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Old 11-18-2011, 10:29 AM   #106
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 Or all the dust on the solar panels once the spacecraft is on the surface of mars, like with the MERs.
That only happened once past the design life was exceeded and from time to time, the panels get cleared by wind and dust devils.

Another problem on Mars are the winters. The RTG will keep Curiosity warm.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:35 PM   #107
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SPACE.com: Inside Huge Mars Rover's Sky Crane Landing (Infographic)



SPACE.com: Complete Coverage: NASA's Huge New Rover Launching to Mars



NASA:
Nov. 18, 2011
MEDIA ADVISORY : M11-237
NASA Announces Prelaunch Events for Mars Science Lab Mission



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- News conferences, events and operating hours for the Press Site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., are set for the agency's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover launch.

MSL is scheduled to liftoff at 10:25 a.m. EST on Nov. 25 from Space Launch Complex 41 at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

NASA Television's countdown launch commentary begins at 8 a.m. on Nov. 25. That also is when a NASA blog will begin providing countdown updates. Originating from the Air Force station's Hangar AE, the blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to liftoff.

Detailed lists of news briefing times and participants, prelaunch media tours and photo opportunities and hours of operation for Kennedy's Press Site are available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/index.html

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Old 11-18-2011, 09:48 PM   #108
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NASA:
Nov. 18, 2011
Mars Science Laboratory/Atlas V Launch Briefing and Events Schedule

(All times are Eastern)

All briefings for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) launch will be held inside the Kennedy news center auditorium and will be carried live on NASA Television, unless otherwise noted.

L-4 Days – Monday, Nov. 21 – Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
11 a.m. -- Kennedy Space Center Radiological Control Center (RADCC) Tour – Safety Procedures for MSL's Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (MMRTGs) – (Not on NASA TV)
  • Arrive at Press Site by 10:30 a.m. for 10:45 p.m. departure; Return to Press Site by 12:30 p.m.

1 p.m. -- What Do We Know About Mars? News Conference
  • Michael Meyer, lead scientist, Mars Exploration Program
  • John Grotzinger, project scientist, Mars Science Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • Bethany Ehlmann, scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory assistant professor, California Institute of Technology

2:30 p.m. -- 21st Century Ground Systems Program Tour (Not on NASA TV) – Launch Equipment Test Facility, Operations & Checkout Building for Orion, Multi-Payload Processing Facility and Canister Rotation Facility
  • Arrive at Press Site by 2:15 p.m. for 2:30 p.m. departure; Return to Press Site by 4:30 p.m.

L-3 Days – Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
11 a.m. - Looking for Signs of Life in the Universe News Conference
  • Mary Voytek, director, NASA Astrobiology Program
  • Jamie Foster, professor, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
  • Pan Conrad, deputy principle investigator, Sample Analysis at Mars, MSL
  • Steven Benner, director, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution
  • Catharine Conley, NASA planetary protection officer

1 p.m. - Prelaunch News Conference
  • Colleen Hartman, assistant associate administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate
  • Omar Baez, NASA launch director
  • Vernon Thorp, program manager, NASA Missions United Launch Alliance
  • Peter Theisinger, MSL project manager
  • Clay Flinn, launch weather officer 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

2 p.m. - Mars Science Laboratory Science Briefing
  • Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA Mars Exploration Program
  • John Grotzinger, project scientist for Mars Science Laboratory California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Paul Mahaffy, NASA principal investigator for Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on Curiosity
  • David Blake, NASA principal investigator for Chemistry and Mineralogy investigation on Curiosity
  • Michael Malin, principal investigator for the Mast Camera and Mars Descent Imager investigations on Curiosity Malin Space Science Systems
  • Roger Wiens, principal investigator for Chemistry and Camera investigation on Curiosity Los Alamos National Laboratory

3:15 p.m. - Commercial Crew Program Status Update & Tour (Not on NASA TV) – Commercial Crew Program Manager Ed Mango Briefing at Press Site TV Auditorium – Tour: The Boeing Company (CST-100 spacecraft) at Orbiter Processing Facility-3; United Launch Alliance (Atlas V rocket) at Vertical Integration Facility, Space Launch Complex 41; and SpaceX (Falcon 9 rocket) at Space Launch Complex 40
  • Arrive at Press Site by 3 p.m. in Press Site TV Auditorium; Return to Press Site by 7 p.m.

L-2 Days – Wednesday, Nov. 23 – Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - MLS/Atlas V Rollout to Space Launch Complex 41
  • Arrive at Press Site by 9 a.m. for departure; Return to Press Site by 12 p.m. – Rollout operation takes about 30 minutes

12:30 p.m. - Remote camera set up (Not on NASA TV)
  • Arrive at Press Site by 12:15 p.m. for departure

1 p.m. - Why Mars Excites and Inspires Us News Conference
  • Leland Melvin, NASA associate administrator for Education
  • Scott Anderson, teacher and science department chairman Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts, El Paso, Texas
  • Clara Ma, student, NASA contest winner for naming Curiosity, Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Veronica McGregor, manager, Media Relations Office NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Lauren Lyons, graduate student, Harvard University, First robotics alumna

2 p.m. - "Missions to Mars: Robotics and Humans Together” (Originating from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston)
  • Doug Ming, manager, Human Exploration Science Office; MSL co-investigator at NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Bret Drake, deputy chief architect, Human Spaceflight Architecture Team
  • Matt Ondler, assistant director, Advanced Project Development
  • Mike Gernhardt, NASA astronaut
  • Dr. John Charles, program scientist, Human Research Program

3:15 p.m. - 21st Century Ground Systems Program Tour (Not on NASA TV) – Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Pad 39B/mobile launcher/crawler-transporter, Launch Control Center Firing Room 1
  • Arrive at Press Site by 3:15 p.m. in Press Site TV auditorium – Return to Press Site by 6:30 p.m.

L-1 Day – Thursday, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) – Office Hours: Closed
Launch Day – Friday, Nov. 25 – 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
8 a.m. - NASA TV launch commentary coverage and launch blog at http://www.nasa.gov/msl begins

10:25 a.m. - Launch

1 p.m. (approximately) - Post-launch News Conference

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NASA: MSL Entry, Descent and Landing Instrumentation (MEDLI)

Universe Today: NASA’s Curiosity Set to Search for Signs of Martian Life
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:18 PM   #109
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Spaceflight Now:
Florida Today - The Flame Trench: NASA's Mars mission delayed a day.

CBS News Space: NASA Mars launch delayed one day to replace suspect battery

SPACE.com:


The calendar event for the launch has been updated with the new launch date and time.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:41 PM   #110
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Universe Today: Curiosity Powered Up for Martian Voyage on Nov. 26 – Exclusive Message from Chief Engineer Rob Manning

SPACE.com: NASA to Launch Mars Rover 'Dream Machine' This Week

Florida Today - The Flame Trench: NASA Aims For Mars Lab Launch Saturday
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:56 PM   #111
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A couple of images from movement of MMRTG to VIF (Nov. 17):
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SPACE.com: New NASA Rover to Look Deep into Mars' Past

Spaceflight Now: From Earth to Gale: Curiosity aims for Martian dry lake bed

NASA: MEDIA ADVISORY : M11-238 - NASA Updates Prelaunch Events For Mars Science Lab Mission
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:36 AM   #112
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The Planetary Society Blog: Curiosity in context: Not exactly "Viking on wheels," but close:

SojournerSpirit and OpportunityCuriosityViking
Mass of rover (kg)10.6185900576
Mass of science instruments (kg)0.755.57291
# of science instruments*15108
# of engineering cameras3612
(6 with full redundancy)
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Mission goal To demonstrate technology, and determine the elemental abundances of surface rock.To determine the history of climate and water at a site on Mars where conditions may once have been favorable to life.To explore and quantitatively assess Mars as a potential habitat for life, past or present.To conduct a detailed scientific investigation of Mars, including a search for life.
Wheelbase65 cm long, 45 cm wide141 cm long, 122 cm wide280 cm long and wide3 equally spaced footpads 221 cm apart
Wheel diameter13 cm26 cm50 cm--
Camera height26 cm152 cm200 cm130 cm
Energy per sol (avg.)100 W-hr (solar array)900 W-hr (solar array)2400 W-hr (RTG)1600 Wh per sol (RTG)
Nominal mission7 sols / a few m traverse90 sols / 600-1,000 m traverse687 sols / 20,000 m traverse45 sols
Actual mission81 sols / 100 m traverse
  • Spirit: 2,210 sols (at least) / 7,730 m traverse
  • Opportunity: 2,500+ sols and 27,000+ m traverse and counting
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  • Lander 1: 2,245 sols
  • Lander 2: 1,281 sols
*instrument totals do not include cameras used for engineering purposes such as hazard avoidance, nor do they include instrument positioning tools like camera masts, robotic arms, or sampling equipment.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:57 PM   #113
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Parabolic Arc: NASA Prepares to Launch Mars Science Lab Curiosity


Florida Today - The Flame Trench: Launch Weather Not Perfect; Just Good Enough


SPACE.com:
Universe Today: Science Rich Gale Crater and NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover in Glorious 3-D – Touchdown in a Habitable Zone


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Gale Crater in 3 D - Curiosity Mars Rover Landing site
NASA's most advanced mobile robotic laboratory, the Mars Science Laboratory carrying the Curiosity rover, is set to launch atop an Atlas V rocket on Nov. 26 at 10:02 a.m. EST on a mission to examine Gale Crater on Mars that shows geologic evidence of minerals that formed in flowing liquid water.
Credit: NASA


NASA: Mars Rover Well-Equipped for Studies


SPACE.com: New NASA Mars Rover May Help Launch Future Searches for Life
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:01 PM   #114
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Why does the Atlas CCB look different on this mission? Less brown-ish and more silver-y. New insulations/coatings, perhaps?
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:03 PM   #116
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hahah love that utilitarian brushed metal look of the rocket
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:14 PM   #117
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MSL Spacecraft and Vehicle Flow

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Florida Today - The Flame Trench: Mars mission given "go" for Saturday launch:
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The weather for launch day looks OK with a 70 percent chance conditions will cooperate. The main concerns, at this point, are cumulus clouds or low clouds.

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NASA: Mars Science Laboratory Launch Milestones / the same at NASA JPL

The Planetary Society Blog: How to watch Curiosity's launch

Universe Today: How Will MSL Navigate to Mars? Very Precisely

CBS News Space: Mars Science Laboratory set for Saturday launch

Spaceflight Now: Mobile science laboratory heading for Mars on Saturday

Discovery News: Mars Rover Plutonium Triggers Launch Precautions

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Old 11-25-2011, 11:55 AM   #119
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Do we have countdown clocks for this mission, please?
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Cool, when I next time meet him, I'll know how much time is left.
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