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Curiosity Lands On Mars: 10 Amazing Facts
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IBMJunkman
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8/7/2012 | 7:05:37 PM
re: Curiosity Lands On Mars: 10 Amazing Facts
Amazing fact is that music was involved: "nylon chords" I wonder what nylon sounds like?
galley782
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8/7/2012 | 6:56:55 PM
re: Curiosity Lands On Mars: 10 Amazing Facts
In amazing fact #3, I believe it was the Mars horizon that obstructed direct communications at landing (the landing point was just barely over the Mars horizon from Earth's POV). That's what they were saying during the live coverage on the NASA cable channel, IIRC. A small nit-pick.
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8/7/2012 | 6:22:56 PM
re: Curiosity Lands On Mars: 10 Amazing Facts

The first Mars lander (Viking) also had a panoramic camera and a ground sample scoop. This lander is certainly more sophisticated, and a comparison will certainly come forth.
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8/7/2012 | 5:12:05 PM
re: Curiosity Lands On Mars: 10 Amazing Facts
"Curiosity, the size of an SUV..." should read "Curiosity, the size of a small SUV..." It's an amazing feat without the exaggeration.
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8/7/2012 | 3:19:49 PM
re: Curiosity Lands On Mars: 10 Amazing Facts
This is seriously a major breakthrough not just with the US but as a race of humans. It is funny how all they old star trek episodes and sci-fi movies that were made years ago are now actually being put to the test. There is a course offered at the University where I live and it is just that it compares sci-fi inventions to technology that currently exists. I am so excited to see exactly what the rover will collect and if the data will be useful in any way. At a cost of 2.5 billion I am sure that NASA is hoping for some useful results as well. I think that the amount of work from groups and individuals is really amazing and they things that can be achieved when great minds and ideas are collaborated effectively. Great Job and it is already a success in my book and a stepping stone for others to excel towards.

Paul Sprague
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