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MSL landing site: Gale Crater
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post Aug 17 2011, 11:55 PM
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QUOTE (Paolo @ Aug 12 2011, 03:24 AM) *

Great article, though in a wryly peculiar way makes reference of "...Deep Space 2 mission, and the Russian Mars-96 mission are used to demonstrate the feasibility of <Artillery based explorers>." ..as considering these were *failed* missions, with DS2 having failed in its surface phase, just a pinch of a bad association for the fund raising PR aspect..
Nonetheless, thats really cool and id love to see as a sort of Scout mission to fill the void left by NetLanders, er um uh MetNet hopefully... ..and pondering the viability of dotting the martian landscape with similar objects via Mars aerobot plane or balloon platform.
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post Sep 23 2011, 02:00 AM
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Hey folks,

Here are a couple of Youtube videos of (what I believe) is the most likely traversal area for Curiosity. Disclaimer: I wrote the software that is being used for these.

First, one made by Ryan Anderson (of the Martian Chronicles blog) flying above a possible traverse route: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hmD5l_4YjM...feature=related

Next, one I made that is more of a meandering path with no particular goal in mind other than to enjoy the scenery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBzNJV6D1JM

I'm very much looking forward to having my mind blown when MSL starts sending back images.

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post Sep 26 2011, 09:00 PM
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QUOTE (AdamH @ Sep 23 2011, 04:00 AM) *
Next, one I made that is more of a meandering path with no particular goal in mind other than to enjoy the scenery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBzNJV6D1JM


Great work! Epic effort. Much enjoyed the flying around.

Is this video made with vertical exaggeration?
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post Sep 26 2011, 09:10 PM
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QUOTE (Oersted @ Sep 26 2011, 10:00 PM) *
Great work! Epic effort. Much enjoyed the flying around.

Is this video made with vertical exaggeration?


Thanks!

Nope, no exaggeration. My parallel goals are beauty and accuracy. Of course, I'm eager for folks to point out flaws. The software is still in beta, after all.

EDIT: I should clarify that the colors *are* indeed exaggerated. The HiRISE DTMs don't give me color information, so it's basically an educated guess mixed with artistic license. As a user of the software, you can alter the colors to suit your fancy.


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post Sep 27 2011, 12:55 PM
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OMG, I still have a hard time getting my head around the absolutely spectacular relief we will find ourselves in, after landing.
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post Sep 27 2011, 01:34 PM
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QUOTE (Oersted @ Sep 27 2011, 01:55 PM) *
OMG, I still have a hard time getting my head around the absolutely spectacular relief we will find ourselves in, after landing.


It's a whole new side of Mars. Well, maybe only a handful of degrees of longitude from the Columbia Hills, but still. Another short take on the scale of the features at Gale Crater:

http://www.youtube.com/mannedmissionsdotco...u/0/xuXpfkVj3Nc

Screenshot:


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post Sep 28 2011, 07:19 AM
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Animated mystery man, woohoo!

Thanks, this really helps with understanding the scale. Keep 'em coming!
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post Oct 4 2011, 01:42 PM
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Here's a Gale Crater flyaround tool I'd appreciate some feedback on (note: this will start streaming data into your web browser -- about 100MB total if you view the whole thing): http://www.mannedmissions.com/GaleCrater/GaleCrater.html

Known issues:
* Loading icon strangeness under Windows.
* Sluggishness in Chrome under OS X. If you right-click and select 'Go Fullscreen', performance should return to normal.

Because of bandwidth costs, this isn't something I'll be able to keep up forever without charging, but I thought I'd try it out for a bit as an experiment.

Enjoy!

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post Oct 4 2011, 08:38 PM
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Thanks for this really cool software that enables browsing Mars datasets online in 3D and in realtime - which is something we space enthusiasts have been waiting for a long time !

Keep up your great programming work smile.gif
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post Dec 6 2011, 05:54 PM
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I've removed the above GaleCrater flyaround; instead, you can explore the same terrain with the Last Martian Harvest game I made (it's free!): http://www.mannedmissions.com/LastMartianHarvest

I mention it because I've seen some folks trying to access the /GaleCrater page and getting 404 messages. PRODUCT PLUG WARNING: And don't forget you can see the full res version of that Gale Crater dataset with the software at http://www.mannedmissions.com/download.


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post Jan 20 2012, 06:22 PM
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QUOTE (AdamH @ Dec 6 2011, 09:54 AM) *
...explore the same terrain with the Last Martian Harvest game I made (it's free!): http://www.mannedmissions.com/LastMartianHarvest
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mars.gif laugh.gif Man! thats incredible! this is exactly what ive been wanting to experience for decades! to actually 'drive' around on Mars ando get a 'feel' of the scope of the terrain!
It seems the pumpkin gets unmovably stuck on the hillside and the birds get stuck in a perma-hover over one spot and then the rover explodes when it tries to move the stuck pumpkin.. but of course thats half the fun!!

ive wanted to do something like this for the 8 year traverse for years to get that irreplaceable visceral feeling of boots on the ground!! wheel.gif i thought of making Battlefield maps or something but never got around to it, but this is so much better and accessible..

Now how cool would it be to release an Eagle-to-Endeavor map of this pumpkin game and we could all get our kicks careening off of the edge of Victoria !! (thinly veiled pleading)
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post Mar 29 2012, 12:28 PM
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Gale crater central mound got a (informal) name - Mount Sharp

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/whatsnew...amp;NewsID=1212
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post Mar 29 2012, 10:37 PM
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Thanks for the link, great read.
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post May 16 2012, 11:58 PM
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Great series of talks from last months Abscicon regarding MSL at Gale - well worth it.

Starts 8:00 min in...

http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/p88c54avqep/?l...p;pbMode=normal
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post May 18 2012, 11:41 PM
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Recently the informal name "Mount Sharp" was suggested for the sedimentary mound in Gale crater. If you check this page out:

http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/HotTopics/ind...es-on-Mars.html

... you will see the name has changed, and the new form now made official. Sharp, or rather 'Robert Sharp" is now a degraded crater west of Gale. The mound is now called Aeolis Mons, and the smooth area around the landing site is Aeolis Palus. (click on those names to see maps).

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