Sunday, August 5, 2012
THE CRUCIBLE: In just a few hours the Mars Curiosity rover is scheduled to touch down in Gale crater. Here is a link to a collection of related resources, including the NASAtv feed, which has carried panels and explainer videos today concerning the mission. (I also tried the EU space agency feed, but found frequent interruptions and ear-splitting bursts of static.) If you haven't heard the entry and descent strategy for landing this mission, with a payload 10x heavier than than the prior rovers, you should really check it out. NASA has a short informative video narrated by (a surprisingly fuzzy) William Wheaton. (Theory here is that budget constraints prevented consideration of Nathan Fillion.) What could go wrong? Everything. But it all sounds so crazy that I can't help thinking it will work.
Posted by Phil at 7:22 PM