Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Crossing Dingo Gap on Mars
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.
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[Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS; Digital processing: Damia Bouic]
PROOF os SUVs on Mars!!!!! ;-P
FWIW billions have been lost in the search for life on this planet not to mention the money spent
Incredible how much it looks like Earth.
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)
Mars looks like most of the deserts of the world: HOT, sandy, dusty and dry, dry, dry.
The technology advances that come from this research are what is most important
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.
I do mind.
prosperity is the proper perspective predominate to the current prospective posterior perception
shouldnt you be out pickin cotton infidel
Except for the hot part, yes. Even in mid-summer during the hottest part of the day, the surface is still below zero Celsius.
It ain’t hot. :’)
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.
I gotta say....that picture is insanely cool. Look at the clarity! This was transmitted from another planet!
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.
VERY true. It is AMAZING. Hard to wrap my brain around that one.
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!
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.
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