Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer

Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer

Rob Manning William L. Simon / Mar 19, 2019

Mars Rover Curiosity An Inside Account from Curiosity s Chief Engineer 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

  • Title: Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer
  • Author: Rob Manning William L. Simon
  • ISBN: 9781588344731
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 universeThe 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 question.In 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 experts.Manning 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 5, 2012 This is the story of persistence, dedication, and unrelenting curiosity.

    Amazing Mars Rover Curiosity s Latest Photos Space NASA s Curiosity Mars rover autonomously selects some targets for its laser blasting ChemCam instrument For example, onboard software analyzed the image at left, chose the target indicated with a Mars Exploration Rovers NASA Mars NASA s Opportunity Mars rover mission is complete after years on Mars Opportunity s record breaking exploration laid the groundwork for future missions to the Red Planet. Mars rover Curiosity makes first gravity measuring A clever use of non science engineering data from NASA s Mars rover Curiosity has let a team of researchers to measure the density of rock layers in Gale Crater A clever use of non science NASA s Curiosity Rover May Have Solved a Mars Mountain NASA s Mars rover Curiosity has flexed some new scientific muscles, likely solving a Red Planet puzzle in the process Mission team members repurposed the rover s navigation gear to measure tiny NASA Curiosity Rover Mars has life Building blocks Jun , NASA Mars rover discovers building blocks for life billion year old organic matter Researchers cannot yet say whether their discovery stems from life or NASA Mars Curiosity rover turns Close up photos of Mars NASA s Curiosity rover has been at Mars for six years now Some photos of the Martian surface look like the prototypical idea of the red planet rocky, dry, and dusty Yet other craters and Cool Facts About the Mars Curiosity Rover Bunch Are your kids curious about the Mars Rover We ve got facts about Curiosity that will blow their minds Curiosity just spent it s first weekend rolling around the dunes, canyons, volcanoes of Mars And what did you do this weekend It s taking pictures and videos, scraping up LEGO Ideas NASA Mars Science Laboratory The LEGO NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover has landed Designed by real Curiosity Rover engineer, Stephen Pakbaz, and chosen by LEGO CUUSOO members, this amazing LEGO version of the highly advanced mobile laboratory features lots of great details, such as wheel rocker bogie suspension, articulated robotic arm and multiple camera sets. NASA s Mars Curiosity Rover Successfully Resumes Test Drilling May , NASA s Mars Curiosity rover is for the first time testing an improvised new percussive drilling technique intended to pound subsurface samples into NASA s Curiosity rover sensors repurposed to measure Mars Researchers were able to repurpose sensors that Curiosity used to drive the rover and turn them into gravimeters A gravimeter can measure changes in gravitational pull With the sensors

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    1. 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 m [...]


    2. 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 Birthda [...]


    3. 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 more 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 tri [...]



    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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 va [...]


    6. 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.



    7. 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).


    8. This is the rare book that is really about the engineering rather than the science, and I liked that. The book covers the conception, design, development, and execution of the Curiosity rover. While there are a couple chapters on the science instruments, and the key early findings of the mission are presented, the topic is primarily about designing and building the rover. I enjoyed the descriptions of some of the challenges the designers faced and the various innovations and compromises they had [...]


    9. Wonderful, detailed discussion of the Curiosity mission, as well as some background on Spirit and Opportunity for context. Manning goes into great detail over the science and drama of the descent and landing, as well as the challenging years of development in advance of those seven mintues of terror. In particular, we get loads of great details about how they came to the crazy Rube-Goldberg system they decided on. I laughed when I read that they were still finding and fixing mission-critical bug [...]


    10. Fascinating read about long and tough road to a creation of a biggest and most complex Mars rover ever built. What makes the book so good in my opinion is that it is written by the chief engineer of Curiosity Rob Manning. I highly admire him and think that he is one of truly inspiring leaders who make unbelievable things possible while keeping high level of empathy, respect and appreciation to his team members. Book is full of mentioning different names giving credit to the extraordinary work ma [...]


    11. This isn't a book to read to be exposed to incredible prose or plot twists, but if you're interested in understanding the politics, costs and engineering, planning and considerations of The JPL and NASA, then this is a great book to read. There's light discussion on how the Mars rover Curiosity was planned and built and tested, but this isn't a book walking through the development of a robot to explore space (which I'd love to see). You do get a taste of the massive tasks people on projects like [...]


    12. Engineers and writers usually don't mix, so most of the books about technology are usually written by someone else. Very rare will you see the chief engineer to write a full-length book on a project. Rob Manning did a respectable job to bring a highly technical project into a story that can be interesting to a layman's ear. The story also ties nicely with his own personal life for a good balance. Given the significance of the Curiosity rover for the next-generation planet exploration, it is a ni [...]


    13. This was perhaps not as engaging as some other books I have read about NASA missions, but perhaps that has to do with the subject matter not being quite as the Apollo 13 mission. Still, it was rather enjoyable to have a look into the effort that goes into planning a NASA mission to Mars, and I do feel like I have a better understanding of what the Curiosity was meant to accomplish now, which I like.


    14. A gratifying journey of reading this book with the first -hand insight on Curiosity project. Apart from the historical narratives and engineering thrillers, I guess what I took the most from this book is the project management lessons the author has experienced and tactics he developed to address the most challenging obstacles humankind ever faced in discovery of Mars.


    15. It was a good read. It was informative on the inner workings at JPL and NASA, and was great at explaining the technical challenges Engineers face when designing Mars Rovers.Would recommend it to others.


    16. Absolutely amazing book. An in depth look at what it took to get Curiosity and many of the other Mars rovers to Mars.





    17. Good book for the small subject, in the big scheme of things, that launching one more mission is. Not much details outside of the trials and tribulation of the author.


    18. Curiosity’s Chief Engineer, Rob Manning, recounts the story of putting an entirely new kind of lander on Mars! With a total cost of $2.6 billion over eleven years, I was surprised to find the team was rushed the entire time (which eventually caused the two year launch date postponement) and corners were cut the entire way… until I heard the whole story.Manning’s informal and candid delivery conveys the entirely daunting task of putting Curiosity on Mars, in addition to explaining design de [...]


    19. I won, Mars Rover Curiosity, for free in a GoodReads giveaway. I received a smart and subtly designed hardback book with a simulated candid shot of the Curiosity Rover on Mars on the front cover of an otherwise dark black jacket, and consisting of 224 pages including an index, an appendix of NASA Mars Missions and over two-dozen black-and-white photographs.Every once in a great while I come across one that makes me want to shout to the world, “I love this book!” And so it is with Mars Rover [...]


    20. Mars Science Laboratory is one of the great engineering projects of our time, a robot geologist and climatologist exploring Mars that is five times as heavy as the previous generation's Mars Exploration Rovers and carries ten times the mass of scientific instruments. How was it made? Over budget, over allotted time (it was originally supposed to launch in 2009, but didn't make the launch date, so it launched in 2011). With novel technology such as the skycrane landing. With some elegant engineer [...]


    21. Millions of Americans as well as people around the world have followed the adventures and the fascinating findings of the the Mars Rover Curiosity. For the scientists and engineers working on the project, much of the excitement, adventure, and stress came before arrival on Mars, and even well before take-off for Mars.It was the largest rover ever sent to Mars. It carried an unprecedented number of scientific instruments. Its size and weight required a whole new landing method. Whole new methods, [...]


    22. A rare chance to follow through the technical adventure of building one of humanity's greatest tools. The author, who is the Chief Engineer of the project, provides a detailed view of all the stages of the project from conception all the way up to operation and highlights the financial, technical, planning, management and operational issues as he goes along. As well as show much of the team dynamics. The book contains a great deal of useful technical nuances, and serves well those who aspire to [...]


    23. I listened to this book just after finishing Andy Weir's "The Martian". I feel this was a great follow-up to that story as it helped paint a picture of just how much of a challenge it is to send a craft to a distant planet, all while being remotely piloted from many millions of miles away. Like other reviewers, I noticed the heavy influence of cost overruns which impacted the project from its inception. While not shocking, I would have liked more insight into the science behind each of the compo [...]


    24. I thought this book was brilliant in so many ways. It is smart and informative and even humorous at times. I will say that it is very technical and deals with a lot of science and engineering, so it may not be for people who do not have much knowledge into space exploration. I loved the insight it gave me and how it brought up things that occur when building space vehicles and rovers that I never would have thought of before. I also liked how the authors writes in a way that is not condescending [...]


    25. Excellent read. An insiders account of the mars curiosity project from one of the chief mission engineers. I learned a lot about the project management side of the mission, which is fascinating given the extremely bright people involved in the endevour.Some other fascinating tidbits: the mission was launched without the software being completely tested or fully designed. Apparently there is only enough memory to control landing and descent (fully autonomous too which is amazing) and once grounde [...]


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