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PostPosted: July 15, 2013 8:35 AM 

Large specular reflection in the hills behind (and on the mast casing too at approximately the same direction)?


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PostPosted: July 15, 2013 4:04 PM 

Sol 329 false color closeup gigapan.

How about playing a new variant of the Where's Waldo? game: Where's Chemcam ( in Gale crater )?

Somewhere buried in this panorama are several Chemcam panoramas. Can you find them? ( I can't. But I think one or more are here somewhere!)


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PostPosted: July 15, 2013 5:47 PM 

Sol 0330 false color closeup of peculiar rock:

with location link.

So little time - so little bandwidth.

Before I would spend one dime on manned spaceflight to Mars I would expand the Deep Space Network a thousand-fold and orbit a gigantic Mars relay satellite so whatever follows MSL could routinely create giga-pixel 3D multi-spectral pans to the micron level. Yep. That's what I would do first. And then invite and encourage a world-wide network of eyes to scan the data.

Yeah. I'd do that.


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PostPosted: July 15, 2013 9:39 PM 

Interesting shell-like object in the upper left corner of this rock:

Kinda reminded me a little of the Turritella uvasana they used to test the MAHLI with:



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PostPosted: July 15, 2013 10:13 PM 

Be among the first in the world to explore sol 0333 false color close gigapan.

Say, is anyone actually interested in these pans? Why don't you do a snapshot of some interesting areas?


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PostPosted: July 15, 2013 10:29 PM 

I am. that is a good idea. right now I browse MP but the gigapan is way better and it seems like you keep them very up to date.

if you make them , I'll use them


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PostPosted: July 17, 2013 9:55 AM 

Interesting and colorful feature on the upper left corner of the rock in this picture:


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PostPosted: July 18, 2013 9:26 AM 

This is an amazing shot:


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PostPosted: July 19, 2013 6:00 AM 

"Drive by shooting" of interesting pebble sol 337:

Unfortunately no signs of laser-marks (yet?) so we likely will never hear/see of it again. Smile

John Henry Dough

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PostPosted: July 20, 2013 4:18 PM 

Anyone else not being able to comment on hort and others GigaPans??
I sent an email to the Gigapan (Contact us)
Team,,,,hopeful it will clear up....meanwhile
keep-um-coming,,(the gigapans)

John Henry Dough

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PostPosted: July 20, 2013 4:25 PM 

This is an amazing shot:

Thanks Kevin,,Indeed it is


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PostPosted: July 21, 2013 8:05 AM 

Sol 0337 0338 MAHLI super 3D false color of distant vista in Gale crater:

with a link to a wider super 3D.

Why not use the Mastcam-100? The decision to use the MAHLI for this routine view looking east while driving is just plain weird.


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PostPosted: July 21, 2013 8:31 AM 

Here is the "natural color" full frame view of the sol 0337 0338 MAHLI super 3D:



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PostPosted: July 23, 2013 5:21 AM 

Interesting info along the way: REMS recorded maximum ground temperature each Sol consistently above freezing (with only very few exceptions) throughout the mission - and several seasons - to date. Overall maxima recorded was 18 degree C(!). Additional interesting the rather good known fact that pressure never went below the triple point of water in gale crater.

Infos here:

r lewis

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PostPosted: July 24, 2013 7:18 PM 

Yeah I noticed that too. I've been arguing that point for years, from a purely physics perspective, there is both atmospheric water present and conditions above the triple point, there is liquid water on mars!

But, then everyone says no no its too cold or the pressure is too low, ignoring the ACTUAL observations.

This is definitely an exciting result


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PostPosted: July 24, 2013 9:46 PM 

MPJ and r_lewis;
I, too, have been following the REMs results on a regular basis and thinking that they suggested conditions suitable for the occurrence of liquid water in Gale crater practically every day since Curi landed.

But if that is so, why has Curi not photographed signs of such water? Where are the clouds? Where are the Chem cam results? etc. which might offer further evidence of the existence of such water? Can Curi produce data which can unequivocally prove that liquid water is there or is not there? Or is it no better than Oppy and Spirit in that regard.

Do you know if anyone has published anything that speaks to that question?



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PostPosted: July 25, 2013 3:33 AM 

Winston, ChemCam results regarding the possible presence of water/-ice has been really scarce to date but that accounts to most of ChemCam activities - I really wonder if they either only have boring results so far which they don't bother to mention/publish or puzzling results which they cant really explain and therefore keep for themselves to resolve the issues first. Still the most interesting part of the ChemCam campaign are the initial readings of H of the first publishing's.

Also interesting were the low temperature release of H2O during SAM analysis of "John Klein":

For me - counting together all the scarce information that's available from the MSL campaign to date - it looks like a low level presence of water(ice, vapor) as anticipated and expected including some atmospheric humidity in this equatorial region of Mars. About this conditions were used for the experimental setup of the Mars survival experiment of DLR last year so everything is fine. Smile


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PostPosted: July 25, 2013 5:29 PM 

Sol 0343 Chemcam panorama of soil in Gale crater:

My annoyance at the lack of context, color and 3D for the Chencam images knows no bounds.

I "see things" in these images - but refuse to comment. No, that is not an insect. No that is not a shell. It's J.U.S.T rocks.


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PostPosted: July 26, 2013 4:42 AM 

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