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The size of MSL, Yep, it really IS that big!
djellison
post Jul 13 2009, 10:47 PM
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Delay related posts moved to MSL reasons for delay thread.
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post Jul 27 2009, 08:00 AM
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Large Heat Shield for Mars Science Laboratory
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/msl-20090710.html
Heat shield with a diameter of 4.5 meters is really big.


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post Jul 27 2009, 12:53 PM
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I read somewhere there was concern over the heatshield and infact a new one might have to be built. Does anyone know if that was the case ?
Logically proberbly not if the heatshield is now ready.
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post Jul 28 2009, 04:10 AM
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That's no heatshield, it's a small moon!


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post Aug 5 2009, 09:16 PM
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A "spaceflightnow.com", Craig Covault's article here: http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0908/05msl/
Including quite some nice and new pictures.


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post Jun 11 2010, 06:21 AM
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MSL activity in JPL clean room yesterday during the "Summer of Innovation" event...

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post Sep 6 2011, 12:00 PM
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I was - uhm Curious tongue.gif about the size and weight of MSL as compared to the Viking Landers. According to Wiki, MSL is 10 feet long (3.0m) and weighs about a ton (900kg).

According to the NSSDC Catalog, Viking's lander feet formed a 7.25 ft (2.21m) triangle when viewed from above, and weighed 1261lbs (572kg).
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post Dec 18 2011, 07:43 PM
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Very cute new "family portrait" here...

http://www.lacanadaonline.com/news/tn-pas-...0,7369198.story


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post Dec 19 2011, 09:13 PM
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That is an excellent photo! Does anyone know where the full resolution pics are? I'd like to make that rover family portrait my desktop background. smile.gif
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post Jan 22 2012, 06:29 PM
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QUOTE (James Sorenson @ Dec 19 2011, 10:13 PM) *
...Does anyone know where the full resolution pics are? I'd like to make that rover family portrait my desktop background. smile.gif
James (and all others), maybe you'll like these new hi-res pictures from Mars Yard:
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA15279
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA15280
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA15278
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA15277
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post Jan 22 2012, 07:13 PM
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Great pics -- 15279 with the two basketball players gives you a good sense of how big MSL is! rolleyes.gif
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post May 13 2012, 01:55 PM
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MSL team testing rover mobility across sand dunes in the Mojave Desert with weight simulator Scarecrow.
... with MER simulator as well. For comparison maybe, or training for Cape Tribulation? smile.gif



more pictures here
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post May 13 2012, 05:21 PM
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We know exactly how the MER chassis copes with real Mars. It's being used as calibration - a reality check - to help us figure out exactly how well the MSL chassis will handle Mars as well.
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post May 14 2012, 11:21 AM
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QUOTE (djellison @ May 13 2012, 07:21 PM) *
It's being used as calibration - a reality check - to help us figure out exactly how well the MSL chassis will handle Mars as well.

OK, thanks for clarification.
... and the result is? ... how well the MSL chassis will handle Mars?
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post Aug 5 2012, 11:29 PM
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Just watching all the "pre-game" shows and learned that the backshell has 75kg of tungsten ballast embedded on the forward edge to help control its attitude in atmosphere entry. I wonder if large follow-up missions of landers could be designed so that the robot stowage configuration achieves this purpose. Seems a shame to deliver an extra 75kg to mars that is dumb ballast.

5.7 hours and counting!
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