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Reply: 281

PostPosted: November 18, 2012 10:12 PM 

sol 100 chemcam of soil in the scoop trench:

who dat?!


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Reply: 282

PostPosted: November 19, 2012 1:32 AM 


Your 279 suggests a smooth rounded edged 'metallic nugget' buried in the rock groove. Yeah, 25 micro-zaps and a miss!!!

They won't look any further than the zap on the tip of their laser. So much for ChemCam news.



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Reply: 283

PostPosted: November 19, 2012 7:06 AM 

#279 looks like the skeleton of a fossilized squid! Surprised


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Reply: 284

PostPosted: November 19, 2012 8:41 AM 

LWS, re 277, Not related. These are simply small pieces of cord with knots. Not sure what they are tying down from this angle.

Mark Wilson

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Reply: 285

PostPosted: November 20, 2012 9:28 AM 

They must have zapped the rocks around the "rocknest" area hundreds of time now with ChemCam...I was hoping we might have heard a bit more about their composition by now. Sad

Thomas Lee Elifritz

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Reply: 286

PostPosted: November 20, 2012 11:09 AM 

Just a heads up and FYI on the weird mars soil ... thing.

Thomas Lee Elifritz

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PostPosted: November 20, 2012 11:10 AM


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PostPosted: November 20, 2012 12:07 PM 

Thanks for that, Thomas.

The only thing I can think of that would be "one for the history books" (apart from biology) is a detection of organic matter. If so, I would guess that formaldehyde would be most likely.

It also would be interesting to see if the percentage is comparable to the estimation based on the chlorinated hydrocarbon detections from Viking.


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Reply: 289

PostPosted: November 20, 2012 3:01 PM 

sol 0097 Chemcam animation of freshly exposed soil:

you must view the original size to see the animation.

It sure looks like they are trying to cross-check SAM with the Chemcam!

I am cautiously optimistic that the long wait to hear the whoo-who cry from Mars is almost over.


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Reply: 290

PostPosted: November 20, 2012 3:50 PM 

I have searched the web and cannot find the answer to this.

How do you make/buy something to see the 3D pictures that you often post on this site?


Posts: xxx

Reply: 291

PostPosted: November 20, 2012 5:37 PM 

The best free program for viewing 3D is StereoPhoto Maker. It allows you to load 3D files in a variety of formats and then view them in a variety of modes.

I normally post my 3D images as side-by-side crossed eye pairs ( because I can easily cross my eyes and fuse the images ) - but you can load them into the program and view then any way you want - including the funny colored glasses - and if you have the right video card and shutter glasses as true 3D!

One of my "future" projects will be to create DVD disk for viewing selected images on 3D HDTV.

Er, does anyone want to volunteer to do that? ** sound of crickets **


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Reply: 292

PostPosted: November 21, 2012 7:59 AM 

Sure, i will volunteer to view the selected images on 3D HDTV. No problem!


Posts: xxx

Reply: 293

PostPosted: November 21, 2012 9:21 AM 

well, Curiosity moved today without further exploration of the rock in reply 279.The drive index changed from 178 to 388 - so I'm guessing 50 meters or so.

zoost: thank you for volunteering for the arduous job of watching 3D TV. I will call on you when the DVD is ready.


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Reply: 294

PostPosted: November 21, 2012 10:32 AM 

Thanks, It is pretty easy to just cross eyes to get the 3D affect. Ah a whole new world awaits...


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Reply: 295

PostPosted: November 21, 2012 1:02 PM 

Ok, so how many Faces do you see. Human and Animal?
I count at least 4.

Just a little Thanksgiving fun

Kye Goodwin

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Reply: 296

PostPosted: November 22, 2012 12:34 AM 

Looks like SAM has come up with something pretty exciting:


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Reply: 297

PostPosted: November 22, 2012 5:16 AM 

Back to the rather peculiar patches of whitish material. Here are two new examples (which has been brought to my attention by a facebook peer) which definitely are not related to shadowing effects and the like (easy to spot in the lower left middle and upper right middle:

Debries (confetti) of MSL or something worthwhile to investigate?


Posts: xxx

Reply: 298

PostPosted: November 22, 2012 9:59 AM 

sol 0066 montage of white thingie:

Definitely looks out of place. MSL has moved 50 meters or so away from Rocknest - so further examination will not happen.

*** correction: the move was 25 meters or so.

I will have to develop a new drive index change to distance table for Curiosity.

( why does everything have to be so %&$*ing complicated with Curiosity?)


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Reply: 299

PostPosted: November 22, 2012 11:22 AM 

sol 0102 3D of APXS on Rocknest 3:

Ah, the most peculiar spot on the peculiar rock of reply 279 WAS examined before running away.

But no MAHLI images yet posted of the rock.

Can you BELIEVE that they touched the rock at exactly the place of maximum weirdness - and didn't take even one picture?

I can't.

From the Nov 20 report:

Although Curiosity has departed the Rocknest patch of windblown sand and dust where it scooped up soil samples in recent weeks, the sample-handling mechanism on the rover's arm is still holding some soil from the fifth and final scoop collected at Rocknest. The rover is carrying this sample so it can be available for analysis by instruments within the rover if scientists choose that option in coming days.

SO, the "official" word about the Rocknest soil is that we might look at it again with SAM - but then again we might not.

Maybe I'll go work on Oppy pictures for a while.


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PostPosted: November 22, 2012 11:02 PM 

Zeke; Thanks! sounds reasonable Re. your #284, but have they explained yet where the original plastic material found on the soil came from on curiosity earlier on the mission? Seems that they should know by now.


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