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#44259 07/16/12 10:09 PM
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With just 21 days to go, then NASA attemps to land the amazing Hi-Tech Rover into the deep
Martian Crater known as Gale, this 6th Aug:2012.
NASA realises that when Curiosity lands into one of the deepest holes on Mars,
the steep crater walls will block all direct radio transmission back to Earth for some 10 minutes
before its antennae can be deployed.

Curiosity is designed as a Mars Science Laboratory.
It has two onboard Plutonium Generators which will deliver electricity and heat for over 14 years.
Long after its motorised wheels and drilling equipment have become totally, unusable.

The BBC have put out a wonderful URL with text and pictures.
Take a look at the NASA Animation, and you will see why we wish Curiosity all sucess.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18861463


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Originally Posted By: Mike Kremer

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NASA realises that when Curiosity lands into one of the deepest holes on Mars,
the steep crater walls will block all direct radio transmission back to Earth for some 10 minutes..........>

Curiosity is designed as a Mars Science Laboratory.
It has two onboard Plutonium Generators which will deliver electricity and heat for over 14 years.
Long after its motorised wheels and drilling equipment have become totally, unusable.

The BBC have put out a wonderful URL with text and pictures
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18861463




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LATEST UPDATE FROM NASA here, includes a great picture of
the landing crater, Gale.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/16jul_daring/

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Originally Posted By: Mike Kremer

It has two onboard Plutonium Generators which will deliver electricity and heat for over 14 years.


I am the one who usually has trouble with english so I got a rye smile from that sentence.

I know what you mean but you need a nuclear reactor for a plutonium generator :-)

Plutonium decay power source was probably a better wording.


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That from the man who came to SAGG looking for the right words. Ain't progress a fine thing! smile

Wish I had that facility in another language; but I guess it's too late for that now. frown


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I am slowly improving but it takes time and work :-)

You are never too old to learn a new language Bill S.

I have just recently started learning Flemish which may have something to do with the really nice librarian lady from Belgium :-)


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Originally Posted By: Orac

I am slowly improving but it takes time and work :-)

You are never too old to learn a new language Bill S.

I have just recently started learning Flemish which may have something to do with the really nice librarian lady from Belgium :-)


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Learning Flemish Orac? Wow !! I always thought, when in love
language is unnecessary. Hehe.
You are right about Plutonium, my mistake, sorry.



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Originally Posted By: Mike Kremer


Mike Kremer nearly forgot to mention that,
....the top speed of Curiosity is only 1.5" (inches) per second.
Its first task to investigate on Mars is only 550 yards away, which means it will take 3-4 weeks getting there !!

A fast bouncy Moon Buggy it aint!



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