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Curiosity, the Largest Rover Ever Sent to Space, Set to Make 'Grand Entrance' on Mars: VIDEO


Last November, I posted video of the NASA 'Curiosity' probe as it blasted off to Mars.

This Sunday night, the Mini-Cooper-sized probe will reach the red planet and hopefully begin sending back data that will help determine if there was ever life there.

And who better to tell you all you need to know but William Shatner, AFTER THE JUMP...

The NYT:

“I think this is the Hubble Space Telescope of Mars exploration,” said John M. Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator in charge of the science mission directorate. (He is best known as the Hubble repairman, flying on three space shuttle missions to refurbish and upgrade the telescope.) “This is the first time that we have a real analytical laboratory heading to the surface.”

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  1. Screw John Grunsfeld. The Spirit and Opportunity rovers were both mobile science laboratories. And Opportunity is still going after 8+ years.

    Posted by: Dan | Jul 30, 2012 7:49:58 PM

  2. Gay space nerds unite - @jsmjr

    Posted by: John | Jul 30, 2012 8:09:27 PM

  3. I hope I get to take a dump on Mars on a space toilet in my lifetime. One can only dream....

    Posted by: TONEZ | Jul 30, 2012 8:29:16 PM

  4. You know, a probe the size of a Mini Cooper is bound to leave an impression. Was this a joint venture with Aneros?

    Posted by: Stefan | Jul 30, 2012 10:33:02 PM

  5. Why do supposedly smart men insist on calling inanimate objects "she"? Do they think they're going to have sex with it at some point?

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 31, 2012 12:13:35 AM

  6. @Dan: Screw John Grunsfeld? The guy was instrumental in the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope and has proven his courage and talent over and over again in the service of science. We owe him a debt of gratitude.

    What have you done? I think I'll be relying on his assessment of this latest step in the Mars Program over yours.

    Posted by: RWG | Jul 31, 2012 12:13:26 PM

  7. Because they weren't able to test everything that happens during the landing, I fear the odds of that succeeding being close to zero.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 31, 2012 1:29:16 PM

  8. How about we let the thing land before declaring defeat ?

    Posted by: Austin | Jul 31, 2012 11:54:03 PM

  9. A five-stage landing maneuver is just asking for Murphy's Law, but I still wouldn't miss this for the world; and if it succeeds I'll fist-pump "U.S.A!" (3x)

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