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post May 11 2012, 11:54 PM
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Doug,
Thanks for digging those images out !
As I looked over each image I was thunder struck <again> by how intricate and large MSL really is.
The hand lacing on the cables is exquisite work. I'll look at the bracket and see if I can come up with something in few days (there seems to be four of them, one on each corner-wheel 'mobility' arm).

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post May 12 2012, 12:25 AM
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yes amazing.. and fun little 'easter eggs' like:

"Bender" hiding in plain sight back there. And is that a 1999 penny? ..signifficance..?
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post May 12 2012, 12:30 AM
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It's a 1909 penny. Had MSL launch in 2009 - it would have been 100 years old at the time.
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post May 12 2012, 12:48 AM
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QUOTE (atomoid @ May 11 2012, 05:25 PM) *
"Bender" hiding in plain sight back there.



Yeah, unfortunately they discovered me before I could swipe any swag... tongue.gif


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post Jun 6 2012, 04:40 PM
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t-minus 60 days.
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post Jun 9 2012, 02:20 PM
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NASA Hosts Teleconference About Rover En Route To Mars Landing
Noon EDT, Monday, June 11
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post Jun 9 2012, 02:47 PM
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Look out for some landing ellipse news.
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post Jun 9 2012, 03:53 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jun 9 2012, 07:47 AM) *
Look out for some landing ellipse news.


Old news to me ;-) When is the announcement be made? I hope they will include my traversability map.

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post Jun 10 2012, 12:17 AM
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Monday - 9am Pacific.
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post Jun 11 2012, 04:06 PM
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New landing elipse:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/mult...a/pia15685.html


Seems there's a problem with the drill as it contaminates the samples with teflon. They're investigating how to handle this and are confident that in the end they should be able to handle this problem.


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post Jun 12 2012, 01:08 AM
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Do you have a link for this teflon problem, or was this a comment from a press conference?


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post Jun 12 2012, 02:10 AM
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I guess this makes things a little more even in the Opportunity vs. Curiosity race-for-the-clays. wheel.gif wheel.gif wheel.gif
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post Jun 12 2012, 02:23 AM
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The teflon thing was in the telecon... I can't imagine it being a huge problem personally. Should be able to model its effects and subtract it.

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post Jun 12 2012, 03:00 AM
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QUOTE (DEChengst @ Jun 11 2012, 11:06 AM) *

Does anyone plan to put the landing ellipse on a .kmz file for Google Earth (and perhaps an appropriate base map plleease)?

Steve M
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post Jun 12 2012, 03:20 AM
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nprev and others...
The teflon issue is mentioned in the press release.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-168
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