Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Great Mashup Video of Landing

Watch and enjoy!

During landing, I was watching the plot of doppler shifts for Curiosity's tones, sent direct to earth.  The doppler shift says how fast the spacecraft was moving relative to earth.  I saw a sudden drop in doppler shift, just before they announced the parachute deploy - it was dramatic!  I knew immediately that the parachute was doing something because nothing else would slow down the decent that quickly.  Once earth set behind the crater rim, we no longer had a signal and relied on Odyssey for all "real-time" data.  That's one of the reasons there was so much cheering when we heard that Odyssey and Curiosity were talking.

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