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Will MRO be able to observe MSL EDL?
« on: 11/27/2011 11:45 PM »
I can't remember which spacecraft it was but I thought I remembered reading that MRO was able to record the EDL. I'm wondering (and hoping) if MRO will be able to do the same with MSLs EDL. Any clues?

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Re: Will MRO be able to observe MSL EDL?
« Reply #1 on: 11/27/2011 11:48 PM »
They're going to give it a try, with no guarantees.  They set the bar pretty high with that Phoenix image.

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Re: Will MRO be able to observe MSL EDL?
« Reply #2 on: 11/28/2011 12:06 AM »
Seeing Curiosity being lowered by a hovering machine suspended by exhaust plumes would be amazing.

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Re: Will MRO be able to observe MSL EDL?
« Reply #3 on: 11/28/2011 12:16 AM »
Seeing Curiosity being lowered by a hovering machine suspended by exhaust plumes would be amazing.
You won't see that. Here's the Phoenix image  http://www.uahirise.org/images/2008/details/cut/PSP_008579_9020_cut.jpg (from http://www.uahirise.org/phoenix-descent.php)

They might conceivably get something marginally better of MSL, but don't expect to see details of the lander or rover. Getting the image Phoenix was an amazing achievement.

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Re: Will MRO be able to observe MSL EDL?
« Reply #4 on: 06/06/2012 07:43 AM »
I thought Curiosity had the ability to send a medium data rate through EDL just because it was a flagship mission? I thought it was orbiter independent? No?
Let's not celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landing in a conference room on Earth!

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Re: Will MRO be able to observe MSL EDL?
« Reply #5 on: 06/06/2012 11:08 AM »
I thought Curiosity had the ability to send a medium data rate through EDL just because it was a flagship mission? I thought it was orbiter independent? No?

It is orbiter independent once roving.  But it is impossible to send anything but semaphores during EDL.  Being a flagship has nothing to do with it.


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