Author Topic: LIVE: MSL Curiosity Post Landing SOL 1 onwards Update Thread  (Read 730462 times)

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LIVE UPDATE THREAD for MSL Curiosity's Post Landing (SOL 1+)events.

This is a LIVE UPDATE Thread, so please use the other threads for non updates. Non update posts will be deleted.

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LEAD FEATURE ARTICLE:
Curiosity makes HISTORIC landing at Gale Crater on Mars - by Chris Gebhardt:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/08/msl-curiosity-historic-martian-landing-at-gale-crater/

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Flow Article - by Chris Gebhardt:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/11/curiosityatlas-v-teams-set-weekend-launch-mars/

Launch Article - by William Graham:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/11/live-atlas-v-launch-nasas-msl-rover-mars/

Mars Rovers Feature Article - by Chris Gebhardt:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/01/opportunitys-eight-years-mars-story-science-endurance/

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FORUM Resources:

MSL Dedicated Section:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=57.0

LIVE EDL EVENT THREAD:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=29612.0

PARTY THREAD - All Posts Allowed:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=29562.0

Pre-EDL UPDATE Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27414.0

MSL Q&A Thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=8183.0

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L2 Section for MSL (Internal Slides, NASA people notes, HR Photos, Video):
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?action=tags&tags=MSL

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Offline Lars_J

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First color image from the MAHLI imager: (apparently with dust cover still attached)

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=4282
« Last Edit: 08/07/2012 07:35 AM by Lars_J »

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http://marsmobile.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=1

Raw stowed navcam images looking dusty. I'm starting to get concerned about the dust issue, the vehicle must be covered in it.

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Given finite cash, if we want to go to Mars then we should go to Mars.

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A ver quick&dirt, but fascinating, first 360 panorama from UMSF forum:
http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.php?act=attach&type=post&id=27292
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Sorry but couln't resist, added colour to match pictures from MER a bit,
http://s10.postimage.org/5mhzae5s9/test2_pic.jpg

And a big congrats to NASA/JPL , been looking forward to this for a long time.  :)

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No. That will take a few weeks.

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I think Mike Malin talked about one hi-res MARDI image queued up for downlink (the one shortly after heat shield sep) so it could come today, but perhaps too late for this conference.

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http://marsmobile.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=1

Raw stowed navcam images looking dusty. I'm starting to get concerned about the dust issue, the vehicle must be covered in it.

NASA has lots of experience with dust and Martian landers. It's not anything that hasn't been considered in the design process.
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NASA has lots of experience with dust and Martian landers. It's not anything that hasn't been considered in the design process.

As marsman2020 explained in depth in another thread, it was considered, but the real extent of the issue wasn't realized (it was underestimated) until Phoenix landed, well into MSL development.

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Remember also that it uses an RTU for power rather than solar so is not susceptible to power loss from dust on the panels, unlike MER.

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Remember also that it uses an RTU for power rather than solar so is not susceptible to power loss from dust on the panels, unlike MER.

Uuuummm that RTU rely's heavily on it's radiator to work correctly. Dust is a very good insulator. I assume they took that into account.
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Remember also that it uses an RTU for power rather than solar so is not susceptible to power loss from dust on the panels, unlike MER.
Actually, getting dust on the RTG radiator does significantly lower its efficiency.
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Remember also that it uses an RTU for power rather than solar so is not susceptible to power loss from dust on the panels, unlike MER.
Actually, getting dust on the RTG radiator does significantly lower its efficiency.

Also if there is substantial dust on the lander then eventually the wind eddies could blow it into undesirable places compared to what you would accumulate over several years with the MERs.

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Remember also that it uses an RTU for power rather than solar so is not susceptible to power loss from dust on the panels, unlike MER.
Actually, getting dust on the RTG radiator does significantly lower its efficiency.

That is why the RTG is mounted at an angle.

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Press conference starting shortly.

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Rover is currently asleep.

HGA deploy was successful, but is not pointed properly at Earth yet. Will change the bias to get it pointing properly tomorrow.

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Mask deploy tomorrow.

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MAHLI Camera engineer getting emotional about his camera being used. Nice touch.

"I've waited so long for this".

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« Last Edit: 08/07/2012 05:17 PM by Chris Bergin »

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