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MSL Curiosity Lands Safely in Gale Crater, Landing and Commissioning Activity Period 1A, sols 0-8
Art Martin
post Aug 9 2012, 04:56 AM
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Here's my attempt at 3D.

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post Aug 9 2012, 04:57 AM
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QUOTE (dvandorn @ Aug 9 2012, 12:46 AM) *
I remember Bradbury on some of the coverage, but CBS ran four different coverage periods, for the far and near encounters on both Mariners 6 and 7. I won't swear that Bradbury was on the final installment. (I mean, hey, it was 43 years ago, after all...)

-the other Doug


Wow, for a minute there, it seemed like yesterday to me, but you seem to remember a lot more specifics than I did. My 43 year yesterday is fuzzier than yours, congrats! biggrin.gif
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post Aug 9 2012, 04:58 AM
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And a Polar. smile.gif

I think we are going to need a MSL Mast icon... pancam.gif

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That's the one I was waiting for smile.gif

This thing is a BEAST.


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Emily, there's a pic of you standing alongside this truck. Or, is that something only in my imagination?
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post Aug 9 2012, 05:09 AM
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The holes in the wheels spell out JPL in Morse code! biggrin.gif Whoever thought of that, it's just awesome.

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post Aug 9 2012, 05:11 AM
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QUOTE (dvandorn @ Aug 8 2012, 11:30 PM) *
And on an historical note, how many of us who sat around our television sets watching the CBS News live coverage of the close approach of Mariner 7 as it flew by Mars, on August 5, 1969, guessed that 43 years and a day later we'd be watching Curiosity being lowered gently to the ground on a rope?

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Back in 1969 I would not have guessed that a Curiosity-class rover would require over four decades to happen. And I would not have guessed the delivery system. While I don't remember television coverage of Mariner 7, I do remember the pictures of frost-lined craters, chaotic terrain, and pedestal craters, all new and mysterious. A very good summary of the Mariner series with particular emphasis on Mariners 6 and 7 may be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFUPTtk_wRM
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post Aug 9 2012, 05:15 AM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Aug 9 2012, 06:51 AM) *
As I've done with past missions, I'm planning to produce some web pages that will help me and you browse these data sets better. I do this through manipulating the source html of the web pages in Excel, a process that would no doubt cause all the real programmers here to cackle with derision. Anyway, I'm wondering what form these pages should take that would be most useful for people.


I was planning on doing something similar, although hopefully more robust. (Those html sources a bit of a mess, >90% white-space!)
Does anybody know if the RESTfull interface behind http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/ supports any form of listing? Anybody having JPL webmasters in their contactlist/network?

Greetings,
Ludo.

Ps. Great to see such an interesting forum. I ended up here through Stu's blog, you guys are really close to the fire. Thanks for your brilliant work in outreach!
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Pando, That is cool about the morse code! You are right... awesome. Great catch!

QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Aug 9 2012, 12:51 AM) *
As I've done with past missions, I'm planning to produce some web pages that will help me and you browse these data sets better. I do this through manipulating the source html of the web pages in Excel, a process that would no doubt cause all the real programmers here to cackle with derision. Anyway, I'm wondering what form these pages should take that would be most useful for people.

As a start, here's an Excel file containing URLs and timestamps of all MARDI frames downlinked to date, including the 18 full res ones.
(Note: change the extension from .zip to .xlsx in order to open)


I guess my version of MS Office/Excel is too old... could not open the file. Tried the extension change on both the zipped and unzipped versions, did get folders and greyed out files. Eh... I'll be updating everything soon.
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.xlsx is the Office 2007 version extension.


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Holy cow, this puts my marriage, my sleep, work, all in jeopardy. laugh.gif The images are big and crisp, and already a deluge! Here's my take on that beautiful mast-cam shadow with part of Mt. Sharp.

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I totally understand. And, the 3D's are neat to see. I don't have a pair of Anaglyph glasses, but I am using the inside cover of Jim Bell's book, 'MARS 3-D', it was a nice Christmas present that now seems to keep on giving.

QUOTE (nprev @ Aug 9 2012, 12:20 AM) *
.xlsx is the Office 2007 version extension.


Thanks, that explains it. I've just been getting back from lengthy projects in the deep woods.
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post Aug 9 2012, 05:27 AM
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Ok, added another frame to this 3D. Not perfect but this is fun.

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post Aug 9 2012, 05:29 AM
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QUOTE (Pando @ Aug 9 2012, 05:09 AM) *
The holes in the wheels spell out JPL in Morse code! biggrin.gif Whoever thought of that, it's just awesome.


Morse Code seems to be a fad that's slowly catching on. In external WesternDigital disk drives, like the MyBook series for example, the air vents are Morse Coded.

But here, the holes are also part of the visual odometry system. The software can count the marks as the rover progresses through a traverse. And if the marks don't correspond to x amount of wheel rotation, then there is slippage. This is just one of the many ways to help prevent dig-ins which could end the mobile part of the mission.

Though of course, with wheels that big I can just about imagine the rover floating through any sand trap!
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QUOTE (Keatah @ Aug 8 2012, 09:29 PM) *
Though of course, with wheels that big I can just about imagine the rover floating through any sand trap!


Surface ground pressure for Curiosity is about the same as for Spirit and Opportunity.
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