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#1 Posted by Phatmac (5915 posts) -
#2 Posted by pweidman (2411 posts) -

I'll check it out on the LEP on XBL. The show just started btw. The 7 Minutes of Terror clip is amazing. I'm betting they pull this off. Then we get 2 years of Curiosity roaming and studying Mars and it's geology. Too freakin' awesome. :)

#3 Posted by Sign (303 posts) -

I am watching the live stream now. I know there won't be a whole lot to it other than Mission Control shots but goddamn this stuff is exciting to me. They say there is about a 33% chance of success.

#4 Posted by TurboMan (8128 posts) -
#5 Posted by Kscorps (59 posts) -

eyes.nasa.gov

I've had this app open for a few hours now, going to have this running with the TV feed later tonight!

#6 Edited by Sign (303 posts) -
#7 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

well now i am. i'm downloading arm2 it's been downloading all day so when it's done i'll watch it.

#8 Posted by lightsoda (553 posts) -

Just woke up and tuned in. Morning all :)

#9 Posted by lightsoda (553 posts) -

@Kscorps said:

eyes.nasa.gov

I've had this app open for a few hours now, going to have this running with the TV feed later tonight!

Cool, live simulation.

#10 Posted by Jrad (638 posts) -
#11 Posted by Sign (303 posts) -

I wonder what the tension level is like at Mission Control

#12 Posted by Video_Game_King (36567 posts) -

The Martians will be none too pleased with that. I'll end this by saying their planet's moniker is but a happy coincidence.

#13 Posted by natetodamax (19415 posts) -

Yep!

#14 Edited by Jrad (638 posts) -

Might want to add this to the first post -- NASA's Eyes on the Solar System has a realtime visualization of the progress. http://eyes.nasa.gov/

#15 Posted by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

You're darn right I am. It's quite exciting! :)

#16 Edited by Sign (303 posts) -

I hope they release the viewer statistics. I would love to see how many people across the world watched this.

Flipped back the the Eyes on Solar System app, jesus christ that thing is still accelerating, 10580 mph and climbing

#17 Posted by Isaiah (177 posts) -

Yep NASA stream seems laggy

#18 Posted by Subjugation (4779 posts) -

I wasn't watching it until I stumbled upon this thread. I don't really have anything else to do at the moment so I suppose I'll see it through! Here's to hoping it doesn't end terribly.

#19 Edited by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

I guess it's no Apollo but I'm still pretty excited to watch some space work getting done.

@Sign said:

I hope they release the viewer statistics. I would love to see how many people across the world watched this.

It says on the UStream, 1188 currently watching 15872 total.

#20 Posted by jakob187 (22290 posts) -

Indeed I am. I want to see the surface of Mars, dammit...or I want to see a $2.5 billion experiment burst in an explosion.

#21 Edited by NTM (8226 posts) -

Yes, I was waiting for this. I thought it was on tomorrow dammit. Thanks!

#22 Posted by Rudeboy217 (1780 posts) -

The mohawk guy is the best.

#23 Posted by MrRedwine (446 posts) -

I am seriously considering waking my 2 year old up to watch this...

#24 Posted by Strife777 (1670 posts) -

Oh yes I am. This is a pretty important step for humanity, everybody should be watching.

Also, Mohawk Guy is awesome, he stands out a bit from the rest for some reason.

#25 Posted by lightsoda (553 posts) -
#26 Posted by Hector (3514 posts) -

10 more mins till touchdown! Playing Mass Effect while watching, haha.

#27 Posted by Nev (592 posts) -

Very exciting.

#28 Edited by rachelepithet (1570 posts) -

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#29 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

I like the old hippie two seats to the left of the mohawk guy.

#30 Posted by lightsoda (553 posts) -

Holy, 180k viewers.

#31 Edited by Hadoken101 (1029 posts) -
#32 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4311 posts) -

Woooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

#33 Edited by Bucketdeth (8231 posts) -

THUMBNAILS, FUCK YEAHH

BLURRY GREY CIRCLE, AND A FUCKING WHEEL AHH SHIT YES. FUCK.

#34 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

And we made it!

#35 Posted by Zacagawea (1641 posts) -

THUMBNAILS.

#36 Posted by Video_Game_King (36567 posts) -

Wait, I forgot: what's especially remarkable about this? Haven't there been Mars landings like this before? Is it in degree and not in type?

#37 Posted by Giantstalker (1856 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: This vehicle is supposedly much bigger than older ones, about a ton in weight and able to operate for over a decade

#38 Posted by Bucketdeth (8231 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Wait, I forgot: what's especially remarkable about this? Haven't there been Mars landings like this before? Is it in degree and not in type?

This one has thumbnails of blurry grey circles and a barley visible wheel.

#39 Edited by Subjugation (4779 posts) -

Touchdown confirmed.

So much hugging. Dudes crying. Clapping.

#40 Posted by Muerthoz (364 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: I think because the previous rovers have been smaller than this one. This one is about the size of a Mini Cooper from what I hear.

#41 Posted by Strife777 (1670 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: The rover is much much bigger, about as big as an SUV. It's basically a rolling laboratory, so data is going to be much better.

Great job NASA. I'm pretty proud to have witnessed this, in whatever way.

#42 Posted by pweidman (2411 posts) -

Fuck yeah!!!

It's a car sized rover King, with a much larger range and lifetime, and a far larger research agenda. I wonder how far it'll be able to climb up that mountain it landed by.

#43 Posted by ashogo (952 posts) -

It's total mayhem in there/

#44 Posted by Phatmac (5915 posts) -

WOOHOO!!!

#45 Posted by Video_Game_King (36567 posts) -

@Muerthoz said:

@Video_Game_King: I think because the previous rovers have been smaller than this one. This one is about the size of a Mini Cooper from what I hear.

@Strife777 said:

@Video_Game_King: The rover is much much bigger, about as big as an SUV. It's basically a rolling laboratory, so data is going to be much better.

Great job NASA. I'm pretty proud to have witnessed this, in whatever way.

It better have played "America Fuck Yeah" when it landed if it's the size of an SUV.

#46 Posted by Daveyo520 (7316 posts) -

I was indeed.

#47 Posted by selbie (2050 posts) -

FUCK YEAH NASA GUY!!

#48 Posted by Muerthoz (364 posts) -

It's been a long road, gettin' from there to here...

#49 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

Science, Bitches

#50 Posted by NathHaw (2848 posts) -

So glad I could make it happen.