Count-down to Gale Crater, Mars for Curiosity Lander

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    Curiosity will enter the atmosphere, and 7 minutes later it will land in Gale Crater, Mars, in the most technically difficult and elegant landing of any of our space craft to date.


    The time of the landing is 10:31 PM PST on the 5th or 12:31 AM EST on the 6th of August, and when we get the report that it has entered the atmosphere it will either be dead on the ground ..... or alive.

    Here's a false color map of the crater at the top, and a close up of the landing zone bottom
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    Here is a long view of the crater and the planned landing zone
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    And here's a link to a truly exciting VIDEO of the whole landing scenario with expert explanations by the mission engineers involved.

    [First there's the count-down clock; then click on the screen anywhere and the video link appears]


    REWARD YOURSELF AND HOVER AND CLICK TO WATCH IN FULL SCREEN MODE
     
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    NASA - NASA TV
     
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    NASA TV schedule
    Sunday, Aug. 5
    -- 9:30 a.m. - Final Prelanding Update News Briefing
    -- 3 p.m. - NASA Science News Briefing
    -- 8:30 p.m. to about 11 p.m. - Landing Commentary No. 1
    -- No earlier than 11:15 p.m. - Post-landing News Briefing

    Monday, Aug. 6
    -- 12:30 to 1:30 a.m. - Landing Commentary No. 2
    -- 9 a.m. - Landing Recap News Briefing
    -- 4 p.m. - Possible New Images News Briefing
     
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    Should have sent a Smart car...

    Should have sent all the Smart cars...
     
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    Awesome

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    What a concept. Solar energy works so much better on planets with little or no atmosphere and no nasty CO2. Does that give greenies some ideas? I hope not.
     
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    Actually Curiosity will be nuclear powered; a first in a long long time.

     
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    The political hacks always make sure everyone knows when they arrive. :thup:
     
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    Politics -r-us. Thanks for letting me repeat myself. Solar energy only works on planets with no atmosphere. You need a football field of panels on earth to do what the rover machines do on Mars for as long as they do it. Does that give the greenies any ideas? There is a popular program on the History Channel that offers greenies their fantasy of what happens to the world when those pesky humans die off.
     

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