Posts Tagged Mars
Curiosity in Exaggerated Color
This color-enhanced view of NASA’s Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as the satellite flew overhead. Colors have been enhanced to show the subtle color variations near the rover, which result from different types of materials.
The descent stage blast pattern around the rover is clearly seen as relatively blue colors (true colors would be more gray).
This image was acquired at an angle of 30 degrees from straight down, looking west. Another image looking more directly down will be acquired in five days, completing a stereo pair along with this image.
The scale of this image cutout is about 12 inches (31 centimeters) per pixel.
HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates the orbiter’s HiRISE camera, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft.
Image credit: NASNASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
This observation highlights Martian terrain that looks like an elephant. Actually, this image covers the margin of a lava flow in Elysium Planitia, the youngest flood-lava province on Mars. Flood lavas cover extensive areas, and were once thought to be emplaced extremely rapidly, like a flood of water. Image released April 4, 2012.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Northward is to the left. Gale is the crater with a mound
inside it near the center of the image. NASA selected Gale Crater as the landing
site for Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory. The mission’s rover will be
placed on the ground in a northern portion of Gale crater in August
Gale Crater is 96 miles (154 kilometers) in diameter and holds a
layered mountain rising about 3 miles (5 kilometers) above the crater floor. The
intended landing site is at 4.5 degrees south latitude, 137.4 degrees east
This view was created using three-dimensional information from
the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter, which flew on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor
orbiter. The vertical dimension is not exaggerated. Color information is based
on general Mars color characteristics.
Understand unmanned, Chuck. Umm when WE do resume “human exploration”, will those humans be muslim. You know, the “muslim outreach” thingy?
via Fox News
“Mars is firmly in our sights,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Curiosity not only will return a wealth of important science data, but it will serve as a precursor mission for human exploration to the Red Planet.”
Umm, since our “leader” has instituted A “muslim outreach” AND the talk of eventually colonizing Mars, like couldn’t Dear “leader”, you know, like send all the radicals to..well, you know.
Secondly, IF Mars IS eventually colonized and I honestly don’t know for sure, but IF the radicals ARE shipped there and they engage (the part I don’t know) in uhh sexual activity (then again, according to Bill Clinton this would NOT be categorized AS “sexual activity”) umm perform ORALLY, would not the term be, BLOWN on Mars?
Blue on Mars
This image shows part of the floor of Rabe Crater, a large impact crater in Mars’ southern highlands.
Dark dunes–accumulations of wind blown sand–cover part of crater’s floor, and contrast with the surrounding bright-colored outcrops. The extreme close-up view reveals a thumbprint-like texture of smaller ridges and troughs covering the surfaces of the larger dunes. These smaller ripples are also formed and shaped by blowing wind in the thin atmosphere of Mars.
One puzzling question is why the dunes are dark compared with the relative bright layered material contained within the crater. The probable answer is that the source of the dark sand is not local to this crater; rather, this topographic depression has acted as a sand trap.
This image was originally released Oct. 24, 2007.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona