August 6th 2012, 02:17 AM #1
The Mars Curiosity Rover, which will study Martian climate, geology and possible biosignatures left the time that Mars was much more habitable, landed safely on August 6. The rover weighs approximately one ton -- meaning that the people who figured out how to get it on Mars in one working piece deserve crazy science respect.
Look forward to some tantalizing news coming from Curiosity over the next couple of years!
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August 6th 2012, 02:52 AM #2
Pretty cool. Except when the CNN coverage went like this:
"It's 200 meters up."
Anchor: "How far is that?"
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August 6th 2012, 02:58 AM #3
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Re: TouchdownWhat the world thinks the most valuable exhibition of the Dao is to be found in books. But books are only a collection of words. Words have what is valuable in them - what is valuable in words is the ideas they convey. But those ideas are a sequence of something else - and what that something else is cannot be conveyed by words. When the world, because of the value which it attaches to words, commits them to books, that for which it so values them may not deserve to be valued - because that which it values is not what is really valuable. Thus it is that what we look at and can see is (only) the outward form and colour, and what we listen to and can hear is (only) names and sounds. Alas! that men of the world should think that form and colour, name and sound, should be sufficient to give them the real nature of the Dao. The form and colour, the name and sound, are certainly not sufficient to convey its real nature; and so it is that 'the wise do not speak and those who do speak are not wise.' How should the world know that real nature?
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August 6th 2012, 09:48 AM #5
Good girl Curiosity!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
And as if that wasn't enough, here's my sig!
August 6th 2012, 10:25 AM #6
I love this science stuff!
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August 6th 2012, 10:56 AM #7
If all of the other systems work as well as the landing system, our knowledge of Mars will improve tremendously. I'm really looking forward to following this project in detail. This is fun.
August 7th 2012, 12:18 PM #8
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August 7th 2012, 10:08 PM #9
Re: TouchdownGo with the flow the river knows.
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