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Andy Daglish
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Curiosity lands in 18 days -- nine lives or 15 minutes of fame?

Well of course it can play Lost Cities [badly], unlike that two-rail abacus, the Viking lander.
And it can enter stuff on ebay all by itself, a brilliant fundraising move.

Like Beagle 2 cry, if it finds it.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a9/Mars_Scie...


 
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Must be brand new—the price tag is still hanging on the middle wheel on the left (of the photo).
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Do you think the people in that photo ever stopped to say to one another - "Holy crap! Do you believe that this thing in front of us is going to be on freaking Mars? This piece of sheet metal I am holding...RIGHT NOW...is going to be on Mars soon! I am so putting my freaking initials on this right freaking now!"

I know that's how I would be.
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What's this? Why, it's the Hiller Flying Platform! It flew in 1955.
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Here is the nightmare of the would-be signator. "Oops. My signature written in Sharpie caused paint to dissolve slightly, destroying a small percentage of the polymer coating which must pass an X-ray inspection supervised by a JPL management team. It failed the inspection, and now according to the contract the entire panel must be replaced because of my gaffe, delaying readiness of the lander and postponing the launch date by 19 months. At a cost of $700M."cry

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aforandy wrote:
Curiosity lands in 18 days -- nine lives or 15 minutes of flame?


Fixed that for you
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UndeadViking wrote:
Do you think the people in that photo ever stopped to say to one another - "Holy crap! Do you believe that this thing in front of us is going to be on freaking Mars? This piece of sheet metal I am holding...RIGHT NOW...is going to be on Mars soon! I am so putting my freaking initials on this right freaking now!"

I know that's how I would be.


It reminds me of an anecdote I read somewhere - if Earth were obliterated or destroyed, one of the few names that would survive beyond our existence would be Richard Nixon - as his name is on a plaque we left on the moon...
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geberus wrote:
aforandy wrote:
Curiosity lands in 18 days -- nine lives or 15 minutes of flame?


Fixed that for you

"When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark..."
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