Mars Rover Curiosity Flew To Mars in 7 or 8 months ?

Mars Rover Curiosity is cool stuff, it is a robot - it is a big guy.


It is exciting, getting more and more exciting as London 2012.

Total distance traveled = 560 million km.

And the science to get there ?

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/index.cfm?v=32&a=2

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/videos/movies/miam20111121/miam20111121-320.mov

The exact time taken ?

Departed from Earth: 7:02 a.m. PST, Nov. 26, 2011

Landed on Mars: 10:32 p.m. PDT, Aug. 5, 2012 (1:32 a.m. EDT, Aug. 6, 2012)

Let's convert all to GMT first.

http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/usa/pacific-time/convert/index.htm

Departed from Earth: 7:02 a.m. PST, Nov. 26, 2011 --> Nov 26 2011 15:02 (GMT)

Landed on Mars: 10:32 p.m. PDT, Aug. 5, 2012 (1:32 a.m. EDT, Aug. 6, 2012) --> Aug 5 2012 17:32 (GMT)

Use wolframalpha to calculate the time difference.

And hence it took 8 months 10 days 2 hours 30 minutes approximately to travel from planet Earth to planet Mars.



It makes me wonder if Pixar's WALL.E is just a coincidence ?

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