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ElkGroveDan
post Mar 27 2012, 06:06 PM
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QUOTE (MahFL @ Mar 27 2012, 02:06 AM) *
I like the way they are a slightly cautious, saying if the landing is sucesssfull, etc.

Of course it will be successful. I've run the simulation created by Doug and his team over and over again. I can report that it results in a successful landing every single time.


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post Mar 27 2012, 08:08 PM
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QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ Mar 27 2012, 07:06 PM) *
Of course it will be successful. I've run the simulation created by Doug and his team over and over again. I can report that it results in a successful landing every single time.


Wow, good, now the team doesn't have to be nervous on landing day.


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post Mar 27 2012, 08:57 PM
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QUOTE (tedstryk @ Mar 27 2012, 09:08 PM) *
Wow, good, now the team doesn't have to be nervous on landing day.

Doug and team will have to... laugh.gif


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post Mar 31 2012, 02:36 PM
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Talking of landing day, I took the Monday off from work so I can watch the landing and the first pictures coming back. That's if we don't have a hurricane bearing down on us......
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post Mar 31 2012, 06:27 PM
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QUOTE (MahFL @ Mar 31 2012, 10:36 AM) *
...I took the Monday off from work....
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I took the whole week off!
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post Mar 31 2012, 08:44 PM
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I will be on vacation also during that crucial week, in a remote location. Don't know if I'll be able to get news about MSL. I'll try not to worry too much and enjoy my time with the family.
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post Mar 31 2012, 11:04 PM
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As long as you eat peanuts at the appointed time that's ok... wink.gif
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QUOTE (charborob @ Mar 31 2012, 10:44 PM) *
I will be on vacation also during that crucial week, in a remote location.


the same for me. if all goes as planned, I should be enjoying my second trip to a remote, barren, Mars-like country: Mongolia!


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post Apr 2 2012, 06:49 PM
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I'll be in transit between a week in Tofino and a return to Ontario... the hardest part will be convincing my fellow travellers that checking up on the latest from Mars is OK for vacation because it's not work! (since normally I would excuse looking at Mars stuff all day by saying - I'm not goofing off, this is my work!)

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post May 4 2012, 10:29 PM
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Curiosity's Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) Acquires Test Image En Route to Mars
http://www.msss.com/science-images/mahli-a...ute-to-mars.php


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post May 5 2012, 12:08 AM
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I'm sure our image wizards can coax some more detail out of that picture, maybe with a super-sampling-stacking algorithm and boosting the red channel, or - ehh, actions to that effect, ...ahem... wink.gif
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post May 10 2012, 04:44 AM
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There doesn't seem to be any detail hidden in the shadows, except in the lower right-hand side there's something more there than all that random noise – probably something else reflecting its blurry self. Considering how cold the CCD must be, I'm surprised there's some noise. Or maybe the spacecraft is warm in its shell, from the RTG?

The highlights don't seem to be hiding much either.

The image is nearly twice the size as those from Spirit and Opportunity rovers! And in color!

Here's a version with shadows boosted way up bringing out the noise, and highlights trimmed down bringing out more blur patterns:

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post May 10 2012, 04:39 PM
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You can see some of the carbon figre textures to the right of the LED reflections on the inside of the backshell as a slightly lineated checker like pattern
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/images/msl201...1-4314-full.jpg

The actual spot we're looking at is not visible in that picture - but it's basically the same all the way around.

It's pretty warm in the backshell - typically room temperature. The CCD will be much happier once it's on Mars. Moreover - it will have been quite a long exposure to get that image, an order of magnitude or longer that will be done on Mars. We're talking a range of 20cm+, rather than the 2cm the LED's will typically be illuminating.
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post May 11 2012, 03:44 AM
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Here is my take on the 'forward mobility cable bracket' in approximately the MSSS orientation.
Do we have a JPL image (close up) of this bracket?

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post May 11 2012, 06:11 AM
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I've looked at most of the publicly available MSL images and there isn't a close up of it - and certainly not when stowed.

It's visible here - http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA14256.jpg

This is a poor image, from above, but you can see stowed MAHLI and stowed mobility and the bracket in question

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA15021.jpg


it's just behind the callout graphics in this one
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA15289.jpg

It's also on these...
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA14252.jpg
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA13980.jpg
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA13981.jpg
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA13808.jpg



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