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The John Batchelor Show "Hotel Mars," Wednesday, 8-1-12

2 Aug 2012, 15:24 UTC
The John Batchelor Show "Hotel Mars," Wednesday, 8-1-12
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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Anita Sengupta, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Mars Science Lab (MSL) and the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. During our 11.5 minute discussion, Dr. Sengupta explained in detail the planned landing process for the Curiosity Rover at 10:31 PM PDT Sunday, August 5th. We discussed the parachutes, entry speed, G-forces, both supersonic speed and slowing down to subsonic, the heat shield, tether, Sky Crane and more. We also talked about landing in Gale Crater. Dr. Sengupta took us through the process from start to finish. We addressed issues with the time delay of 14 minutes back to Earth and how we will get information back regarding the success of the landing. Please post your comments/question on The Space Show blog. If you have a question for either John Batchelor or Dr. Sengupta, please send it to me and I will forward it to the person of your choice.

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