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JPL landing event
« on: 08/11/2012 01:59 PM »
I was out at JPL for the landing event Sunday night and later in the week for a meeting. Here are some photos.

Here is the Curiosity mockup.

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Re: JPL landing event
« Reply #1 on: 08/11/2012 02:00 PM »
This shows the press setup outside. (I think the media was over in another building nearby. This was for shots where they wanted a backdrop. I think CNN monopolized this spot.)

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« Reply #2 on: 08/11/2012 02:01 PM »
Here is the associate director at JPL in one of the auditoriums speaking to the guests.

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« Reply #3 on: 08/11/2012 02:02 PM »
There were various VIPs around. Here is Will i. am. of the Black Eyed Peas.

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« Reply #4 on: 08/11/2012 02:04 PM »
Here is Will Wheaton talking to Seth McFarlane. (Later in the evening, when we were leaving, I discovered that McFarlane's dirty BMW was parked next to my rental car. I wish I had known that earlier, because I would have dented his door.)

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« Reply #5 on: 08/11/2012 02:05 PM »
Back in the auditorium, tension mounting.

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« Reply #6 on: 08/11/2012 02:07 PM »
More shots of the tent near the entrance. I'm not sure who the reporter is.

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« Reply #7 on: 08/11/2012 02:08 PM »
They were selling memorabilia outside our building. Tee-shirts, mugs, etc.

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Re: JPL landing event
« Reply #8 on: 08/11/2012 02:10 PM »
Final descent phase.

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« Reply #9 on: 08/11/2012 02:11 PM »
We gave them a standing ovation at landing.

(More photos a little later.)

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« Reply #10 on: 08/11/2012 02:15 PM »
Very cool. This is something we never get to see much of and I'm interested in seeing more when you can. Love to read what you have to say about the event itself. Thanks.

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Re: JPL landing event
« Reply #11 on: 08/11/2012 05:07 PM »
I was back at JPL a few days later and the tent was still there. Took a few more photos.

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« Reply #12 on: 08/11/2012 05:10 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: 08/11/2012 05:12 PM »
Took this picture of the JPL campus.

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« Reply #14 on: 08/11/2012 05:13 PM »
The deer are a little too domesticated.

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« Reply #15 on: 08/11/2012 05:14 PM »
There's a nice wall display in the building with some really neat artwork.
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« Reply #16 on: 08/11/2012 05:16 PM »
One of the displays along JPL's wall of firsts.

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« Reply #17 on: 08/11/2012 05:18 PM »
Apologies for the poor quality of these images. I tried several times to get better pictures of the wall artwork, but I was having trouble focusing in the low light and confined space. Unfortunately, a flash washes out the features a little bit.

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« Reply #18 on: 08/11/2012 05:19 PM »
Another view of part of the campus. It's not all that pretty.

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« Reply #19 on: 08/11/2012 05:21 PM »
Some pictures of a JPL trophy case with models and awards and stuff.

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« Reply #20 on: 08/11/2012 05:25 PM »
Model of an ISS experiment also in their lobby.

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Re: JPL landing event
« Reply #21 on: 08/11/2012 05:26 PM »
Mockup of another JPL Earth-orbiting spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2014. JPL currently is not building any planetary spacecraft, something that has apparently not happened in the last 50 years.

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« Reply #22 on: 08/11/2012 05:27 PM »
Last one that I'll post. We got to have dinner with the center director a couple of days after the landing. He showed some slides. This was his last one.

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« Reply #23 on: 08/11/2012 06:17 PM »
JPL currently is not building any planetary spacecraft, something that has apparently not happened in the last 50 years.

Wow. Is that purely down to JWST, or are there other factors too?

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Re: JPL landing event
« Reply #24 on: 08/11/2012 06:29 PM »
Mostly Griffin and CxP but Obama hasn't done anybetter

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« Reply #25 on: 08/11/2012 06:44 PM »
It's rather complicated, and I cannot get into all of it. Partly it was due to MSL cost overruns eating into other parts of the planetary budget. I'd also say that there's probably no single reason that everybody would agree on, so I could try to answer that, but it would be my opinion of why things happened, rather than fact.
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« Reply #26 on: 08/11/2012 08:31 PM »
Mostly Griffin

Was that just him scrounging every penny for Constellation, or did he have issues with unmanned planetary too?

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