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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The First Color Panorama from Mars by Curiosity
NASA ^ | August 11, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 08/11/2012 2:09:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: You've just landed on Mars and opened your eyes -- what do you see? If you're the Curiosity rover, you see a strange gravelly place with a large mountain in the distance. You've landed on target near the edge of 150-km wide Gale Crater, with Mount Sharp on the horizon being the rise in the crater's center. As a car-sized rover with six wheels and a laser, you prepare yourself to go on a two-year mission of exploration, climbing Mt. Sharp, and looking for signs that Mars once harbored life. Currently you sit motionless, check yourself over, and receive a detailed briefing from Earth on things you will need to know while rolling around, trying to avoid flipping over or getting your wheels stuck in sand. Your rolling explorations will likely start in a few days. What will you find? What's out there?

August 11, 2012

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; curiosity; mars; marsrover; nasa; science
[Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS]

1 posted on 08/11/2012 2:10:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

2 posted on 08/11/2012 2:28:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
We never went to Mars. We never went to the moon either. It's all a hoax. /s


3 posted on 08/11/2012 2:30:27 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: South40

4 posted on 08/11/2012 2:39:01 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: SunkenCiv

Nope, don’t see Alice on there either.


5 posted on 08/11/2012 2:46:36 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: wastedyears

LOL! She’s everywhere! AAAH!


6 posted on 08/11/2012 2:49:19 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: SunkenCiv
I wait for the day when humans explore the planet Mars!

Thanks for posting SunkenCiv!

7 posted on 08/11/2012 2:51:09 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (".....All 57 states must stand together and defeat usurper O-bozo!.....")
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To: wastedyears

Who is that woman? Is she trying not to pick her nose? Or is this her “disapproval” face?


8 posted on 08/11/2012 2:56:04 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

LOL!


9 posted on 08/11/2012 3:02:48 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Las Vegas Dave; KevinDavis

Hey, we’re doing it right now — just not in person. :’) The only reason we’ve done more to explore the surface of the Moon than the surface of Mars is, we’ve had no sample return mission from Mars.


10 posted on 08/11/2012 3:03:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Who is that?


11 posted on 08/11/2012 3:04:00 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Ken522

She got the silver instead of the gold.


12 posted on 08/11/2012 3:05:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: South40; wastedyears

LOL!


13 posted on 08/11/2012 3:05:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ken522

US Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney. I think she was making that face because she didn’t win the gold.


14 posted on 08/11/2012 3:07:05 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: SunkenCiv
Here's one you missed:


15 posted on 08/11/2012 4:34:16 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie and stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
I wait for the day when humans explore the planet Mars!

I agree. The Robots are great for what they do but they just can't match humans in speed, curiosity, intuition, intellect, etc. Humans have the desire to see what's over the horizon. We also have the ability to make instant decisions while a robot has to sit there for up to 40 minutes while it waits for a command to move a few inches.

Ideally would be a mission conducted jointly with humans and robots with the robots under direct control of the men on the surface.

The robots have really restricted us to some fairly uninteresting areas of mars. They have to land in flat places when we really need to be looking into mountains, canyons and caves.
16 posted on 08/11/2012 4:40:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Local interview with one of the nasa scientists who worked on this project was asked whats next? he said............nothing is next, this is the end of the line, nothing is planned for the future.


17 posted on 08/11/2012 5:01:30 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: SunkenCiv

bttt


18 posted on 08/11/2012 5:30:05 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: cripplecreek

Human spaceflight is romantic and appeals to the public, but the lions share of the real science so far has come from these robotic missions. If we really want to pursue manned spaceflight as most people envision it, we should terminate the current manned program (which hasn’t changed much since the 60s) and pour the money into basic physics research. We need warp drive or something like it and we haven’t the foggiest idea how to do that.


19 posted on 08/11/2012 5:34:51 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: SunkenCiv

20 posted on 08/11/2012 5:41:05 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: beef

Speed is definitely the immediate key to manned flight in space. If mars was only a few days or even hours away it would be no big deal to send men.


21 posted on 08/11/2012 5:41:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: ronnie raygun

Thanks ronnie raygun.Luckily, this entire Morpheus explosion was a hoax, filmed in a remote location. ;')


22 posted on 08/11/2012 5:46:58 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ken522
http://mckaylaisnotimpressed.tumblr.com

Now I want to see her with tourist guy and the beer looter.

23 posted on 08/11/2012 5:51:12 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: South40

OMG

you are so much better, have so much more patience than I, at photoshopping

great PIC

10Q


24 posted on 08/11/2012 6:26:27 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Fresh Wind

fantastic pic


25 posted on 08/11/2012 6:29:15 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: ronnie raygun

“............nothing is next, this is the end of the line, nothing is planned for the future.”

muslim outreach and russian rentals.

LLS


26 posted on 08/11/2012 6:42:01 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Fresh Wind

Funny picture! It must be a photoshop job, since the John Kerry and Jane Fonda aren’t in it.


27 posted on 08/11/2012 6:47:53 AM PDT by DrDavid (George Orwell was an optimist.)
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To: South40

Where there’s cheese, there’s mice.


28 posted on 08/11/2012 6:50:10 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: beef
Of course all that

MEDICAL STUFF DOESN'T COUNT!

NO Internet, no personal computers and 40 million jobs and a 22% ROI on Apollo expeditures is not that important!

Read History don't liten to a two faced LIAR!

Of course there is always Anne Francis


29 posted on 08/11/2012 6:50:27 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
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To: SunkenCiv
We could do this analog style tomorrow.

Take the ISS and two old shuttles and put them in a polar orbit around Mars. String supply depots along the way, like cake crumbs on a picnic trail. Update some lander designs and let's go.

30 posted on 08/11/2012 7:00:55 AM PDT by StAnDeliver
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To: SunkenCiv

Sonoran Desert . . . just like I thought.


31 posted on 08/11/2012 7:20:54 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam
I was thinking Death Valley...

32 posted on 08/11/2012 7:36:21 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: StAnDeliver

I agree about the ISS — after jettisoning the Russian modules, which are crap, and installing a boom or mast to guy the outlying parts (like the photoelectric arrays), a conventional booster on the end opposite the mast could push the ISS to escape, and a plasma motor could push it on a long, slow (and unmanned) trajectory to enter Martian capture after a few years.

Having the ISS in orbit around Mars gives astronauts both a destination and real-time remote control over numerous, next-gen (and probably small) surface rovers. Crews could be rotated in and out on a regular basis (maybe even using Buzz Aldrin’s “recycler” idea). All this would build in safety (which was a Von Braun priority) and produce a large number of astronauts with experience in long-duration spaceflight away from Earth.

The return vehicles would always arrive first, probably docked to, or tethered to, the ISS. When the first crew arrived, its return vehicle would already be available, and stocked with supplies to be offloaded into the ISS.

For the manned exploration of the surface, a large, self-contained, winnebago-style motor home (probably more than one, each on a different part of the planet) would be the target of the lander. Crews would suit up, board the landing vehicle, drop in near the exploration vehicle, walk over, board it, and thereafter (until it was time to leave) operate in a shirtsleeve environment. The vessel to reorbit and rendezvous would be very similar, but would carry more fuel, and drop in. The crew would direct their vehicle to an area near the craft, suit up, and leave the surface vehicle in good condition for the next crew.


33 posted on 08/11/2012 7:40:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow.....you see like the back of a black ship on the left and a black building on the right. Mars is cool!


34 posted on 08/11/2012 8:07:24 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv

“Check yourself over”?......ohhhhh.....to make sure your pants aren’t unzipped......


35 posted on 08/11/2012 8:09:02 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

It would be bad manners to greet the martians with your probe hanging out.


36 posted on 08/11/2012 8:10:26 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Fresh Wind

37 posted on 08/11/2012 8:36:47 AM PDT by MCH
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To: Young Werther
You obviously did not read my whole post.

In the next few years, when human pilots are getting CREAMED in dogfights with drones, it will become obvious even to action/adventure movie fans that machines are better suited to these jobs than people are.

38 posted on 08/11/2012 1:13:46 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: KarlInOhio

Somehow it doesn't quite work.
39 posted on 08/13/2012 1:31:24 AM PDT by TChad
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