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Crowdsourcing Mars Images

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the people-power dept.

Mars 17

alancronin writes "In conjunction with BBC's recent astronomy television program Stargazing Live comes a citizen science project to analyze images of Mars. Zooniverse has set up a site that allows people to explore the surface of Mars in incredible detail with pictures taken from the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. HiRISE can image Mars with resolutions of 0.3 m/pixel (about 1 foot), resolving objects below a meter across."

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Seasonal patterns. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42556641)

TFA doesn't really talk about some of the stuff which was discussed on the show last night: they repeatedly saw these markings in areas of Mars and thought that weather patterns were involved. They've asked people to classify them on a load of images, and they've noted that the pattern of marking appearance follows the local seasons: they begin to appear in the martian spring, peak during summer, slow during autumn and disappear under ice during winter. This reinforces their theory that it's to do with defrosting and sublimating CO2 ice under solar heat. There were a few quick comments in the show about getting some of the data published.

There's also an Interesting Feature marker which people can use to indicate odd things. One thing they've picked out is strange colouration [planetfour.org] in some of the markings.

Why bother? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42556757)

They are taken in a studio anyway. Just have people come on a tour, like at Universal.

I can't believe how people still believe this stuff. And btw, Lance is innocent.

Hmm (2, Funny)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year and a half ago | (#42556691)

I think I can see a license plate in one of the pictures. It's a martian rover. Where's the link to report it so it gets blurred out? :D

First Post ! (-1, Redundant)

MadX (99132) | about a year and a half ago | (#42556745)

So how many people are gonna wanna tag this to the landing site ??

Free Mars! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42557049)

Free Mars!

I found Marvin the Martian! (2)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year and a half ago | (#42557169)

And also Marvin the Paranoid Android for some reason.

Stargazing Live (4, Interesting)

Jawju (614159) | about a year and a half ago | (#42557349)

They did another crowd-source event last year. The hunt was on for all the viewers to help find exo-planets - they succeeded [bbc.co.uk] .

"Explore"? No... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42557503)

No you can't "explore" the surface. They present a fixed image and you have to classify features. You can't move, zoom in/out, choose a specific location, or even see where on the surface you are or what the current scale is. You may as well be trying to identify scraps of crumpled paper, there's just no real sense of "Marsiness" about it.

Comb the planet for honeycomb (1)

advocate_one (662832) | about a year and a half ago | (#42557713)

was done several years ago and we were looking for honeycomb shaped patterns on the surface. It was at:

http://clickworkers.arc.nasa.gov/about-honeycomb [nasa.gov]

but that sites dead now...

No more science articles please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42558069)

We need more content about video games, movies and the cult of celebrity. Science is boring and tedious. We want entertainment.

Hey wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42558567)

I found a face!

Re:Hey wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42559291)

I found your mom!

Re:Hey wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42562409)

We want entertainment

I found a face!

I FOUND THE FACE TO BROTHER. ITS JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY IN THE SANDS OF MARS. I ALWAYS KNOWED JESUS WAS MARTIAN!

first he was finded in a piece of toast, then on that mexican ladys freezer, then in a ice sculpature, and now he is rose again on the red sands of mars halleluja judgment day is upon us soon

Re:Hey wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42562455)

first he was finded in a piece of toast, then on that mexican ladys freezer, then in a ice sculpature, and now he is rose again on the red sands of mars halleluja judgment day is upon us soon

No, you fucking imbecile, that's ELVIS, not Jesus. Look again. What is it with you fucking lunatics always seeing Jesus in everything anyway? Long Live The King!

Shameless plug... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42559277)

Or you can use JMars: http://jmars.mars.asu.edu/

Accounts are free to make, the software is free and open source, and it has access to bunches of both published maps and raw data products streamed over the web. The mars group at Arizona State University uses it to do instrument targeting, general GIS-type work, and show off how cool their lab is.

Oh Goody (1)

barakn (641218) | about a year and a half ago | (#42560099)

Isn't this just asking for a slew of "discoveries" similar to previous Mars finds: Bigfoot, pyramids, and giant glass worms?

Re:Oh Goody (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42568127)

Isn't this just asking for a slew of "discoveries" similar to previous Mars finds: Bigfoot, pyramids, and giant glass worms?

I work with Mars data. Mostly SHARAD, but sometimes HiRISE. A coworker found a mountain that looks like a cartoon light bulb. It's really amazing what the human eye can pick out of pure noise.

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