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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:51 PM

Nine-Year-Old Mars Rover Passes 40-Year-Old Record


www.jpl.nasa.gov said:

PASADENA, Calif. -- While Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt visited Earth's moon for three days in December 1972, they drove their mission's Lunar Roving Vehicle 19.3 nautical miles (22.210 statute miles or 35.744 kilometers). That was the farthest total distance for any NASA vehicle driving on a world other than Earth until yesterday.

The team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity received confirmation in a transmission from Mars today that the rover drove 263 feet (80 meters) on Thursday, bringing Opportunity's total odometry since landing on Mars in January 2004 to 22.220 statute miles (35.760 kilometers).  

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:02 PM

i'd much rather be gene cernan than some guy with a joystick 50m miles away from what I was driving.....

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:10 PM

View Postshrooma, on 16 May 2013 - 11:02 PM, said:

i'd much rather be gene cernan than some guy with a joystick 50m miles away from what I was driving.....
There's a doco out there about the moon landings, the astronauts who walked it and the training they underwent.  It REALLY captures the magic of that time, it's called THE WONDER OF IT ALL.  I recommend it highly.  I was 8 years old the summer they first walked on the moon.  It was a magical time.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:13 PM

I was 3mths old And, so I guess I kinda missed it!
*stoopid bloody parents*
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:25 AM

Yes! I was one of the lucky ones that saw Neil Armstrong take his first step on the moon on my television in Australia in 1969.Those were the days when we all had hope for a future in space.After our disillusions, we still now hold hope for other explorations such as the Rover on Mars.That little fella exceeded his life expectations & kept on powering on.The NASA scientists didn't expect the extra life that this rover has had.He has kept on sending back images & keeps on powering & moving on,sending back images.Bravo! Even though we now know that a future like the Jetsons that some of us perceived will never be,we accept even the smallest of achievements.Keep on truckin' Rover!

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:32 AM

View PostGirlfromOz, on 17 May 2013 - 11:25 AM, said:

Even though we now know that a future like the Jetsons will never be,we accept the smallest of achievements like these.Keep on truckin' Rover!
I agree with much of what you say, but I think that a Rover which has survived 9 years on Mars and which has the computer power to detect hazards and avoid them without human input is no small achievement.



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:57 AM

Of coarse it is no small achievement! We all know that!I was just stating that,from my era,when we were all young & expecting our lives to advance further towards space travel etc,the Jetsons,& Star Trek seemed within our reach.The latter,such as the Rover seem small compared to what we expected in our wonderful futures.We all know that the Rover has exceeded beyond NASA's & our expectations.Sorry to say to many my age but,the space age ended years ago.I think NASA will shut down soon due to lack of funding & interest from the government.Priorities will be economy & defence.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 02:58 PM

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I think NASA will shut down soon due to lack of funding & interest from the government.Priorities will be economy & defence.
No chance at all.

There is no way that the US Government will allow Russia, China and Europe to dominate space while they sit by and watch, more importantly there is no way the American people will allow it. They are embarrassed enough that they are having to hitch a lift on Russian Soyuz spacecraft as it is.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:10 PM

View Postshrooma, on 16 May 2013 - 11:02 PM, said:

i'd much rather be gene cernan than some guy with a joystick 50m miles away from what I was driving.....
Actually the most impressive thing about these rover is that there is no guy with a joy stick.

In fact with radio signals taking between 3 and 30 minutes one way (and so a delay of between 6 minutes and a hour between a hazard being detected and the rover being able to receive a signal to stop or change course) it simply couldn't be driven that way. Opportunity (and Curiosity) are told where to drive to and they make their own way there, making decisions on obstacle avoidance by themselves.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:46 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 17 May 2013 - 03:10 PM, said:

Actually the most impressive thing about these rover is that there is no guy with a joy stick.

In fact with radio signals taking between 3 and 30 minutes one way (and so a delay of between 6 minutes and a hour between a hazard being detected and the rover being able to receive a signal to stop or change course) it simply couldn't be driven that way. Opportunity (and Curiosity) are told where to drive to and they make their own way there, making decisions on obstacle avoidance by themselves.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 04:19 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 17 May 2013 - 11:32 AM, said:

I agree with much of what you say, but I think that a Rover which has survived 9 years on Mars and which has the computer power to detect hazards and avoid them without human input is no small achievement.
Agreed, and I call just the LANDING of Curiosity a feat that was so cool and complex that I won't doubt anything NASA says they will do, again :)
This video is a compilation showing the actual landing of Curiosity.
http://www.wired.com...iosity-landing/

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:21 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 17 May 2013 - 03:10 PM, said:


Actually the most impressive thing about these rover is that there is no guy with a joy stick.

In fact with radio signals taking between 3 and 30 minutes one way (and so a delay of between 6 minutes and a hour between a hazard being detected and the rover being able to receive a signal to stop or change course) it simply couldn't be driven that way. Opportunity (and Curiosity) are told where to drive to and they make their own way there, making decisions on obstacle avoidance by themselves.
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(i'd still rather be gene cernan....)
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:16 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 17 May 2013 - 02:58 PM, said:

No chance at all.

There is no way that the US Government will allow Russia, China and Europe to dominate space while they sit by and watch, more importantly there is no way the American people will allow it. They are embarrassed enough that they are having to hitch a lift on Russian Soyuz spacecraft as it is.

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