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Mars rover says: 'good evening gale crater!'

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  1. Irony

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    We can't see a shadow from it either because the picture conveniently cuts off there; lol. It does look a bit hard to believe though. You don't see any part of an arm coming from the rover.
     
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    Obviously the super secret biotic alien crossbreed they sent up with the rover took the picture.

    Could just be an effect of 360 panorama imaging, but the first answer is more fun.

    Thanks for the cool link Drone. :D
     
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    Curiosity’s Latest High-Res Photo Looks Like Earth

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    Just a small piece of a larger panoramic mosaic taken last week, the photo looks southeast to the base of the 3-mile-high mountain, which sits in the center of Gale crater. Immediately in front of the rover is the gravelly surface upon which it landed followed by two sand fields separated by a darker region. The first sand patch is about 1.5 miles away while the second is about 2 miles. Because it is a panoramic mosaic, the picture gives a skewed and foreshortened perspective.

    Approximately 5 miles away is the base of Mount Sharp, pockmarked with buttes and mesas that are each about the height a several-story building. JPL’s scientists working on Curiosity have noted several times how much this landscape looks like similar areas in the southwestern United States. Curiosity will explore these areas for signs of habitability and help determine the history of water on the Red Planet.

    The colors in this image are not what a human standing on Mars would see — the presence of dust in the atmosphere would make the scene appear much redder. Instead, the pictures have been white-balanced to show how it would appear under typical Earth lighting conditions. This will help the Earth-centered geologists who are trained to recognize features based on how they look using more familiar light.

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/curiosity-sharp-base/

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/curiosity-color-panorama/
     
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    Wait a sec is that...is that water? in the post #103 first pic?
    If yes then means there is oxygen also
     
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    it looks not, the dark thing on the background looks like small stone
     
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    They say its dark gravel.
     
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    What Is Curiosity? Everything You Need To Know About NASA’s Mars Rover

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    Ever since 1969, space explorations has been so repetitive; it’s just rocket after rocket to launch a new satellite or fix some parts on the International Space Station. Where has the sense of real adventure gone? Space is such a vast frontier and we have yet to really discover what’s on that strange red planet so close to our humble home. Now there is a new scout to re-kindle our desire to roam the wild outer worlds.

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    Curiosity is definitely not the first machine to land on Mars or even to survive and communicate back to the homebase. That title belongs to the Sojourner rover riding on the Mars Pathfinder; it landed on July 4th, 1997 and lost connection on September 27th of the same year. The Spirit rover landed right after the New Year of 2004 on January 4th and roamed almost 5 miles of the Mars landscape until its wheels got stuck in the sand on January 26th 6 years later; it stayed active there for another two months before communication was lost permanently. The Spirit had a companion on the red planet, the Opportunity, that has stayed active and rolling even today

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    Landing on Mars is not really an exact science, so trying to assume what the conditions will be like and how to handle them is a huge consideration in designing the capsule containing the precious rover cargo. While the diagram above looks like a simple float down through the atmosphere, the container is trying to slow down from 13,000 miles per hour to zero in order to land safely and not be burned up in the process


    http://www.gizmocrazed.com/2012/08/everything-you-need-to-know-about-nasas-mars-rover
     

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    It looks like singed rock and/or rock dense in carbon (e.g. charcoal). I hope they took the rover to it to sample it.
     
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    Yep They shot it with the lasers.Turns out is similar to what we call coal,Like the stuff around train tracks.
     
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    ^ yes here it is

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    See the beam when you click the link,That first pic does not Show,The beam can go out and up then go horizontal(Think of the robot arm on Discovery).Like the fist pic and the shadows are cut off.If you Play around in the link It will show the top of the beam.This is from the solar array camera`s.








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    Coal is predominently made of carbon. It probably isn't as pure. Strange that it is on the surface like that. Could have been from a meteorite that exploded above the surface.
     
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    subbed for the pics that you guys are spitting out


    surprised how much it looked like earth, but the white balance explains that (pity we dont have any comparisons with 'natural' mars light)
     
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    It's crazy how it just looks like typical gravel with red and charcoal color. This is some awesome stuff. That one picture with the close up of the tread and the ground is awesome.
     
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    Wish I could pee there. Seriously. I would be the first man to mark his territory on Mars. You could plant all the flags you wanted after that. Mars would be mine.
     
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    So I'm not the only one. Heh heh heh :rockout:
     
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    Curiosity Landing. First HD video

     
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    Love this thread:toast:
     
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    Same here. My jaw dropped when I saw the pics and slightly raised when I read they were tweaked. Still I don't even see any dust in either pics so that is odd unless the white balance removes the dust too.
     
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    That sucker was movin! Those retro rockets must be quite strong.
     
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