NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface

 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:13 pm    Post subject: NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface

Amazing. I watched it live.

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Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth.

InSight's two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed.

InSight launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California May 5. The lander touched down Monday, Nov. 26, near Mars' equator on the western side of a flat, smooth expanse of lava called Elysium Planitia, at 11:52:59 a.m. PST (2:52:59 p.m. EST).


NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:18 pm    Post subject:

they used cubesats for com links for the first time around another planet...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CubeSat

"For the first time, a pair of interplanetary cubesats nicknamed "WALL-E" and "Eva" will relay signals from the landing in near-real time."
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:53 pm    Post subject:

This is very cool
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:19 pm    Post subject:

Is there any update of the video? like actual footage on mars?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:28 pm    Post subject:

MorarBomb wrote:
Is there any update of the video? like actual footage on mars?


not sure...from a CNN article

What happens next
InSight's two-year science mission won't begin right away. It will take two to three months for the robotic arm to place the mission's instruments on the surface. Meanwhile, mission scientists will photograph what can be seen from the lander's perspective and monitor the environment. Science data isn't expected until March.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:42 pm    Post subject:

VicXLakers wrote:
they used cubesats for com links for the first time around another planet...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CubeSat

"For the first time, a pair of interplanetary cubesats nicknamed "WALL-E" and "Eva" will relay signals from the landing in near-real time."

Cubesats vid here - pretty cool
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:49 pm    Post subject:

focus wrote:
VicXLakers wrote:
they used cubesats for com links for the first time around another planet...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CubeSat

"For the first time, a pair of interplanetary cubesats nicknamed "WALL-E" and "Eva" will relay signals from the landing in near-real time."

Cubesats vid here - pretty cool




heres a story from last year about some Irvine students building their own cubesat

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/students-build-satellite-launch-to-space-436880903.html

I build a strobe light in high school electronics class back in the 70's...just not the same
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:15 pm    Post subject:

VicXLakers wrote:
focus wrote:
VicXLakers wrote:
they used cubesats for com links for the first time around another planet...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CubeSat

"For the first time, a pair of interplanetary cubesats nicknamed "WALL-E" and "Eva" will relay signals from the landing in near-real time."

Cubesats vid here - pretty cool




heres a story from last year about some Irvine students building their own cubesat

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/students-build-satellite-launch-to-space-436880903.html

I build a strobe light in high school electronics class back in the 70's...just not the same


Yeah but you guys had those colorful vans back then with plush velvet interiors and grim reaper artwork on the side.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:30 pm    Post subject:

kind of weird that martian = of mars but also like we generally refer to martians as aliens as if aliens are only from mars or something

idk
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:54 pm    Post subject:

focus wrote:
VicXLakers wrote:
focus wrote:
VicXLakers wrote:
they used cubesats for com links for the first time around another planet...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CubeSat

"For the first time, a pair of interplanetary cubesats nicknamed "WALL-E" and "Eva" will relay signals from the landing in near-real time."

Cubesats vid here - pretty cool




heres a story from last year about some Irvine students building their own cubesat

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/students-build-satellite-launch-to-space-436880903.html

I build a strobe light in high school electronics class back in the 70's...just not the same


Yeah but you guys had those colorful vans back then with plush velvet interiors and grim reaper artwork on the side.


shag carpeting ..one dude had a waterbed in his van
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:55 pm    Post subject:

PHILosophize wrote:
kind of weird that martian = of mars but also like we generally refer to martians as aliens as if aliens are only from mars or something

idk


it's a War of the Worlds thing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs0K4ApWl4g&ab_channel=DavidWebb
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject:

It's pretty crazy that scientists can accomplish a feat like landing a spacecraft on an object relatively small compared to the vastness of our solar system and that is 40 million miles away, and yet they can be so far off base with this whole "Climate Change" nonsense . . .

(and no, I do not take credit for that observation )
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:48 am    Post subject:

it would be awesome if the guy took that photo remove the cover of the lense.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:59 am    Post subject:

Is there a botanist on board?
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