#1 most spectacular picture of Mars ever taken07-08-2012, 12:09 AM
'The next best thing to being there': NASA releases the most spectacular picture of Mars ever taken... in all its 360-degree glory
By Eddie Wrenn
PUBLISHED: 12:21 EST, 7 July 2012 | UPDATED: 18:05 EST, 7 July 2012
We might not be able to get there yet, but as NASA says, 'this is the next best thing'.
From fresh rover tracks to an impact crater blasted billions of years ago, a newly completed view from the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the ruddy terrain where the voyaging robot spent the Martian winter.
This scene, recorded from the mast-mounted color camera includes the rover's own solar arrays and deck in the foreground, provides a sense of sitting on top of the rover and taking in the view.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...#ixzz1zzrhMrr9
Excellent photo at link!Pffffffffffffffffffffff! Buh Bye Big Ears
07-08-2012, 12:32 AM
That could almost convince us believers that they really did film this in West Texas..
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07-08-2012, 12:57 AM
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I think they are trying to ramp up interest in this thing:
Curiosity, as the article mentions, will land next month - maybe! It is a very tricky landing. The crane device shown does all the parachuting and reverse thrusting to slow the entry. Then when curiosity touches down the crane cuts loose, flies up and away and crashes. Kind of crazy, but that's how it works. They did it like that to spare the sensitive instruments in Curiosity from any sand kicked up by landing rockets.
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