Hello, Curiosity


15 Responses to “Hello, Curiosity”

  1. RobDobbs says:

    IMHO Sol 0 should be represented by the first time we touched/landed on Mar with anything. 

    According to Wikipedia it was the Mars2 that first landed/crashed on Mars, November 27, 1971. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_2#Lander

  2. Steve White says:

    No, Stephanie – Number 5 is alive.

  3. mintyy says:

    I’m glad we are taking the self-shot into the future while leaving the duck-face in the past. 

  4. Chuck says:

    Too bad they had to Instagram it.

  5. jeligula says:

    Hey, I’ve got a great idea.  Instead of doing science, let’s eat up some signal for a cutesy photo op.

    • If you read the whole explanation at the NASA link, you’d note that this was not a cutesy photo op. That is a fun side-effect of checking on the dust shield on the camera that looks like an eye. 

    • corydodt says:

      Who pissed in your grape nuts? It’s not as if you can even waste “signal”. The signaling medium (light, and some vacuum to put the light into) doesn’t run out as long as Curiosity has the ability to recharge itself.

  6. corydodt says:

    They should use 1/1/1870. Exactly one century before the Unix epoch.

  7. SamSam says:

    I think they’re missing a real opportunity if they mark Sol from some completely arbitrary date. It means that Sol 0 means nothing, and there is no landmark in time to mark B- and A-.

    Just because there aren’t detailed observations of Mars before this arbitrary date, doesn’t mean scientists aren’t going to be referring to stuff that happened on Mars millions of years Before X. And if people ever land on Mars, don’t they want the date to be x years after something important, like the date a man-made object forst landed on Mars?

    Their chosen date and explanation is worse than the Unix timestamp. Indeed, it sounds like it was chosen by software engineers rather than anyone with any sense of history.

  8. Laughing like a Peirson’s puppeteer.

  9. anansi133 says:

    A martian calendar is another solution to a problem that doesn’t exist yet. When earth humans are on the martian surface and need to track time for themselves, then the moment their ancestors landed would make a reasonable sol 0.

    Suddenly I’m curious about when the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was programmed to take a picture of Curiosity landing. Was it tod to trigger the shutter relative to its own launch? 

  10. skyhawk1 says:

    He’s just setting up his match.com profile

  11. majdal says:

    This fresh start could be our best opportunity to start switching to metric time!

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