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April 21, 2014

Fossils on Sol 605


Curious pictures on Sol 605 , no ? What is it ?

posted by mjean1 at 10:51 AM EDT | Discussion (0)

March 30, 2014

Mars to Earth coordinates


Does anyone know the best way to convert/transpose Mars' longitude and latitude coordinates to Earth? ie. working out where your location would be on mars, based on your current location on Earth.

Thanks for any help. Smile

posted by polyx at 10:20 PM EDT | Discussion (0)

March 17, 2014

Trek to Mount Sharp - Kimberley

Sol 0572 panorama about 100 meters from the Kimberley area:


with location link.

Time for a new topic.

posted by hortonheardawho at 12:32 AM EDT | Discussion (202)

March 2, 2014

Driving in reverse,MSL

How will this effect the wheels?

Good or bad?

For some reason it don't seem like a good idea to me, simply because I THINK this may cause more instead of less damage.

Comments? Thoughts?

posted by Joe Smith at 4:38 AM EDT | Discussion (0)

February 28, 2014

New evidence for ancient life on Mars?

NASA press release today, regarding the Martian meteorite Yamato 000593 (Y000593):

"The team reports that newly discovered different structures and compositional features within the larger Yamato meteorite suggest biological processes might have been at work on Mars hundreds of millions of years ago."

"The observed micro-tunnels display curved, undulating shapes consistent with bio-alteration textures observed in terrestrial basaltic glasses, previously reported by researchers who study interactions of bacteria with basaltic materials on Earth."

"The second set of features consists of nanometer- to-micrometer-sized spherules that are sandwiched between layers within the rock and are distinct from carbonate and the underlying silicate layer. Similar spherical features have been previously seen in the Martian meteorite Nakhla that fell in 1911 in Egypt. Composition measurements of the Y000593 spherules show that they are significantly enriched in carbon compared to the nearby surrounding iddingsite layers."

posted by Paul Scott Anderson at 12:16 AM EDT | Discussion (2)

February 21, 2014

using the MSL json feeds

Hey there I'm putting together a curiosity image explorer using the wonderful MSL json feed.

The intention is to allow crowd-source tagging of interesting parts of images.

code is all on github at

the evolving protoype is here: (works in chrome)

happy to take suggestions from this forum Laughing

posted by open768 at 6:19 PM EDT | Discussion (3)

February 17, 2014

Where Should we Send our Rovers to Mars to Unravel Mystery of Origin of First Living Cells?

Some of the challenges looking for early life on Mars when we have no idea if there was life there, or where it originated, or what type of life it was or what type of habitat it was in - go into details about some of the places we might find it, and chances of preservation of life from billions of years ago.

It's quite topical as the deadline for suggestions for candidates for ExoMars is 28th February - though because of limitations on what it can target, seems most are ruled out except Mawrth Vallis for ExoMars.

Anyway - interested in anything any of you say (and thanks for the discussion of my earlier article on Science20 here)

posted by Robert Walker at 8:19 AM EDT | Discussion (7)

February 15, 2014

Looking through the archives

I was looking back here. There are lot of folks that have come and gone. Ben has gone to rest. Some have have vanished. How long have YOU been here?

posted by John at 4:51 AM EDT | Discussion (12)

February 7, 2014

Mars 2020 Mission


They have gone far beyond the neutron spectrometer work. The new instrument uses cosmic rays and gamma rays to identify many different substances---not just water.

A candidate for the 2020 mission.

posted by Barsoomer at 9:58 PM EDT | Discussion (9)

February 7, 2014

Mars Article

My presence here is limited because of periodic obsession. Targeted writings to promote this blog have been ongoing. this has also allowed me to focus my understanding.

This article is a reflection of what has been learned. Does it have a perceptual slant? I suppose but the visible date must not be ignored.

It would be impossible to thank all of you for your input. I am still waiting for Winston's breakout. I am sure it will come.

I could not use some images because of there were no creative commons license. I was able to sneak them in with the YouTube video.

Article link below.


Hort you can make it user friendly....

posted by Fred at 6:28 AM EDT | Discussion (21)

February 6, 2014


I am intruiged by some rocks in rocks on the right in the the valley viewed from Sol528. Is it possible to get a closer look at them as Curiosity is in the area.

the original image is

The rock in question has some features that are very reminiscent of a half buried humanoid from the angle it was taken.

But many a rock has fooled us citizen scientists Shocked as viewed from different angles the rock de-resolves into just rocks. So a diferent perspective is definitely needed before claiming fantastic finds

I'm genuinely both personally and professionally interested in the processes that might have gone into creating this rock.
Professionally I work on the technical aspects of EO PDGS.

Sunil V

posted by open768 at 2:39 PM EDT | Discussion (2)

February 6, 2014


En me promenant sur Mars via Google Earth, voici ce que j'ai photographié
(4°35'22.41"S / 137°26'30.01"E )
Etrange, étrange !

posted by levavasseur at 1:30 PM EDT | Discussion (0)

February 5, 2014

Statue Head in Rver photo?

I was just looking through the latest NASA photograph from the Mars Rover and saw a rock which seems to depict a head of a statue buried in the sand. Have a look for yourself and see what I mean.
Go to the Nasa photo here:
The go to the right hand side of the image, about half way down from the top. Go into close up and you can see it for yourself.
If you click here you can see the head as a separate graphic:
I'm not saying it is a statue of course - just that it looks a lot like one.

posted by X-Bumble at 9:02 AM EDT | Discussion (6)

February 3, 2014

Damage to rover's wheels

I was browsing some raw images and came across this one... looks like the damage to the rover's wheels is worse than they've lead on so far!

posted by Dylan at 8:00 AM EDT | Discussion (6)

January 30, 2014

Calling All Life


posted by dx at 12:48 PM EDT | Discussion (11)

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