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Sunday, August 5, 2012

NASA's Mars Rover, Curiosity just hours away from showtime

Curiosity ends its multi-month journey to Mars tonight, August 5th with touchdown scheduled for 10:32pm PDT.

The re-entry and touchdown will be performed completely by on-board computers as the distance between Earth and Mars precludes real-time control by NASA.

Curiosity is the biggest and baddest Rover to date to ever land on a planet or moon.  Data from the nuclear powered Curiosity will go a long way to replace our understanding of Mars since NASA's other rovers, Spirit and Opportunity having long since exceeded their scheduled mission times, although Opportunity is still sending data back to Earth much to the surprise of NASA mission specialists.

Below are some links to keep you informed of Curiosity and Curiosity's progress:

UPDATE 10:50 PDT:  Curiosity lands safely!

NASA's official Curiosity Mission Page

Popular Science page on the challenges faced by NASA during Curiosity's landing

Seven Minutes of Terror:  A video representation of Curioisity's landing

Good Luck and God Speed Curiosity  See you on Mars!

More to follow...

Braun Tacon

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About me...Braun Tacon, Portland Oregon.  Husband, father, aviator and former Air Traffic Controller with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology and IT Service Management field, the last thirteen years of which having been spent at a Fortune 500 in the Pacific Northwest. 

Professional background and certifications include Aviation Management, Education, Systems Management, Information Security and Process, Standards and Quality Management.  Always delivered with a strong focus on ITIL and similar Process Improvement Frameworks such as LEAN, SixSigma and TQM (Thank you Mr. Deming!).

Hobbies include reading, writing, and even the occasional Karaoke contest!

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