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(Slate)   If you were looking for your Mars rover, we found it   (slate.com) divider line 38
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2014-04-17 12:44:41 PM
ok, that's pretty awesome
 
2014-04-17 01:16:19 PM
So, I sense a new partnership: NASA Streetview
 
2014-04-17 02:28:49 PM
FTA "enaresenate" I learned a new word today.
 
2014-04-17 02:57:02 PM
i tried to look up "enaresenate" in my dictionary, which immediately exploded.
 
2014-04-17 02:57:39 PM
Or it could be the Hon da that the mother thought was her daughter's....or something like that.
 
2014-04-17 02:59:31 PM
Now that's f*cking cool.
 
2014-04-17 03:10:03 PM

Voiceofreason01: ok, that's pretty awesome


Mr. Fuzzypaws: Now that's f*cking cool.


A fine job done by all.
 
2014-04-17 03:10:48 PM
37.media.tumblr.com

I think that I'll just re-use this from another thread
 
2014-04-17 03:13:11 PM
Curiosity pictures give me all kinds of feels. Human beings put a chemistry tank on farking Mars! NASA engineers should be getting Nike shoe deals for this stuff.
 
2014-04-17 03:38:09 PM
There is something about two unmanned vehicles meeting up with each other a brazilian miles from the planet that really seems incredible to me.
 
2014-04-17 03:44:29 PM
Mount Remarkable, a butte on Mars. Click to embiggen.
 
2014-04-17 03:52:06 PM
Oh yeah? Well I found the Venus Death Probe.

content6.flixster.com
 
2014-04-17 03:52:59 PM
Not the first time we've seen something like this, but that's easily the best shot I've seen.   Absolutely farking awesome.
 
2014-04-17 03:55:05 PM
Note: I totally stole the title of this post from Bobak Ferdowsi who will forgive me or else I will shave the rest of his head.

Bobak Ferdowsi is the "mohawk guy", and I knew that without looking it up.

// of course, if after I hit "submit" it turns out I'm wrong, I'd have to leave Fark for a while
 
2014-04-17 04:05:07 PM
I wrecked mine.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-17 04:21:18 PM

Shrugging Atlas: Not the first time we've seen something like this, but that's easily the best shot I've seen.   Absolutely farking awesome.


Indeed.

Dear NASA,
Now go find Spirit & Opportunity they should be just about within the limits of the camera...
Impress me more...
 
2014-04-17 04:31:21 PM

MyEnamine: Curiosity pictures give me all kinds of feels. Human beings put a chemistry tank on farking Mars! NASA engineers should be getting Nike shoe deals for this stuff.


I was thinking Nike pocket protectors.
 
2014-04-17 04:49:58 PM
hopefully they get a chance to look around for the lander that smashed into the surface because of the English standard/metric error.  I think the crater would be pretty awesome.
 
2014-04-17 05:20:12 PM

tom baker's scarf: hopefully they get a chance to look around for the lander that smashed into the surface because of the English standard/metric error.  I think the crater would be pretty awesome.


Disintegrated in the atmosphere apparently, so no big crater.
 
2014-04-17 05:23:35 PM

tom baker's scarf: hopefully they get a chance to look around for the lander that smashed into the surface because of the English standard/metric error.  I think the crater would be pretty awesome.


I hoped they'd see the skidmark left from Beagle 2.
 
2014-04-17 05:33:27 PM

cptjeff: tom baker's scarf: hopefully they get a chance to look around for the lander that smashed into the surface because of the English standard/metric error.  I think the crater would be pretty awesome.

Disintegrated in the atmosphere apparently, so no big crater.


Mars doesn't have the type of atmosphere that Earth does, it's mostly carbon dioxide
 
2014-04-17 05:39:11 PM

R.A.Danny: cptjeff: tom baker's scarf: hopefully they get a chance to look around for the lander that smashed into the surface because of the English standard/metric error.  I think the crater would be pretty awesome.

Disintegrated in the atmosphere apparently, so no big crater.

Mars doesn't have the type of atmosphere that Earth does, it's mostly carbon dioxide


Which is irrelevant. The gas still creates friction that can break things apart if you don't hit the atmosphere at the right angle.

From wiki: The spacecraft encountered Mars on a trajectory that brought it too close to the planet, causing it to pass through the upper atmosphere and disintegrate.[1][2]
 
2014-04-17 05:59:10 PM
Somebody at NASA likes doing donuts.
 
2014-04-17 06:24:50 PM

InterruptingQuirk: FTA "enaresenate" I learned a new word today.


Not really. The word was made up by the author; apparently it's some kind of running gag in his articles.
 
2014-04-17 06:43:10 PM

Dr Dreidel: Note: I totally stole the title of this post from Bobak Ferdowsi who will forgive me or else I will shave the rest of his head.

Bobak Ferdowsi is the "mohawk guy", and I knew that without looking it up.

// of course, if after I hit "submit" it turns out I'm wrong, I'd have to leave Fark for a while


Yup. You can stay.
 
2014-04-17 08:24:04 PM
The Bobak is all forgiving.
 
2014-04-17 08:26:00 PM

sprawl15: Mount Remarkable, a butte on Mars. Click to embiggen.


I just want to thank all the little people who made this possible.
 
2014-04-17 08:52:19 PM
That butte is unremarkable.
 
2014-04-17 08:57:00 PM
What a butte.
 
2014-04-17 09:49:15 PM
Anyone have pics of Viking 1 and/or 2? Off my lawn.
 
2014-04-17 10:19:09 PM

zamboni: Anyone have pics of Viking 1 and/or 2? Off my lawn.


www.nasa.gov
Viking Lander Back Shell

www.nasa.gov
Viking Lander Heat Shield

www.nasa.gov
Viking  Lander


www.weirdwarp.com
 
2014-04-17 10:31:48 PM
PS:

Here's a photo of Curiosity Rover's "Sky Crane" exploding on impact (as seen from the delivered rover):

spacecoalition.com
 
2014-04-17 10:48:28 PM
Does it get to come home now??
Guys??
 
2014-04-17 11:11:01 PM

TV's Vinnie: PS:

Here's a photo of Curiosity Rover's "Sky Crane" exploding on impact (as seen from the delivered rover):

[spacecoalition.com image 800x600]


That's what I'm talkin' about. Raw, unadultured pics straight from the rover.
 
2014-04-17 11:17:44 PM
In general, I'm about as cynical as they come, but being a science-fiction nut, I am loving this sort of stuff.

When they gave us the pick of Curiosity under it's parachute, I said to the wife, "That's nothing but SWANK, we not only land that sucker on Mars using an entirely new system the first time, but we have another toy overhead at the SAME TIME to take pictures!  Is this a great country or what!?!"

Seriously, if you don't appreciate what goes into this stuff, well, I guess you are just well, nevermind.
 
2014-04-18 01:11:35 AM
A few generations ago, we knew almost nothing about any other planets that we could not see with ground based optical telescopes.  So basically we knew dirst squat about details.

Now we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about some parts of our own planet.

It amazes me to sit and look at the rover photos and ponder the fact that I'm looking at a high quality photo of a different planet, taken by a tin robot that is actually on that different planet.  A photo that is quite literally 'not of this world'.
 
2014-04-18 08:59:07 AM

Chagrin: InterruptingQuirk: FTA "enaresenate" I learned a new word today.

Not really. The word was made up by the author; apparently it's some kind of running gag in his articles.


All words are made up.
 
2014-04-18 10:50:58 AM

skyotter: i tried to look up "enaresenate" in my dictionary, which immediately exploded.


Yeah... it appears to be either a foreign construct or a made up word intended to sound more intelligent than "Embiggen".
 
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