Fact ~Curiosity~ Mars landing 6 August

Discussion in 'The Front Room' started by Lamp, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. Lamp

    Lamp I am a FH squatter

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  2. Aada

    Aada Part of the furniture

    Gonna be exciting.
     
  3. rynnor

    rynnor Rockhound Moderator

    Fixed that for you - they have something like a 30% chance of sucess.

    Tbh I think their approach may be wrong - rather than putting all your eggs in one very expensive basket why not split it between a dozen cheap modules - each with only limited capabilities but greatly increasing your chances of at least something surviving the martian landing.
     
  4. Lamp

    Lamp I am a FH squatter

  5. rynnor

    rynnor Rockhound Moderator

    That would be a partial sucess though - the most likely failure is that it doesnt survive the landing.
     
  6. Overdriven

    Overdriven Not a sandwich

    The fact that they're expected to lose ALL contact till it hits the ground was a fun read. Scariest 2 minutes of all time.
     
  7. Big G

    Big G Has a sexy sister. I am also a Bodhi wannabee.

    Watching Horizon now, seems massively ambitious.
     
  8. chipper

    chipper Can't get enough of FH

    he who dares my son he who dares
     
  9. Wazzerphuk

    Wazzerphuk FH is my second home

    At a guess - because we've landed small landers on Mars before and they can only collect limited feedback - most of which we have. If we want to learn more we need to send something more capable?
     
  10. Sar

    Sar Resident Freddy

    It'll break inside of a week. Nasa are worse at building things than MFI.

    Hope not though, would be cool to get some decent info back from Mars, given we'll go there inside 20 years or so.
     
  11. Zenith.UK

    Zenith.UK Part of the furniture

    As long as it's aimed at the planet, one way or another, it will land. :flame:
    The question is if it lands safely without damage. As Wash said in 'Serenity'...

     
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  12. rynnor

    rynnor Rockhound Moderator

    No chance - ignoring the huge technical issues there just isnt the political will and NASA funds are way too low.
     
  13. Sar

    Sar Resident Freddy

    I don't know, it'd only take about 6/7 years of dedicated work to actually pull it off. And what with fossil fuels running out within the next 40 years, we have to go start raping other planets for their resources. Well, big business would love that to happen anyway. "Electric Cars? But we can't charge them an arm and a leg for the electricity?!"
     
  14. rynnor

    rynnor Rockhound Moderator

    Technical issues

    Enormous payload - your talking years of mission time so enormous amounts of food required + a lead shielded room for various forms of radiation they will encounter en route + fuel + a lander module and some form of mars rover.

    Just transporting all that into orbit somewhere ( probably need a new ISS) is going to take years then youll need to assemble the mars spacecraft in orbit etc. Etc.

    Medical issues - years in 0 g followed by crushing landing = not good.
     
  15. Tom

    Tom FH is my second home

    What a stupid waste of money that could have been better spent on wars and funding right-wing loony presidential candidates.
     
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  16. Tuthmes

    Tuthmes FH is my second home

    Having seen Andre Kuipers land on earth after spending 6 month's in the ISS i can only acknowlage this. Astronauts fainting as they got dragged out of the capsule. Having to leave the press conference 2 days later, because of sickness and still not beeing able to walk on their own. Dangerously low blood presure too. He did send a lot of awesome pictures though.

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  17. Tuthmes

    Tuthmes FH is my second home

     
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  18. Lamp

    Lamp I am a FH squatter

    That sky crane is nuts!

    Very ambitious. Very risky. Fingers crossed on a successful landing.
     
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  19. Chilly

    Chilly Balls of steel

    You ever tried building something with millions and millions of components? Provided by hundreds of contractors, who all have sub contractors. It's one of the most difficult engineering problems ever undertaken by us humans. I'm damn proud we give it a go.
     
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  20. old.Tohtori

    old.Tohtori FH is my second home

    Until they find a colony of women who say the planet is named Sera, i don't care!

    This applies to all space related muguffins really :giggle:
     
  21. Job

    Job The Carl Pilkington of Freddyshouse

    It may seem a bit complicated, but the original viking landers used an equally complicated system back in the 70,s and both landed perfectly, nasa has by far the best sucess on mars and their landers always exceed there expected lifetimes.
     
  22. Tom

    Tom FH is my second home

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  23. Wazzerphuk

    Wazzerphuk FH is my second home

    How can they breathe on Mars? I call fake.
     
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  24. Raven

    Raven Brrrrr!

    Looks like robot wars went to channel 5
     
  25. Aoami

    Aoami I am a FH squatter

    wall-e has let himself go since he got in a relationship
     
  26. Big G

    Big G Has a sexy sister. I am also a Bodhi wannabee.

    Looks a cross between Johnny 5 and a shopmobility.
     
  27. Job

    Job The Carl Pilkington of Freddyshouse

    Go rover..im a geek, i recognise half the control staff.
     
  28. old.Tohtori

    old.Tohtori FH is my second home

    Peanuts are opened, eagle has landed.
     
  29. Lamp

    Lamp I am a FH squatter

    Just heard on the radio the thing has landed successfully and is already sending back pictures. Amazing achievement. Flight path was perfect, and the crazy landing with the supersonic parachute, sky-crane, and deceleration rocket-boosters all worked perfectly. Bloody well done, NASA

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19144464
     
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  30. Big G

    Big G Has a sexy sister. I am also a Bodhi wannabee.

    This is fantastic news.
     

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