Monday, August 6, 2012

Curiosity Lands on Mars - August 6, 2012



The LA Times has the story:

"Curiosity, the largest and most advanced spacecraft ever sent to another planet, stuck its extraordinary landing Sunday night in triumphant and flawless fashion, and is poised to begin its pioneering, two-year hunt for the building blocks of life — signs that Earth's creatures may not be not alone in the universe.

NASA's $2.5-billion mission involved the work of more than 5,000 people from 37 states, some of whom had labored for 10 years to hear the two words that Al Chen, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer, said inside mission control at 10:32 p.m.: “Touchdown confirmed.”
Chen reported that Curiosity was in a “nice flat place,” and as icing on the cake, the spacecraft sent home thumbnail photographs of itself. Officials had said earlier in the day that photographs were possible but unlikely.
Curiosity responded by immediately delivering a series of images."

6 comments:

  1. So that's where Matt Stairs went...

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  2. I must admit that I'm a little disappointed. It really looked like Stairs hit it to Alpha Centauri.

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  3. As a lifelong phillies fan it was definitely a secret goal of mine to help find the Stairs ball. Glad we could help solve at least one mystery of the universe.

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  4. Wait - "may not be not alone in the universe"? So...Curiosity is trying to prove we're alone?

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