Advertisement

LJWorld.com weblogs Dangerous Ideas

Curiosity

Advertisement

Location of Gale Crater - from Google Mars

Location of Gale Crater - from Google Mars by Paul Decelles

If you are up, one of the most important space exploration events is happening now through early Monday morning (August 6), the landing of Curiosity. Media coverage is pretty spotty. Fortunately there is NASA TV for us night owls. http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

CNN is covering this at least on line but they are getting their feed from NASA, so go right to the source.

Closer view of Gale Crater-landing site is in the upper left hand area of the crater

Closer view of Gale Crater-landing site is in the upper left hand area of the crater by Paul Decelles

Update! Curiosity has landed..first photos.

Low res image from Curiosity. If I understood correctly the rover landed 232M from the landing target.

Low res image from Curiosity. If I understood correctly the rover landed 232M from the landing target. by Paul Decelles

Comments

Ken Lassman 2 years, 4 months ago

Pretty darn amazing! A NASA official was hedging his bets yesterday, saying that even if the landing failed that we would be getting data and learning about what went wrong and fixing it, like other Mars crafts which had failed, so no big deal. Yeah, right! Those guys in blue shirts looked pretty darn excited when it worked!

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 4 months ago

There was jubilation around the world when it landed. It darn near knocked the Olympics off the map. Yet the LJW says...nothing? Curious, innit? (pun intended)

Paul Decelles 2 years, 4 months ago

Cait48, well your comment got me curious about interest in the Olympics vs Curiosity as indicated by the relative search volume on Google. I ran Google trends. The resulting graph tells it all:

Relative search volume for Olympics vs Curiosity from for the United States over the last 30 days.

Relative search volume for Olympics vs Curiosity from for the United States over the last 30 days. by Paul Decelles

The red line is the search volume for Olympics, the blue line relative search volume for Curiosity.

Paul Decelles 2 years, 4 months ago

What was nice is that the NASA servers seemed to be able to handle the traffic...I didn't notice any problems with the stream.

riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

I was on the stream, got off briefly and couldn't get back on. NYT reported that the NASA website got overwhelmed.

Paul Decelles 2 years, 4 months ago

Interesting...well I was on from about an hour before entry, running the stream while I did other stuff online. So maybe the early geek gets the feed?

riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

I believe that is correct, Paul: first come, first served. I have seen it before.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

NASA knocked one out of the park. Good for them!

riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

You bet, snap. Curiousity, so named by a young gal from Lenexa in an essay competition, will hopefully gives us a lot of great Martian shots for years to come.

tbaker 2 years, 4 months ago

Bravo Team Curiosity! Outstanding achievement.

Kirk Larson 2 years, 4 months ago

Like shooting a rifle at a penny two miles away and hitting Lincoln in the ear.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.