MARS landings

May 8, 2013
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Still a very hard task. NASA / JPL is the only organization to have multiple fully successful missions (landers and rovers). The USSR had one lander that operated for about 15 seconds post landing. And that is it. The best anyone else has done is orbiters. NASA has landed and operated 4 rovers and 4 landers successfully.

At JPL they call the landings "7 minutes of terror" because it takes almost 8 minutes for radio signals to reach Earth, then they find out if the landing was successful.

In 2020 NASA plans to launch another large rover, similar in size to a small car, based on the Curiosity design. It will cost an enormous amount of money. If all goes well a future mission will pick up and bring Martian soil back to Earth.

Any bets on success for Mars 2020? It is a JPL team working it. Those fuckers are magic, I am betting on a safe landing and a multi-year rover mission.
 

Haggis

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It has to be done. We learn so much from having the ambition to launch these great projects. All the money that we spend on bullshit that drags us down, we can spend the money to have these great quests for knowledge.

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Dazl1212

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I predict the mars 2020 mission will be a success.

Curiosity has by far exceeded expectations, so I can't see how 2020 won't at least meet its objectives.
 

Deebo

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Show dem balls bro
Would be really nice to see someone walk on Mars and to also find at least primitive life on another planet or moon in our solar system before I die. I'm really hoping for a water (H2O) based life form on Europa or somewhere else. I really, really want to know if advanced animals or insects or whatever that evolve on other celestial bodies will have the same structure/makeup as we have with 2 of everything, eyes, ears, lungs, etc. Or if the life forms are more squid/octopus like. I imagine a lot of water based life will be abundant with these.

I'm hoping for the best in 2020 - 2030. And honestly I really don't care what country pulls it off.
 
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I predict the mars 2020 mission will be a success.

Curiosity has by far exceeded expectations, so I can't see how 2020 won't at least meet its objectives.
As long as it lands safely. Overall, more Mars missions have failed than have succeeded, usually because something got broke at impact. But JPL has the best record of anyone, so I am hopeful.
 
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I predict the mars 2020 mission will be a success.

Curiosity has by far exceeded expectations, so I can't see how 2020 won't at least meet its objectives.

Look at the Opportunity rover. It exceeded its design life by 5,500%. It was a planned 90 day mission that went on for 14 and a half years active on the surface.
January 25, 2004, to June 2018. Killed by a massive planet-wide dust storm, of all things.

And they still have a small bit of hope that it could wake up if strong winds blow all of the dust off of the solar panels. :think1

Curiosity had a 2 year design life. It has been active for 2348 days since landing on August 6, 2012.
 
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