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Mars Rover Mining – an Engineering Feat
3/12/2013

Curiosity shows us the first sample from the inside of a rock of another planet.   (Source: NASA)
Curiosity shows us the first sample from the inside of a rock of another planet.
(Source: NASA)

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Charles Murray
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Re: Public Engagement
Charles Murray   3/12/2013 8:29:58 PM
Good point, Bill. I, too, am wondering where the accompanying excitement has gone. As Louis points out, these are amazing feats of engineering. Maybe we need to send modern day counterparts of John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard up there to generate some excitement.

apresher
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apresher   3/12/2013 3:18:55 PM
Here is a link to an olderarticle I worked on back in 2010 about how the Mars Rover's spectrum analyzer used advanced motion control to collect and analyze samples:

http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=229115

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williamlweaver   3/12/2013 12:38:42 PM
NO RATINGS
Gosh this is exciting. But with all of the funding to support STEM education, I'm wondering where to find all of the excitement surrounding this ongoing mission to Mars. I was too young to make any observations during the Apollo missions. Maybe instead of complaining about Beyonce and Adele, folks like me were complaining about all of the attention our culture was showering over The Beatles and Elvis while we were flying to the moon...

richnass
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real?
richnass   3/12/2013 9:22:48 AM
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I don't doubt the findings (well, maybe a little), but it does remind me of the movie Caprcorn One, where they faked the trip to the moon.

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