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Happy Birthday, Curiosity!

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:59 AM


Happy Birthday, Curiosity!

On August 5, 2012 (PDT), NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on the Red Planet. Aboard was the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, or SAM, the most sophisticated chemistry lab ever sent to another planet. Now, on the first anniversary of the landing, engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are using SAM to "sing" Happy Birthday to Curiosity.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Source: NASA Goddard - Multimedia

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:14 AM

http://www.space.com...ding-video.html

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:34 AM

ShadowSot,
It would be nice if you would put a description with your links, then I would have known it was the Seven Minutes of Terror video which is has already been posted numerous times.

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:42 AM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 06 August 2013 - 08:34 AM, said:

ShadowSot,
It would be nice if you would put a description with your links, then I would have known it was the Seven Minutes of Terror video which is has already been posted numerous times.
Blarg, I accidentally deleted the description when I posted the link, my apologies.

I just figured a birthday thread for Curioisty would be amiss without the seven minutes of terror. I still get a rush from seeing the video.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 06:10 PM

I think it would have been fun if the rover was outfitted with a speaker.

"Hello, is anyone out there?"

"Happy birthday(anniversary) to me, happy birthday to me..."

And then with a NASA/JPL public participation program that would have selected voice messages blasted across the terrain, as time permits.

EDIT: Of course no-one would hear it on Mars, but it would be fun anyway.

Edited by pallidin, 06 August 2013 - 06:14 PM.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:49 PM

awwwwww! Poor lonely lil robot rover!


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:31 PM

How far s it travelled across the surface of Mars in 12months


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:37 PM

View Postdibatag, on 06 August 2013 - 10:31 PM, said:

How far s it travelled across the surface of Mars in 12months

About 1 mile.

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