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I've reaqcuired my feed. Exciting News for all!
I would give my life to have been in that crater watching this land.
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Higher res images are coming in.
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It did come on.
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Images confirm it landed on target, upright, and permilinary data shows all functions are o.k.

Curiousity is safely on Mars!
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Images received. Awesome job NASA! The folks at JPL are excited to say the least - and with very good reason.
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This is so cool. It's nice sharing the moment with you all.
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Haha, did you hear that engineer yell, "Holy S++T!"?
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I just did...probably the mohawk guy eh?
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When is the next chance on seeing a photo?

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The Odyssey Satellite will relay images taken from Curiousity
and run the high speed relay. The next time Odyssey passes over,
uploaded images will be relayed towards Earth.

These images were relayed from Odyssey. The landing was timed
so it coincided with the orbital pass from the satellite.

The 17 cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover are capable of sending back unprecedented, jaw-dropping, full-color views of Mars — but don't expect to be wowed by the first images. In fact, they just might be literally the size of postage stamps, in black and white.

We'll have to wait for Odyssey's second orbital pass, at around 12:45 a.m. PT Sunday (3:45 a.m. ET Monday). The fisheye-view Hazcam images sent during that opportunity could be 512 pixels square or maybe even 1,024 pixels square.

Why we'll have to wait
There's a simple reason why we won't be seeing the big, beautiful pictures from the cameras built into Curiosity's mast: That mast, which rises 6.5 feet (2 meters) above the Martian surface when fully extended, won't be deployed until later in the week. First, the rover's eight Hazcams (four looking forward, four looking backward) will have to do a quick check of the surroundings.

A couple of gems could become available later Monday. For instance, there might be a picture from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing Curiosity and the rest of the $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory payload descending through the Red Planet's atmosphere. MRO was able to snap a picture of the Phoenix Mars Lander's descent in 2008, and if the orbiter captures a similar view this time around, that could be released around 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) Monday.

The first thumbnails from Curiosity's Mars Descent Imager could be released around 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) Monday. That camera, also known as MARDI, should have recorded a sequence of color frames looking down from the rover during its descent, and once they're all relayed back to Earth and put together, they'll make for a great movie.

By Wednesday, the rover could be sticking out its robotic arm to let the Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI, take a full-color picture of the ground surrounding Curiosity. The mast should be raised around this time as well. First, the navigation camera system, or Navcam, is due to send back some nice, quick black-and-white views. By Thursday, the full-color Mastcam system is expected to be sending back wide-angle and fixed-zoom images.

Star of the show
Mastcam promises to be the star of the show once the mission hits full stride: The system's right-eye camera has a telephoto lens, capable of reading the "ONE CENT" lettering on a penny on the ground beside the rover, or distinguishing between a basketball and a football at a distance of seven football fields (roughly 700 yards or meters). It's called "Mastcam 100" because of the camera lens' 100mm focal length.
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The left-eye camera (Mastcam 34) has a wide-angle, 34mm lens that captures a scene three times wider. It can snap 15 images in about 25 minutes to create a full-color, 360-degree panorama. Both cameras can record high-definition video at 5 frames per second, and the pictures can be combined for 3-D views.
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Thank you Barry.

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On 2012-08-06 01:44, Devious wrote:
I just did...probably the mohawk guy eh?

Either that or the hippie dude. Did you see him holding his girlfriend's hand?
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Thanks for that info. I had to "step out" for a minute and didn't hear all of what they said about when the pictures would contimue. From what I did hear, it sounded like everything was right where they thought it would be; a perfect landing.
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We have never used this sky crane approach to any landing.
This is a first for the technology.

Here is a video of the logistics required for the landing.
It's worth your time to watch this amazingly well produced video.

Don't Miss This Video!
http://youtu.be/h2I8AoB1xgU
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Watched live online as Curiosity landed on Mars, 350 million miles away.

Have to wait 6 hours for NBC to air Olympic coverage from London, 3500 miles away.

Congratulations to NASA. Big win for them and for the world tonight.
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Devious, I was thinking about the old joke we used about using a "sky hook" to hold things up.

Robert, an interesting observation. Smile
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There is a part of me that is troubled by humans scattering junk throughout the universe. But I so admire the accomplishment and of course appreciate the enormous benefits the space program has brought.
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We will colonize Mars within the next fifty years.
This is but the prelimaries to the task and achievement.

I wish Carl Sagan was still around to see this.
@Robert Smith, totally agree.

Some would say, that we have already colonized Mars.
What say you?

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Amazing! Something we can all be rightfully proud of. Congratulations to NASA and JPL!
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