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NASA Rover 'Curiosity' Set For Saturday Launch 64

Posted by Soulskill
from the wave-at-phobos-grunt-on-the-way-up dept.
arcite writes "The Mars Science Laboratory Rover 'Curiosity,' an SUV-sized rover packed to the gills with the latest scientific instruments and an innovative landing system, is set to launch tomorrow. As the heaviest and largest Mars rover to date, if it is successful in touching down on the red planet, it will be the best bet yet for NASA to find signs of life. Stuffed with turkey and burned out on holiday shopping, Geeks everywhere will be watching the skies above (or the livestream here) and wishing NASA's Curiosity godspeed!"
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NASA Rover 'Curiosity' Set For Saturday Launch

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  • The Landing (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bjb_admin (1204494) on Friday November 25, 2011 @12:16PM (#38166692)
    Wow the landing video shows how complicated this one is.

    The whole hanging by a crane held up by a thruster module seems quite scary. Especially considering it couldn't be tested at Earth.

    Guess there will be lots of nail biting when the landing comes! Hopefully there is live telemetry for the landing.
  • Is this thing on? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by crumpty (2517360) on Friday November 25, 2011 @12:29PM (#38166810)
    I have looked around and cannot find the answer as to whether Curiosity has a microphone on board.

    If not then why not?

    Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine, - who wouldn't want to hear the winds of Mars?

    Cheers...

  • by Tastecicles (1153671) on Friday November 25, 2011 @12:29PM (#38166812)

    Have you heard about the instrument package??

    two HD cameras
    mass spectrometers
    chemical laser
    x-ray diffractometer
    full terrestrial weather station
    radiation meter
    magnetometer
    rock abrasion tool
    thermal emission spectrometer
    Moessbauer gamma spectrometer
    panoramic multispectral camera
    microscopic imager

    They could send one of these to Titan to discover once and for all if that moon could ever be settled...

  • Hourray! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 25, 2011 @03:55PM (#38168924)

    Great! Another rover will be sent to Mars to collect probe the dirt and look for "signs of life". What number is this, 6? It is apparent that Mars lacks breathable air, surface water, and, more generally, life. Why not send life-seeking probes to Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, or even Titan? At least those worlds feature liquid oceans of some kind therefore there is at least a chance that they may harbor life.

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