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Dec 4th News Conference
djellison
post Dec 3 2008, 08:58 PM
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http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/dec/H...MSL_Update.html

From the wording of this announcement, MSL is clearly still on, which is a good thing. We'll have to wait and see.

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post Dec 3 2008, 09:06 PM
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I know a lot of people involved with MSL lurk here, so our thoughts and best wishes go out to you guys during this difficult period of uncertainty and speculation, etc. It must be a million times harder for you than for us. We're with you, ok? smile.gif


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post Dec 4 2008, 12:00 AM
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Might be a delay announcement
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post Dec 4 2008, 12:01 AM
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QUOTE (SFJCody @ Dec 4 2008, 12:00 AM) *
Might be a delay announcement


That's what I'm expecting. A quote I have on one slide on my "Cosmic Casualty" talk simply states

"Delay is preferable to error" - Thomas Jefferson

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post Dec 4 2008, 07:01 AM
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I guess they can report on whether the actuators needed by the end of November to keep on track for a 2009 launch got there.
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post Dec 4 2008, 03:00 PM
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It does sound more like a delay

especially in light of other recent official NASA comments, the naming contest, the landing site selection and this NASA MSL posting from Dec 1
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/spotlight/20081201.html

This will be a great science mission when it launches. given the complexities, better to complete the testing and prudently delay as warrented

my best wishes to the team

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post Dec 4 2008, 04:54 PM
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Anyone here who wants to watch the briefing but hasn't got a link to a good NASA TV site, here you go...

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/nasa/index.html

That's the one I use most.


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post Dec 4 2008, 05:03 PM
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And it's official -- launch delay to 2011, primarily due to the delay in actuator delivery.

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post Dec 4 2008, 05:09 PM
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NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mad.gif
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post Dec 4 2008, 05:12 PM
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I understand the feeling.

In addition, there is a prospective cost of about $400 million generated simply by the delay. That cost will be absorbed first by the Mars program and after that, if necessary, by the rest of the planetary program.

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post Dec 4 2008, 05:15 PM
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Disappointing, I know, but much, much better to delay the launch and have all the problems sorted out than to have a "mad dash to launch" and send something to Mars that's not ready. This is a flagship mission, remember; if it crashed and burned it would crucify the Mars exploration program, especially in the current financial climate.

Teeth-gnashing news for us, but very hard on the people actually involved in MSL, many of whom are lurking here, or drop in on us now and again, so I hope others here will join with me in sending them support and best wishes. We'll get there, just not as soon as we wished.



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post Dec 4 2008, 05:17 PM
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Charles Elachi -- "It doesn't matter if you're one day short, or one week short, or one month short, you have to wait 26 months."

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post Dec 4 2008, 05:25 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ Dec 4 2008, 09:15 AM) *
...very hard on the people actually involved in MSL...

To an extent, obviously, but at least I won't be sitting in our clean room doing calibration on Christmas as previously planned. rolleyes.gif


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post Dec 4 2008, 05:27 PM
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You sure, Mike? Griffin says that the coast thermal vac tests are going ahead on their current schedule. I'm assuming the calibrations would be part of that series of tests.

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post Dec 4 2008, 05:34 PM
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The 2011 launch window is in December, right? Does anybody know if it stretches into 2012?

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