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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity on Mars: Still Life with Rover
NASA ^ | August 18, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 08/17/2012 10:47:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: What does the Curiosity rover look like on Mars? To help find out, NASA engineers digitally synthesized multiple navigation camera images taken last week into what appears to be the view of a single camera. Besides clods of Martian dirt, many of Curiosity's science instruments are visible and appear in good shape. Near the middle of the rover is an augmented reality tag intended to enable smartphones to provide background information. Far in the distance is a wall of Gale Crater. As Curiosity will begin to roll soon, its first destination has now been chosen: an intriguing intersection of three types of terrain named Glenelg.

August 18, 2012

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


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

1 posted on 08/17/2012 10:47:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 08/17/2012 10:48:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interestingly, NASA couldn’t go green with Curiosity by using solar panels for power. Previous rovers died on Mars due to dust coverage that prevented recharging of the batteries. Curiosity is nuclear powered. Maybe there’s a moral here...


3 posted on 08/17/2012 11:09:20 PM PDT by downtownconservative
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To: SunkenCiv
3-D Panorama
4 posted on 08/17/2012 11:13:38 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: downtownconservative

I think the moral is that a vehicle the size of a Buick can’t drive around using solar panels for power.  If NASA could have used solar in this case, I’m sure they would have; it would surely be less expensive.


5 posted on 08/18/2012 1:02:56 AM PDT by Joseph Harrolds
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To: SunkenCiv

I don’t see any tire tracks yet. This thing still sitting where it landed?


6 posted on 08/18/2012 1:21:21 AM PDT by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: WSGilcrest

“This thing still sitting where it landed?”

Apparently the Martian DMV isn’t any more efficient than ours.

[NASA shouldn’t have gone with vanity plates]


7 posted on 08/18/2012 2:34:12 AM PDT by Salamander (Snakes. It had to be snakes.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The most expensive photograph of Apache Junction yet.


8 posted on 08/18/2012 4:45:44 AM PDT by Blado (Democrats - the party of juvenile unresolved daddy issue rage.)
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To: SunkenCiv

By the way ~ on a more serious note ~ how do you get a giant mountain (Mt. Sharp) made out of eroded sedimentary layers ~ in the middle of a giant (presumably) ancient crater?

Still can’t wrap my mind around Martian geology.


9 posted on 08/18/2012 4:59:27 AM PDT by Blado (Democrats - the party of juvenile unresolved daddy issue rage.)
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To: downtownconservative

Yes, more nukes, less kooks...


10 posted on 08/18/2012 5:49:27 AM PDT by 103198
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To: Joseph Harrolds
NASA would have used PV solar if they could because of politics - not cost. The solar array for Curiosity and it's batteries would dramatically increase the size, throw weight, etc. of the project. The PU generator is small and has a very high density energy production. Nuclear power generation of electricity is far lower cost on earth than PV solar, so why wouldn't it even be more so on a planet with less sunlight and a very simple radioisotope electric generator?
11 posted on 08/18/2012 5:57:57 AM PDT by 103198
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To: SunkenCiv

What’s the lawn mower w/ the bagger for ;?


12 posted on 08/18/2012 8:12:32 AM PDT by mikrofon (Curiosity BUMP)
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To: Blado

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gale_%28crater%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_crater

First is where Curiosity is parked and talks about the central peak, second is impact craters in general.


13 posted on 08/18/2012 12:05:49 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Mmogamer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeolis_Mons

article about the peak itself.


14 posted on 08/18/2012 12:07:24 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: WSGilcrest

Once it starts rolling, it’ll require much less direction from Earth. Instead of programming each day’s route based on the current pix, this newest rover is self-guided and autonomous.

Of course, eventually it’ll show up in Earth orbit as the core of a huge alien probe...


15 posted on 08/18/2012 5:49:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Blado

Big rocks come down and blow out craters. Mars’ entire surface is cratered, and separated into two parts, the Hemisphere of Craters, and the Opposite Hemisphere.

Red Planet’s Ancient Equator Located
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1390424/posts

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2348247/posts

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1715286/posts

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2580612/posts

Wind and water have shaped Schiaparelli on Mars
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2640637/posts


16 posted on 08/18/2012 6:03:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Blado; Salamander; downtownconservative

:’D


17 posted on 08/18/2012 6:13:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Mmogamer; martin_fierro

Thanks!


18 posted on 08/18/2012 6:13:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 103198

Thanks 103198.


19 posted on 08/18/2012 10:17:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mikrofon

There’s also a chain saw on a robotic arm, for when it encounters the banyan forests.


20 posted on 08/18/2012 10:18:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Blado

LOL!


21 posted on 08/18/2012 10:22:34 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: SunkenCiv

TYVM, SunkenCiv!


22 posted on 08/18/2012 10:23:55 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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