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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Gale Crater
NASA ^ | July 29, 2011 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 07/29/2011 6:18:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: This sharp view from the Thermal Emission Imaging System camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter is centered on 154 kilometer (96 mile) wide Gale crater, near the martian equator. Within Gale, an impressive layered mountain rises about 5 kilometers (3 miles) above the crater floor. Layers and structures near its base are thought to have been formed in ancient times by water-carried sediments. In fact, a spot near the crater's northern side at the foot of the mountain has now been chosen as the target for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. Scheduled for launch late this year, the mission will land Mars' next visitor from planet Earth in August of 2012, lowering the car-sized Curiosity rover to the martian surface with a hovering, rocket-powered skycrane. Curiosity's science instruments are intended to discover if Gale once had favorable environmental conditions for supporting microbial life and for preserving clues about whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

July 29, 2011

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; catastrophism; mars; science
[Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, ASU]

1 posted on 07/29/2011 6:18:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...
...an impressive layered mountain rises about 5 kilometers (3 miles) above the crater floor. Layers and structures near its base are thought to have been formed in ancient times by water-carried sediments.
Heh, yeah, in an enormous impact crater. Imagine that.




2 posted on 07/29/2011 6:20:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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3 posted on 07/29/2011 6:21:17 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Everything on Mars is BIG. Olympus Mons, The Great Rift, Elvis....


4 posted on 07/29/2011 6:30:40 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: left that other site

[background singers] uh-uh-huh.


5 posted on 07/29/2011 6:36:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s just a hog’s snout pressed against my window. Oink no crater.


6 posted on 07/29/2011 6:43:19 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: SunkenCiv

All Shook Up! LOL


7 posted on 07/29/2011 6:45:54 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of the U.S. House
of Representatives
from Texas's 18th district

On a visit to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2005, Jackson Lee made embarrassing news by asking if the Mars Pathfinder had taken an image of the flag planted there in 1969 by Neil Armstrong.[2]

Prior to the 110th Congress, Jackson Lee served on the House Science Committee and on the Subcommittee that oversees space policy and NASA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Jackson_Lee#Political_career

8 posted on 07/29/2011 6:55:15 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought that water running downhill was just an Earth thing. /sarc


9 posted on 07/29/2011 6:59:31 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker
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To: SunkenCiv

Hey, look - a big, gaping hole. They should re-name it the Nancy Pelosi crater.


10 posted on 07/29/2011 7:41:05 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: DonkeyBonker

:’)


11 posted on 07/29/2011 7:55:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Are there any close ups of these structures mentioned?Are they old Wal-Marts?


12 posted on 07/29/2011 8:18:56 AM PDT by Craftmore
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To: Craftmore

Gale Crater sounds like a classic Hollywood screen name.


13 posted on 07/29/2011 8:35:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

There was an actress by that name, but she was in porn.


14 posted on 07/29/2011 9:41:11 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: SunkenCiv
Interesting. It will be nice to see the data they get on the mission.

IT'S... ALIVE!!!

15 posted on 07/29/2011 10:16:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: SunkenCiv

This is probably a stupid question. Forgive me. Why do they only publish black and white photos of the moon or is the moon without color?

I can’t beleive there is no color on the moon and Nasa publishes beautiful color pictures all the time. So why is it always black and white pics of the moon?


16 posted on 07/29/2011 11:46:42 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

The Moon has basically no color, just shades of gray.


17 posted on 07/29/2011 3:31:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TheOldLady

Aiiiiieeee! Run for your liiiiiives!


18 posted on 07/29/2011 6:56:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jack Hammer

George: I just thought of a great name for myself, if I ever become a porno actor.

Jerry: Oh yeah, what? “Buck Naked”?

George: Yeah, how did you know that?

Jerry: You told me that already like two months ago.


19 posted on 07/29/2011 6:58:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Too bad Peter Boyle is a big leftie.


20 posted on 07/29/2011 7:43:23 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: TheOldLady

...Was...


21 posted on 07/29/2011 7:56:03 PM PDT by gargoyle (...This looks like a good fight, deal me in...)
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To: gargoyle

Where’s he buried? I feel like dancing.


22 posted on 07/29/2011 8:10:09 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: TheOldLady; gargoyle

I’m way out of the loop — he died Dec 17, 2006?!? If I ever knew that, I’d forgotten it. He knocked it out of the park (and won the Emmy) for his role in the X-Files episode “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”.


23 posted on 07/29/2011 8:36:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ETL

Stupidity and/or ignorance isn’t an impediment to getting elected.


24 posted on 07/29/2011 8:41:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks. While I was waiting for your answer, I found this man’s moon youtube channel. It’s pretty interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/user/JohnLenardWalson#p/u/1/nzUFbwFRjLk


25 posted on 07/30/2011 12:11:34 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

There are no artificial structures on the Moon, apart from the Apollo landings.


26 posted on 07/30/2011 8:26:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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