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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

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Kirk Larson 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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tbaker 1 year, 8 months ago

Bravo Team Curiosity! Outstanding achievement.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

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

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blue73harley 1 year, 8 months ago

My wife was furious at the hardcopy LJW this morning. Story about a kid who juggles on the front page. Wisc. shooting buried on page 6. Nothing about Curiosity.

I tried to explain how the award-winning LJW has a focus on local news but that didn't seem to calm her down. Glad we don't live on Redbud where things like this get out of hand.

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 8 months ago

I listened to the live stream video broadcast while watching the computer simulated landing in real time. It was pretty cool.

The NASA live stream video broadcast had over 200,000 viewers... not bad for a web broadcast!

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Paul Decelles 1 year, 8 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.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 8 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)

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Ken Lassman 1 year, 8 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!

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