• Landing on Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror

    From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Alan Ianson on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 06:49:25
    On 2/15/2021 3:28 AM, between "Alan Ianson : All":

    Landing on Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror
    Video Credit: NASA, JPL

    Explanation: Starting Thursday, there may be an amazing new robotic
    explorer on Mars. Or there may be a new pile of junk.

    This event on FEB 18 ought to be interesting.

    I would bet that something will go wrong.

    But if the landing succeeds.. looking at the robotic machine, I would bet that its myriad of gears and moving parts would quickly disintegrate due to the fine
    Martian soil flying around.

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  • From Alan Ianson@1:153/757.2 to August Abolins on Monday, February 15, 2021 21:10:01
    Re: Landing on Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror
    By: August Abolins to Alan Ianson on Tue Feb 16 2021 06:49 am

    This event on FEB 18 ought to be interesting.

    I would bet that something will go wrong.

    Yes, there are so many things that have to work just right.

    But if the landing succeeds.. looking at the robotic machine, I would bet that its myriad of gears and moving parts would quickly disintegrate due to the fine Martian soil flying around.

    Yep, there is no garage en route or at the destination.. so..

    Ttyl :-),
    Al

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  • From August Abolins@2:460/256 to Alan Ianson on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 08:28:12
    Re: Landing on Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror
    By: August Abolins to Alan Ianson on Tue Feb 16 2021 06:49 am

    This event on FEB 18 ought to be interesting.

    I would bet that something will go wrong.

    Yes, there are so many things that have to work just right.

    But if the landing succeeds.. looking at the robotic machine, I would
    bet
    that its myriad of gears and moving parts would quickly disintegrate
    due
    to the fine Martian soil flying around.

    Yep, there is no garage en route or at the destination.. so..

    Ttyl :-),
    Al

    ... Dew knot trussed yore spell chequer two fined awl mistakes!

    I find it a bit ironic that the YT video for the simulated entry and landing runs 5 minutes, but the actual event is "7 minutes" of terror. <g>

    I haven't read much of the other material about the mission, but do they announce just how long they expect the robot to function on the planet?


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  • From Alan Ianson@1:153/757.2 to August Abolins on Monday, February 15, 2021 22:01:54
    Re: Landing on Mars: Seven Minutes of Terror
    By: August Abolins to Alan Ianson on Tue Feb 16 2021 08:28 am

    I find it a bit ironic that the YT video for the simulated entry and landing runs 5 minutes, but the actual event is "7 minutes" of terror. <g>

    Yes, I guess they were just trying to give us a taste of what's happening.. :)

    I haven't read much of the other material about the mission, but do they announce just how long they expect the robot to function on the planet?

    It must have cost a fortune to put that all together so I think they are hoping
    it will last as long as possible. I hope all that dust doesn't gum up the works
    to quickly.

    Ttyl :-),
    Al

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  • From August Abolins@2:221/360 to Alan Ianson on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 04:40:42
    On 2/16/2021 1:01 AM, between "Alan Ianson : August Abolins":

    I haven't read much of the other material about the mission, but do they announce just how long they expect the robot to function on the planet?


    It must have cost a fortune to put that all together so I think they
    are hoping it will last as long as possible. I hope all that dust
    doesn't gum up the works to quickly.

    I forgot about Curiosity. A similar vehicle. Apparently it's still moving - albiet very slowly. Apparently it's still functional, and moved about 24km in 10 years.

    I was too preoccupied with life-matters of my own to care about a Mars mission in 2011.

    I'll probably tune in to await the landing news of Perseverance, but then that will be about it.

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