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#1 Posted by Phatmac (5930 posts) -
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#2 Posted by pweidman (2590 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. :)

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#3 Posted by Sign (305 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.

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#5 Posted by Kscorps (67 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!

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#6 Edited by Sign (305 posts) -
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#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.

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#8 Posted by lightsoda (555 posts) -

Just woke up and tuned in. Morning all :)

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#9 Posted by lightsoda (555 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.

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#10 Posted by Jrad (638 posts) -
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#11 Posted by Sign (305 posts) -

I wonder what the tension level is like at Mission Control

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#12 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 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.

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#13 Posted by natetodamax (19462 posts) -

Yep!

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#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/

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#15 Posted by TruthTellah (9809 posts) -

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

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#16 Edited by Sign (305 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

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#17 Posted by Isaiah (180 posts) -

Yep NASA stream seems laggy

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#18 Posted by Subjugation (4963 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.

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#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.

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#20 Posted by jakob187 (22932 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.

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#21 Edited by NTM (9806 posts) -

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

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#22 Posted by Lemmycaution217 (1802 posts) -

The mohawk guy is the best.

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#23 Posted by MrRedwine (446 posts) -

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

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#24 Posted by Strife777 (2083 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.

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#26 Posted by Hector (3547 posts) -

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

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#27 Posted by Nev (688 posts) -

Very exciting.

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#28 Edited by rachelepithet (1646 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.

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#30 Posted by lightsoda (555 posts) -

Holy, 180k viewers.

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#32 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4312 posts) -

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

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#33 Edited by Bucketdeth (8252 posts) -

THUMBNAILS, FUCK YEAHH

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

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#34 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

And we made it!

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#35 Posted by Zacagawea (1678 posts) -

THUMBNAILS.

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#36 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 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?

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#37 Posted by Giantstalker (2294 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

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#38 Posted by Bucketdeth (8252 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.

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#39 Edited by Subjugation (4963 posts) -

Touchdown confirmed.

So much hugging. Dudes crying. Clapping.

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#40 Posted by Muerthoz (366 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.

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#41 Posted by Strife777 (2083 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.

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#42 Posted by pweidman (2590 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.

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#43 Posted by ashogo (952 posts) -

It's total mayhem in there/

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#44 Posted by Phatmac (5930 posts) -

WOOHOO!!!

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#45 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 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.

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#46 Posted by Daveyo520 (7748 posts) -

I was indeed.

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#47 Posted by selbie (2449 posts) -

FUCK YEAH NASA GUY!!

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#48 Posted by Muerthoz (366 posts) -

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

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#49 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

Science, Bitches

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#50 Posted by NathHaw (2854 posts) -

So glad I could make it happen.