Watch engineers build a Mars rover!

This is super-cool. NASA's JPL has set up live streaming video from inside the clean room where they're building the Curiosity rover, formerly known as the Mars Science Laboratory. Work is from 8am-11pm PDT Monday through Friday. I found this on Saturday morning and I've been waiting all weekend for those slacker engineers to get to work so this would be worth posting.

Some comparison: The old Sojourner rover from 1997 was the size of a largeish R/C car. The Mars Exploration Rovers from 2004 that are still running (!) are the size of golf carts. This thing's the size of a Mini Cooper, and has a proportionally larger load of sciencey stuff packed on.

Instructables doesn't allow you to embed Ustream into Forum topics, so you'll have to go to Ustream to watch:

Via Bad Astronomy Blog, image from MSL website

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Kiteman7 years ago
They're getting on quite well - several extra bits, boxes on arms and such.

They're typical Working Men, as well. There were six men in view a few moments ago - one was poking at the rover, one was poking in a box, three were watching the chap poking the rover, and one bloke was watching computer monitor.
Kiteman Kiteman7 years ago
Hard at it...
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Hey, be nice! They are standing outside the stay-clear while the rover's arm is exercised. It's probably not supposed to move, but do you really want to be in the way when something goes wrong?
Kiteman7 years ago
What does that warning sign mean? Looks like a "no pets" sign...

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. Looks like "Riding of hobby horses is strictly forbidden" to me, but my zoom is not quite CSI quality.
Zoom And Enhance.
from Freedom of Too Much Information Act:

Robots should not accept piggyback rides from curious onlookers.
Fares to and from the airport are fixed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Look for the official medallion or placard posted by the driver. Tolls and extra charges en route to Mars are added to meter rates.
nice gif animation
Wrong... so very wrong...
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