NASA Nails Mars Landing

 
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18 February 2021 15:13
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18 February 2021 17:43
 

I watched the landing live today at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

I was 12 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. It made a huge impression on me. I’ve been something of a science geek ever sense, particularly where space exploration is concerned.

I was lucking enough to go to an open house at JPL in Pasadena a couple of years ago. They were still working on the Mars Rover at the time. They hadn’t given the rover a name yet; they were calling it the 2020 Rover.

JPL had a full size mock-up of the Rover on view that day, and it’s big — about the size of an automobile. In contrast, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers are about the size of a coffee table.

Events like the Mars landing today, give me a slight amount of hope about America. If we can get a car-sized rover to land safely on that little red dot in the night sky called Mars, perhaps we can figure out a way to turn around global warming. I think the science of it can be figured out. The truly sad part, is the political will is lacking because the system is corrupted by greed. Greed and stupidity.

 
 
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18 February 2021 19:16
 

Go NASA Go !!

 
 
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18 February 2021 22:58
 
Cheshire Cat - 18 February 2021 05:43 PM

I watched the landing live today at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

I was 12 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. It made a huge impression on me. I’ve been something of a science geek ever sense, particularly where space exploration is concerned.

I was lucking enough to go to an open house at JPL in Pasadena a couple of years ago. They were still working on the Mars Rover at the time. They hadn’t given the rover a name yet; they were calling it the 2020 Rover.

JPL had a full size mock-up of the Rover on view that day, and it’s big — about the size of an automobile. In contrast, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers are about the size of a coffee table.

Events like the Mars landing today, give me a slight amount of hope about America. If we can get a car-sized rover to land safely on that little red dot in the night sky called Mars, perhaps we can figure out a way to turn around global warming. I think the science of it can be figured out. The truly sad part, is the political will is lacking because the system is corrupted by greed. Greed and stupidity.

You we’re doing great until the downer in red.

 
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19 February 2021 02:06
 

I watched a pretty good documentary about the making of the lander on the Nat Geo channel on Wednesday night. It was refreshingly different because it concentrated on the technicians who put the thing together over several years rather than on the science people.

 
 
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Skipshot - 18 February 2021 10:58 PM

You we’re doing great until the downer in red.

That’s me — Mr. Optimism.

 
 
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19 February 2021 11:36
 

Did the Russians not help with this one?

 
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19 February 2021 12:20
 
MARTIN_UK - 19 February 2021 11:36 AM

Did the Russians not help with this one?

I think they stole all our plans and then sold them back to us?

 
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19 February 2021 19:04
 
EN - 19 February 2021 12:20 PM
MARTIN_UK - 19 February 2021 11:36 AM

Did the Russians not help with this one?

I think they stole all our plans and then sold them back to us?

That makes sense, cheers.
Sorry I mean…vashe zdorov’ye.