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Donger
09-12-2007, 09:50 AM
NASA rover begins drive into huge crater

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070912/ap_on_sc/mars_rovers;_ylt=ApgvzuroSEeegIby8QkbNqas0NUE

LOS ANGELES - Two months after surviving a giant dust storm, one of NASA's robotic rovers on Mars began a risky drive Tuesday into a crater blasted open by a meteor eons ago.

Scientists want the rover Opportunity to travel 40 feet down toward a bright band of rocks in the Victoria Crater. They believe the rocks represent the ancient surface of Mars and that studying them could shed clues on the planet's early climate.

On Tuesday morning, engineers sent commands to Opportunity to begin its journey, and the robot signaled a confirmation. It will be several hours before scientists know how well the drive is going, and the trek itself will take several days.

Opportunity's first task will be to "toe dip" into the crater, a move that involves rolling its six wheels below the rim and immediately back out to gauge its footing.

Over the next few days, engineers will check Opportunity's instruments and command it to scale down the crater.

"We expect to have good driving," said John Callas, the rover project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

The long-awaited descent into the crater measuring a half-mile across and about 200 to 230 feet deep had been on hold since July when a series of sun-blotting dust storms raged in the southern hemisphere. At the height of the storm, Opportunity and its twin, Spirit, went into sleep mode to conserve energy. Spirit is exploring another area far from Opportunity.

Opportunity reached the lip of the crater last month and scouted for possible entry points. The route scientists eventually chose calls for a straight drive down at a 15-degree incline toward the exposed layer of bright rocks.

During a July teleconference, NASA managers admitted the latest mission was risky, but decided to proceed anyway because of the science that could be learned.

The aging but hardy rovers have been exploring Mars for 3 1/2 years far outlasting their primary, three-month mission.

FAX
09-12-2007, 09:51 AM
ROFL

Based on the subject, I thought this thread was about the Chiefs.

FAX

Simply Red
09-12-2007, 09:52 AM
EVOLUTIONARY

Donger
09-12-2007, 09:53 AM
Going in...

the Talking Can
09-12-2007, 09:53 AM
I bet they find a McDonalds.

KC Kings
09-12-2007, 09:55 AM
Going in...
Diving into a vast crater.... reminds of that night I had with RedRum's mom.

Molitoth
09-12-2007, 09:56 AM
Quaid, open your mind...........
open your mind............
free the reactorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


http://www.cinefex.com/backissues/number43.jpg

Donger
09-12-2007, 09:56 AM
Here's a picture showing the little dude's progress. Obviously needs updating...

Planetman
09-12-2007, 09:57 AM
It didn't get very far.


Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Opportunity Takes a Dip Into Victoria Crater

09.11.07

Today, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity entered Victoria Crater for the first time. It radioed home information via a relay by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, reporting its activities for the day. Opportunity drove far enough in -- about four meters (13 feet) -- to get all six wheels past the crater rim. Then it backed uphill for about three meters (10 feet). The driving commands for the day included a precaution for the rover to stop driving if its wheels were slipping more than 40 percent. Slippage exceeded that amount on the last step of the drive, so Opportunity stopped with its front pair of wheels still inside the crater.

"We will do a full assessment of what we learned from the drive today and use that information to plan Opportunity's descent into the crater," said John Callas, rover project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Once Opportunity begins its extended exploration inside the crater, the rover will investigate layered rocks exposed on the interior slope.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/mer-20070911.html

Redrum_69
09-12-2007, 09:57 AM
Quaid, show me your mind...........
show me your mind............
free the reactorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


TOTAL RECALL


the only good part of that movie was Sharon Stone

and the mars chick with three tits

pikesome
09-12-2007, 09:58 AM
I bet they find a McDonalds.

Or a Starbuck's

Molitoth
09-12-2007, 09:59 AM
TOTAL RECALL


the only good part of that movie was Sharon Stone

and the mars chick with three tits

NSFW
http://www.slateman.net/images/misc/total-recall.jpg (http://)

pikesome
09-12-2007, 09:59 AM
Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Opportunity Takes a Dip Into Victoria's Crater



What is this article about? Beckham's wife?

Simply Red
09-12-2007, 10:00 AM
Ultra Peanut's mind may've abstorted & floated up that way. They should check the monitors.

Planetman
09-12-2007, 10:00 AM
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Thanks for the not safe for work picture, dickhead.

the Talking Can
09-12-2007, 10:03 AM
can we get that NSFW pic removed asap please

Molitoth
09-12-2007, 10:06 AM
can we get that NSFW pic removed asap please

fixed, sorry.

Simply Red
09-12-2007, 10:08 AM
fixed, sorry.
Don't be sorry. I love being surprised by FOUR fun-bags. It's just.....


Well....


My boss doesn't... :(

Planetman
09-12-2007, 10:09 AM
Tracks at crater's edge
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/9430/181273mainpsp0042891780st6.th.jpg (http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/9430/181273mainpsp0042891780st6.jpg)

Simply Red
09-12-2007, 10:10 AM
Tracks at crater's edge
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/9430/181273mainpsp0042891780st6.th.jpg (http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/9430/181273mainpsp0042891780st6.jpg)
Wait! I do see UP's brain. wait forget it never mind.

Planetman
09-12-2007, 10:12 AM
Wait! I do see UP's brain. wait forget it never mind.
What's your beef with Peanut?

Simply Red
09-12-2007, 11:18 AM
What's your beef with Peanut?
No beef. I mess with him/her. I like Peanut fine. In fact I don't have "beef" with anyone on here.

Simply Red
09-12-2007, 11:19 AM
Sometimes I wonder about Peanut's posts, as far as: where he/she thought that up or how.

RNR
09-12-2007, 11:22 AM
In fact I don't have "beef" with anyone on here.
Well thats just a lack of effort on your part :)

ChiefaRoo
09-12-2007, 12:07 PM
No beef. I mess with him/her. I like Peanut fine. In fact I don't have "beef" with anyone on here.

I'm pretty sure Peanut is retarded.

Planetman
09-12-2007, 12:24 PM
Well thats just a lack of effort on your part :)
ROFL