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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Crossing Dingo Gap on Mars
NASA ^ | February 18, 2014 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 02/18/2014 8:22:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: An important threshold on Mars has now been crossed. Landing in mid-2012, the Curiosity rover is searching for clues of whether life could ever have existed on the red planet. Recent findings of Curiosity include evidence for an ancient (but now dried) freshwater lake, and the non-detection of the biomarker methane in the Martian atmosphere. To continue its investigation, the car-sized rover is on an expedition to roll up Mt. Sharp, the central peak of the large crater in which it landed. Life might have shown preference for water that once ran down the Martian mountain. Two weeks ago, to avoid more dangerous and rocky terrain, Curiosity was directed to roll across a one-meter high sand dune that blocked a useful entrance to Mt. Sharp. Just after the short trip over Dingo Gap was successful, the robotic rover took the above image showing the now-traversed sand mound covered with its wheel tracks.

February 18, 2014

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


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

1 posted on 02/18/2014 8:22:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
The Big One

2 posted on 02/18/2014 8:23:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

PROOF os SUVs on Mars!!!!! ;-P


3 posted on 02/18/2014 8:23:34 PM PST by MortMan (Is a delayed shower a "stay of exablution"?)
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To: SunkenCiv

FWIW billions have been lost in the search for life on this planet not to mention the money spent


4 posted on 02/18/2014 8:24:40 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: SunkenCiv

Incredible how much it looks like Earth.


5 posted on 02/18/2014 8:27:20 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv

cool


6 posted on 02/18/2014 8:28:28 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: bigheadfred
FWIW billions have been lost in the search for life on this planet not to mention the money spent

No kidding.

It was thought that by THIS time we would be flying all over our solar system, stretching out into our galaxy. No one realized HOW LONG all this technology would take to develop.

Also, there's not much out there that isn't HERE. All the elements on the periodic chart are here and OUT THERE. All the same stuff. There IS no "dilithium crystal (Star Trek) to power us over the trillions of light years to get to another star. I USED to think it a useful endeavor to reach for the stars, so to speak. Now I don't.

IF there are alien nations out there, they have the exact same elements we have and thus can't get to us any more than we can get to them: TOO MUCH COST OF FUEL.

Oh well, I've been a trekkie since it all began, 1968 or 69, I think, and I will always be one. Live long and...oh never mind! :o)

7 posted on 02/18/2014 8:52:19 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: SunkenCiv

Mars looks like most of the deserts of the world: HOT, sandy, dusty and dry, dry, dry.


8 posted on 02/18/2014 8:53:30 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: bigheadfred

The technology advances that come from this research are what is most important


9 posted on 02/18/2014 9:01:58 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: cloudmountain

you are assumunig we know all there is to know about science, and out propulsion systems are the only thing possible. This is far from true.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 9:03:15 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: cloudmountain
Live long and...

I do mind.

prosperity is the proper perspective predominate to the current prospective posterior perception

11 posted on 02/18/2014 9:04:08 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Mr. K; SunkenCiv; cloudmountain
The technology advances that come from this research are what is most important

shouldnt you be out pickin cotton infidel

12 posted on 02/18/2014 9:08:20 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: cloudmountain

Except for the hot part, yes. Even in mid-summer during the hottest part of the day, the surface is still below zero Celsius.


13 posted on 02/18/2014 9:11:06 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: cloudmountain

It ain’t hot. :’)


14 posted on 02/18/2014 9:14:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Mr. K
you are assumunig we know all there is to know about science, and out propulsion systems are the only thing possible. This is far from true.

YOUR assumption of what I was saying is UNTRUE. You assumed most incorrectly. You OBVIOUSLY thought I WOULD indeed say something so STUPID as "we know all there is to know about science." I never did say that or even INFER it. In fact YOUR assumption was STUPID.

And I did NOT ever mention "out propulsion systems."

LEARN to read.

15 posted on 02/18/2014 9:30:10 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: SunkenCiv

I gotta say....that picture is insanely cool. Look at the clarity! This was transmitted from another planet!


16 posted on 02/18/2014 9:32:06 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: bigheadfred
shouldnt you be out pickin cotton infidel

What is "COTTON INFIDEL"? Is it a new fabric? Or an unfaithful cotton plant?

"pickin"?? Where did you learn to write and punctuate? If you are going to write that way, give us a CLUE that you are being funny or clever, not just illiterate.

You can do better than that, bhf.

17 posted on 02/18/2014 9:35:11 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: hoagy62
I gotta say....that picture is insanely cool. Look at the clarity! This was transmitted from another planet!

VERY true. It is AMAZING. Hard to wrap my brain around that one.

18 posted on 02/18/2014 9:36:11 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: SunkenCiv
It ain’t hot. :’)

My mistake!!
Wikipedi: Martian surface temperatures vary from lows of about −143 °C (at the winter polar caps) to highs of up to 35 °C (in equatorial summer). Brrr!

19 posted on 02/18/2014 9:50:06 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: SunkenCiv

What’s really cool is the other rover on Mars was supposed to operate 90 days. 10 years later its still going. Take that Jade Rabbit.


20 posted on 02/18/2014 9:58:08 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thank you so much, SunkenCiv!!!


21 posted on 02/18/2014 10:02:54 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Do they eat Baybays at Dingo Gap?


22 posted on 02/19/2014 4:10:17 AM PST by left that other site
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To: SunkenCiv


23 posted on 02/19/2014 4:27:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: cloudmountain

what’s your problem?

Do you always freak out thos way?


24 posted on 02/19/2014 9:08:18 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: cloudmountain

a$$hole


25 posted on 02/19/2014 10:21:09 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K
what’s your problem?
Do you always freak out thos way?

______________________________________

Lol.
Don't YOU ever spell check your responses or do you ENJOY looking like an illiterate: "thos" way?

My apologies for treading on your mispelled, un-capitalized, undisciplined, but oh-so-tender toes, Mr. K.

26 posted on 02/19/2014 2:25:21 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

shut up, a$$hole


27 posted on 02/19/2014 2:36:14 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: cloudmountain

I hope you are feeling better.

my style of posting doesnt include all the things you say are needful because in fact in fact in fact most of my postings are something other than what they appear to be if you are literate enuf to unnerstand

ima voting you as the next up to replace and become a mod


28 posted on 02/19/2014 5:02:44 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: cloudmountain
Fuel is all around us. There is a zero point field which will exist no matter where we go, short of the other side of a Schwartzchild threshold. According to men who would know, 'we now have the technology to take ET home'.
29 posted on 02/19/2014 5:09:07 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN
Fuel is all around us. There is a zero point field which will exist no matter where we go, short of the other side of a Schwartzchild threshold. According to men who would know, 'we now have the technology to take ET home'.

Lol. I LIKE it: the Schwarzchild threshhold.

As for having the technology, I believe you. Our government shut it down and I don't know when or why but I think it stinks. I used to LOVE to see and hear about our latest and greatest stuff for space. Didn't you?

30 posted on 02/19/2014 8:04:43 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: bigheadfred
I hope you are feeling better.
my style of posting doesnt include all the things you say are needful because in fact in fact in fact most of my postings are something other than what they appear to be if you are literate enuf to unnerstand
ima voting you as the next up to replace and become a mod

THANKS. You're a peach.
However, I would rather hang upside down from the Golden Gate Bridge and eat Brussel sprouts than be a moderator but thanks for thinking of me.

31 posted on 02/19/2014 8:08:08 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
I still do ... only now it comes in from a bit more clandestine sources. 2014 is going to be a very interesting year. The distractions and miss-directions will be legendary!
32 posted on 02/19/2014 8:45:35 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN
I still do ... only now it comes in from a bit more clandestine sources. 2014 is going to be a very interesting year. The distractions and miss-directions will be legendary!

Clandestine sources? Sounds FASCINATING. (Spock)

33 posted on 02/20/2014 12:08:06 PM PST by cloudmountain
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