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Curiosity Has Landed

08/06/2012 4:59 AM

NASA is back on Mars - and getting ready for the next mission to the Red Planet! After an astounding 154 million mile journey and a harrowing landing that demonstrated cutting-edge technology, Curiosity, the largest rover ever sent to another planet, is in place and ready to work. This robotic laboratory will seek answers to one of humanity's oldest questions as it investigates whether conditions have favored development of microbial life on the Red Planet.

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Curiosity photographs it's own shadow.

Uh oh. Looks like Curiosity has its first visitor (just kidding!)...

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08/06/2012 5:23 AM

First colour pic just in...

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08/06/2012 8:10 AM

Looks like one of 'em Martians at the rear of the crowd is giving us "The Finger"!

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08/06/2012 8:11 AM

It may be the only one he can spare - or has.

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08/06/2012 8:18 AM

Man, Moosie, your eyes are a damn sight better than mine lol! I can't even see the bloke in the rear. It is a bloke, yes?

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08/06/2012 8:35 AM

And the one under the letter N is wearing a cowboy hat. Or maybe it's just a rock formation.

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08/06/2012 8:48 AM

Nah, it's not a cowboy hat, but more like a Space Hoodie...

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08/06/2012 9:20 AM

Jeez, Moosie, you sure crack me up! Thanks! I needed that! heehee

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08/06/2012 9:29 AM

You're very welcome!

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08/06/2012 8:33 AM

Too darn funny to not get a GA.

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08/06/2012 10:15 AM

"Oi! You can't park here - you're on a double-yellow-line!"

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08/06/2012 8:19 AM

Gives more meaning about being "Red"....

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08/06/2012 8:21 AM

Sen. McCarthy, bless his black, dead heart, would be going apesh!t over this pic!

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08/06/2012 8:36 AM

'Curiosity'?
Is it piloted by Cats?
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08/06/2012 8:42 AM

Cats....Beagle 2......still working on it.....whatever.......

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08/06/2012 8:46 AM

First question that comes to mind is are these little guys stripping parts off of the Rover at this moment? They'd fit right in in places like South Chicago, East LA, or Harlem. Does the rover have mag wheels or hub caps? LOL

Also, they sort of look like the "Grays"......a possibility they're Grays, but covered with that red Martian dust.

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08/06/2012 8:59 AM

I never thought about it at first but this small group is just a distraction. The evidence is in the picture. There are a few missing. At least the ones that were holding the sign that is now laying on the ground. Could be they are cleaning the dust off of the camera lens or maybe something more sinister like tapping into the com port and monitoring this forum.

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08/06/2012 9:08 AM

Hells Bells, they ain't monitoring this forum at all (who would in their right mind, eh?), but rather they're watching old B&W "I Love Lucy" syndicated reruns!

She's REDHEAD after all! yuk yuk yuk

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08/06/2012 8:51 AM

OMG, it's a new Red Chinese outpost! Billions and Billions and Billions.....

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08/06/2012 6:13 PM

Red Hook, NY? pmsl!

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08/06/2012 10:26 PM

Yes, do you know of it? Not the Red Hook NY down in NYC.

Forgive me, but what is "pmsl"?

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08/07/2012 1:24 AM

Okay, one free hint only. Just one! After this I'm putting it on your tab!

_msl = _issing myself laughing.

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08/07/2012 1:35 AM

same as "lobcwl" loss of bladder control while laughing.

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08/06/2012 8:53 AM

Way too funny....I'm giving a GA as well!

Having too much fun with this on a sloggy Monday morning!

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08/06/2012 8:55 AM

Errr I forgot to include this revelation:

Not In MY Back Yard (NIMBY)!

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08/06/2012 9:34 AM

"We're the 99%" has finally reached Mars....it was bound to happen sooner or later! They live to protest everything and anything in existence.

[honestly, after looking at some of the Wall Street Protesters on the TV newscasts one couldn't tell if they were Earthlings or Martians for that matter.....some scary looking Freakoids there!!!!]

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08/06/2012 5:03 PM

OMG! It's Occupy Mars!

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08/06/2012 5:23 PM

LOL @ Europium's posting! I couldn't have said it better myself!!! hehehehehe

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08/06/2012 3:47 PM

I saw a better one a friend showed me today that had Marvin the Martin peaking in from the sode. I loovvvee Marvin!

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08/06/2012 4:16 PM

Sceadwian, you ought to copy and paste it here so we can see it!

BTW, welcome to the CR4 forum! That is the first time I've ran into you....

A Rochester person eh? Them's Kewl Beans man.

I attended RIT (aka, Brick City USA) as an undergrad Civil/Environmental Engineering student back in the early 80's. I really miss Ra Cha Cha!!!!

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08/07/2012 12:08 AM

Will they create war in Mars like in Vietnam,Iraq,Afghanistan,Palestine,Srilanka etc?.

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08/07/2012 1:24 AM

Only if there's oil tyranny.

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08/07/2012 1:41 AM

Even if there was no oil they have supported the aggressor if he supports USA.

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08/07/2012 1:48 AM

Prolly oughta take this offline. There are other forums more apropos to this topic.

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08/07/2012 3:57 AM

Settle down...

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08/07/2012 4:26 AM

That ol' Martian sun'll do it every time, and that's why Mothers Who Care, care to Slap It On! Acme SPF 10K Sun Block, available wherever fine industrial chemicals are sold (not available on Neptune).

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08/07/2012 3:23 AM

Hey - there's a need here for a cast iron bathtub here to wash all the dust off!

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....there's a need here for a cast iron bathtub here to wash all the dust off.....

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08/07/2012 4:25 AM

..coming soon.

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08/07/2012 5:33 AM

The locals are beginning to queue up behind Curiosity. This may in fact be a show of force and we're just not 'getting it.' These may not be transports at all, but a variety of weapons. It's still too early to say.

Also a few guests from the Olympus Mons Walmart have made an appearance.

[CaptMoosie, it would seem it's not a Space Hoodie at all, but a natural growth on what are evidently breeders. Martians appear to have the capacity to reproduce asexually when conditions are harsh. Where conditions are more favourable, sexual reproduction predominates]

Turning the camera about...

It was explained to Curiosity after this pic was taken that this is how the vehicles themselves reproduce. They're not actually manufactured here, but grown from larvae or something. These two are clearly mating. It remains to be seen whether they're monogamous or playas.

Embryonic vehicles. The trailer is very obviously pregnant.

A spent drone.

This one has seen The Dark Knight. Probably pirated the video off Curiosity's downlink whilst she was scanning for microbial organisms to..um..prove there was once life on Mars.

What can happen when your vehicle does not use sun block: Happy-Meal Figurines.

Another bad case. The Martian atmosphere admits nearly all of the UV falling on it, yet many Wal-Martians take no precautions whatsoever.

The pharmacy is definitely going to have their tentacles full when the new store opens.

Dreadful. Simply dreadful.

This one's recovering from surgery.

Here we have a local checking for Martian Melanoma. Not the vehicle. Sorry.

Oh god, they have bat-dogs here. I knew it.

A breeder. Word on the..er..street is they give great helmet.

More breeders.

Not sure what this is. Anyone?

This was taken by Spirit two years ago at the peak of the Martian drought. One of the clearest examples yet of Martian asexual reproduction. Yes, they sprout and fall off.

Also found nearby was this flyer, further confirming our suspicions:

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08/07/2012 4:45 AM

Seems a few of us are having fun trawling through the Mars images on the interweb.

Some images are only a day or less old. Mars is suddenly pop again.

Anything that sparks interest in science is a good thing.

My favourite images weren't really fit for a mixed audience....

Here's a peep at one I particularly liked ....Curious?

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08/07/2012 11:14 AM

You'd think Marvin would have given up by now! Where's that Wabbitt when you need him to take care of this guy?

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08/09/2012 4:58 PM

Kinda looks like the "Jupiter II" spacecraft from Lost in Space TV series of the mid-60's! LOL

Paging Dr. Smith........

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"Oh, the pain"!

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08/10/2012 5:16 AM

That's really funny! GA

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No wonder I could never find him...

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