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(Discover)   Curiosity dropped its Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator   (blogs.discovermagazine.com) divider line 58
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2012-10-10 12:08:04 AM
Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!
 
2012-10-10 12:11:07 AM
s12.postimage.org
 
2012-10-10 12:23:24 AM
FFS guys, this Star Trek technobabble has got to stop
 
2012-10-10 12:28:59 AM

cman: FFS guys, this Star Trek technobabble has got to stop



"Not sure if serious."
 
www.forgottengrapes.com
 
2012-10-10 12:29:44 AM
I thought it was Illudium Pu-36 Explosive Space Modulator?
 
2012-10-10 12:33:25 AM
From the picture, it looks like she dropped her quiver of arrows. Duh.
 
2012-10-10 12:36:08 AM
Good headline!

(it is PU-36 though)
 
2012-10-10 01:09:46 AM
We must pre-empt an attack from this possible alien butterfly, as described in the article. That or humanity will live out its days under the wing of the cruel Monarch.

/Unintentional Venture Brothers reference.
 
2012-10-10 03:23:11 AM
Oh dear. Now I shall have to create more Martians.
 
2012-10-10 04:49:37 AM
You know what would have solved this mystery in a hurry?

Color photographs.
 
2012-10-10 04:55:57 AM
Nice job breaking it, hero.
 
2012-10-10 05:43:52 AM
Dropping rover parts makes me very angry. Very angry indeed.
 
2012-10-10 05:47:19 AM
Which proverbial Sci-fi Corporatocratic Dystopia do you secretly wish for? (e.g. Blade Runner, Snow Crash, Aliens, etc.)
 
2012-10-10 05:49:02 AM
Delays, delays...
 
2012-10-10 05:50:04 AM
It's the foil off a stick of chewing gum, probably the one that's holding the thing together.
 
2012-10-10 05:55:07 AM

Gig103: Good headline!

(it is PU-36 though)

 
2012-10-10 06:06:33 AM
Looks to be the clear plastic coating you see over insulated wire. It wil be ok......for awhile anyway.
 
2012-10-10 06:21:21 AM
WTG, Wolowitz.
 
2012-10-10 06:23:20 AM
I don't see why it should halt progress on the mission.
Its not like they can do a goddamn thing about it even if they knew where it came from.
 
2012-10-10 07:01:16 AM
Is this the NASA equivalent of driving along a highway chucking an empty beer can out of an open window?
 
2012-10-10 07:24:09 AM

dejavoodoo64: Looks to be the clear plastic coating you see over insulated wire. It wil be ok......for awhile anyway.


Looks more like the shed skin of a cricket to me. A Martian cricket.
 
2012-10-10 07:24:09 AM

mr_a: Delays, delays...


There we go.
 
2012-10-10 07:52:34 AM

way south: I don't see why it should halt progress on the mission.
Its not like they can do a goddamn thing about it even if they knew where it came from.


They're concerned.

If it's something new, they'll want to stay and dig a little more.

If it's something from them, they'll want to assess if the probe has any ongoing damage to mitigate or incorporate into their calibrations.

Let's face it, if you're alone driving on a desert road and you see a hub cap roll by as you slow down, you get curious. This may not be as obvious, but it's likely to be important unless it's part of the sections that were sacrificed to land it.
 
2012-10-10 08:08:48 AM
www.nasa.gov

Color image with object in question (bottom center frame)
 
2012-10-10 08:34:23 AM
Did we really have to send this thing all the way to Mars to study human trash?
 
2012-10-10 09:00:38 AM
Is it Valentine Smith?
 
2012-10-10 09:05:20 AM

nmemkha: Which proverbial Sci-fi Corporatocratic Dystopia do you secretly wish for? (e.g. Blade Runner, Snow Crash, Aliens, etc.)


i1245.photobucket.com
there's no competition.
 
2012-10-10 09:17:59 AM

Bio-nic: [www.nasa.gov image 850x637]

Color image with object in question (bottom center frame)


A multi billion dollar mission and they cannot afford cable ties to retain the wiring? They are using garbage bag ties? I swear I am seeing a Hefty label on one of them.
 
2012-10-10 09:19:49 AM
THIS THING IS TOOLING AROUND ON THE SURFACE OF MARS!
 
2012-10-10 09:23:31 AM

Saiga410: Bio-nic: [www.nasa.gov image 850x637]

Color image with object in question (bottom center frame)

A multi billion dollar mission and they cannot afford cable ties to retain the wiring? They are using garbage bag ties? I swear I am seeing a Hefty label on one of them.


Would you rather the cable ties be wimpy wimpy wimpy?
 
2012-10-10 09:23:48 AM

unyon: From the picture, it looks like she dropped her quiver of arrows. Duh.


That's what I thought too until I saw they were added. Phew. I'd hate for it to be defenseless.
 
2012-10-10 09:36:06 AM

Bio-nic: [www.nasa.gov image 850x637]

Color image with object in question (bottom center frame)


I can't see anything but dirt in that image. Is that image available in full size high def that I could zoom in on?
 
2012-10-10 09:39:07 AM
My guess: a wind-blown piece of debris from the sky crane.
 
2012-10-10 09:45:19 AM

Bio-nic: [www.nasa.gov image 850x637]

Color image with object in question (bottom center frame)


I saw this exact picture on Yahoo news but I couldn't see the piece because they floated the text describing where it was on top of what you're supposed to be looking at. Good ole Yahoo news....
 
2012-10-10 09:49:16 AM
images.wikia.com

As long as I still got my Q-35 matter modulator, (Quantum plasma modulation matter injection rifle version 35), it's all good. 

/I took the Plasma Spaz perk
 
2012-10-10 09:51:28 AM
It's the shed exoskeleton from a Martian sand shrimp. 'THEY' just want you to think it's a piece of debris from the rover.
 
2012-10-10 10:05:00 AM

BalugaJoe: Is it Valentine Smith?


maybe just the tip of his finger
 
2012-10-10 10:18:33 AM

way south: I don't see why it should halt progress on the mission.
Its not like they can do a goddamn thing about it even if they knew where it came from.


wat. If it did fall off a part, they can do all kinds of things to be careful, probably hundreds.

Use backup systems. If it fell off a moving part, they can make sure not to move that part in bad ways. Just....countless things to do about it.
 
2012-10-10 10:29:51 AM

Saiga410: Bio-nic: [www.nasa.gov image 850x637]

Color image with object in question (bottom center frame)

A multi billion dollar mission and they cannot afford cable ties to retain the wiring? They are using garbage bag ties? I swear I am seeing a Hefty label on one of them.


Plastic cable ties are more likely to degrade and break in the temperature extremes of Mars. Wire garbage ties are stronger, lighter, cheaper, and won't break in the cold. Or would you rather the multi-billion dollar mission fail because they used aesthetically-pleasing plastic wire ties.
 
2012-10-10 10:32:30 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: You know what would have solved this mystery in a hurry?

Color photographs.


Don't get me started. It's one of my favorite rants. :(
 
2012-10-10 10:33:42 AM

ShadowLAnCeR: Saiga410: Bio-nic: [www.nasa.gov image 850x637]

Color image with object in question (bottom center frame)

A multi billion dollar mission and they cannot afford cable ties to retain the wiring? They are using garbage bag ties? I swear I am seeing a Hefty label on one of them.

Would you rather the cable ties be wimpy wimpy wimpy?


Not twist ties. It's waxed string. That crap is ubiquitous in the areospace industry. Open just about any jet, rocket, satellite, moon lander, space shuttle, whatever and that's what is holding cables together. Hell, I've got 10 rolls of the stuff damn near in arms reach of me right now.
 
2012-10-10 10:54:53 AM
nerdtrek.com

They should have sent... a janitor.
 
2012-10-10 11:03:28 AM
It is clearly Delaek. This space slug will hitch a ride on the rover and turn it into Bio-armour.

I for one, welcome our Slug-Like Overlords.
 
2012-10-10 11:10:17 AM

torusXL: way south: I don't see why it should halt progress on the mission.
Its not like they can do a goddamn thing about it even if they knew where it came from.

wat. If it did fall off a part, they can do all kinds of things to be careful, probably hundreds.

Use backup systems. If it fell off a moving part, they can make sure not to move that part in bad ways. Just....countless things to do about it.


They could do many things.
What they will do is putz around for a month before realizing they still don't know what it is or what to do about it, then proceed as normal since there aren't any warning lights.
I say we save the time and keep her rolling along.
 
2012-10-10 11:15:14 AM
narwhaler.com
 
2012-10-10 11:41:36 AM
That makes me very angry.
 
2012-10-10 12:08:47 PM
I thought it was a space DE-modulator.
 
2012-10-10 12:30:47 PM

Diagonal: I thought it was a space DE-modulator.


Oopsie!

Linkon
 
2012-10-10 01:54:37 PM

Diagonal: I thought it was a space DE-modulator.


You would think that Martin would have needed one of these on Earth- I guess the Martians had better technology than we thought.
 
2012-10-10 02:52:17 PM
Ya know, if they put more than a 2 megapixel camera on the rover, it would be no problem to figure out what this is. But nooooooooo, they put a dinky ass camera built on decade old technology on it. My cell phone takes higher resolution pics.

Charles.
 
2012-10-10 03:33:55 PM
www.cookspest.com 

silverfish.
 
2012-10-10 04:46:32 PM

ChopperCharles: Ya know, if they put more than a 2 megapixel camera on the rover, it would be no problem to figure out what this is. But nooooooooo, they put a dinky ass camera built on decade old technology on it. My cell phone takes higher resolution pics.

Charles.


It has more to do with bandwidth, also I believe there is a blackout period of some sort, so it can't stream 24/7. So we have a choice, a few 8 or 10 megapixel photos per day, or many more 2 megapixel photos? All those extra photos give us a LOT more data over all than a few high-res ones would, like in this case, it's pretty likely that this shiny bit would have been missed, but now that we've seen it, we can focus even closer on it.

Also keep in mind that the rover is a bit more than a camera, there's other data it's sending in addition to those photos.

ah, here's a little more info:
http://satellite.tmcnet.com/topics/satellite/articles/2012/09/10/306 81 2-curiosity-mars-rovers-slow-march.htm

tldr:
bandwidth is 2Mbps / 256kbps, for 8 minutes a day, 32 kbps the rest of the time, that's why
 
2012-10-10 04:46:40 PM
Looks like a toenail clipping. Maybe from Elvis
 
2012-10-10 10:08:45 PM

theurge14: AverageAmericanGuy: You know what would have solved this mystery in a hurry?

Color photographs.

Don't get me started. It's one of my favorite rants. :(


Most people don't seem to know how a color CCD camera actually works. The CCD chip is divided into sets containing 2 green, 1 red, and 1 blue pixel (the human eye is most sensitive in green), and the tiny size of the pixels allows your eyes to blend it all together into a color image. This is exactly how your TV works. That might be fine for Earthly uses like taking shots at the beach, but for scientific imaging, it sucks. It means that 1/2 of your data falls only on green pixels,1/4 only on blue, and 1/4 only on red, making the image useless for measurements, because if a blue photon falls on a red pixel, it's lost. The different color pixels are also created by putting little tiny color filters on each pixel, which decreases the sensitivity of each pixel, because you are blocking most of the light falling on them.

Black and white CCDs therefore are more sensitive and robust, better for scientific measurements, and the whole bandwidth thing that piercedgeek mentioned. Color is supplied by filters over the whole sensor, so that no data is lost in the exposures. Yes, color gets the general public excited, but it really cuts down on the science that can be done.
 
2012-10-10 10:49:47 PM

piercedgeek: bandwidth is 2Mbps / 256kbps, for 8 minutes a day, 32 kbps the rest of the time, that's why


So NASA went with Comcast for their space rover?
 
2012-10-11 12:30:33 AM

Drunken_Polar_Bear: ShadowLAnCeR: Saiga410: Bio-nic: [www.nasa.gov image 850x637]

Color image with object in question (bottom center frame)

A multi billion dollar mission and they cannot afford cable ties to retain the wiring? They are using garbage bag ties? I swear I am seeing a Hefty label on one of them.

Would you rather the cable ties be wimpy wimpy wimpy?

Not twist ties. It's waxed string. That crap is ubiquitous in the areospace industry. Open just about any jet, rocket, satellite, moon lander, space shuttle, whatever and that's what is holding cables together. Hell, I've got 10 rolls of the stuff damn near in arms reach of me right now.


Yup. I used to build wire harnesses on 747's with the stuff. Very strong and reliable and most importantly resists vibration damage to the wire. I had a cool little curved ring knife that made tieing the string and cutting it very quick.

/tiying
//tiing
///tying
 
2012-10-11 04:25:47 AM
I turned it sideways in Photoshop and enhanced...

mimg.ugo.com
 
2012-10-11 07:15:18 PM

ChopperCharles: Ya know, if they put more than a 2 megapixel camera on the rover, it would be no problem to figure out what this is. But nooooooooo, they put a dinky ass camera built on decade old technology on it. My cell phone takes higher resolution pics.

Charles.


Your cell phone also wasn't built to withstand extreme temperatures, intense radiation, and a 90 million mile trip through interplanetary motherfarking space, now was it?

Unless, I dunno, maybe you've got one hell of a cell phone.
 
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