Re: Red Rover

1

Spacing!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 8:22 PM
horizontal rule
2

Relatively speaking, it's getting really close at this point. It's at the equivalent of "Please return your seatbacks and tray tables to their full, upright position," bracing for landing.

Whoever thought of the Sky Crane thing must be super excited right about now. Come on, that's awesome, right?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 10:05 PM
horizontal rule
3

I am such a nerd for stuff like this. Five minutes to entry!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 10:19 PM
horizontal rule
4

From NASA's Twitter feed: "NASA #MSL: We're in the seven minutes of terror for @MarsCuriosity 12 seconds ago"


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 10:26 PM
horizontal rule
5

Sky Crane!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 10:32 PM
horizontal rule
6

And touchdown!


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 10:32 PM
horizontal rule
7

Woo!


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 10:34 PM
horizontal rule
8

Walking, fucking, and sky cranes!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 10:37 PM
horizontal rule
9

Photos!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 10:55 PM
horizontal rule
10

The whole process seems so Rube Goldbergian. Parachute! Rockets! Sky crane! At least they didn't use the giant beach ball this time.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 11:05 PM
horizontal rule
11

So awesome. Loved the applause at each successful stage.


Posted by: Cady | Link to this comment | 08- 5-12 11:08 PM
horizontal rule
12

Slept right through it. I'm a rock.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 6-12 4:23 AM
horizontal rule
13

Slept right through it. I'm in another time zone.

But the hell with walking and fucking. This is what humans are good at. Doing shit that no other animal could understand, let alone imagine.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 08- 6-12 5:22 AM
horizontal rule
14

I like to think that dolphins right now are doing all sorts of things we can't understand, let alone imagine.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 08- 6-12 6:56 AM
horizontal rule
15

14: Good work, rob, since I'm declaring this smut week on Unfogged*. Off to a good start.

*At least that's the way I'm going to interpret everything independent of what you fuckers actually write.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08- 6-12 7:29 AM
horizontal rule
16

JPL has a chart somewhere that shows the evolution of the skycrane landing system. From what I recall, it was mainly driven by the weight of the rover, and the danger of tipping over when landing on uneven or sloping ground. Logically the skycrane makes a lot of sense, but getting it to work in real life is impressive.

Also, I bet other animals think humans are gross. Sort of like naked mole rats... mostly hairless, with long wriggly feelers, limited night vision and poor sense of smell.


Posted by: YK | Link to this comment | 08- 6-12 8:13 PM
horizontal rule
17

14: is this time for the dolphin scuba rape story again?


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 08- 6-12 10:24 PM
horizontal rule
18

Always already.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08- 6-12 10:26 PM
horizontal rule
19

For the spaceship.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08- 6-12 10:40 PM
horizontal rule