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High-Resolution Color Images from Gale Crater

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#31    MID

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 11:53 PM

View PostDONTEATUS, on 16 August 2012 - 01:57 AM, said:

Gas wont last , Just Look at us here on earth ! The more Mexican food I eat the more Gas I make,butt Curiosity GOt no good Mexican food to eat up there ! :tu:

D, you keep generating greenhouse gasses and  Al Gore will be coming to Texas and lecture you, and move to ban you and your smoker!
He'll take your incandescent light bulks, disable your smoker, make you cleanse your bowels, and D's holiday BBQ will wind up being cancelled!

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:46 AM

It's like Science Fiction come true.  The ultimate CCTV.  Mind you, no matter how I twiddled the thing I couldn't see anyone, or any water, for that matter.
Better drive the thing up to the top of that there hill and have another look...


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 06:26 AM

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It's like Science Fiction come true.  The ultimate CCTV.  Mind you, no matter how I twiddled the thing I couldn't see anyone, or any water, for that matter.
Better drive the thing up to the top of that there hill and have another look...
It'll send us Tweets as well as pictures & data. I've subscribed to Curiosity's Twitter feed.


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:27 PM

Why are bits blacked out?

Where it states "For official use only" - gently rub a white wax candle over the area indicated.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:39 PM

View PostBelial, on 19 August 2012 - 12:27 PM, said:

Why are bits blacked out?

I take it you didn't read the original post. Had you done so you would have read this:

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The black areas indicate high-resolution images not yet returned by the rover.


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:27 PM

View PostKirbstone, on 19 August 2012 - 02:46 AM, said:

It's like Science Fiction come true.  The ultimate CCTV.  Mind you, no matter how I twiddled the thing I couldn't see anyone, or any water, for that matter.
Better drive the thing up to the top of that there hill and have another look...

We'll be starting with a rather lengthy process of power-up and configuring for surface OPS, then they'll carefully and  slowly move out toward rhe foothills of Mt. Sharp, the target, to look for signs of water, and the possibility of microbial life, present, or past.
It is thought, based upon layering observed at the mountain, that Gale Crater may have been a lake bed at one time.  That "hill" out there is taller than 194  of the tallest 200  moutains in the United States *(it's about a  16,000 footer!)

I think the summit isn't on Curiosity's agenda...

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:28 PM

Why hasn't anyone thought about landing a geological ( Areseological ? ), etc., probe on the top of Olympus Mons ? It would take lifetimes to explore the solar system's largest known volcano - both in machine & possibly human years ! If not NASA, then the Russian, European or Japanese space agencies.


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:51 PM

View PostTruthSeeker-Daniel, on 19 August 2012 - 09:28 PM, said:

Why hasn't anyone thought about landing a geological ( Areseological ? ), etc., probe on the top of Olympus Mons ? It would take lifetimes to explore the solar system's largest known volcano - both in machine & possibly human years ! If not NASA, then the Russian, European or Japanese space agencies.

Landing on top of a 15 mile high mountain is likely to pose all sorts of problems, not least trying to pin point terrain that is flat enough to land safely on. No point going all that way just to crash.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:09 AM

Hmm..... Got to wonder how long it would take to land at the base of Olympus Mons, then climb progressively upwards. On the other hand, a Mars Rover devoted to Valles Marineris might find some interesting things, like how the valley was carved. A succession of Rovers relaying data to each other would be interesting. Safety in numbers & all that.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:13 AM

View PostTruthSeeker-Daniel, on 20 August 2012 - 12:09 AM, said:

Hmm..... Got to wonder how long it would take to land at the base of Olympus Mons, then climb progressively upwards.
Climbing Olympus Mons from the base would be nearly impossible. The entire base is encircled by sheer cliffs up to 5 miles high.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 12:17 AM

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Climbing Olympus Mons from the base would be nearly impossible. The entire base is encircled by sheer cliffs up to 5 miles high.
Valles Marineris, then. Stay close to the surface, hopefully, no Marsquakes, tremors, etc.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:55 PM

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Landing on top of a 15 mile high mountain is likely to pose all sorts of problems, not least trying to pin point terrain that is flat enough to land safely on. No point going all that way just to crash.
I saw a BBC documentary a while back about Curiosity and one of the NASA guys being interviewed said that one of the ironies about Mars exploration is that in order to ensure a safe landing they end up picking large boring flat areas of Mars that aren't particularly scientifically geologically interesting compared with other places on Mars they might prefer to explore and do experiments on.

But Curiosity's landing target was much smaller than that of previous landers, so maybe new technology will allow NASA to further shrink their targets and put future rovers in all sorts of weird and wonderful places on the surface.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:46 PM

View PostTruthSeeker-Daniel, on 20 August 2012 - 12:17 AM, said:

Valles Marineris, then. Stay close to the surface, hopefully, no Marsquakes, tremors, etc.

That's the area that I also think is most promising. It's very deep,and the atmosphere will be thicker.


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Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:27 PM

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That's the area that I also think is most promising. It's very deep,and the atmosphere will be thicker.
Of course it'll be covering an area that would stretch roughly from the Bay area to NY, more area than Curiosity could cover in its short mechanical life. Hence we'd need multiple Roving labs.


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:18 PM

HEnce we need Man on Mars ! This Is how to really explore ! Whats up Earth people ? Got no Chahone`s
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Oh ! Oh ITs the money thing again ! Right ! PRINT MORE  thats how you get it done !

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