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Landing on Mars, seven minutes of terror

Landing on Mars, seven minutes of terror

(5:08) On August 5, 2012, all going well, Curiosity will land on Mars. It's chosen method is the result of reasoned engineering, but it looks totally crazy.

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Guest: Littlewoods (1974 days ago)
I give them one chance in 10 of succeeding.
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I give them one chance in 10 of succeeding.
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Guest: Bemum (1929 days ago)
Latest comment: How about 10 out of 10?
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Latest comment: How about 10 out of 10?
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Guest: pablo W (1974 days ago)
Don't forget, make sure all parties involved are using the same units of measurement..!
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Don't forget, make sure all parties involved are using the same units of measurement..!
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slicksps slicksps (1972 days ago)
And who's going to pick up all this junk they're leaving on Mars? Like we're leaving in Earth's orbit (which is becoming hazardous) like we're dropping into the sea (which is killing off life)... we're still intent on leaving the biggest scrap heap footprint we possibly can as a race!
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And who's going to pick up all this junk they're leaving on Mars? Like we're leaving in Earth's orbit (which is becoming hazardous) like we're dropping into the sea (which is killing off life)... we're still intent on leaving the biggest scrap heap footprint we possibly can as a race!
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cengland0 cengland0 (1973 days ago)
Why so complex? They had other rovers land on mars with much more simplicity.
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Why so complex? They had other rovers land on mars with much more simplicity.
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glortman glortman (1972 days ago)
There are three central issues: 1) Previous rovers landed anywhere, and that was good enough. They are trying to steer Curiosity to a very specific location. 2) Curiosity is a much bigger rover than previous missions, and can't be landed the same way. 3) I speculate this is a test run for still larger devices and manned landings. They want to try it out when the stakes are 'lower'.
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There are three central issues: 1) Previous rovers landed anywhere, and that was good enough. They are trying to steer Curiosity to a very specific location. 2) Curiosity is a much bigger rover than previous missions, and can't be landed the same way. 3) I speculate this is a test run for still larger devices and manned landings. They want to try it out when the stakes are 'lower'.
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Guest: koval (1973 days ago)
sounds pretty awesome, they should send some guy there ahead of time to film the whole thing.
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sounds pretty awesome, they should send some guy there ahead of time to film the whole thing.
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Wulfrune Wulfrune (1974 days ago)
Ok.... Good luck with that.
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Ok.... Good luck with that.
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Guest: shameonyou (1973 days ago)
They can't see the wood for the trees... It ain't gonna work.
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They can't see the wood for the trees... It ain't gonna work.
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