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Tomarrow, 29 hours from when I am posting this (more or less) The JPL Mars Rover "Spirit" will descend onto Mars.

Though with nearly 10 times the budget as Beagle, none-the-less lets keep our fingers crossed the landing is successful! :)

I don't think my heart could stand yet another lander returning nothing but silence :eek:
 

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Keeping things crossed for Spirit.

Hope it has more success than Beagle is having/has had!
 

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I just don't know if I like that whole landing approach...big beach balls to cushion landing....:D
 

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Spirit has begun rotating to face it's heatshield towards Mars.
 

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"The turn to entry attitude for the spacecraft has been completed. " states spaceflightnow.com
 

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Spirit has entered the the atmosphere! Telemetry show the craft to be decelerating.
 

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Spirit is bouncing on the surface. Signal has been lost, but this was expected at this point...
 

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now, base petal down,awating air bag retract and solor panel deployment
 

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Way to go! :D

Now waiting for the first data download to come in a few more minutes.

Todd
 

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pictures - here is low-fi picture:

http://spaceflightnow.com/mars/mera/040104image1.html

this is a picture of somebody's monitor, with windows of all the prelim pix

sorry, that's the best I could find right now. but I am sure that by the morning much better pix will be all over the internet...

what an awesome EDL! what a "terrifying 6 minutes"!! and the 15 minutes after that with no signal, that was agonizing.
 

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here is a better one - the panoramic

found this on the jpl web site
 

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I just read (tuesday's USA Today) that NASA will fire a small explosive charge to cut the cable tethering the Spirit....... I wonder how the charge will be affected by the different kind of atmosphere????

(wonder if NASA has a LEUP)
 
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