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mtripoli
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re: Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe
mtripoli   8/7/2012 1:34:13 AM
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As we know, it landed successfully! CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE AT JPL! I said it before and I'll say it again, you guys should have a holiday named after you and a ticket-tape parade! I can't begin to express how happy I am for you all! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

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re: Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe
george.leopold   7/17/2012 2:31:14 PM
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From July 16 NASA press conference: "We expect to get Curiosity safely onto the ground, but there is no guarantee. The risks are real," said Pete Theisinger, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars Science Laboratory project manager.

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re: Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe
george.leopold   7/17/2012 2:09:29 PM
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A reader asked earlier whether NASA had calculated the chances for successfully landing Curiosity on Mars in August. Here is the full response to our question from a spokesman at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is subject to different interpretations: "No. Important risks are the unknowns, which resist calculating."

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re: Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe
george.leopold   7/17/2012 2:07:15 PM
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Because it's the first lander to bring with a mobile scientific laboratory that can rely findings back to Earth.

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re: Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe
Tiger Joe   7/4/2012 5:41:14 PM
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Very nice video. At least I can appreciate why MSL went way over budget. The first question that came to my mind - why did Curiosity have to be so big and heavy as to require such an elaborate landing method? When I think of the best value for our space dollar, I think of Spirit and Opportunity, which lasted years beyond their required mission life.

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notarboca   6/29/2012 9:07:33 PM
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Right on brother! These are Engineers. May we all be so bold and sure!

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re: Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe
george.leopold   6/29/2012 12:29:39 AM
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We thought the video was was very relevant to our engineering audience because the JPL engineers were sticking their necks out and trying to come up with a solution. It's highly likely this won't work, but these guys are being honest and their mistakes will be public for all the world to see. That's the way we've always done it, and no one can touch us in terms of space exploration.

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ChrisJ555   6/28/2012 11:09:35 PM
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Thanks for the link. That was a really well-made video. It makes engineering exciting....oh wait, engineering _is_ exciting! It makes engineering more exciting to the general public, then.

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re: Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe
george.leopold   6/28/2012 9:13:10 PM
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Try the Smithsonian magazine site and wait for the commercial to end: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/video/Curiositys-Seven-Minutes-of-Terror.html

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re: Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe
ChrisJ555   6/28/2012 5:17:59 PM
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Very interesting article and discussion...but I am unable to enjoy the video. For whatever reason, not all of the controls are visible. I wanted to watch full-screen, so I clicked around, but no go. Now I get no sound. I am using Firefox 13.0.1 up-to-date. I also tried IE9, but results are the same (no full-screen button visible, no sound). Can this be fixed? Or can someone provide a link to somewhere else I can see the video directly?

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