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[EDIT] Perseverance landing video


only thing i don't understand is why they chose a deserted area instead of a populated one... first contact could have happened waaaaaay faster. Could have been a bit shy because of the technology?!?
glad to be living in these times 🙃


Power User
I’m glad to see they’ve upgraded the cameras in the studio they used to fake the moon landings!😀

The reason they didn’t land in a populated area is because of the pandemic. You can’t hire enough extras right now and the ones you can would be wearing masks.

That would be a dead giveaway!
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That's just excellent. The dust is a real PITA. Would've loved to see the guide wires disconnect.
(EDIT: If you look closely you can see the wire retract.)

Seeing that sky-crane ascend away; just incredible.

An elegant solution to gently placing that enormous vehicle on a hostile planet. So impressive.

Landing zone looks like there's years worth of science to do in each square mile.
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Dr. Dipwad

If it goes like this they might discover the Galactic Federation base on there, complete with US government personnel. 😂

As long as they don't find some buried spidery Shadow Vessel, I'm good with it.

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Fractal Fanatic
I'm sure people will find something wrong with this. All I can think of is, there are millions of teens watching this and deciding to become engineers. And some of them will actually go through with it.

I was one of those kids watching the shuttle launches in 1980, hearing terms like on-board computers, software, roll maneuvers, redundant systems, 18 million lines of code...etc. I didn't become an 'engineer' per-se, but I did choose my college and university programs because of those shuttle launches and they led me to a career in tech.!


Power User
Same. A lot of my friends wanted to do something technical inspired by the space race. Much like today a lot of kids want to work on computer games, which to me seems like a much less valuable thing to do, from the standpoint of what’s valuable to our civilization.
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