NASA - NASA TV
Monday, 1:31am EDT
The above link is for watching live coverage of the landing of the Mar's Rover.
The chosen method, while very complicated is brilliant in it's concept, IMO.
The vehicle becomes a sky crane, held in position by the retro-rockets, about 10 meters above the surface. It lowers the Rover via cables; it then detaches and flies away to land at another spot.
The whole thing will be on live video feed. Enjoy.
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The 7 minutes of terror as NASA is calling it.
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
I really hope this is a success. I have a feeling it's too complicated, it will be no surprise if it ends up a scrap pile on the red planet.
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Yes, complicated; but, if it works, brilliant!
^ I don't know. Maybe brilliant would be producing the same result, a safe landing, without so many risky maneuvers.
Two problems prevent NASA from using a simpler landing method. The 14 minute transmission delay that prevents any direct telemetry control of the lander, and the weight of the rover vehicle which is too heavy for the airbag bounce down method used with previous landings.
^ Put men in it baby.
They will be landing people on the red planet in most of your (folks on this forum and most people on earth) lifetimes... "I guarantee it"
kinda wish i'd see it
And today i just watched 'Apollo 13' too--Great movie!
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Well kids; just a few hours from touch-down. Are you ready?
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