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post Jun 25 2009, 06:54 PM
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If that is Earth, you're my new hero Fred. smile.gif


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post Jun 25 2009, 09:11 PM
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I'm waiting for the MERs to start spamming each other with:

Earth Spectacular

Check it out, guess no one will get much sleep in August.

Earth

The Blue Planet is about to be spectacular!

This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.

The next time Earth may come this close is in 2287.

At a modest 75-power magnification Earth will look as large as the Phobos to the naked eye.

Share this with your children and grandchildren.

NO ONE ALIVE TODAY ON MARS WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN


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post Jun 25 2009, 09:35 PM
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A nice update here.
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post Jun 26 2009, 05:00 AM
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QUOTE (ilbasso @ Jun 25 2009, 03:11 PM) *
... At a modest 75-power magnification Earth will look as large as Phobos to the naked eye.

Share this with your children and grandchildren.

NO ONE ALIVE TODAY ON MARS WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN

Hehe! LOL. laugh.gif I haven't seen that variant yet, but I'm relieved to learn that I am not the only one being spammed with messages like that. wink.gif

QUOTE (SFJCody @ Jun 25 2009, 03:35 PM) *
A nice update here.
It's very nice, indeed.
Thanks for posting that, SFJ. I had gotten out of the habit of watching the main JPL site, and would have missed it if you hadn't provided the link. That was one of the more informative news releases from the Rovers in recent times. I really like to hear about some of the scientific speculations going on behind the scenes, and that piece contained quite a bit more than we normally see. It really should have been linked to on the main Rover site. Ever since Tyrone I have been wondering about the color hues of these deposits, and whether or not they pre- or post-date Home Plate.


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post Jun 26 2009, 06:48 AM
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Do we have any confirmation yet that the two dots in Fred's image are indeed Venus and Earth? I'd love to show that image in an Outreach talk I'm giving tonight if they are...


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post Jun 26 2009, 12:06 PM
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Stu: Yes. And there are more images from this series on the ground from the AM pass. There's not a bright star to register to, but what you might see is Venus moving closer to the Sun, Earth farther, and the two passing each other.
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post Jun 26 2009, 03:35 PM
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A bit more enhancement..... biggrin.gif
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post Jun 26 2009, 03:50 PM
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Thanks for that Dan! Amazing what the right software can do to pull details out of an image. laugh.gif

The new batch from 1943 and 1945 show Earth as well, as Deimos said. Here are the views on these two sols, again all five pancam frames registered on Venus and averaged:
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If I saw the 1943 frame alone, I'd never have made the identification, but when you look at the movement of Earth in the other frames, that's where Earth has to be on 1943.

And Stu, perhaps you could even show this animation, showing the movement of Earth relative to Venus over three Martian nights:
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post Jun 27 2009, 03:00 AM
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WOW

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post Jun 27 2009, 05:57 AM
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Nice work, fredk; but would you mind redoing them with EGD's enhancements? cool.gif


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post Jun 30 2009, 05:45 AM
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Five recent navcams, averaged and blended using the difference mode.

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post Jun 30 2009, 02:53 PM
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Thought I'd play around with an enhancement on the sunset images from Sol1940.
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It's been a while since we've seen one of these...beautiful! cool.gif
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post Jun 30 2009, 03:37 PM
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Beautifull indeed! Do you know why it seams that the light increase during the first seconds then decrease as it should?


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post Jun 30 2009, 05:33 PM
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Automatic contrast stretch, I'd say.


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post Jul 1 2009, 02:14 AM
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I believe the short streak on the right is Phobos.

http://207.7.139.5/mars/spirit/navcam/2009...E5P1901R0M1.JPG
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