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The log on Mars - explained


Posted on Wednesday, 3 December, 2008 | Comment icon 28 comments


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"Does this NASA photo from the rover Opportunity show a wooden log on Mars? Hard to tell? Then look at the zoomed-in image, and ask again: is this a log (petrified or otherwise) on the surface of the Red Planet? Duh."

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Comment icon #19 Posted by REBEL on 4 December, 2008, 8:51
This amazing pic just in from NASA's Rover!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Feanor on 4 December, 2008, 9:49
I dont know about the log or rock, but that article is horrid... -.-
Comment icon #21 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 4 December, 2008, 11:05
nobody wants the martians to get wood.... err.... never mind...
Comment icon #22 Posted by Lilly on 4 December, 2008, 13:10
And now for something completely different...*cue in Monty Python music*...It's a rock, it's a rock, it's a rock, rock rock...It'sss a rrrock!
Comment icon #23 Posted by Dakotabre on 4 December, 2008, 21:03
I used to know the time, but from what I remember its between 40 and 80 minutes, most likely lower than 80. I think its also 25 or so hours in a martian day. Thanks Gunnar It would be good if they had their cameras in real time. I know we wouldn't hear much either, but it would be good to have some sound recordings other planets too!
Comment icon #24 Posted by PulsE on 5 December, 2008, 0:44
log out
Comment icon #25 Posted by MID on 5 December, 2008, 1:15
And now for something completely different...*cue in Monty Python music*...It's a rock, it's a rock, it's a rock, rock rock...It'sss a rrrock! Yea...I think I said that some time ago on another thread. IT'S A ROCK...JEEEZ! Is it a rock? Yessss, it's a rock! Now... Dakotabre said.... How does the rovers work anyway? I assume it takes photos then it take a day or so for those images to get back to earth?? (Please correct me if I'm wrong as I'd like to know) If thats the case, it's a shame that they can't get images or video in 'real time' so that when interesting things appear like this 'log' lo... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by Almighty89 on 5 December, 2008, 3:56
This amazing pic just in from NASA's Rover! [image] I agree that it's a rock. Sure, it doesn't look like it, but think logically, it's not a log.
Comment icon #27 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 5 December, 2008, 10:29
Comment icon #28 Posted by MID on 5 December, 2008, 14:50
Well...there's always that one. Amazingly, no one has called us on that. There is a cover story for it, but people would apparently dwell on pictures of rocks rather than something like this. In case anyone was wondering, that was what we called a Normally Articulated Lunar Traverse Article (NALTA). Designed for single astronaut operation, it had a range of 10 KM, and a 30 hour power reserve and was to be used for single astronaut EVA activities in the lunar highlands. It was tested on Apollo 17, and was to have been utilized on Apollo 18, 19, and 20. That's the cover. Of course, in reality it... [More]


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