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PostPosted: July 26, 2013 4:47 AM 

Mmmmm? last link did not work one last try.....


Highlight and right click to open.


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Reply: 82

PostPosted: July 26, 2013 8:51 AM 

Interesting "drive by" pano of the trek from Sol 343:

Lots of bright reflective stuff around here!?


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Reply: 83

PostPosted: July 26, 2013 8:55 AM 

Sol 0343 panorama:

I thought there might be a brief exploration of this interesting ridge to the south - but the dogs barked and caravan moved on.


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Reply: 84

PostPosted: July 26, 2013 10:52 AM 

Sol 0343 0344 super 3D:

Why didn't Curiosity head SE from Glenelg and parallel the base of Mount Sharp? It looks a lot more interesting across the "channel".


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Reply: 85

PostPosted: July 26, 2013 11:36 AM 

Sol 0344 180 degree panorama in the next drive direction:

Should be a long drive southward.


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Reply: 86

PostPosted: July 26, 2013 3:33 PM 

Sol 0345 panorama in the next drive direction:

Looks like today's drive was about 90 meters towards the SW.


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PostPosted: July 26, 2013 5:18 PM 

Re:84, I think the reason given is that they are afraid of getting stuck crossing the so-called dark dunes, except at a narrow crossing point where there are "stepping stones."

Looking at the 3D image though, the dark areas appear to have a firm surface. I wonder if the "dark dunes" might be something other than wind-blown sand.

John Henry Dough

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PostPosted: July 27, 2013 4:43 PM 

BS,,,,,Have you ran across anything regarding a timeline (ETA?)for reaching the foothills?

re the dark dunes ,,,,could the "dark part"
be perhaps a heavier than the lighter material? Just guessing.

John Henry Dough

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PostPosted: July 28, 2013 9:31 AM 

The image is available at and .

The orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured the scene on June 27, 2013, with the orbiter rolled for an eastward-looking angle rather than straight downward. The afternoon sun illuminated the scene from the western sky, so the lighting was nearly behind the camera. This geometry hides shadows and reveals subtle color variations.

Curiosity that day was examining an outcrop called "Shaler," the rover mission's final science target in the Glenelg area before commencing a many-month trek southwestward to an entry point for the lower layers of Mount Sharp. The rover appears as a bright blue spot in the enhanced coloring of the image.
To answer my own question in previous post time=many moons.


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PostPosted: July 28, 2013 11:26 AM 

Sol 0346 Chemcam view of weird rock:

I think the Curiosity Chemcam guys and the Opportunity MI guys are competing for the weirdest closeup images of Mars.

I hereby propose Horton's hypothesis:

IF a weird shape repeats an improbable number of times THEN it is reasonable ( but NOT scientific? ) to conclude that it is biological in origin.

My first candidate is the "coil" - seen in the upper right. The coil appears to be 4 turns of a strand of material pitched at 25 degrees.

And here is some "stringy" stuff also from sol 0346 draped over a rock( right hand side ):

Go get 'em! Watch out for the chestbusters.


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PostPosted: July 29, 2013 8:20 PM 

Sol 0342 3D Mastcam-100 / Chemcam panorama of rock:

with Location link.

This image is an example why I hate the organization of the MSL data.

OK, says he after an "aha" moment of recognition of the Chemcam rock in a Mastcam shot. Why not find a larger context image - like a Navcam panorama?

OK, Mastcam file name says it was taken on sol 342. Great. Er, before the move? What time? Which Navcam shot was that? What site was that? What was the pointing information?
After a fruitless 30 minutes jumping between image sites I found exactly nothing.

NASA got the PR on this mission all wrong. Rather than encourage a planet-full of interested amateurs it actively discouraged personal exploration by making it next to impossible to determine the basic camera information - like location, date and time the images were exposed. ( and as a bonus - pointing information) .

The correct way to do this would have been to create a uniform file name which looked something like:


It would have been *so* easy...

Hey, maybe that was the problem. ( But as my oldest son ( and Napoleon! ) is (was ) fond of saying: "Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence." )


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PostPosted: July 30, 2013 10:08 AM 

Sol 0347 panorama in the next drive direction:

with location link.

Turning more southeast towards Mount Sharp?

Bill Harris

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PostPosted: July 30, 2013 10:33 AM 

The MSL site is set up to encourage the ooh-ing and ahh-ing over pretty pictures. I go over there when I hear down the grapevine that something neat has been observed so I can go and dig it out myself. I don't inflict that site upon myself needlessly...



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PostPosted: July 31, 2013 5:19 AM 

#92 that first rock on the right hand side in the middle of the panorama looks like a radar dish! Shocked


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PostPosted: August 2, 2013 4:38 AM 

Latest on Curiosity from the Planetary Society with Emily playing around with the images.


John Henry Dough

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PostPosted: August 3, 2013 1:09 PM

Data sets covering the Curiosity landing site

the HiRISE team produced about a dozen digital elevation models of spots within Gale crater.

John,,,this one is for you.


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PostPosted: August 4, 2013 12:33 PM 

these pics are stunning


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PostPosted: August 5, 2013 9:21 AM 

Sol 0351 180 degree panorama of tracks?:

Looks like Curiosity has doubled back a bit? Why?? Something spotted from HiRise?


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Reply: 99

PostPosted: August 5, 2013 2:43 PM 

Sol 0354 panorama in Gale crater:

Er, what? Still moving away from Mount Sharp?? What's going on???


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PostPosted: August 5, 2013 5:02 PM 

According to a post by RoverDriver on the blue board, they are taking a slight detour to avoid some difficult driving terrain.

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