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MSL landing site: Gale Crater
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post Jul 23 2011, 12:30 AM
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It's gonna be beautiful, dust or no dust.
Will the mountain really be that bright?
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post Jul 23 2011, 01:07 AM
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Some context

Size:
Gusev ~ 166 km diameter
Gale ~ 155 km diameter

Vistas
I thought the view from the top of Husband hill was very impressive. I think we were close to 80-100 meters above the plains below. rolleyes.gif
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post Jul 23 2011, 03:38 AM
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What I really love about this site is the vertical relief and huge stratigraphic column that the rover will traverse, particularly since the landing ellipse is in the deepest trough of the crater. As awesome as Oppy's mission has been our ability to peer deeply into the past there is limited.

Gale will be the grandest Mars mission of our lifetime. I am so excited about this.
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post Jul 23 2011, 12:19 PM
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Ant's panorama is fantastic... so I made a circular version of it. What a great place this is going to be.

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post Jul 23 2011, 07:01 PM
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.... On page 16 of this paper by K.S. Edgett of Malin Space Systems ......


Did anyone notice that this paper's font is Comic Sans? (ouch!)


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post Jul 23 2011, 08:08 PM
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Big plus for this site is that "Gale" is sooooo much easier to pronounce than "Mawrth".

Unless you're a cat.


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post Jul 24 2011, 02:28 AM
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Hi everyone! I made an alternate version from those of Ant of what a panorama from Curiosity may look like. I'm not sure about the atmosphere opacity and therefore the viewing distance though...

I extracted data (overlay and DTM) from the HRSC camera onboard Mars Express. As you can see the picture resolution is average. I need to start working with CTX of HiRISE data though I'm not 100% sure my small laptop will handle it...

I am sorry about the watermarks but I use the Personal Learning Edition of Vue 9.5 Software. That could really look great without them! mad.gif

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post Jul 24 2011, 08:35 AM
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Very nice but look also very "Alien" because of PLEV.
BTW I wonder WHEN did you find time to do this since the Tour de France was in your city yesterday wheel.gif wink.gif


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post Jul 24 2011, 07:07 PM
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QUOTE (PDP8E @ Jul 23 2011, 02:01 PM) *
Did anyone notice that this paper's font is Comic Sans? (ouch!)

Yes. Very painful. (Font-geek!)
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post Jul 24 2011, 08:54 PM
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Did anyone pick this up on page 7 of that presentation?
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The mound, itself, was eroded by streams. A liquid, perhaps water, beer, or vodka, cut deep canyons into the mound....


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post Jul 24 2011, 09:00 PM
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laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

What, no tequila???


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post Jul 24 2011, 09:20 PM
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QUOTE (ilbasso @ Jul 24 2011, 02:54 PM) *
Did anyone pick this up on page 7 of that presentation?



Yes. The cold temperatures would probably favor high levels of alcohol to keep water in a liquid phase.
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post Jul 24 2011, 09:53 PM
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So maybe we can get a sample return mission funded after all.
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post Jul 24 2011, 09:54 PM
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One step at a time. Let's (successfully) land this baby first.


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post Jul 25 2011, 06:06 AM
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QUOTE (Eutectic @ Jul 24 2011, 02:20 PM) *
Yes. The cold temperatures would probably favor high levels of alcohol to keep water in a liquid phase.

You sir or madam, win the internet. Best... username/response combination...evar!

Regarding Pygmee's pan, nice job, though I would think the effects of the opacity would be even worse, given what we see from Oppy at Endeavour.


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