OnlyM3: Sorry subby, but today's best "Curiosity" image was not this fuzzy dust cover shot.
KellyX: dragonchild: Robert Farker: Dude, seriously just do some research if you want to know more. No reason to come up with poor theories when you can just read about it.You have it backwards. I'm an engineer and I find the explanations lacking. I think "to protect the cameras during landing" is plausible, but against dust? That's just what happened to be on the hazcam lens covers before they were jettisoned. They used the sky crane maneuver specifically to minimize the effects of the rockets.Kittypie070: WAAHH INCOMPETENT LENS CAPS!!My comment about the design being "incompetent" was misunderstood. Which is nothing new for Fark, but FWIW, that was intended to mean that the lack of some additional dust protection was the least likely possibility (which begs the question of what else those covers were for). That the disposable covers on the hazcams are the only countermeasure would lead to the preposterous conclusion that the most successful team of Mars missions in the world didn't know what they were doing -- ergo, there's something else. Now, with the disrespect to NASA revealed to be a complete fabrication due to a lack of reading comprehension, the question is whether people in this thread will continue to cling to their butthurt.My question wasn't that it can be put on and off at will, just what would they do then if dust got on the lens at all... Does the dust cap also wipe off dust as it goes back on?
OnlyM3: Sorry subby, but today's best "Curiosity" image was not this fuzzy dust cover shot.it was..........[www.nasa.gov image 850x637]
SevenizGud>>>> OnlyM3: Sorry subby, but today's best "Curiosity" image was not this fuzzy>>>> dust cover shot.Happen to have a scale on that? I am curiosity to see if it will recon its own chute, etc.
...The Curiosity rover is approximately 4,900 feet (1,500 meters) away from the heat shield; about 2,020 feet (615 meters) away from the parachute and back shell; and approximately 2,100 feet (650 meters) away from the discoloration consistent with the impact of the sky crane......The image scale is 39 centimeters (15.3 inches) per pixel. ...
OnlyM3: Remember that blurry photo of the heat shield dropping away from Curiosity a few days ago?Updated with hi-rez goodness:[www.nasa.gov image 850x637]The rest of the frames will be updated with the improved version just as soon as they're produced on that sound stage.
prjindigo: Has anybody mentioned yet that the "work" arm is strong enough to tip the previous rover directly towards the sun?
theorelliorReally? Is Curiosity close enough to Spirit to try and get it working again? That would be rather awesome.
Kittypie070: theorellior 2012-08-08 05:31:56 PMprjindigo: Has anybody mentioned yet that the "work" arm is strong enough to tip the previous rover directly towards the sun?Really? Is Curiosity close enough to Spirit to try and get it working again?I don't know.I...think Spirit's batteries would be way too drained to recharge even if Curiosity could reach Spirit :(
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