end up with an embarrassing event.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 02:09 am
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

This is intended to be a "hard" landing. Let's hoper NASA doesn't end up with an embarrassing event.

Considering NASA's stunning record of failure on Mars and how complicated this landing is embarrassing is the most likely outcome.

NASA has nothing to lose...at this point they expect to be so defunded that no probes will be going to Mars. Remember all that yakking a couple years back about sending humans to Mars?? Riiiiiiiiight......when Hell freezes over, maybe.

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In just a few days, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will, hopefully, touch down on the surface of the Red Planet after a journey of nearly 9 months. The MSL mission itself is highlighted by the car-sized rover, Curiosity. For NASA, this latest mission to Mars represents the most ambitious undertaking to the Red Planet yet devised and, in another way, is a make or break mission for the Space agency's planetary science program.

In the face of extensive budget cuts that have forced the cancellation of the most ambitious interplanetary science probes, NASA scientists have found a new mission for the agency's Curiosity rover, which is already well on its way to Mars: prove to the American public that planetary science is worth funding at all.

http://www.examiner.com/article/curiosity-rover-means-victory-or-death-for-nasa-s-mars-program
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 02:46 am
@Lustig Andrei,
Wow! Let's hope it goes well. I think it's cool making a community event of it.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 3 Aug, 2012 02:58 am
This article from the Beeb explains the unique "hard" landing which is intended to take place, because Curiosity is so much heavier than previous rovers. After you've read that, to understand what they're doing, watch this video which shows a test sequence for the landing system:

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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Wed 8 Aug, 2012 12:07 am
NASA got the landing that they hoped would save their bacon. America responded with a collective yawn. Who was the idiot who scheduled this during the Olympics? We've got whack jobs shooting up buildings full of people, an election, a falling apart economy. NASA and its probes dont make the grade.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 9 Aug, 2012 06:51 pm
@hawkeye10,
hawkeye10 wrote:

Who was the idiot who scheduled this during the Olympics?

Your lack of science education/understanding is astonishing Hawkeye. Calculating the launch windows for sending probes and such to a planet as far away as Mars isn't as easy as you're making it. NASA isn't running a 24 hour/7 day a week/one express train to Mars every 10 to 15 minute schedule. Calculating the journey between planets orbits is far more difficult then what you're making it to be.

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In their race around the sun, Earth on its inside track laps Mars every 26 months. This close approach provides an opportunity — a launch window — to send spacecraft to the red planet. Rather than pointing the spacecraft at Mars, engineers aim it in a wide orbit around the sun. The sun's gravity gives the spacecraft a boost — called a gravity assist or slingshot effect —saving time and fuel. The spacecraft's orbit then intersects with Mars.

http://www.space.com/16875-how-far-away-is-mars.html
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