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Old 02-18-2021, 06:28 PM   #61
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Old 02-18-2021, 06:34 PM   #62
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Can’t wait to see the video from the sky crane! I hope it doesn’t take them too long to release it
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Can’t wait to see the video from the sky crane! I hope it doesn’t take them too long to release it
They said videos will be released on Monday.

From NASA:

The Mars 2020 entry, descent and landing camera suite includes:

Parachute "up look" cameras
Mounted on the backshell, looking upward at parachute deployment and inflation

Descent-stage "down look" camera
Mounted on the descent stage, looking downward at the rover as it is lowered during the skycrane maneuver

Rover "up look" camera
Mounted on the deck of the rover, looking upward at the descent stage during the skycrane maneuver and descent stage separation

Rover "down look" camera
Mounted beneath the rover, looking downward at the surface during landing

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https://arstechnica.com/science/2021...ext-steps-are/



"We have an even better idea of where the rover is than we do of its orientation. Al Chen—who led the Entery, Descent, and Landing team—said the rover touched down about 1.7km from the center of its intended landing area. He noted that Perseverance landed in what he called "a fairly rugged area." Showing the image below, he said that the blue areas were considered acceptable for landing, yellow is iffy, and red presented areas where there was at least a 4 percent chance of dropping the rover onto something unfortunate."

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The lander uses Hydrazine which is extremely toxic and its NASA we are talking about here... they need to throw all their money into the ballooning budget of the James Webb telescope . I'm sure they did many tests in vacuum chambers on the thrusters and many of the systems in computer simulations.

Also, if they did do demo landing tests on Earth I'm sure everybody would be showing those clips before the actual landings instead of computer animations.

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Simulating the different gravity being the most difficult challenge
Ok, I can accept all that, but you two are missing the key point - imagine how cool it would look to see the landing process from a camera in a drone capturing the entire thing!
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Ok, I can accept all that, but you two are missing the key point - imagine how cool it would look to see the landing process from a camera in a drone capturing the entire thing!
Agreed. When tuning in yesterday for some reason I had it in my head that they would have some orbiting camera and some type of land-based camera that caught the landing. But that would be insane. Stupid Hollywood, making me want unrealistic things.

I am looking forward to the footage from the mounted cameras though.
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Old 02-19-2021, 12:08 PM   #68
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Wow wow wow

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LA and SF City Halls were lit up Red last night to mark this achievement.

Seems to be a new FLOTUS in town:


https://twitter.com/user/status/1362562862045093896
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link to the video, which will go live on Monday

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Great thread! Would read again, love this stuff
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Old 02-20-2021, 01:01 AM   #72
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this faraway image of the Perseverance rover's descent to Mars under parachute.

The inset image shows a closer look.

Spoiler for size
Spoiler!
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This mission is looking for signs of ancient life on Mars.

This one could change the world.

https://mars.nasa.gov/files/mars2020...Fact_Sheet.pdf
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A little reminder, video coverage of the landing in about 10 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYQw...b_channel=NASA
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My gawd that's amazing video.
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So cool
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Wow

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Old 02-22-2021, 01:36 PM   #78
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Amazing.

Straight up, though, it's disappointing mars is so lame. Would be way cooler if there were weird alien trees, and 5D animals, and hot alien chicks or something. Just basically looks like Airdrie instead.
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I just watched a video of dust fly off of the Mars surface as the rover landed.

Seriously, it's hard to process.

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That video is just insanely awesome.
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