Author Topic: LIVE: MSL Curiosity Post Landing SOL 1 onwards Update Thread  (Read 709480 times)

Offline Oberon_Command

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It's a slight shame that Curiosity in its landing has rather littered up the Martian landscape in the area with various bits of hardware, especially the Sky Crane with its fuel.

That shame diminishes when you remember how large Mars is in comparison to the "litter" area.

Diminishes, yes. Extinguishes, no.

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This concern about Mars' environment warms my heart and almost makes me forget how people here on Earth litter without even giving it a second thought. But since this is Mars, we really *should* keep it clean!

Seriously, I don't understand where this is coming from. Things like "you're sending *plutonium* to Mars? What if the thing crashes!?!?!"
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Name an early exploration landing that didn't litter.  That even includes new continents and lands on earth.

Anyways, all the MSL "litter" is minor compared to MSL itself, which will be eventually abandoned and it contains plutonium.

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Mast cam might be able to spot some of the hardware if the topography is right.

Mast cam images will be tomorrow. Probably not of any terrain.

Sure would have saved a whole lot of people headaches if some smart programmer had designed a live web based activity calendar for Curiosity. Surface ops must have a calendar of some kind they are working from...? Beuller?

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Lots of non updates on a live update thread. Thread trimmed. Use the other threads.

Updates go on Update threads. It's not rocket science ;)

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hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/images/2012/details/cut/hardware-longview.tif

The tif is now available, it had to be re-uploaded.

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A bunch more image data from Sol 0 has been posted on the raw images website - http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=0 - including the full resolution versions of some of the "covers closed" HazCam images that we all saw as downsampled versions right when the rover landed. 

I now have a much better idea of how much dust was on my covers before they opened.

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A bunch more image data from Sol 0 has been posted on the raw images website - http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=0 - including the full resolution versions of some of the "covers closed" HazCam images that we all saw as downsampled versions right when the rover landed. 

I now have a much better idea of how much dust was on my covers before they opened.

So many (if not everyone) here are so happy you put those covers on!

Must give you that warm fuzzy feeling  :)
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Incredibly cool that they were able to spot all the EDL hardware so quickly.

Pictures are up now.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/

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Gale Crater was formed at least in part by wind. Hopefully aerosolized hydrazine was not transported to instruments.

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Did I miss it, or hasn't anyone posted that MRO also managed to capture the heat shield dropping away from MSL?

http://www.uahirise.org/images/2012/details/cut/msl_parachute_heatshield.jpg

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"away from the science."
Gale Crater was formed at least in part by wind. Hopefully aerosolized hydrazine was not transported to instruments.

I'm confused, was the sky-crane, once it flies off, not designed to burn its tanks dry?

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No, the flyaway burn was fixed duration, not to depletion.

Could it have happened that the tank content exploded upon impact?

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Could it have happened that the tank content exploded upon impact?

Over at UMSF, at least one apparently secondary impact pointing back to the descent stage impact was identified in the HiRISE image. This suggests that at least some components of the descent stage didn't go peacefully. What's more, the distance the secondary piece travelled is more than the distance to the rover!

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A bunch more image data from Sol 0 has been posted on the raw images website - http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=0 - including the full resolution versions of some of the "covers closed" HazCam images that we all saw as downsampled versions right when the rover landed. 

Also one MARDI full resolution frame was downlinked - http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/msss/00000/mrdi/0000MD9999000072E1_DXXX.jpg

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The mast is up, navcam image of the deck. The rover and the optics seem to be pretty clear of dust.

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The mast is up, navcam image of the deck. The rover and the optics seem to be pretty clear of dust.

Thanks for posting! Wow! Even the wheel seems to be totally clean.

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The mast is up, navcam image of the deck.

Was that pic relayed or did it come directly from the rover's high gain antenna?

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No idea.

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