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NASA Mars Landing...US still on bleeding edge in technology

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Bowfinger

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This is very cool. It reminds me somewhat of the same sense of excitement and anticipation I had back in the Gemini and Apollo days, watching the play by play with fingers crossed.
 

Franz316

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Touchdown!!!! Now we wait for pictures!

What a feat of engineering, humans at our best :)
 

Franz316

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I wonder what kind of bandwidth we get to transfer these huge images from so far. Must not be too great considering we get sub 500pix ones first.
 

Bowfinger

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I wonder what kind of bandwidth we get to transfer these huge images from so far. Must not be too great considering we get sub 500pix ones first.
They do not yet have full communications capabilities active. The rover is on the "far side" of Mars right now, so it is relaying pictures via one of the orbiters. They also have not yet deployed the high gain antenna or the main camera on the rover. They need to first verify the rover is in a stable position before they start raising, unfurling, etc.
 

DucatiMonster696

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The first nuclear powered vehicle to be successfully landed on a distant planet. Nioce.
 
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