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MSL - landing day, Got any plans?
Seryddwr
post May 1 2012, 07:27 PM
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On a light note, has anyone made any plans for 5 August? It is, after all, less than one hundred days away now, and I'm sure Mars is getting very big in the window for ol' Curiosity.

I hope they'll get a webcast going. I'll be frantically clicking on 'refresh' on here come what may!...

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Phil Stooke
post May 1 2012, 09:17 PM
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Could be tricky... I'll be travelling, coming back to Victoria BC from a stay in Tofino that day. Where will I be at the time? Will I have internet? The pain of uncertainty will be offset by the pleasure of being on Vancouver Island. What tho' the spicy breezes...

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post May 1 2012, 10:21 PM
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I hope they'll get a webcast going.


I see why not. Its so exciting to watch as it happens.

I did barbecue during phoenix. And I plan to do it during MSL web-cast.
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post May 1 2012, 10:46 PM
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According to Wikipedia planned landing is the evening of August 5 PDT, which is morning of August 6 UT.

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Assuming this turns out to be correct. Then in my CDT time zone: the way I figure it, if I stay awake till 3AM at the latest I should get all important available information. Then I can sleep about six hours and be back on line no later than 9:00 AM! I will leave my computer on so I won't need to boot up. Will stock up on snacks and microwave meals. cool.gif

Since I am retired nothing should get in the way, although the fact that it will be August in Mississippi, and I am about 1500 feet / (500 m) from the Gulf of Mexico - certainly could change my plans! huh.gif

Seriously, I think I will wait to make detailed plans. I sometimes over-plan laugh.gif
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I wonder how much time Curiosity will spend near the landing site checking system status, and I guess functional testing of the instruments. No driving off of a landing stage anyway.
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post May 2 2012, 03:20 AM
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My current plan is to be at work, to see if I can be of any help to the HiRISE folks.


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post May 2 2012, 03:28 AM
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Planetfest sounds good.
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post May 2 2012, 03:30 AM
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The Society will be having a Planetfest in Pasadena, for those of you eager to celebrate (or mourn) with 2000 other rabid fans. There is discussion of trying to create satellite Planetfests; I'm not sure how likely that is to come to pass. I am 95% certain that our event will be webcast. How much value will be added to NASA TV I'm not sure (since we will be relying on NASA TV for the feed from mission control), but our event will be webcast.

As for me, I plan to be jumping up and down at JPL.


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post May 2 2012, 05:06 AM
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Hopefully the Pasadena Planetfest, provided that my bloody job doesn't get in the way as it is wont to do...


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post May 2 2012, 07:28 AM
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The landing is very early on Monday morning in the UK so I'll be going to bed early and then getting up and watching from home from around an hour before entry.

I'm then taking the whole week off work to follow and learn how to handle MSL data smile.gif

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post May 2 2012, 09:21 AM
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On our side in France, we, at Societe Astronomique de France (which represents also TPS in France) and at the Mars Society, are planning to do a live event in Paris like we did before for the landings of MPF (1997), MPL (1999), Spririt and Opportunity (2004) and Phoenix (2008), with a NASA-TV internet feed.
The only problem is that the MSL lands early Monday morning (August 6) for us, around 5:00 am ECT and that our National museums are closed in Paris at this time. It's difficult for us to have them open at night for the Public, especially for safety measures (we need a minimum of security and at least 1 fireman), and we are working hard on this. I'll keep you informed mars.gif
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post May 2 2012, 11:44 AM
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Do we know what the image release policy will be?

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post May 2 2012, 03:05 PM
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As far as I know, all images from all imaging instruments will be released quickly, same policy as with MER and Cassini. However, I don't know whether the metadata available will be more MER-like or more Cassini-like. Let's hope for the former smile.gif


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post May 2 2012, 03:10 PM
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I know what i will be doing:

CODE
void Agugust5()
{
  if (landed(MSL) == TRUE)
  {
     work(myA**, off);
  } else {
     write(resume);
  }
}


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post May 2 2012, 04:55 PM
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Oh, that's dark, Paolo! (Welcome back, stranger!)


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post May 2 2012, 05:07 PM
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Dark but very funny.
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