The Translogic team took some time to swing by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently to chat with Ann Devereaux, the deputy lead for entry, descent and landing for Curiosity, the Mars science lab. If anyone knows what it takes to to move a project like Curiosity from concept to touch down, it's her. Over the course of the quick segment on the rover program, host Bradley Hasemeyer learns about the extensive real-world testing that went into bringing the rover to life as well as the staggering amount of computer modeling it took to prepare for the rover's descent.

While the Curiosity program is only supposed to last two years, NASA is currently looking into ways to bring samples from the red planet back to Earth. That will be a substantially more ambitious project, but with the brightest minds in the field on the case, we wouldn't put it out of the realm of possibility. Check out the latest Translogic episode below.


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        mccallen
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        Before you write off the deisgners of the communications package, consider that it is using 7 year old technology. Before you say "What idiot used such old technology", consider how long it takes to certify any piece of electronic gear as space ready. Did the maker of your smartphone subject it to unshielded solar radiation? How about the temperatures found in interplanetary space? Maybe your phone was absolutely designed to withstand the G forces of launch and landing? It is, of course, completely sealed for all intrustion of dust, etc, after being launched, sped through space and - essentially - crash landed on an alien world? I'm going to guess you have no idea what any of that would take nor even the first clue as to where to start. Stick with legos.
        Ryoko
        • 2 Years Ago
        I guess you can do better...
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        ssgtakeo
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        Should check out what the values are for interstellar link budgets. It's amazing we can get anything at all. To me the fact that you have interplanetary data communications is one of the coolest parts.