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Offline Chris Bergin

NASA - MSL Updates
« on: 11/29/2011 10:45 PM »
Thread allowing for the coverage of MSL's cruise to Mars. Obviously we'll have a new one for the August event!

Resources:

Prep and Flow Update thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=15026.0


L2 Atlas V/MSL Areas:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=25428.0
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27244.0


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

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

Our friends at UMSF will be all over this one, so if you take any info from there, make sure you link it (and mainly link, don't go copying and pasting).


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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #2 on: 11/29/2011 11:39 PM »
Thanks Chris. This will be a heavily visited thread.
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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #3 on: 11/29/2011 11:47 PM »
Chris, For those of us who attended the launch what is the appropriate thread to upload photos, and reaction too?


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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #4 on: 11/30/2011 07:24 AM »
Here's another site where progress can be tracked

http://www.dmuller.net/spaceflight/realtime.php?mission=msl&mode=scet

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #5 on: 11/30/2011 01:32 PM »
Chris, For those of us who attended the launch what is the appropriate thread to upload photos, and reaction too?



Launch photos in the launch day thread mate.

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #6 on: 11/30/2011 07:03 PM »
Anyone have any data for MSL TCM-1 due 10 December 2011 yet ?

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #7 on: 12/01/2011 01:35 AM »
Here's another site where progress can be tracked
http://www.dmuller.net/spaceflight/realtime.php?mission=msl&mode=scet

Oh great, it's working now!

I love dmuller's site.  Hopefully he'll be loading in the TCM dates and other cruise milestones as we learn of them.
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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #8 on: 12/01/2011 03:03 AM »
I'm having trouble finding the planned flight patch and velocity. Any body know where I could find them?

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #9 on: 12/01/2011 11:02 AM »
where can I find the picture showing real time position of MSL looking from above the solar system? Thanks!

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #10 on: 12/01/2011 11:45 AM »
A report from Space.Com states that a set of drill bits carried by the Curiosity rover, that planetary protection measures were not adhered to. All NASA spacecraft sent to other planets must undergo meticulous procedures to make sure they don't carry biological contamination from Earth to their destinations.

http://www.space.com/13783-nasa-msl-curiosity-mars-rover-planetary-protection.html
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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #11 on: 12/01/2011 11:54 AM »
A report from Space.Com states that a set of drill bits carried by the Curiosity rover, that planetary protection measures were not adhered to. All NASA spacecraft sent to other planets must undergo meticulous procedures to make sure they don't carry biological contamination from Earth to their destinations.

http://www.space.com/13783-nasa-msl-curiosity-mars-rover-planetary-protection.html


 Sounds like the procedure was fine as far as insuring no contamination. They just didn't follow the protocol for having it approved.

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #12 on: 12/01/2011 12:03 PM »
A report from Space.Com states that a set of drill bits carried by the Curiosity rover, that planetary protection measures were not adhered to. All NASA spacecraft sent to other planets must undergo meticulous procedures to make sure they don't carry biological contamination from Earth to their destinations.

http://www.space.com/13783-nasa-msl-curiosity-mars-rover-planetary-protection.html


 Sounds like the procedure was fine as far as insuring no contamination. They just didn't follow the protocol for having it approved.
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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #13 on: 12/01/2011 03:00 PM »
where can I find the picture showing real time position of MSL looking from above the solar system? Thanks!

The new Eyes thing is nice, but a bit of a processor hog...

Hopefully they'll add the mission to ye olde Solar System Simulator...

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #14 on: 12/01/2011 11:46 PM »
Dec 1 update...

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-371

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"This was among the most accurate interplanetary injections ever," said Louis D'Amario of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Way to go Atlas/Centaur!

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #15 on: 12/02/2011 10:31 AM »
Dec 1 update...

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-371

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"This was among the most accurate interplanetary injections ever," said Louis D'Amario of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Way to go Atlas/Centaur!

In this news release NASA state that by midday EST on 2 Dec 2011 MSL will have travelled 17.3 million kilometers . This is almost - not quite - 5 full days since seperation . Using this figure and doing a rough calculation (I'll do a more precise version later) gives a spacecraft velocity of about 40.04 km/sec.

But the press kit for MSL launch gave spacecraft seperation at  10.22 km per sec?

Why the huge difference - press kit wrong ?  Or was that seperation figure the additional velocity of spacecraft above Centaur cutoff velocity ?



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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #16 on: 12/02/2011 10:37 AM »
was the velocity sun relative or earth relative?

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #17 on: 12/02/2011 11:32 AM »
Anyone have any data for MSL TCM-1 due 10 December 2011 yet ?

Rumor has it that MSL entered safemode due to a thruster issue and the first TCM has been pushed back.  Anyone here have insight into this?

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #18 on: 12/02/2011 02:13 PM »
UMSF reports that the TCM was canceled because of an accurate launch, and the TCM was not needed.  The safemode was caused by a star-tracker software issue.  They have recovered from safemode, with the exception of the start-tracker problem, which does not appear to be serious.

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Re: NASA - MSL Updates
« Reply #19 on: 12/02/2011 03:00 PM »
Anyone have any data for MSL TCM-1 due 10 December 2011 yet ?

Rumor has it that MSL entered safemode due to a thruster issue and the first TCM has been pushed back.  Anyone here have insight into this?

If you read the press release from the beginning till the end, both your questions will be answered.


UMSF reports that the TCM was canceled because of an accurate launch, and the TCM was not needed.  The safemode was caused by a star-tracker software issue.  They have recovered from safemode, with the exception of the start-tracker problem, which does not appear to be serious.

No need to quoted secondary sources. All that information is in the press release if, again, you read it till the end.

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