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Crowdsourced Effort May Have Found Soviet Mars Mission's Remains

timothy posted about a year ago | from the crispy-on-the-outside dept.

Mars 16

A story at Slashgear says that the remains of a Soviet mission to Mars may have been spotted — on Mars — by enthusiasts poring over old photos taken by a NASA orbiter. The article points out that the find must be confirmed by further imaging, but matches the seekers' expectations. From the article: "The community at VK.com/Curiosity_Live crowdsourced a mission to find the Soviet Union’s long-lost Mars 3 spacecraft, with the site’s leader, Vitali Egorov of St. Petersburg, Russia, creating models of what hardware from the spacecraft should look like. With this reference, the community combed through a large image taken five years ago by NASA’s MRO, identifying what is believed to be the craft’s parachute, lander, terminal retrorocket, and heat shield."

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16 comments

Any Russians? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43439639)

They found the mission from the message written in the rocks:

"On Soviet Mars, Mars lands you!"

Re:Any Russians? (4, Funny)

Luckyo (1726890) | about a year ago | (#43440093)

Technically this is true. When an object lands on Mars, Mars lands on the object. They both have gravitational fields which attract one another.

Whether this means that Earth has also gone Soviet is up to debate.

Re:Any Russians? (3, Funny)

ProzacPatient (915544) | about a year ago | (#43440215)

It adds a whole new meaning to "The RED planet."

Re:Any Russians? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#43447013)

So I'm not sleeping on the bed, the bed is sleeping on me?

Re:Any Russians? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43449625)

[obligatory]
'in soviet russia, bed sleep you!'
[/obligatory]

Re:Any Russians? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#43449797)

You are full of sheet!

Stranfe quote FTA: (2)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#43439651)

"The HiRISE image in which the possible spacecraft parts were discovered is massive with 1.8 million pixels, which NASA says would require approximately 2500 average computer monitors to view."

I guess that is 2500 monitors at NASA or 1 smartphone. Please tell me that it should be 1.8 billion pixels.

Re:Stranfe quote FTA: (4, Informative)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#43439663)

Turns out the number of 1.8 billion is stated correctly in the original press release.

Re:Stranfe quote FTA: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43439811)

Still, 1.8e9 / 2500 = 720000 pixels. That's less than XGA (1024*768=786432 pixels). 90% have a higher screen res than XGA (w3schools [w3schools.com] ). They should get some new monitors at NASA.

Re:Stranfe quote FTA: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43439681)

I guess that is 2500 monitors at NASA or 1 smartphone. Please tell me that it should be 1.8 billion pixels.

Now you understand government spending run amok!

Mars 3 (5, Informative)

nvn (2553436) | about a year ago | (#43439705)

Here is full story with nice pictures (google translate from russian) http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=ru&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http://habrahabr.ru/post/175827/ [google.com]

Re:Mars 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43439975)

for the first treatment NASA agreed to adjust the work unit on the Martian orbit to shine in a place where something seemed just a boy from the Soviet Russia [English in original].

Soviet Russia meme has made it to post-Soviet Russia. But they're not using it right.

I couldn't quote the original because Slashdot complained about 'junk' characters and then deleted all Cyrillic characters from the preview. Shame on you, Slashdot.

Great news (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#43439795)

Now when Val Kilmer goes to Mars he will know where to look so he can get back to Trinity on the ship! If only we can just keep the government from developing AIMEE.

Mars 3 = First Soft Lander on Mars (4, Informative)

thrich81 (1357561) | about a year ago | (#43441255)

This shouldn't be news to anyone, but Mars 3 wasn't just any old mission. It was the first soft lander on Mars. Transmitted data for about 14-15 seconds, then ceased for unknown reasons.

Re:Mars 3 = First Soft Lander on Mars (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#43444983)

Transmitted data for about 14-15 seconds, then ceased for unknown reasons.

One theory was that a dust-storm knocked it over or caused static charges, killing it. There were known dust-storms in the general area during the mission (seen from Earth scopes as a pale obscuring of the usual dark areas).

Another theory, at the time, was that it landed in a kind of "quick sand". Because of this theory, the US Viking probes were programmed to immediately take and send images of a lander foot-pad so that if it did sink, they'd at least have possible clues about the probe's death. In Viking 1's first image, you can see unsettled dust haze from the landing on one edge (it was a slow-scan kind of camera).

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