Nasa's Curiosity rover lands on Mars

  carver 09:07 AM 06 Aug 12

Don't know if any of you have followed this but a successful landing on Mars happened this morning enter link description here.

A small extract from the story,

"The mission has even already sent its first low-resolution images - showing the rover's wheel and its shadow, through a dust-covered lens cap that has yet to be removed."

And when they find out who left the cover on they are going to kill him.

  Quickbeam 09:32 AM 06 Aug 12

It's quite a fantastic human achievement and well named, and like the Olympics cost, somethings just have to be done beyond the normal constraints of sensible spending to satisfy our human curiosity.

I'm not sure what the benefit will be to me in my lifetime, but I'm sure in a century or so's time, they will look back and praise our determination to reach outside of our goldfish bowl, all powered by extreme curiosity.

  birdface 10:08 AM 06 Aug 12

570-million-km journey from Earth and landed precisely where it was supposed to.

I sometimes have difficulty trying to find somewhere in the nearest town to me.

Amazing how they can actually make and calculate exactly where it will land.

Some extremely clever folk out there and needless to say I am not one of them.Look forward to seeing some of the pictures that come back.I wonder if they will find any Bars.

  Aitchbee 12:09 PM 06 Aug 12

I hope it doesn't 'shoot itself in the foot' with that laser beam rock-zapper.

  Condom 13:25 PM 06 Aug 12

I wonder if Rover cars will sue NASA for using its name on their vehicle. I know Apple probably would ;-)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:59 PM 06 Aug 12

Well done to all concerned, looking forward to the release of the pictures and lab results.

I think I'm going into the "space scrap" business with thousands of out of date satellites in orbit, moon landers, Martian rovers and space probes there must be money to be made. Do you realise how much precious metal gores into these things.


  Bing.alau 14:14 PM 06 Aug 12

I think it's all a load of old bull. A con trick like the supposed landing on the moon. I bet it is all being done by Hollywood in the Afghan desert. (TIC)

  Bing.alau 14:15 PM 06 Aug 12

Buteman, I had a good Snicker at your Mars bar reference...

  Quickbeam 14:31 PM 06 Aug 12

That gag will surely run a Marathon session around the world before becoming as extinct as an Aztec as it goes off Topic.

  Bing.alau 18:24 PM 06 Aug 12

If there are any Kit-Kats up there, Curiosity might kill them.

  Terry Brown 19:59 PM 06 Aug 12

If oyu wish to see more of this try this web site 'Earth Sky'



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