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(NBC News)   NASA's Curiosity rover captured a solar eclipse from Mars on Thursday, as Martian Moon Phobos passed between Mars and the Sun   (cosmiclog.nbcnews.com) divider line 37
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2012-09-15 04:16:09 PM
The relatiive distance of phobos and deimos means these transits happen every few days. the wierd thing is that phobos is in a degrading orbit and appears to move retrograde through the sky relative to the sun.
 
2012-09-15 06:19:41 PM
what's a Curiosity rover?
 
2012-09-15 07:38:42 PM
For some reason I read the headline as solar flare.

/need more beer
//haven't finished the first yet
 
2012-09-15 07:40:09 PM

The_Knarf: what's a Curiosity rover?


simple, straight to the point, and said with a straight face...
9/10
 
2012-09-15 07:42:36 PM
Just out of curiosity.. (no pun intended) does anyone know what kind of data transfer rates NASA is capable off from that thing? I have to imagine dialup(ish) at best no?
 
2012-09-15 07:42:43 PM

ladyfortuna: For some reason I read the headline as solar flare.

/need more beer
//haven't finished the first yet


Beer always helps, well until it doesn't, but this is cool, granted I wish it was a video.
 
2012-09-15 07:43:34 PM

The_Knarf: what's a Curiosity rover?


It's a dog that likes to root around in my sock drawer, but that's not important right now.
 
2012-09-15 07:44:26 PM

The_Knarf: what's a Curiosity rover?


About 2000 pounds.

/amidoinitright
 
2012-09-15 07:44:40 PM
That is awesome. Considering how small of an angle Phobos subtends at Mars and how small the sun is, it's like sinking a basketball from full court.
 
2012-09-15 07:45:04 PM
 
2012-09-15 07:47:14 PM

Snarfangel: That is awesome. Considering how small of an angle Phobos subtends at Mars and how small the sun is, it's like sinking a basketball from full court.


Wait, what's awesome? According to Wikipedia and some guy upthread, these things happen all the time on Mars,
 
2012-09-15 07:53:01 PM

styckx: Just out of curiosity.. (no pun intended) does anyone know what kind of data transfer rates NASA is capable off from that thing? I have to imagine dialup(ish) at best no?


Curiosity can communicate with Earth directly at speeds up to 32 kbit/s, but the bulk of the data transfer should be relayed through the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Odyssey orbiter. Data transfer speeds between Curiosity and each orbiter may reach 2 Mbit/s and 256 kbit/s, respectively, but each orbiter is only able to communicate with Curiosity for about eight minutes per day.[30]

From Wiki.
 
2012-09-15 07:55:41 PM

The_Knarf: what's a Curiosity rover?


They kill lots of cats, I'm told.
 
2012-09-15 07:57:30 PM
www.blogenka.com

Full image - that NASA doesn't want you to see
 
2012-09-15 08:03:11 PM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: The Martian (ch.1)


Coming from somebody who doesn't read much at all, that was very entertaining. Thanks
 
2012-09-15 08:05:51 PM

VvonderJesus: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: The Martian (ch.1)

Coming from somebody who doesn't read much at all, that was very entertaining. Thanks


That was only the first chapter. I recommend reading the entire story. It was hard to put it down, and I frequently referred to Curiosity photos to enhance the experience.
 
2012-09-15 08:25:09 PM
www.sciencephoto.com

Regarding Phobos:

"If the satellite is indeed spiraling inward as deduced from astronomical observation, then there is little alternative to the hypothesis that it is hollow and therefore Martian made...."

-- Fred Singer, science adviser President Dwight D. Eisenhower, February, 1960


/Phobosphobia
 
2012-09-15 08:28:26 PM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: VvonderJesus: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: The Martian (ch.1)

Coming from somebody who doesn't read much at all, that was very entertaining. Thanks

That was only the first chapter. I recommend reading the entire story. It was hard to put it down, and I frequently referred to Curiosity photos to enhance the experience.


Ah, see now I was all set to ask if there was a sol 7...
thx for the links PSG!
 
2012-09-15 08:35:52 PM

sno man: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: VvonderJesus: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: The Martian (ch.1)

Coming from somebody who doesn't read much at all, that was very entertaining. Thanks

That was only the first chapter. I recommend reading the entire story. It was hard to put it down, and I frequently referred to Curiosity photos to enhance the experience.

Ah, see now I was all set to ask if there was a sol 7...
thx for the links PSG!


You're welcome. There's no direct link to The Martian, so I just linked to the first chapter. Be sure to read The Egg, too.
 
2012-09-15 08:46:50 PM
i109.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-15 08:48:19 PM

Amos Quito: [www.sciencephoto.com image 350x339]

Regarding Phobos:

"If the satellite is indeed spiraling inward as deduced from astronomical observation, then there is little alternative to the hypothesis that it is hollow and therefore Martian made...."

-- Fred Singer, science adviser President Dwight D. Eisenhower, February, 1960


/Phobosphobia


Always liked the hollow Phobos theory, fun stuff :)
 
2012-09-15 09:00:30 PM
OK, so when can it get a picture of the Moon transiting the Earth while the Earth transits the Sun?

It'd be like the Turducken of Eclipses.
 
2012-09-15 09:09:19 PM

loser0: OK, so when can it get a picture of the Moon transiting the Earth while the Earth transits the Sun?

It'd be like the Turducken of Eclipses.


Dude, you just missed it. It happened yesterday. Curiosity was momentarily distracted by a passing bug, though, and didn't get a picture. You'll have to wait another 32,000 years.
 
2012-09-15 09:15:42 PM
That. Is. farking. AWESOME.
 
2012-09-15 09:28:54 PM
Just be careful, Curiosity.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-15 10:26:41 PM
They're obviously just making this up. That's no moon. It's obvious to anyone looking at it that it's an alien spaceship, likely on it's way to the "face" on Mars. Once again, NASA is covering it up.
 
2012-09-15 11:15:54 PM

The_Knarf: what's a Curiosity rover?


Five bucks... same as downtown.
 
2012-09-15 11:38:13 PM
incredibly cool...
 
2012-09-15 11:38:59 PM
data.earthli.com
 
2012-09-15 11:46:35 PM

Mergatroid: They're obviously just making this up. That's no moon. It's obvious to anyone looking at it that it's an alien spaceship, likely on it's way to the "face" on Mars. Once again, NASA is covering it up.


upload.wikimedia.org

HOLY SHIAT YOU'RE RIGHT!!!!
 
2012-09-16 12:05:20 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: VvonderJesus: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: The Martian (ch.1)

Coming from somebody who doesn't read much at all, that was very entertaining. Thanks

That was only the first chapter. I recommend reading the entire story. It was hard to put it down, and I frequently referred to Curiosity photos to enhance the experience.


Dude. That was AWESOME! Thank you so much for linking it, I had a blast reading through it. I think I need to spread this around a bit...
 
2012-09-16 12:12:14 AM
And there was much rejoicing
 
2012-09-16 04:40:57 AM

Amos Quito: "If the satellite is indeed spiraling inward as deduced from astronomical observation, then there is little alternative to the hypothesis that it is hollow and therefore Martian made...."

-- Fred Singer, science adviser President Dwight D. Eisenhower, February, 1960


There is zero chance that any scientist would draw the conclusion that it was hollow from the fact that it is in a decaying orbit, since one does not follow from the other. There is even less of a chance that they would conclude that the moon was built by Martians even if it were hollow; there are natural explanations for both being hollow and being in a decaying orbit. The conclusions one could draw, then, are that the quote is either completely made up, that the quote is disingenuously cobbled together by paraphrasing out of context, or that Fred Singer is, in fact, a complete and utter dunce with no scientific background whatsoever.
 
2012-09-16 12:48:51 PM

Gawdzila: Amos Quito: "If the satellite is indeed spiraling inward as deduced from astronomical observation, then there is little alternative to the hypothesis that it is hollow and therefore Martian made...."

-- Fred Singer, science adviser President Dwight D. Eisenhower, February, 1960

There is zero chance that any scientist would draw the conclusion that it was hollow from the fact that it is in a decaying orbit, since one does not follow from the other. There is even less of a chance that they would conclude that the moon was built by Martians even if it were hollow; there are natural explanations for both being hollow and being in a decaying orbit. The conclusions one could draw, then, are that the quote is either completely made up, that the quote is disingenuously cobbled together by paraphrasing out of context, or that Fred Singer is, in fact, a complete and utter dunce with no scientific background whatsoever.



First, it was 1960, not 2012. Science has advanced.

Second, there was a link attached to the (partial) quote. You should have followed it.

It was a bit trollish, I must admit, but when one considers what they thought they knew then, given the available data, and compares this to what we think we know now, given the available data, it should give us pause.

No?

;-)
 
jvl
2012-09-17 11:48:47 AM

FlyingLizardOfDoom: The relatiive distance of phobos and deimos means these transits happen every few days.


Nope.
 
2012-09-17 01:47:14 PM

jvl: FlyingLizardOfDoom: The relatiive distance of phobos and deimos means these transits happen every few days.

Nope.


umm... yes. Just depends on where you are on Mars.
 
jvl
2012-09-17 02:10:57 PM

FlyingLizardOfDoom: jvl: FlyingLizardOfDoom: The relatiive distance of phobos and deimos means these transits happen every few days.

Nope.

umm... yes. Just depends on where you are on Mars.


Sure. But only once per earth year at a particular location.
 
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