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MSL launch day, peanut-chomping time
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:37 PM
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The data quality has just been described as 'marginal', but it seems that every time they do get figures, the figures look OK. Around five minutes to MECO.
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:40 PM
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Don't recall ever seeing payload fairing sep from the ground before - pretty cool!


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:45 PM
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Thanks folks, pardon my nerves wink.gif
*Gorgeous* on-board video now via Diego Garcia approaching cruise stage separation...


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:45 PM
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Cool view of the spacecraft.
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:47 PM
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Live video of separation - how sweet is that????


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:48 PM
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Just beautiful! Thanks to everyone's hard work that made this possible... GO CURIOSITY! smile.gif


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:48 PM
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Beautiful!
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:48 PM
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Spacecraft separation went well!!! WOOHOO!
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:50 PM
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Amazing view of the Centaur stage and rotation thrusters reflecting in the pristine solar panel of the cruise stage. Sep nominal, all went well and lots of clapping in the control room.

- Now for a quiet, eventless cruise until EDL and more peanuts!
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:51 PM
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Beautiful video during separation. I think crescent Earth was visible as a reflection on the cruise stage solar panel cells around spin-up time.


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:51 PM
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Have a safe trip home little robot ! wheel.gif smile.gif
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:51 PM
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Congratulations to all the teams involved!

So... are we there yet? tongue.gif


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:52 PM
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smile.gif ...a sweet launch.

FYI all, new thread now for MSL cruise. This thread will be closing in the near future.


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:53 PM
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Beautiful indeed!

Safe cruise Curiosity....
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:59 PM
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To cap this thread: a link to the thread at NASASpaceflight which gives a blow by blow account of the launch:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27385.0

- 22+ pages...
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