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anonymousgamerDate: Sunday, 12.08.2012, 01:40 | Message # 76
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Take it and view it in full res, and look closely at the dirt. It has such a familiar appearance!


It's like a sandy beach!

But, Mars is a rocky ball, and rock on one planet would probably be like rock on another planet...





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DaninAusDate: Sunday, 12.08.2012, 02:33 | Message # 77
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I'm pretty sure it's very fine dust on Mars, that's why the whole planet gets covered in a global dust storm for a few months every few years.

Maybe the rocks are in another part of the planet just like Earth but I think the fact that Mars has no surface water, low gravity and can hardly keep hold of it's atmosphere would be a huge part of the dust covering everything and making it look like a beach.

It's a beautiful planet though and the thing I like most about it is the colour of the sky. Orange/red by day and a blue sunset, that would be awesome to watch.
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Sunday, 12.08.2012, 02:36 | Message # 78
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Maybe the rocks are in another part of the planet

The rocks are in the picture along with the dust, look on the previous page...





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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Sunday, 12.08.2012, 05:19 | Message # 79
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I really like all the images coming in. Can't wait for a solid 360 panorama.

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/675227main_pia16029-full_full.jpg
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/images/pia16051_figure_1_raw_smaller-full.jpg

The colors look great





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HarbingerDawnDate: Sunday, 12.08.2012, 05:33 | Message # 80
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Can't wait for a solid 360 panorama.

Wait until sol 9/10, around the middle of next week, that's when more stuff should start flooding in. Right now they're taking four days to do a software update.





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SpaceEngineerDate: Sunday, 12.08.2012, 12:58 | Message # 81
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Take it and view it in full res, and look closely at the dirt. It has such a familiar appearance! And for some reason that makes it all the more spectacular

Look at the color of the ground in the wheel's shadow. It has the same orange hue as the ground lit directly by the sun rays. This means that the sky on Mars is quite bright and has a neutral grey or orange color, but not a deep blue color, that proponents of conspiracy theories like to say.

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HarbingerDawnDate: Sunday, 12.08.2012, 21:13 | Message # 82
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This means that the sky on Mars is quite bright and has a neutral grey or orange color, but not a deep blue color, that proponents of conspiracy theories like to say.

I wasn't trying to say that the conspiracy theorists might be right, if that's what you were thinking wink And you're right, that is good evidence that the photographs of the sky show accurate color.

[Conspiracy theory thread continued here]





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Monday, 13.08.2012, 01:29
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Monday, 13.08.2012, 01:07 | Message # 83
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maybe it will distract from the turmoil in the budget thread...

I had my say in that thread before it even started tongue

I've avoided it since because politics is not something I like to discuss and always ends in people arguing over who is right and who is wrong and calling each other idiots.

And to stay on topic here is a neat image from the JPL photojournal.

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I don't know why but a small part of me really wants to be there with my chisel, hammer, and brush and just see whats inside the rocks.





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Edited by DoctorOfSpace - Monday, 13.08.2012, 01:14
 
DaninAusDate: Monday, 13.08.2012, 02:32 | Message # 84
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I don't know why but a small part of me really wants to be there with my chisel, hammer, and brush and just see whats inside the rocks.


I don't think your the only one there. I'd love to see places in the solar system, not just Mars, with my own 2 eyes. A lot of people probably feel that way.
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Wednesday, 22.08.2012, 01:54 | Message # 85
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http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20120821f.html

This narrated video gives a great overview of Curiosity's final minutes of Entry, Descent, and Landing, with a computer simulated external view alongside the full MARDI video from prior to heat shield separation all the way to landing. I still get shivers of excitement watching this stuff smile

EDIT: Higher quality Youtube version





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Wednesday, 22.08.2012, 23:42
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Wednesday, 22.08.2012, 19:51 | Message # 86
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anonymousgamerDate: Thursday, 23.08.2012, 00:04 | Message # 87
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That strip of dark grey looks like a riverbed.




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HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 23.08.2012, 00:14 | Message # 88
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That strip of dark grey looks like a riverbed.

It's a large dune field, like you would find in the Sahara or Namib deserts.

This image shows the dunes better (large image, dunes towards the bottom): http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/676491main_pia16056-full_full.jpg





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Thursday, 23.08.2012, 00:21
 
SpaceEngineerDate: Thursday, 23.08.2012, 12:42 | Message # 89
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It is interesting landscape in "top" of the rover on this image - like breaked ice. Maybe it is really an frozen lake! It is close enough to the rover, maybe it will reach it?




 
HarbingerDawnDate: Thursday, 23.08.2012, 14:21 | Message # 90
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It is interesting landscape in "top" of the rover on this image - like breaked ice. Maybe it is really an frozen lake! It is close enough to the rover, maybe it will reach it?

To me it just looks like dessicated terrain that can be found in many dry environments on Earth, but I am no geologist smile Very interesting looking though, I would love to see close-up pictures there! Unfortunately, that terrain lies to the north of the rover, and the mission objective is to the south sad

The rover's first destination is to the east, at the intersection of three different terrain types, a good target.
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl....ID=1313
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl....08068C9





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Thursday, 23.08.2012, 14:21
 
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