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post Jul 31 2012, 12:59 PM
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It's gettin' near that time. smile.gif

Please post all comments regarding the last portion of Curiosity's voyage to Gale Crater here; thanks!


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post Jul 31 2012, 05:09 PM
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With all respect, nprev, isn't it a bit premature to close "MSL Aproach Phase" thread and leave just MSL EDL open?
MSL is still in the Final Approach phase, with one or maybe two TCMs still scheduled before EDL which starts by reaching the top of the Martian atmosphere....

ADMIN NOTE: After some discussion on the matter, the thread is open again. However, even MSL is in EDL-mode now wink.gif
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post Jul 31 2012, 05:25 PM
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We can always begin a new thread and call it the 132 hours of terror ;-)

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post Jul 31 2012, 06:02 PM
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Good solution, Paolo biggrin.gif
... but, can someone withstand so many hours of terror? blink.gif
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post Jul 31 2012, 07:00 PM
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Technically we are in that fuzzy zone where late cruise (approach phase) and EDL overlap. We MAY be in a place where we are done targeting and done with the cruise propulsion. We will see. It is looking pretty good.

We are now focussed on getting our security access badges.

The clock is ticking.

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post Jul 31 2012, 07:11 PM
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Somehow, "132 hours of growing apprehension" doesn't really sing, does it?
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post Jul 31 2012, 07:33 PM
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132 hours of galloping ADD?
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post Jul 31 2012, 08:05 PM
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131 hours of finger-tapping impatience, 53 minutes of hair-pulling clock-watching, 7 minutes of terror and 2 years of fun!
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post Jul 31 2012, 08:56 PM
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Is there going to be another press conference before landing ?
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post Jul 31 2012, 09:09 PM
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QUOTE (MahFL @ Jul 31 2012, 12:56 PM) *
Is there going to be another press conference before landing ?



See Emily Lakdawalla's summary of the planned press conferences:

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakda...s-schedule.html

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post Jul 31 2012, 11:07 PM
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I suspect nprev is in the pockets of the peanut grower's lobby... ;-)
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post Jul 31 2012, 11:34 PM
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Perhaps someone could use this point to summarize for everyone what communication signals will be possible from MSL, as it moves into EDL before blackout etc... so everyone will know the sequence and timing to expect (or hope for).


Also, as to whether it is too early or not for this thread, I just saw the following tweet from Curiosity:

Curiosity Rover ‏@MarsCuriosity

Timeline activated. Bleep-bop. I'm running entry, descent & landing flight software all on my own. Countdown to Mars: 5 days
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post Aug 1 2012, 12:46 AM
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Question: is it critical that the peanuts be Planters? Do they need to be in a sealed amerstat envelope? Is there a throughput range of peanuts/hour that needs to be maintained? Is 10% margin enough?
I only have a 124.75 hours left for V&V!

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post Aug 1 2012, 02:55 AM
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I strongly urge all to run out and purchase many kilograms of "nprev" brand peanuts.

Yes, Nprev Brand EDL Peanuts!!! The shiny metal treat that TELLS you to bite it!!! tongue.gif

Seriously, though, as Burmese pointed out, we're definitely in the endgame now. Buckle up; it's gonna be quite a ride!!! smile.gif


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post Aug 1 2012, 04:52 AM
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I bought mine from the TJ's in La Canada, next to JPL, they have a painting of MER (and Phoenix I think) on their walls. I guess their stuff is flight-qualified.

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