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pictures of mars taken by surface lander.(12 posts) (5 voices)
look like we are putting litter on mars now.
looks cools :)
Was thinking they need to send some shelter building robots up there. No rain. Sun too cold to be a problem. So just cold and dust storms. Meteorites look to be a problem. Was wondering how they account for an atmosphere of mainly carbon dioxide. Global warming must have killed the previous inhabitants.
The majority of people in this world seems to be "wrong" . Instead of wasting time to go to Mars i would go to Venus .
Of course NOT because Venus could fell into the Sun earlier :P
There is athmosphere on Venus that can be transformed by robots that split the molekules of the main gas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_dioxide into coal and oxigen . It probably needs to produce http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrogen which i guess is possible .
There are huge amount of writings everywhere that Venus would be "Hell" . I would use something like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_track to stay in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight to have lesser temperatures . The robots would need nuclear engines like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_Engine_for_Rocket_Vehicle_Application or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_car .
It is as usual : Where there is something (gas) there will be added, where there is not much there will be withdrawn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere
For whoever has, to him will be given, and he will have abundance, but whoever doesn’t have, from him will be taken away even that which he has.
Nervous NASA awaits Curiosity Mars landing
July 17, 2012 9:40AM
This artist's rendering provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech, a "sky crane" lowers the Mars Science
Laboratory Curiosity rover onto the surface of Mars. The mobile robot is designed to investigate
Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.
IS it crazy? Not so much. Is it risky? Always. After a track record of crashes, NASA is
nervously awaiting the landing of its latest rover.
In the early morning hours of August 6, NASA and space enthusiasts across the world will be
able to monitor the Mars landing of the most advanced robot ever to be sent to another world.
Named Curiosity, the robot - or "rover" - has been heading toward Mars for nearly eight
"Is it crazy? Not so much," said Doug McCuistion, the director of the Mars Exploration Program.
"Is it risky? Landing on Mars is always risky. Every landing is unique. Every landing is like a
At a news conference Monday, NASA scientists said they were looking for evidence that life
existed on Mars billions of years ago. This evidence could include indicators of water, sources
of energy or sources of carbon - all of which are essential to sustain life.
This artist's rendering provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover
examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of its arm, which extends about two metres.
Curiosity was launched into space last November from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rover will go
from 20,000 km/h to zero in seven minutes, and will land in Gale Crater, which NASA scientists think
held water billions of years ago.
"I see it as an extraordinary opportunity to get a bearing on our own existence on Earth," said
John Grotzinger, a NASA scientist who's working on the mission. "Ascending Mount Sharp,
we're going to go through the major eras in the . history of Mars that give us the basis for
comparison to our own planet."
Grotzinger is aware that a lot is riding on the mission, given NASA's shifting budget priorities.
"I think we all feel this incredible sense of pressure on MSL to do something grand and
profound," he said, referring to the Mars Science Laboratory division of NASA. "I think it's
going to be thrilling."
The precision of the landing is a significant improvement from previous Mars missions, said
Pete Theisinger, a project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Helped
by better communications technology, scientists will be able to land Curiosity within a very
small range, on top of the most valuable scientific resource in the crater.
The entry process also is greatly improved, Theisinger said. In missions in the 1970s, the rover
approached the Martian surface "falling like a rock," he said. Curiosity will provide both black
and white and color panoramic, high resolution photos of the Martian surface as well as of Gale
Crater and Mount Sharp.
In an effort to make the Curiosity landing an interactive and consumer-friendly experience,
NASA established a partnership between its Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Microsoft Corp. to
create a free video game on Xbox Live with Kinect that lets the player land Curiosity on Mars.
"We are bringing the challenge of landing Curiosity to every living room that would like to play
in this game," Theisinger said. A 3-D iPad app, as well as a cellphone app that lets the player
simulate being a Martian, are available, too. NASA also will engage the public through social
media, museum sleepovers and a Mars art installation.
Despite all the interactive features, NASA says this is far more than fun and games. "This is
serious business," said Dwayne Brown, a NASA public affairs officer. "This is the hardest
mission ever attempted in the history of planetary robotic exploration."
If you also noticed the tracks left by the rover, there are examples in the deserts in the USA where off road vehicles tracks have remained for many years and some complain of that taking away from the pristine beauty of the deserts.
If those people viewing that are on horseback, it seems that also would leave tracks so a flyover would be the only way to keep the areas pristine.
And when I first looked that the picture provided, I also was thinking it looked like a bunch of discarded junk that should not have been there.
There is now talk about the amount of junk scattered in orbit around the earth that may become a hazard unless it is cleaned up and from what I have heard, there is talk of just that sort of cleanup. But can the company cleaning it up keep it for salvage or would it be classified as TOP SECRET by the various governments?
Mars weather 'good for landing'
August 05, 2012 3:47AM
THE weather conditions on Mars are expected to be favorable when
NASA's $2.5 billion ($2.4 billion) Mars Science Laboratory attempts its
"Mars is playing nice and we are going to get good conditions for Sunday," said MSL
deputy project scientist Ashwin Vasavada at a new briefing ahead of the landing set
for 0531 GMT on Monday (3.51pm AEST).
A dust storm spotted days ago near the landing site has dissipated into a "fairly
harmless cloud of dust", he said.
"That dust cloud probably will not reach Gale Crater by the time we land," he said,
adding that it was not "expected to affect entry, descent and landing in any
The robotic rover is carrying a complex chemistry toolkit for analyzing rocks and
soil in the hunt for signs of past life on the Red Planet.
The six-wheeled vehicle is the size of a small car and is due to be lowered onto the
surface in a high-drama operation that includes spacecraft separation, parachute
dropdown, a rocket-powered sky crane and a tethered soft landing.
setting alarms i want to know soonest:-)
"nuclear powered Curiousity the size of a car". quite a number of previous missions have crashed. so one assumes that there are now quite a few radio active sites. the barbarians are thus making sure that no earthling can ever escape to there.
anyhow about this nuclear powered car seen any on the street lately? interesting to take a look under the bonnet:-) perhaps put one inthe basement to power the house and the prius.
edit: more info on the nuclear power generator at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioisotope_thermoelectric_generator
Those protesting Martians best watch their step or else Uncle Sam might just organise some "regime changes" :-)
lol, yep that'd be about right. just so long as the martians dont get any ideas about dealing with iranians they might survive a little longer.
from todays press about Standard Chartered Bank:
"The New York regulators called the bank a rogue institution and quoted one of its
executives as saying: "You (expletive) Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of
the world, that we're not going to deal with Iranians." from
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