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PostPosted: August 6, 2013 5:30 AM 

Interactive graphic of Curiosity's first Earth year on Mars:

John Henry Dough

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Reply: 102

PostPosted: August 6, 2013 7:21 PM 

Reply 82 all the way to Reply 86 when viewed too long,,overloads the emotions,,,sorry I lost it.

Distant flat topped ridges,numerous foothills,sharply defined crater walls,all wrapped in a surreal haze in the mysterious distance.And up close we see boulders as big as cars,coal black rock,stark white rock ,blue,gray rock,,gravel pits,whirlwind trails,rocks of every size and shape,all held in high contrast against the rusty Sands of Mars.

Mount Sharp,surrender to us your secrets,your ancient rivers and your
brooding ravines,cloaked in clues of alien mixes.Your shuttered past waits for Earthly vessels.Only the perfect land on Mars,anything less need not attempt.

Mars,so deadly beautiful,we have seen only a tiny glimpse of you,and what we have seen has seduced us.An entire world,both empty and over-flowing, waiting,calling,beckoning.
Unknown discoveries ahead.

Humans so bold,so boldly go,seeking more and more,addicted to your strangeness,never to be satisfied,,only to impatiently reach for
the hardest to solve missions.

Yes, Red Planet,we WILL come to you and scatter ourselves across and below your skies and surface.We will not wait any longer Red Planet.You were alive in the past and you will be alive again.

Hello Mars.


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PostPosted: August 6, 2013 7:49 PM 

JHD; Re. your reply #102. Nice!!
Good competition for Stuart's Mars poetry.



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Reply: 104

PostPosted: August 7, 2013 1:47 PM 

More Martian poetry:

Sol 0322 0323 Chemcam Mastcam 3D of peculiar rock:

with location link.

What kind of geological structures "curl up" in sheets of gypsum? Or hang in strings from ledges?

The mastcam-100 context images for the Chemcam views are dribbling in one at a time.

Does anyone have the slightest interest in seeing these?

Do these Chemcam / mastcam views of peculiar rocks need their own topic?

Why doesn't the Chemcam team insist that the mastcam context images be shot at exactly the same local solar time?

It is difficult squared to try to figure out the subtle shapes of the peculiar features when the lighting is different between the left and right eye views.


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Reply: 105

PostPosted: August 7, 2013 3:55 PM 

Wow! Horton, that is truly remarkable. I wonder if the strings could be drip features analogous to stalactites or stalagmites? Although, the left-most one looks like it might have a spiral shape.

mark wilson

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Reply: 106

PostPosted: August 7, 2013 4:12 PM 

Im surprised how many interesting rocks have been overlooked for closer examination.

Such as:


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Reply: 107

PostPosted: August 8, 2013 11:28 AM 

Here are some more mastcam / pancam 3D pairs.

I think that the Chemcam / Mastcam-100 combined data is the best chance of discovering the Whos - assuming of course that they exist.

Habitability: Check.
Inhabitants: Searching...

Here is the most recent mastcam view of a chemcam target:

By clicking on the "back" button ( left hand side ) of the photo you can see the mastcam / chemcam 3D pair and then continue to see other context / 3D pairs.

Happy hunting.


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Reply: 108

PostPosted: August 9, 2013 10:34 AM 

What makes you think the combined CC/MCAM data is the best?

Just curious


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Reply: 109

PostPosted: August 9, 2013 11:31 AM 

Hey, Wildcat!

I said that the chemcam / mastcam-100 are the best ( in terms of use of the rover's available time and bandwidth ) for discovery of possible life signs.

Using them together provides a quick, remote chemical identification for selected, interesting rocks and soil.

The "context" mastcam images for the chemcam LASER single spot zaps are also accompanied by infrared science images which can localize chemical identification down to the pixel level of the mastcam.

The paired chemcam / mastcam images also provide a 3D context view that can show interesting structural features.

Of course, once something interesting is discovered, MAHLI provides the best confirmation 3D closeup images - and APXS, SAM and CheMin ( and maybe even DAN thrown in for good measure ) provides the best chemical confirmation.

But that confirmation can take many, many weeks. I doubt if the turn around time for selection, drilling, sampling and analysis will ever be less than one month per sample!

The extensive use of the Chemcam / Mastcam-100 at every rover stop makes sense - whether you're looking for clay - or the clay's inhabitants.

Of course, we don't have access to the chemical results ( "squiggly lines" ) - but we can look for strangeness in the images.

Now, if only the crappy Chemcam JPGs were not deliberately degraded...


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Reply: 110

PostPosted: August 10, 2013 12:06 AM 

Interesting triangular-shaped white thing (with three distinct triangles therein) protruding from this not white rock on Sol 352:



Bonus Sol 52 "taco rock" at the bottom:


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Reply: 111

PostPosted: August 10, 2013 12:08 AM 

Hopefully this will put a thumbnail:


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Reply: 112

PostPosted: August 10, 2013 2:04 PM 

Sol 0359 Chemcam animation of peculiar "strandy" rocks:

The two Chemcam images have different focus and a large overlap - so joining them into one pancam image is difficult.

Pay particularly close attention to the strands draping over cavities in the rocks.


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Reply: 113

PostPosted: August 11, 2013 2:58 PM 

Sol 0358 Chemcam / Mastcam 3D of peculiar stringy rock:

with location links.

How weird do the rocks have to be before someone official notices and comments?

Probably never.

Ah well. At least I have a daily amusement.


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Reply: 114

PostPosted: August 11, 2013 3:18 PM 

Great example Horton, thanks. And if we could discover repeating patterns on those "rocks" then... -I'm sure this will happen, or at least I hope so. Searcing... Rock found, ...still searching...


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Reply: 115

PostPosted: August 11, 2013 4:22 PM 

More sol 0358 chemcam / mastcam-100 3D:

with location links.

These are more "normal" Mars conglomerate rocks that don't bother my sensibilities as much. I'm sure these rocks make the geologists happier too.


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Reply: 116

PostPosted: August 11, 2013 9:44 PM 

Haven't posted my images for a while so I thought I would post a sol 360 auto white balanced 3D of one of today's releases. Its an MI of the rock recently MI'd by Curi that showed several depressions containing "SODS".

The white balanced image shows several dark micro spheres between the sods. Artifacts? Spores?



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PostPosted: August 12, 2013 4:03 PM 

Winston ( * whisper * breath condensing into a fog * ) , I see dead pixels.

Why this rock and not one of the interesting rocks imaged with both the chemcam and mastcam? - including this one of NINE chemcam panoramas done on sol 0346:

six of the context mastcam-100 images are still missing - including the mastcam for this one:

I want to see this rock in glorious 3D Horticolor - even if it is 600 meters back along the trail.


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Reply: 118

PostPosted: August 12, 2013 5:23 PM 


I saw a few clearly dead pixels too. But the reply #115 image shows a quite large number. Shouldn't dead pixels be constant and relatively static from image to image?


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Reply: 119

PostPosted: August 13, 2013 11:33 AM 

The rock you want to see in Horticolor is quite literally the exact same rock as one previously seen at John Klein on Sol 164:


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PostPosted: August 13, 2013 12:48 PM 

Sol 0360 enhanced difference false color MAHLI 3D of SOD:

I put the image on the rack and stretched it until it screamed and, yes, there appear to be real, dark grains mixed in with the SOD.

Remember, this was shot in the shadow of the arm - and since there are no shadows in shadows ( well, yes, there can be shadows caused by bright reflections - but I don't see any here ) then darker areas are - er, darker areas.

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