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Mars rover says: 'good evening gale crater!'

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  1. Drone

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    This image shows the crash site of the Mars rover Curiosity's sky crane, the rocket-powered backpack that lowered Curiosity down to the Martian surface. Haven't seen this one before. That's quite an impact.
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    Tracking Mars: Curiosity Makes Its Mark on the Red Planet

    Since Curiosity landed on mars on Aug. 6, the rover has traveled hundreds of feet over the Martian surface. In the process, it has tracked up the sandy, dusty terrain, leaving tire marks, scoop divots, Morse code and one tiny piece of itself behind.

    Unlike the Apollo astronauts' footprints on the moon, Curiosity's trails will probably be wiped away by the planet's frequent wind and sand storms. But there is still something so incredible about these little ephemeral marks we are making on another world.

    Though the physical traces won't last, their impact lives on in the images the rover is sending back to Earth. Here are some of our favorite shots of Curiosity's tracks on Mars

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    from space :toast:
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    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/11/rover-tracks-gallery/
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    Can anyone say WALL-E.
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    Yeah, thats what I said too when I saw its wall-e head.

    Shots of the tracks are cool. Has the rover experienced any windstorms yet? I would be interested in seeing if there would be lightning in them; I was talking to an old guy who lived through the dustbowl, he said that there were lightning and explosions in the dust. I guess from friction of the particles creating static electricity
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    http://www.space.com/7102-lightning-detected-mars.html

    They did confirm lightning in dust storms a few years back. It's probably not going to be bolts of lightning, just flashes of light in the clouds if the Rover manages to capture any pics of it.
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    I wonder if It will ever flip over.......
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    New rocky images taken at Rocknest site in November.

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    Looks like Earth's dead landscape
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    Those enhanced images are awsome! :eek:
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    looks like home :p
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    New pic and something more:

    No organics, no life .... not yet, anyway.
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    What happens if the rover flips?
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    it will be upside down :D

    yeah the land looks like on earth but the grain is different, like small rounds :roll:
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    I bet the lag between here and mars is BAD LOL!!!! If you move it from earth how long does it take to move on mars?
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    yeah its about 40 minutes delay from earth to mars, i guess it depends on gravity too
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    Mars is 4 light minutes from Earth when it's in the nearest point and 20 light minutes in the furthest point. So playing multiplayer games or talking on skype with someone on Mars will make you wait for minutes.
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    I could imagine the guys controlling it when they run into a rock or something

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    Here's a good book about theories of water on Mars.

    http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/58223main_Water.on.Mars.pdf

    Who knows maybe it was water that etched all those valleys in the Martian surface.
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    That's not how it works. All such remote probes are robotic devices that have some kind of AI. Remote controlling a device with such a big lag is not reasonable.
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    So they build a waypoint list then send to the unit and let it go on its waY?
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    Waypoints are in counter strike lol, it's rather like bots from unreal tournament. They can "learn" and explore without waypoints
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