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Opportunity is on the surface of Mars.

  1. Jan 25, 2004 #1

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    They say it is about 24km North of the center of the predicted landing zone, in other words right on target. It began communicating as soon as it hit the ground. Not to bad, should be a interesting few weeks ahead.
     
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    Hopefully it doesn't do what Spirit is doing now, eh? Transmitions working on 120 megabytes per whatever, won't "go to sleep", reboots itself after every new find. I still give credit to NASA though. Oppurtunity shall be interesting to watch in the next couple weeks.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2004 #3

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    Did anybody watch the live webcast? What a ride!
     
  5. Jan 25, 2004 #4

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    I missed the live landing, but watched the live feed of the first data transmission from Odessey and the Press Conferance that followed.
     
  6. Jan 25, 2004 #5

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    They say Opportunity has landed INSIDE a small crater, and a significantly larger crater is nearby and should be easily accessible. The geologist are ecstatic.
     
  7. Jan 25, 2004 #6

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    A work of art as well!

    It was awesome: Speed 12,000 MPH. After 6 minutes of clockwork precision of who knows how many systems working exactly as planned, chute deployed, retro's fired, chute released, and then we land with 3g's of force [the design limit was 40g's]. Then...confirmation of bouncing, confirmation of rolling, the no error signal recieved, and four hours later the thumbnails fill the NASA screen at 200 Meg. It doesn't get any better!!! And the web site takes you right into the control room for the real time data.

    Fantastic!!!
     
  8. Jan 28, 2004 #7

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    Opportunity Closing in on Scientific Jackpot

    good pictures

    http://space.com/missionlaunches/opportunity_update_040127.html
     
  9. Jan 30, 2004 #8

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    Opportunity rover update: Engineers are trying to fix a power drain problem, but they're still planning to start the rover rolling as early as this Sunday.
     
  10. Jan 31, 2004 #9

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    5 am here in Michigan, and Mission Controll just received a confirmation signal from the rover acknowledging that it had received the command to go ahead with egress. Given the lightspeed lag time in signals, that should mean that we are already "six wheels dirty" on Mars.
     
  11. Jan 31, 2004 #10
    BOOYAH!

    http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html


    Twelve working wheels on Mars now, given Spirit's rebirth. Again, it's a damn shame Beagle2 isn't in such great working order.

    LURCH. Glad to see a fellow Michigander. But given my recent graduation and subsequent job search, I'm now forced to move to my home town of crappy Sturgis to cut costs (lost my cushy campus job when I graduated). I swear the cows hove more fun here than I do.
     
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  12. Jan 31, 2004 #11

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    LOL! The cows' only responibility in life is to mate; they have more fun than any of us!
     
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    Hehehe touche LURCH!

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    I thought this was a cool pic. Go Nasa.

    Edit...is there a reason the [​IMG]
     
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  14. Feb 5, 2004 #13

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  15. Feb 9, 2004 #14

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    CNN Feb 8 update...

     
  16. Feb 10, 2004 #15

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    CNN Feb 9...
    http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/02/09/mars.rovers/index.html

    Watched CSPAN2 last night with the science team discussing the hypotheses for the formation of the spheroids. Astronomy geeks and geologists are probably the only ones to stick around for these press conferences, but I think it's interesting to see a science team thinking out loud like that about data from a new world. (of course, I'm an astronomy geek).
     
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