To the contrary, it took only minutes to receive the first "thumbnail" pictures from Curiosity on the surface via the Mars Odyssey satellite. A satellite maneuver just before the landing to realign Odyssey's antenna worked perfectly. Hell, the whole thing went like clockwork.
"7 minutes of Terror" seems to be morphing into "as many as 8 hours" after landing until we get word from Mars. Between the relay satellites being pressed into service to do something new and the earth setting over the Mars horizon just after landing, there may be a delay in getting clear word. In any case, we will be waiting.
This is a good news! Wish all the best to the Sky Crane landing system team for a soft landing on 6th. Today, this has taken place on the front page of the major news papers in India...I thing the whole world will be witnessing this event on 6th making a mark in history.
More to the point, JPL mission managers said Thursday that the Mars Science Laboratory remains on a "consistent and stable course" as it enters the realm of Mars. Therefore, they canceled a scheduled flight path correction maneuver.
So far, so good.
Bolaji, I'm not saying the guy isn't doing cool things, nor that he's not a rockstar in his, erm, space :) .... he's just not a hipster. The definition of a hipster to today's youth is not what this guy is.
He IS a very fascinating sounding guy, and seems to be doing some amazing things at NASA. I just want to make the point that if you tell a group of young people today that this guy is a hipster, they will raise an eyebrow.
Sorry Sylvie, I just remembered one more thing. The greatest hipster that ever lived was . . . . . drumroll please . . . Elvis Presley. He was never (ever) disheveled. His shirts were also crisply ironed and his hair . . . oh la la! The only thing he lacked was a Phd!
Michaela, Glad you got the jist of the story. He's not a "hipster" but he's the "hippest" rocket engineer.
I agree. He's the "hippest" because he's doing really cool things. There are other hip guys with guitars, etc. but this guy is awesomely hip in the engineering community where they do really cool and hip stuff, like land a hunk of machine on some faraway planet.
Did I mention Steltzner is also a "rocker" with Elvis haircut who happens to have given up "sex" and rock-n-roll to get a Phd?