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MSL at Rocknest, First scoop samples - sols 57-101
Jam Butty
post Oct 12 2012, 02:26 AM
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Sol 65 MAHLI stereo of 'The Fragment'

flicker gif...
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crossed pair...
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(edit) You Tube version here
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post Oct 12 2012, 03:41 AM
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Another bright bit to add to the list, at the bottom of the frame:
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/ms...9000E1_DXXX.jpg
(And there's an old one that you could add as well in this post)
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post Oct 12 2012, 07:21 AM
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Partial Sol 64 pan - just for the overview:

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Big version here.

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post Oct 12 2012, 08:55 AM
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Wow, this is a helluva place isn't it? smile.gif


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post Oct 12 2012, 09:34 AM
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It is indeed, Stu, and thanks for the beautiful imagery!!! smile.gif

EDIT: Apologies, Ronald; my mistake, and thank you VERY much!!!!

From this perspective it looks like the entire area might just be a floodplain. Amazing.


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post Oct 12 2012, 03:18 PM
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Took Jam's work on this to make a quick anaglyph:

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post Oct 12 2012, 03:52 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ Oct 11 2012, 10:32 AM) *
I'm looking at this and thinking "VERY recent fall, of little meteorites..." ?
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Mmm... I seems it is not a fallen thing unless it is somewhat kind of chemical reaction.
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post Oct 12 2012, 04:32 PM
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This is not to say that we haven't seen quite a large number of mini-impacts (especially in the Meridiani ripple fields). I'd guess those kinds of tiny craters are primarily secondary impacts where small gravel is spit out of nearby impacts.

However, I agree with the majority, here. The image in question looks like ChemCam laser hits on unconsolidated material to me.

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post Oct 12 2012, 06:01 PM
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I don't suppose we'll get to visit the far end of this basin but it's striking that the material forming the basin rim there is noticeably darker and less obviously stratified than nearer 'shores'. I think that would be consistent with it being a terminal moraine (amongst many other possibilities no doubt).
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/ms...6000E1_DXXX.jpg
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post Oct 12 2012, 06:15 PM
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QUOTE (fredk @ Oct 11 2012, 08:41 PM) *
Another bright bit to add to the list, at the bottom of the frame:
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/ms...9000E1_DXXX.jpg
(And there's an old one that you could add as well in this post)

Thanks for the heads-up, indeed The List keeps growing.

Surprising to me that the SOL 60 scrap (has it been positively identifed as tape wrap vs pyro scraps?) 'The Fragment' (thanks Jam) was explained as "possibly having fallen onto the rover from the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft's descent stage during the landing in August".
..perhaps that was a mistatement or misconveyance.. it seems unlikely to me that it would have somehow stuck 'onto the rover' though all that EDL thrashing just to be deposited here much later by some unknown 'release' event. It seems far more likely it simply fell to this location from the EDL sequence, perhaps blown a few meters or so, as it looks quite lightweight.
Anyone know if the entry path and wind directions rule this out? im under the impression we are in a location where we can expect to see more EDL confetti.
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post Oct 12 2012, 06:22 PM
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Hmm - I was just curious what this would show.

Small video here.

In case it does not work in your browser you might need to dl it first. (Here is another one with other compression.)

[edit]: video runs with 15 fps ...
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post Oct 12 2012, 07:46 PM
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Oh, awesome! The video shows the portion door opening up, and then the little portioned sample being dropped out. The "spit" part of the "rinse and spit" smile.gif


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post Oct 12 2012, 08:52 PM
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Sol 64 mastcam100 panorama. What an unbelievable place this is!




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post Oct 12 2012, 09:18 PM
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And what an incredible job you've done with it!!! I'll be walking around here for longer than the rover I think.
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post Oct 12 2012, 10:06 PM
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QUOTE (EdTruthan @ Oct 11 2012, 02:08 AM) *
Ask and ye shall receive! Here's the Full Resolution Anaglyph. Sols 59 & 60 MC100 pairing...

soto voice from behind curtain :-
WOOOOW
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