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Curiosity's First Scoopful of Mars

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 09:30 PM


Curiosity's First Scoopful of Mars

This video clip shows the first Martian material collected by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, being vibrated inside the scoop after it was lifted from the ground on Oct. 7, 2012. The clip includes 256 frames from Curiosity's Mast Camera, taken at about eight frames per second, plus interpolated frames to run at actual speed in this 32-frames-per-second version. The scoop was vibrated to discard any overfill. Churning due to vibration also serves to show physical characteristics of the collected material, such as an absence of pebbles. The scoop is 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters) wide, 2.8 inches (7 centimeters) long.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:57 PM

Damn I will have to wait to get home to check the video out ....

I have high hopes that we will find something " wonderfull " on Mars ( Dave Bowman anyone ? )

Maybe not with the first scoop but as they say .... We have to start some where !

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:24 PM

I also hope we find something of real importance on Mars to make it worth all the money spent.  Just hope it isn't some kind of bacteria that kills us all.


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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:49 PM

View PostHilander, on 08 October 2012 - 11:24 PM, said:

Just hope it isn't some kind of bacteria that kills us all.
If it's on Mars how is it going to kill us all?

In the highly unlikely event that there is deadly bacteria on Mars wouldn't it be for the best if it was discovered now BEFORE we return samples to the Earth?

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:12 AM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 08 October 2012 - 11:49 PM, said:

If it's on Mars how is it going to kill us all?

In the highly unlikely event that there is deadly bacteria on Mars wouldn't it be for the best if it was discovered now BEFORE we return samples to the Earth?

I was wondering about his the other day , how are they going to bring the samples back home ?

Do they have a return rocket  ??

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:51 AM

? return ? :no:

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:21 AM

View PostDONTEATUS, on 09 October 2012 - 02:51 AM, said:

? return ? :no:

For the samples :tu:  Unless they are going to email them back ?

I may have had a man moment ........ Waspie might have been talking about in the future not the samples they are looking at now . :whistle:

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:12 AM

View Posttipotep, on 09 October 2012 - 12:12 AM, said:



I was wondering about his the other day , how are they going to bring the samples back home ?

Do they have a return rocket  ??

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They aren't going to return the samples. There is a reason why Curiosity is also known as the Mars Science Laboratory, it will analyse the samples itself.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:21 AM

I dont believe that they will find life in a Crater,that has been blasted out eons ago,or due to a volcanic eruption. There may be life on Mars  but they are looking in the wrong place.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:06 PM

do they know what the shiny thing is yet?


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:55 PM

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I dont believe that they will find life in a Crater,that has been blasted out eons ago,or due to a volcanic eruption. There may be life on Mars  but they are looking in the wrong place.
They are not looking for life on mars. More-so evidence that suggests that there was once life on Mars, or at least the environment to support it.

And we are talking microbial life here ;)

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:21 PM

maybe it will dig up jimmy  hoffer  , now that would make a good  story >>>>>>>>>>>>  just kidding ,,  RIP JIM


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:56 PM

the images from MSL are just breathtaking.


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Posted 09 October 2012 - 04:01 PM

View PostTimonthy, on 09 October 2012 - 12:55 PM, said:

They are not looking for life on mars. More-so evidence that suggests that there was once life on Mars, or at least the environment to support it.

And we are talking microbial life here ;)
  ok Oz,microbes or whatever,I wouldnt expect them to find a fossil, or some other Martian creature ,but to examine a crater blasted out long ago doesnt look right to me,because an impact would cause everything to be atomised by the heat generated, within that area,and nothing would be left alive or dead.So once they've convinced themselves that there's nothing there, they might move on to somewhere like a dry river bed,which could be more successfull.I would like to see something positive come out of this.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:15 PM

are there any 'caves' on mars?

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