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MSL Artist's Concept (February 2007)
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post Feb 22 2007, 01:38 AM
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PIA09201: Mars Science Laboratory with Power Source and Extended Arm, Artist's Concept
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post Feb 22 2007, 03:21 AM
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Seems to be evolving nicely. When is the critical design review going to happen?


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post Feb 22 2007, 03:45 AM
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Looks quite familiar biggrin.gif Gosh, I sure hope we are having so much fun watching the images come in in 2009 and beyond.
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post Feb 22 2007, 03:53 AM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Feb 22 2007, 03:21 AM) *
Seems to be evolving nicely. When is the critical design review going to happen?


According to the latest NASA budget request, June.

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post Feb 23 2007, 05:27 PM
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PIA09202: Mars Science Laboratory Using Laser Instrument, Artist's Concept
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post Feb 23 2007, 08:54 PM
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Nice to see a little 'payback' for War of the Worlds! Run, you Martians! cool.gif


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post Feb 24 2007, 03:04 AM
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QUOTE (Eluchil @ Feb 21 2007, 07:53 PM) *
According to the latest NASA budget request, June.

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Thanks, Eluchil, and welcome! smile.gif Looks like the final version should be pretty close to this illustration, then...quite a dynamic-looking machine!


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post Mar 1 2007, 08:27 PM
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SpaceDevís Starsys Division Awarded $1.4M Contract for NASA Mars Science Explorer Mission
Starsys to Provide Descent Brake Damper for Lander
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post Mar 2 2007, 12:23 PM
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Looks like a child of the MER and Viking, the Chem instruments and Mars Descent Imager look great and I'm happy somebody has finally considered putting a rad detector on the red planet to finally see if our Martian colonists can put up with the radiation.
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post Mar 3 2007, 08:28 AM
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..."somebody has finally considered putting a rad detector on the red planet"....

The 2001 lander (reborn as Phoenix) carried a sister instrument to the MARIE instrument on the 2001 Odyssey orbiter so that common-design, cross-calibrated instruments could take data from orbit and on the surface. Well.. NASA HQ got cold feed and cold-storaged the lander, and the orbiter's instrument only briefly worked in Mars orbit before a fatal hardware fault.

Oops.
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post Mar 3 2007, 03:28 PM
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QUOTE (edstrick @ Mar 3 2007, 12:28 AM) *
...the orbiter's instrument only briefly worked in Mars orbit before a fatal hardware fault.

It worked in orbit from March 2002 to October 2003; I wouldn't call that "briefly".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Radiatio...ment_Experiment

Looks like the MARIE website at JSC has gone dark.


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post Mar 4 2007, 08:17 AM
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That's longer than I remembered. Most of the Primary mission. Still wish we had gotten it's sister instrument onto the surface.
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post Apr 10 2007, 12:30 PM
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We're actually suppying the thruster valves to control the powered descent of the 'crane'.

Pretty scary stuff if you ask me!
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post May 12 2007, 02:59 PM
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Great pic on MSL website. Good to see the thing starting to come together!

http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/galler...w_Crop_2_br.jpg

I wonder where those wheels will take it?


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post May 12 2007, 04:47 PM
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Need something in the pic to show the size. It is as big as a Mini Cooper. JPL has permission to use the images of the Mini Cooper to show comparisions. Photo is taken from drop/landing testing. Don't think they are calling it "skycrane" testing
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