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(BBC)   Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover seen in new satellite image   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 38
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2012-08-14 07:26:52 PM
Wow! A dot!
 
2012-08-14 07:27:57 PM
neat
 
2012-08-14 07:36:43 PM
shiat, can't even go to Mars now without someone spying on you.
 
2012-08-14 07:37:55 PM
NASA's coverage of this has been pretty stellar (or planetary?), but I wish they posted Google Earth layers of this new stuff as well since you can visit Mars on Google Earth.

It's actually pretty easy to find Gale Crater on Mars in Google Earth, just search for it, but it would be very cool to be able to overlay these new images with that quickly and easily.
 
2012-08-14 07:41:15 PM
USA! USA! USA!
 
2012-08-14 07:55:59 PM
So that's what Freedom (TM) looks like.
 
2012-08-14 08:01:20 PM

RoyBatty: NASA's coverage of this has been pretty stellar (or planetary?), but I wish they posted Google Earth layers of this new stuff as well since you can visit Mars on Google Earth.

It's actually pretty easy to find Gale Crater on Mars in Google Earth, just search for it, but it would be very cool to be able to overlay these new images with that quickly and easily.


I sure hope Google subscribes to your newsletter.
 
2012-08-14 08:19:58 PM
Sweet, now if they can use Curiosity to take a picture of the orbiter, the circle will be complete.
 
2012-08-14 08:33:08 PM
I just fell in love for the first time with the way the British spell manoeuvres.
 
2012-08-14 09:21:45 PM

VelcroFez: I just fell in love for the first time with the way the British spell manoeuvres.


Are you a bloody tank commander or something?
 
2012-08-14 09:34:37 PM

LockeOak: VelcroFez: I just fell in love for the first time with the way the British spell manoeuvres.

Are you a bloody tank commander or something?


No, but I forgot Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, so mea culpa, it's the second time.
 
2012-08-14 10:06:09 PM
Looking at that one map, I wonder if they will have Curiousity drive over to the voyager site and give us a view of Voyager.
 
2012-08-14 10:07:44 PM
i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-14 10:12:25 PM
I would like to see the MRO find the crane stage remains, and have Curiosity drive over to take a picture of them.
 
2012-08-14 10:23:49 PM

phoenixdan: Looking at that one map, I wonder if they will have Curiousity drive over to the voyager site and give us a view of Voyager.


Voyager? I think you mean Viking, and even so the closest Viking lander is like 2,000 miles away. Voyager is a spacecraft that is heading out of the solar system as we speak, Viking is two spacecraft that were the first successful mars surface missions by any nation. Oh and you misspelled curiosity too.
 
2012-08-14 10:37:09 PM
news.bbcimg.co.uk

I didn't know mars was so green this time of year.
 
2012-08-14 10:51:14 PM
Impressive orbital picture of the mojave desert...
 
2012-08-14 10:56:17 PM

bbfreak: phoenixdan: Looking at that one map, I wonder if they will have Curiousity drive over to the voyager site and give us a view of Voyager.

Voyager? I think you mean Viking, and even so the closest Viking lander is like 2,000 miles away. Voyager is a spacecraft that is heading out of the solar system as we speak, Viking is two spacecraft that were the first successful mars surface missions by any nation. Oh and you misspelled curiosity too.


Voyager is also two spacecraft.

As neat as it might be to check up on a Viking, it would be revisiting an already-photographed area instead of a new area. The Vikings aren't going anywhere and maybe decades from now it would be worth inspecting what the environment has done to the hardware over the years
 
2012-08-14 11:03:08 PM

Nem Wan: Voyager is also two spacecraft.


Ahem, I knew that! Honestly! I just tend to think only of Voyager 1 because its the one heading out of the solar system first. Despite Voyager 2 being more important as far as taking pictures of Uranus.
 
2012-08-14 11:46:02 PM
*snort!*
 
2012-08-14 11:53:38 PM

bbfreak: phoenixdan: Looking at that one map, I wonder if they will have Curiousity drive over to the voyager site and give us a view of Voyager.

Voyager? I think you mean Viking, and even so the closest Viking lander is like 2,000 miles away. Voyager is a spacecraft that is heading out of the solar system as we speak, Viking is two spacecraft that were the first successful mars surface missions by any nation. Oh and you misspelled curiosity too.


I did mean Viking, not really sure why I wrote Voyager? I was staring at the map while typing...derp
Thanks for noticing my spelling error. :)
 
2012-08-15 12:17:34 AM

studebaker hoch: [news.bbcimg.co.uk image 624x232]

I didn't know mars was so green this time of year.


Mojave Desert, you mean?
 
2012-08-15 12:40:18 AM

phoenixdan: bbfreak: phoenixdan: Looking at that one map, I wonder if they will have Curiousity drive over to the voyager site and give us a view of Voyager.

Voyager? I think you mean Viking, and even so the closest Viking lander is like 2,000 miles away. Voyager is a spacecraft that is heading out of the solar system as we speak, Viking is two spacecraft that were the first successful mars surface missions by any nation. Oh and you misspelled curiosity too.

I did mean Viking, not really sure why I wrote Voyager? I was staring at the map while typing...derp
Thanks for noticing my spelling error. :)


Heh, no worries. We all make mistakes.
 
2012-08-15 01:01:06 AM
legion_of_doo

studebaker hoch: [news.bbcimg.co.uk image 624x232]

I didn't know mars was so green this time of year.

Mojave Desert, you mean?


It would be easier to terraform Mars than to make Desert Center habitable to humans.
 
2012-08-15 01:40:04 AM
Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover seen in new satellite image

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover seen in new satellite image

/pedant
 
2012-08-15 01:59:16 AM

Any Pie Left: I would like to see the MRO find the crane stage remains, and have Curiosity drive over to take a picture of them.



While that would be neat ... it's not likely to happen.

The soil at the skycrane / backshell / heatshield crash sites is now contaminated with the fuel & components of those systems. The sensitive soil-analysis equipment on the rover will be kept well away from any of those locations.

This was part of the rationale behind using the skycrane maneuver for the landing, in the first place.
 
2012-08-15 02:20:44 AM
Any Pie Left ... I should clarify that my above comment was in reference to the second part of your post only (about Curiosity photographing the skycrane crash site).

As for the first part ... MRO did image the entire MSL landing field, a day after touchdown:

yafh.com

The heatshield is nearly a mile east of Curiosity; the backshell / parachute and skycrane are each roughly a half-mile away from the rover.

As stated above, JPL will be steering well clear of these areas as Curiosity sets out for Mount Sharp.
 
2012-08-15 02:21:41 AM
Ouch, my tail hurty from being so very very vertical with pride.

Moar pride! It feels good!

*krenk!*

MOAR....erngh!...pride!!
 
2012-08-15 02:55:13 AM

Kittypie070: Ouch, my tail hurty from being so very very vertical with pride.

Moar pride! It feels good!

*krenk!*

MOAR....erngh!...pride!!


What the fark am I reading?
 
2012-08-15 03:24:22 AM

noazark: Any Pie Left ... I should clarify that my above comment was in reference to the second part of your post only (about Curiosity photographing the skycrane crash site).

As for the first part ... MRO did image the entire MSL landing field, a day after touchdown:



The heatshield is nearly a mile east of Curiosity; the backshell / parachute and skycrane are each roughly a half-mile away from the rover.

As stated above, JPL will be steering well clear of these areas as Curiosity sets out for Mount Sharp.


Surely they could at least get to a distant enough vantage point and break out that telephoto lens. I wanna see some weckage, damnit!
 
2012-08-15 03:52:40 AM
Wingless 2012-08-15 02:55:13 AM

Kittypie070: Ouch, my tail hurty from being so very very vertical with pride.

Moar pride! It feels good!

*krenk!*

MOAR....erngh!...pride!!


What the fark am I reading?


Just some lulzyness and a slight case of sunstroke =^..^=
 
2012-08-15 04:49:30 AM

studebaker hoch: I didn't know mars was so green this time of year.


I'd love to see non-colour enhanced images alongside the released ones - I want it to be a bit more real I suppose. I don't want something that is better suited to my eyes, I want what's actually there. I'm starting to forget the actual colour of the, er, red planet.
 
2012-08-15 05:19:16 AM

Kittypie070: Wingless 2012-08-15 02:55:13 AM

Kittypie070: Ouch, my tail hurty from being so very very vertical with pride.

Moar pride! It feels good!

*krenk!*

MOAR....erngh!...pride!!

What the fark am I reading?

Just some lulzyness and a slight case of sunstroke =^..^=


I hate everything.
 
2012-08-15 06:39:37 AM

Wingless: Kittypie070: Wingless 2012-08-15 02:55:13 AM

Kittypie070: Ouch, my tail hurty from being so very very vertical with pride.

Moar pride! It feels good!

*krenk!*

MOAR....erngh!...pride!!

What the fark am I reading?

Just some lulzyness and a slight case of sunstroke =^..^=

I hate everything.


EVERYTHING? Even puppies and rainbows and lollypops?
 
2012-08-15 11:30:47 AM
It's just a model.
 
2012-08-15 05:43:53 PM

Wingless: Kittypie070: Ouch, my tail hurty from being so very very vertical with pride.

Moar pride! It feels good!

*krenk!*

MOAR....erngh!...pride!!

What the fark am I reading?


I don't know, but it made me, um, stand up with intense interest.
 
2012-08-15 10:51:51 PM
The skycrane wreck site is the only place where hydrazine contamination is a concern.

It would be cool to check out at least some of the other wreckage.

Be nice to see how the heat shield held up anyway.
 
2012-08-16 04:13:37 AM
I was part of the art team that created the official 11-minute JPL animation which illustrates MSL's landing and operation.

From early on in production, the animation director wanted to include a shot that featured Curiosity observing a bit of wreckage, but was repeatedly told by the JPL liaison that this would absolutely not happen on the actual mission.

After much back-and-forth haggling over the course of several weeks, the director managed to get a brief shot of Curiosity observing the parachute & backshell in the far distance included in the official edit. This was only grudgingly accepted by JPL, and mostly only because Curiosity was shown to immediately move on, and to not approach the backshell. While this shot remains in the full 11-minute edit, it has notably not been included in any shorter versions (that I've seen, anyway).

The science guys are in the MSL's driver-seat ... and they are (understandably!) strictly interested in observing Martian stuff.

However -- given that they anticipate nearly a year's drive-time before Curiosity reaches the base of Mount Sharp -- I don't doubt that they'd train the MSL's cameras in the direction of any wrecked bits that might be visible in the distance.
 
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