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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012 edited
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    So, this is happening tonight:

    NASA's Curiosity Rover On-Schedule to Land on Mars

    I've go my spaceship underwear on and will be watching the NASA feed like a hawk starting at around eleven, my time. Anyone else gonna be watching the landing?
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
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    More reasons why this is kind of a big deal. From Cracked, of all places.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
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    Boing Boing's guide to tracking the landing:

    http://boingboing.net/2012/08/02/mars-science-laboratory-rover.html#previouspost

    I'm old enough to remember the first pictures coming in from Viking. (And, for that matter, Apollo 11.) This is no less exciting, but . . .

    . . . the landing method sounds insane. I'm trying not to invest too much in this or get too enthused. The disappointment would be too great otherwise.

    I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised in the morning.
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    I was expecting this to be a sex thread . . . .
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
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    And down safely. Their insane plan actually worked!
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
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    Amazing.
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    Today is a good day. We've got a space lab on Mars. :D
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
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    HAH! I had my time zone conversions wrong. I watched the whole NASA webcast. Whew!
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2012
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    Good stuff. Spiders from Mars and a space lab. Well done, NASA!
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2012
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    Glad I stayed up for it.

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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2012
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    I'll just quote a pal, because he managed to sum it up nicely:

    "I have on my phone, in my pocket, right now, an image that a space robot took this morning. An image taken in Mars. This is at least 2,5 billion dollars awesome."
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2012 edited
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      CommentAuthorSlick
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2012
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    Did nobody notice the massive footprint? Clearly bigfoot has moved to mars,
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2012
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    I didn't. Where's it supposed to be ?
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    Oh dude. that DOES sorta look like a ginormous footprint. HAHA.
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    "I have on my phone, in my pocket, right now, an image that a space robot took this morning. An image taken in Mars.

    fell asleep waiting last night. woke up in the middle of the night and couldnt fall back to sleep. i used my phone to look at Space Robot Pictures From Mars. then i came to work to find a discount special going on for Pulse Lasers.

    im having a bit of Ellis-ian future shock.
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      CommentAuthorSlick
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2012
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 7th 2012
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