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Amateur radio enthusiasts using a restored dish antenna in Germany say they have successfully picked up telemetry from NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, now outward bound for Mars carrying a one-ton nuclear powered robot rover named Curiosity towards a date with destiny in the Elysium Planitia. Volunteer space-tech …


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  1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    I'll drink to that!

    Brilliant work. They may be amateurs, but they are of an Olympic stature!

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  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Remind me again ...

    Who said amateur radio was dead?

    This is great.

    1. kain preacher

      Who said amateur radio was dead?

      The makes of PLA equipment.

  4. CarlosSpicyWiener

    Ze Germans...

    .... are always on the watch.

    (got nothing, really)

  5. OzBob
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    "Bazaar" Astronomy?

    W W ESR DO?

  6. Andus McCoatover

    As G4GKB..

    I can tell ya, that's what us 'hams' are good at. Didn't learn morse code for nothing...(Useful for cracking "The Bee on the Comb" puzzle by Kit Williams)

  7. Anonymous Coward

    I bet as soon as Curiousity is away from Earth orbit......

    It starts broadcasting "Denizens of Mars, this is space battle platform Imperiousity!! I order your immediate surrender to the people of the United States of America!!! Your feeble spears and arrows are no match for our death-ray laser technology!! Surrender now and we will let some of you live on as gardeners and stableboys on our sprawling Martian estates. The rest of you will serve your Yankee masters in our planned radioactive Utonium mines!

    This is your last chance! I will drive to victory over the crushed exoskeletons of those who resist!! Accept your fate and live, or fight and die!!



    1. Andus McCoatover

      Exoskeleton species?

      That's the end of cockroaches, at last.

      I, for one, welcome....(etc)

  8. Brian Hall

    Jeez, enough with the ESL grammar, OK?

    "For reception of MSL James Miller has G3RUH remotely tracking and the receiving computer and reconfigure the system has automatically received at the rising MSL in Bochum."

    Say what?

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