E Curiosity tocca il suolo

L’emozione dei tecnici e ingegneri della NASA-JPL nel momento della discesa e touchdown di Curiosity. Crediti NASA-JPL.

Il testo:


Things are looking good. Coming up on entry.

Vehicle reports entry interface.

We’re beginning to feel the atmosphere as we go in here. Alright, it is reporting that we are seeing G’s on the order of 11 or 12 Earth G’s.

Bank reversal 2 is starting (cheering). We are now getting telemetry from Odyssey.

We should have parachute deploy around Mach 1.7.

Parachute has deployed (cheering).

We are decelerating.

Heat shield has separated, we are locked on the ground.

We’re down to 90 meters per second at an altitude of 6.5 kilometer descending.

Standing by for backshell separation.

We are in powered flight (cheering).

We’re at an altitude of 1 km descending.

Standing by for sky crane. Sky crane has started.

Signal from Odyssey remains strong.

Touchdown confirmed. We’re safe on Mars (loud, sustained cheering).

We got thumbnails (cheering).


Fonte: NASA- Curiosity Has Landed – http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/curiosity_lands.html



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Ricercatore Astronomo (Tecnologo III livello) presso INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo-Gal Hassin, Centro Internazionale delle Scienze Astronomiche di Isnello, Palermo. In precedenza: Borsista presso INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova e Fundaciòn Galileo Galilei, FGG-Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, La Palma, Isole Canarie.

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