Mars Rover Curiosity

Mars Rover Curiosity The Firsthand Account Of The Trials And Tribulations Of Engineering One Of The Most Complex Pieces Of Space Technology, The Mars Rover Curiosity, By Its Chief Engineer Rob ManningIn The Course Of Our Enduring Quest For Knowledge About Ourselves And Our Universe, We Haven T Found Answers To One Of Our Most Fundamental Questions Does Life Exist Anywhere Else In The Universe Ten Years And Billions Of Dollars In The Making, The Mars Rover Curiosity Is Poised To Answer This All Important QuestionIn Mars Rover Curiosity An Inside Account From Curiosity S Chief Engineer, Rob Manning, The Project S Chief Engineer, Tells Of Bringing The Groundbreaking Spacecraft To Life Manning And His Team At NASA S Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tasked With Designing A Lander Many Times Larger And Complex Than Any Before, Faced Technical Setbacks, Fights Over Inadequate Resources, And The Challenges Of Leading An Army Of Brilliant, Passionate, And Often Frustrated ExpertsManning S Fascinating Personal Account Which Includes Information From His Exclusive Interviews With Leading Curiosity Scientists Is Packed With Tales Of Revolutionary Feats Of Science, Technology, And Engineering Readers Experience Firsthand The Disappointment At Encountering Persistent Technical Problems, The Agony Of Near Defeat, The Sense Of Victory At Finding Innovative Solutions To These Problems, The Sheer Terror Of Staking Careers And Reputations On A Lander That Couldn T Be Tested On Earth, And The Rush Of Triumph At Its Successful Touchdown On Mars On August ,This Is The Story Of Persistence, Dedication, And Unrelenting Curiosity

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Mars Rover Curiosity
  • Rob Manning
  • 10 September 2017
  • 9781588344731

10 thoughts on “Mars Rover Curiosity

  1. says:

    Ever since seeing the unconstrained joy on his face upon the successful landing of Mars Pathfinder back in 1997, I ve always thought it would be great to be able to meet Rob Manning Reading his book is the next best thing.The current Chief Engineer for Mars Exploration at JPL, he worked his way up by working on the Galileo, Magellan, and Cassini missions to Jupiter, Venus and Saturn respectively.This behind the scenes story of the MSL Curiosity Rover project reveals that it is not all joy and mirth In fact, most of it is stress that can cause hypertension, weight gain and turning gray headed prematurely.Although Manning is politically astute enough to not say so, it is clear from the history of the rover projects on Mars that these machines are capable of doing so much that it makes the cost and risk of human missions to Mars that much harder to justify The next missions in this series will obtain rock core samples and return them to Earth where humans can see, touch, smell and even taste them The only downside for me is that it takes longer for the rovers to do their jobs than it would for humans.Of course, one of the featured highlights of the book, as well as the project itself, was the development of the new Sky Crane technique for the last phase of EDL entry, descent and landing This new method allowed the delivery of a much larger and heavier package to the surface of Mars and it could be used for other large objects as well.For those who have loved following space exploration missions since the days of the Viking and Apollo missions, this book will be a very pleasant read.

  2. says:

    Every Space enthusiast must read this book An inside account can only perfectly be explained by someone who have worked on the project Rob Manning successfully explains the complexity of the rover and what it takes to Design Test Build projects like curiosity with limited time and budget I knew extraterrestrial rovers and their EDL Entry Descent Landing were difficult but not this much Having read this book, I ll be able to understand and appreciate future Missions.

  3. says:

    5 stars for the content, 3 stars for the delivery and prose.

  4. says:

    This book is about the ultimate Makers the Mars rover engineers at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California It tells the story of the decade long odyssey to put MSL Curiosity, a large science based rover, on the surface of the red planet.Author Rob Manning has been with JPL since 1980, and has worked on everything from the Galileo probe to Jupiter, Cassini to Saturn, and all of NASA s Mars missions since 1996 His title changes, but he s usually been some form of Chief Engineer for the Mars projects In 2001, after the success of Mars Pathfinder and the total failure of Mars Polar, Manning and others conceived the idea of a giant rocket skycrane gently lowering a large delicate payload to the martian surface In true maker fashion, they thought of the cool stuff even before they had a mission for it This was followed by ten years of hard work, false starts, great success many of the engineers transferred in and out of the MSL project to work on the Spirit, Opportunity, and Phoenix missions , and near total failures that almost killed the program.In the process, the book becomes an unofficial primer on how to manage large builds What do you do when your boss at JPL switches jobs, and the new guy is a scientist who specializes in gas giant planets and has a noted dislike for Mars What happens when cross cultural communication fails, and your foreign collaborators don t tell you that their experiment now needs four times the electricity than in the original spec, because of their cultural taboo against breaking bad news How do you handle a missing ground wire the week before launch in this case, you sneak onto the launch pad, open up the rover, and solder on a new ground wire before anyone sees you The end result is, of course, the most successful Mars mission to date as of this writing, Curiosity has proved beyond a shadow of scientific doubt that the place where it landed, Gale crater, was once a freshwater lake, with all the requirements for life, about the same time that dinosaurs were walking on the Earth.

  5. says:

    In this fascinating account from the Curiosity Rover s chief engineer, you will follow alongside the team s daunting and harrowing journey from conception to successfully landing and operating a rover on Mars.The original challenge was bold land a vehicle on mars 5x larger and 15x precisely than anything previously attempted This forced a fundamental departure in the landing system design any old design simply wouldn t work The team would have to create something that had never been tried before, when only half of previous attempts had ever succeeded.The project ultimately survived dramatic underestimates of its complexity, budget overruns, time overruns, and a host of other engineering and political pitfalls to successfully land on Mars It has now been roving the Martian surface and collecting incredibly valuable scientific data for over two years.If you are a scientist, an engineer, a space enthusiast, or simply curious about what it takes to land a massive and incredibly complex rover on another planet, this book is for you.

  6. says:

    A fascinating account of how things work at NASA I strongly recommend this book to software engineers but keep in mind that the story covers a lot of other aspects of the mission as well.

  7. says:

    This is not a quick read, because it is packed with details about how the team at Jet Propulsion Lab designed, built and deployed the Mars Curiosity Rover It was a fascinating overview of the development of a space exploration science project and left me amazed that this complex piece of equipment and millions of lines of computer code actually made it to Mars and has been able to do science that has never been done before.A good read for engineers and people interested in space exploration.

  8. says:

    A thorough, vivid and engrossing account.

  9. says:

    I haven t been very good about writing reviews in a timely manner for the past few weeks months This is one of those that I should have reviewed soon after I finished it, and I justdidn t At least I m finally getting around to it, I guess.Anyway, I checked this out via my library s Overdrive service I have to admit that I didn t really know much about Curiosity before listening to this I knew that it existed, I knew a few fun things related to it pictures, it singing itself Happy Birthday, etc , and I knew that it continues to function well past its 2 year mission Recent ish news about things like the Juno mission and the Philae lander, plus my enjoyment of Andy Weir s The Martian, led to me wanting to read space related nonfiction, and this book looked like a good one.Now, let s see if I can remember what topics were covered The book didn t actually start with Curiosity, but rather with an earlier project Manning worked on, the Sojourner Rover This allowed him to compare and contrast the thought processes that went into Sojourner with the ones that went into Curiosity, a much larger and heavier rover with a different set of scientific instruments I found it all fascinating, and Manning did a great job of describing the problems and most of the solutions in a way I was able to understand.I really liked this book when it was covering the problems that needed to be solved to get a rover safely to Mars and make sure it could function in extreme cold I also liked a lot of the stuff on Curiosity s and its instruments capabilities, as well as the team management stuff However, I winced a bit during Manning s repeated mentions of budget issues Even the cheaper, faster mission budgets seemed enormous to me.I tend to be really bad about starting to read nonfiction books and then never finishing them, so it s usually audio or nothing for me However, audio nonfiction doesn t always work well Mars Rover Curiosity was doing fine, up until the list of all of Curiosity s scientific instruments It made for very dry listening, and I imagine I d have skimmed that part if I had been reading a paper version of the book instead The narration itself was okay not terribly exciting, but Bronson Pinchot s voice fit the text well enough that, since I didn t know what Manning sounded like, it was easy to forget that it wasn t Manning himself narrating the book.All in all, this was an interesting look at the work, planning, testing, and, at times, politics that went into Curiosity Original review posted on A Library Girl s Familiar Diversions.

  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book, but with a bit of hesitation I have read a few books about the Mars Rover before, and this one concerned me the most about the expense and the use of funds to get the Rover on Mars The data is invaluable, but I think Rob Manning, in an attempt to provide honesty and clarity, scared people who love and want us to explore space, but also think it can be done for less money I understand why he sees the money involved as invaluable, and I do think the research is extremely valuable, it is just that the way he explained and justified the money felt a bit icky Highly scientific word to me On the whole, enjoyable book I was able to work through very quickly Good read.

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