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As we watched the Curiosity rover make its descent and landing on the Martian surface, everyone here on Earth was held speechless by a single thought – what would those JPL guys look like if they were dancing their way through the EDL procedures?

Thanks to YouTube channel Satire, we no longer need to wonder, as it’s brought to vivid life in this rendition of “We’re NASA and We Know It”.

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Dave lives near Seattle, Washington, surrounded by evergreen trees and flat panel displays. His special gadget interest is eReaders and the pursuit of the perfect digital reading experience. He is the Editor-in-Chief of GeekBeat.TV.

4 Responses

  1. Tom Dayton

    If you want to get some feel for what it’s like to be a flight controller watching telemetry from Curiosity, download NASA’s next-generation mission operations software, Mission Control Technologies (MCT). My team at NASA Ames Research Center recently made it open source under the Apache 2.0 license. The demo version can be downloaded and run with no computer knowledge, and does almost everything that the full version does, except save the displays you create. (Sorry, the demo version shows only fake data, though we are working on a plugin to let you see a small amount of real ISS data.)

    JPL’s Curiosity team will not be using MCT initially, because we had it ready too late for their schedule, but MCT’s views are similar to the views of the software that the Curiosity flight controllers are using, so you can get some idea. We have even built the data adapter so MCT can show Curiosity data, and have demonstrated it at JPL. On our web site there is also a three-minute overview video and a Quick Start Guide. Be sure to plug in the example plugins from the Plug Ins page! Find our web site by searching the internet for “Open Mission Control Technologies”. Also check out our blog, which is linked from our web site.

  2. S

    Gee’z Gareth….you might be a sound engineer….but you’re are no rocket scientist…

  3. Gareth

    Its not a bad vid bt the quality is crap. you guys need to learn how to record properly the vocals are far to loud for the music in the background. I study sound engineering and am a musician so i know what im talking bout