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First High-Res Color Photos from Mars

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the martians-blend-in-with-the-terrain dept.

Space 540

mzs writes "The first color thumbnail from Spirit was available yesterday from a larger image. Today some full-size color images are available. If you are in the USA you may be interested in catching the NOVA program on your local PBS station tonight." Acrobatman notes the existence of a nifty utility:"Mars24, a Mac OS X and Java application and applet which displays a Mars 'sunclock', a graphical representation of Mars. This free utility shows the current sun- and nightsides of Mars, along with a numerical readout of the time in 24-hour format and landmarks such as the landing positions of the rovers."

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540 comments

Pebbles, Chunks, and Volkswagens (2, Insightful)

GnrlFajita (732246) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895619)

Why is it that when scientists need a medium-large object to compare with the size of a rock, it is always "the size of a Volkswagen [nytimes.com] "? It's even worse than using football-fields to measure distance.

Re:Pebbles, Chunks, and Volkswagens (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895642)

What would you prefer? Picotexas?

Re:Pebbles, Chunks, and Volkswagens (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895652)

Mars. What is it all about... is it good, or is it whack?

Re:Pebbles, Chunks, and Volkswagens (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895676)

The moon landing was a fabrication, we can't even travel past our atmosphere, let alone the red planet. What a crock of shit.

"We start bombing in five minutes"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895708)

There's a reason they call it the red planet!

Damn Godless commie martians!

Amen brutha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895757)

"Remember the Beagle 2!"

Your dirty Martian aggression against our peaceful science probes will not be tolerated!

shutup you dumb ass american (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895681)

you think the Beagle has crashed huh? ha shows how dumb you American's are....

shutup you dumb ass american {Score; -1, British} (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895749)

Even the French have a mighty fighting force compared to you pathetic Limey tools. Click here for your daily does of shame, then consider brushing your teeth. [thisislondon.co.uk]

Re:shutup you dumb ass american {Score; -1, Britis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895944)

LOOOOOOOOOOOL! OMFG!

By the way, the French are the only European nation with a nuclear powered carrier. So much for the seafaring nation, Brits.

Re:shutup you dumb ass american {Score; +! True) (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895991)

You are forgetting the French Navy is crap, the only reason they have their (poorly functioning) boats is because of a government scandal in the 80s. And they don't use them, they go on strike instead.

Re:Pebbles, Chunks, and Volkswagens (1)

H8X55 (650339) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895953)

Coupe or Sedan?!?

Wagon or Compact?!?
PLEASE be more precise.

First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895628)

From out of this world!

Re:First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895655)

no soup for you!

Date your checks 46218.7 (5, Funny)

andyrut (300890) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895645)

Interesting how the Martian clock gives the Mars date like so: MSD 46218.763 This looks very similar to ye olde Star Trek stardates [aol.com] .

...the "Mars Sol Date" (MSD) defined by AM2000. This represents a sequential count of Mars solar days elapsed since 1873 December 29 at approximately Greenwich noon

re: date your checks 46218.7 (1)

ed.han (444783) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895780)

cuz heaven knows NASA engineers couldn't possibly be trek fans... :> anybody wanna hazard a guess as to whether or not this is somehow a reverse-engineered date/time format? :> i mean, clearly, humans knew mars existed well before 1873, after all....

ed

That's shorts weather.... (2, Funny)

FerretFrottage (714136) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895890)

nice and cool? I'd love 291 Kelvin right about now....it's freaking 257 Kelvin here

Re:That's shorts weather.... (1)

lgftsa (617184) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895940)

310 here today....

About freaking time... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895650)

I wonder if all the colors will show on my monitor which displays a lot of green text.

I wouldn't mind going there myself. (5, Interesting)

ActionPlant (721843) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895658)

Very cool! I'm not sure I even care how they compare to previous pictures. There's something about knowing these are from virgin ground (so to speak). Alien landscape. I can't get enough. Right now, it just doesn't get much better.

Damon,

Re:I wouldn't mind going there myself. (1)

geneshifter (411883) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895794)

It DOES get better. Go download maestro!! ...wonder how long it will be before my penis gets soft again...

Where? (5, Funny)

Gorimek (61128) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895661)

I need alittle help. Who can tell me where in Utah this picture was faked by the liberal space establishment?

If we work together we can beat the system!!

Re:Where? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895946)

yeah, aren't you all so glad that you marked posts as Troll that said this was a waste of $820 million dollars?

Woo, look at all that interesting shit on Mars!

I am SO fucking glad that we took all that time, all that energy, and all that money to take pictures of a barren wasteland.

YES! Mark this troll too boys. Hide the truth!

Re:Where? (5, Funny)

Charcharodon (611187) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895970)

Sorry that photo was taken in California. Go north on I-14, out of LA for about 3 housrs, till you get to Red Rock Canyon park, you can also take pictures of Venus, the Moon, and if no one is watching Uranus.

Re:Where? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7896041)

It's behind SCO's headquarters. They have the pictures under their copywrite so don't use them as wallpaper or else.

The pics- (1, Offtopic)

IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895667)

They're so biiiiig, and red!

(sorry, first thing that came to mind.)

On a slightly more serious note, I'm looking forward to sunset pics, and perhaps ones from a Martian duststorm, in addition to pics of the crash(?) site of Beagle2.

the pics... (1)

ed.han (444783) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895822)

here's the dominant wallpapers for the month...

ed

Why is the sky red? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895677)

It always annoys me that in the pictures that nasa releases the sky is red. If they're going to release colour pictures they should release them in the correct colours.
The sky on mars is blue, it is not red.
For instance, look at a picture of mars, around the edges you'll notice that its blue, where you're looking through the atmosphere. The molecules in its atmosphere scatter light they same way earth's does. Its blue damnit! Show me the correct colours!

It's because... (1)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895748)

...NASA's coveting the support of the farming caucus.

As the saying goes, "Red sky at night, shepard's delight."

D'oh! (1)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895798)

That should, of course, be "shepherd", not "shepard", although the connection with astronaut Alan Shepard is almost freudian.

Alternative (1)

maroberts (15852) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895899)

Red Sky at night
Flock's alight!!

Re:Why is the sky red? (4, Informative)

Guano_Jim (157555) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895764)

Perhaps all those oxides in the soil get whipped up into the air by the intense winds on the surface, coloring the sky kinda butterscotch? [nasa.gov]

Because that's its color on Mars (5, Insightful)

kippy (416183) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895767)

I think you're mixed up. Unless I'm gravely mistaken, the sky on Mars is indeed red and not Blue. The atmospheres vastly are different in both content and pressure. Also, there's probably a lot of rust dust in the air colloring things.

You might be thinking of the Martian sunset, which is blue.

Re:Because that's its color on Mars (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895891)

red and not Blue

"What is your favorite colour?"

"BLUE.......No, RED!!.........AHHHHH!!!!!!


Of course, what makes it so funny is the use of the Left-Pondian spelling of the word "color".


Re:Because that's its color on Mars (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895937)

Of course, by Left-Pondian, I actually meant, Right-Pondian. The Brits are on the right-handed side of the Atlantic.


Re:Why is the sky red? (5, Informative)

james72 (684835) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895893)

The sky on Mars would be blue, if it weren't for all the dust particles within it. These red dust particles colour the sky with a pink shade. Vikings 1 & 2, Pathfinder and now Spirit have confirmed this.

http://calspace.ucsd.edu/marsnow/library/science /c limate_history/sky_color1.html

-James.

Re:Why is the sky red? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895935)

What you're seeing on the horizon isn't the sky, it's the dust cloud that is still settling after the Beagle impacted. :)

careful folks... (0, Offtopic)

Guano_Jim (157555) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895682)

If ever there was an opportunity for a submitter to include a goatse link in an article, this is it!

Careful what you click on!

Re:careful folks... (3, Funny)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895932)

Mars should be OK. Just watch out for pics of Uranus.

What are they censoring? (2, Funny)

setzman (541053) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895686)

If you look at the first photo, you will notice that a small area is blacked out. Is there something there that NASA doesn't want us to see?

Re:What are they censoring? (1)

dicepackage (526497) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895734)

They must have found aliens

Re:What are they censoring? (4, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895775)

It looks to me to be damaged tiles. Most likely, NASA is sending the images in chunks of compressed data. Given the distances involved (and the processing power for images this large), they are probably slicing the images into squares and using those as the chunks of data to compress. When the data is received on our end, NASA reconstructs the images and throws away bad data that didn't make it.

It's possible that they'll have the lander retransmit the image at a later date. (Does anyone know the storage capacity of this thing?)

Re:What are they censoring? (1)

bradfitz (23252) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895878)

IIRC, 256MB of Flash. Then a smaller amount of another type of NVRAM.

Re:What are they censoring? (2, Informative)

Morrisguy (731956) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895927)

they are probably slicing the images into squares and using those as the chunks of data to compress.

Exactly, you can tell by looking carefully in the other pictures for those "mirror lines" or spots where a horizontal section of the image seems repeated or cut off.

It's like if you were cutting out a two page photo from a magazine, but the photo were on two seperate page leaves. You would have to cut both segments out and try to connect them again, but would probably never get a perfectly aligned fit between the two.

Re:What are they censoring? (3, Informative)

paul248 (536459) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895777)

Those are probably places where some data was lost in transmission. When you have a half-hour ping time, it's not so easy to re-request lost packets. Those parts are still being stored on the lander's memory, if someone decides that they really want to see them.

Re:What are they censoring? (1)

cK-Gunslinger (443452) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895797)

... I'm pretty sure that's just the inside of the camera enclosure. Kinda like someone's finger over the lens.

Re:What are they censoring? (1)

DoomHaven (70347) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895963)

I'm pretty sure that's just the inside of the camera enclosure. Kinda like someone's finger over the lens.
Er...someone's finger on Mars?

Re:What are they censoring? (1)

Bagels (676159) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895912)

Looks to me like the photo's been patched together from several smaller photos, and a few of them are missing - there are three missing chunks in the lower left corner, of regular size.

Re:What are they censoring? Linux usage of course (5, Funny)

FerretFrottage (714136) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895948)

I believe under the black cersored block you will find either a KDE or gnome logo and NASA didn't want to deal with SCO lawsuits (despite SCO behaving as if they are from another planet)

And you can see... rocks. (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895700)

Don't get me wrong. Views from another planet are breathtaking in of themselves. But it would be nice if we use this experience to improve our future landing technologies so we can land these probes in places more interesting than a wide open plain. Mountains against the sky (for example) would make for some amazing photographs.

Re:And you can see... rocks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895774)

The AnselAdamsExplorer is set to launch in 2012. You'll have to wait until then.

Re:And you can see... rocks. (1)

fastidious edward (728351) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895807)

...so we can land these probes in places more interesting than a wide open plain.

Well Beagle 2 tried this (seemingly of its own will!), did you enjoy the pictures?

Hmm, what happened to the last lander NASA sent??? (5, Informative)

hpulley (587866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895945)

The Mars Polar Lander most likely crashed [space.com] in 1998 so I think it was wise of them to be cautious and realistic about their chances this time. They sent two to improve their chances of getting one down. They went with stuff that worked in 1996 on Pathfinder, airbags, instead of lander legs which proved troublesome. More importantly, they included telemetry on the way down which is more expensive but which means you aren't left with such a guessing game if there is a failure. You at least have a clue how far it got, unlike the Beagle which hasn't been heard from since it left its mother craft; we have no idea whether its chute opened or if it was eaten by a space-probe eating monster. I applaud NASA for being more careful this time and for putting the equivalent of some printfs in there to make sure it wasn't going to slip away quietly this year.

Re:Hmm, what happened to the last lander NASA sent (2, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7896015)

No argument here. I just REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to see some cool extra-terrestrial pictures. These images are just making me itch all that more. Actually, those photos wouldn't satisfy me either. What I REALLY want, is to go there. Unfortunately, we have a few nuclear activists to get off our backs before we can do it cheaply.

Hey, I think I could afford that... (4, Funny)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895701)

...I wonder how long the commute is to the Bay Area from there? Maybe I could talk my boss into letting me telecommute a couple of days a month...

Re:Hey, I think I could afford that... (1)

JamesD_UK (721413) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895936)

Imaging sitting in your lander, looking over the martian landscape. Imagine all that lovely latency as you SSH to check on your servers.

Telecommuting no good. We're back to 1800 now. (1)

Jonathan Quince (737041) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895979)

Maybe I could talk my boss into letting me telecommute a couple of days a month...

The lag is going to be hellish. Anything approaching real-time communication (telephone, IRC, etc.) is going to be impossible (unless, that is, we find a way to supercede the speed of light).

Once the global society goes interplanetary, there will be some interesting social changes involved. Mostly it'll be like rolling back to the early (pre-telegraph) 1800s and before, although SMTP will still work faster than Pony Express.

Re:Hey, I think I could afford that... (1)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7896005)

Every year during my review, I just pray the words "slashdot.org" aren't mentioned.

Haha, your uid is 508 - you haven't got any work done since the mid-90's.

Hmmmm.... Patterns.... (4, Interesting)

greg_barton (5551) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895704)

Check out this pic [nasa.gov] There's a line of rocks that starts at the middle left edge of the picture and goes up and to the right. In addition, there's a line of rocks that intersects the first in the upper/center. Finally, there's a "wind trail" in the sand that intersects both rock lines, forming a triangle.

In the center of the triangle are two triangular rocks.

Isn't that interesting?

Re:Hmmmm.... Patterns.... (4, Funny)

stendec (582696) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895835)

And I see an old lady smoking a cigar... oh wait, wrong test.

Re:Hmmmm.... Patterns.... (1)

fastidious edward (728351) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895887)

On the centre right of that same picture is a trail of rocks arching towards the centre into the (relative) distance. This arch is a curve, and mars is a moderately shperical shape... plus the airbags were spherical. Clearly evidence of life on mars and that life on mars has influenced our earth technlogy.

How interesting.

Re:Hmmmm.... Patterns.... (5, Informative)

Webmoth (75878) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895917)

First of all, there's a vertical line just left of center. This is where the image is stiched together. Although NASA may like us to believe this is one image, it's really a composite.

Aside from that, I see nothing terribly unusual. Interesting, yes, but not unusual.

The "line of rocks that starts at the middle left edge of the picture and goes up and to the right" is an illusion created by shadows and perspective. If I stare up at the light fixture on my ceiling, there appears to be a "pattern" of concentric rings and radial lines of texture. It's daylight, the curtains are open, and snow is on the ground so when the light is off, I have plane-source scattered light and any "pattern" disappears.

Any appearance of order in the image is just an illusion.

Re:Hmmmm.... Patterns.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895921)

Isn't that interesting?

No

Dark Patches near the Rover? (5, Interesting)

Odonian (730378) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895715)

One interesting mystery is the presence of dark patches that look like mud near the rover - they are clearly visible at the bottom the larger 8MB version of the photo on the nasa site. They are most likely formed by the airbags, but have an unusual dark appearance that really looks like wet ground.. nobody seems to know why they'd look that way from what I've read so far.

Re:Dark Patches near the Rover? (2, Informative)

shuz (706678) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895964)

The news conference said that it was most likly a salt composite that makes it clump together like that. Moisture coming up from underground could have caused the salts to interact with the soil. The believe this because the viking lander found high concentrations of chlorine in the soil.

Wow!! smooth rocks... (-1, Troll)

sTalking_Goat (670565) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895723)

Our tax dollars at work...

seriously though I'm all for the space program, but jeez something a little more interesting please...

Re:Wow!! smooth rocks... (4, Funny)

Transient0 (175617) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895782)

i know.

they could have at least landed near a town or a beach or something.

Re:Wow!! smooth rocks... (2)

kippy (416183) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895820)

The pictures are just the tip of the iceburg. If they are able to get Spirit over to some of those rocks, it'll perform tests on them that may detect signs of life. Now that's some tax money well spent.

Don't get me started on the real ways tax money is wasted [whitehouse.gov] .

Re:Wow!! smooth rocks... (1)

lurker412 (706164) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895985)

You were hoping for little green men? WMDs?

I think you might be just a bit jaded if you find these pictures dull. The main point of the Mars program is to do science, not to provide entertainment. A photo that demonstrates that there was abundant water on Mars will probably not be very interesting to the casual observer but will be awesome to anyone who thinks about it.

Mac OS X and Java application and applet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895725)

Great! About 1% of the population can use it!

Re:Mac OS X and Java application and applet (-1, Offtopic)

paul248 (536459) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895827)

Java may not be the most efficient language out there, but it does run on almost any platform.

Hmm (-1, Troll)

downix (84795) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895741)

We spend countless billions, burn more fuel than Soudi Arabia can pump in a year, and find ourselves looking at the same landscape we could have found in Utah or California!

all we need now (1)

Disc2 (720412) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895751)

all we need now is the live "martian" webcam, so we can watch for aliens. After all, I can already watch for nessie [lochness.co.uk] from the comfort of my own home

Re:all we need now (2, Funny)

paul248 (536459) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895907)

Maybe they'll get a shot of Beagle 2 bouncing across the landscape...

I'm not convinced. (0, Troll)

haystor (102186) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895763)

I've seen the pictures of Mars, and I think they saved some money on the rockets and are really hiding out in El Paso, Tx.

red? (1)

bob_jenkins (144606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895765)

I don't care how red it is, giving a color image that contains only red tones isn't useful. I could do just as well by taking the black & white and using light red instead of white. They should adjust the frequencies so that the pictures give our eyes some useful information. That is, unless there really is just one frequency of light on Mars.

Re:red? (1)

supersmike (563905) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895924)

Notice how the inflated air bags even look red inside the lab on Earth [nasa.gov] . What's up with that?

Re:red? (1)

jkcity (577735) | more than 10 years ago | (#7896035)

all I kept thinking about the redness is if they where true colour pictures, I was reading a site recently that said ansa alters alot it gives out to the public so they show really red skies as thats how the public wants to see mars, I don't know if its true, does anyone know if the images are true colour or altered?

Important posting question related to this post. (-1, Offtopic)

shuz (706678) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895783)

I have been trying my luck with posting to slashdot and trying to make interesting coversation in the forums. At times I am have been very successful and other times I have been not as much. My question is this: I first submitted this story within 2 minutes of when this story was first announced through the JPL new conference at 11am CST. I included background on the story and links that showed the JPL website and also the new conference video stream. How can I better formulate my posts so that they will get posted? My story was rejected within 15 minutes of submission. This is not a complaint this is feedback on how to improve myself and possibly others with the same concern.

Why the Terrain is Boring (2, Funny)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895814)

Why is the landscape around Mars landers always so uninspiring?

It's due to an agreement between NASA and the Cultural Interdiction Wing of the Gyken-JAT Pan-Sapient Meld.

The CIW allows a probe to land now and then . . . as long as it doesn't stray near sites that would make Hu-Mans really want to go to Mars.

Such as the soaring mountains, yawning chasms, spectacular wind-carved rock outcroppings, and the planet's numerous brightly-lit interspecies brothels.

Stefan

Wind tails? (1)

GoodNicsTken (688415) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895823)

"This image highlights streaks or tails of loose debris in the martian soil, which reveal the direction of prevailing winds. The picture was taken by the rover's panoramic camera. "

So we can analyze rock to look for signs of microbiological life on the planet, but to see if the wind's blowing we're using the sophisticated dirt behind the rocks measurement?

Wrong file dates? (2, Informative)

erroneus (253617) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895833)

Go have a look at:

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpegMod/ [nasa.gov]

Notice the dates on the files? Makes you wonder doesn't it? And why are they all modest? I want something bold and/or spicy!

Re:Wrong file dates? (2, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895965)

Dude, you're looking at the files from the last rover. Scroll to the bottom and you'll find the file dates are correct. BTW, they're "modest" because NASA keeps the images in "small", "modest", and "original 300 meg for scientific research" sizes.

I see.... (1)

I_am_Rambi (536614) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895847)

a martian.....

oopps that was a rock, sorry

article description and /.ing (0, Offtopic)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895864)

Today some full-size color images are available.

Available, that is, until /. gets to them.

And the dual moonrises will be so romantic... (2, Funny)

Jonathan Quince (737041) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895870)

Wow, such beautiful looking virgin terrain. The views are breathtaking, and the vast redness of the soil gives it a warm and cozy atmosphere.

It just makes the real estate developer in me itch for action.

Great pics but... (1)

NeoGeo64 (672698) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895874)

Every time NASA sends a probe to Mars all we the public see are rocks and red dirt.

I want to see humans actually go to Mars. Why haven't we done this yet? I've heard by 2008 we're supposed to go, but we're still sending probes!

I think it is entirely possible to colonize and build cities and towns on the red planet. Spend 100 or so years pumping a massive amount of greenhouse gases into the planet's thin atmosphere and you've got an Earth-like atmosphere that will produce rain, clouds, more Earth-like temps, etc. The only problem is finding a way to make the gravity the same as Earth's.

Re:Great pics but... (1)

kippy (416183) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895939)

I would suggest following the link in my sig. That and write your congressman. That's the most direct thing you can do to get humans to Mars.

By the way, terraformation is more likely to take about a 1000 years.

another link (4, Informative)

mzs (595629) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895884)

There is a decent article [space.com] available at space.com with some more information from the press conference and the first color image as well.

Hmmm.... (2, Funny)

EverDense (575518) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895920)

Half those images are bits of the robot itself.
If they wanted hi-res images of the robot, why not take them BEFORE they sent it to Mars?

Is Mars really THAT boring?

nothingness (1)

selderrr (523988) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895950)

the most amazing part in these photos is the eeryness, the emptyness... it's beyond imagination that there is absolutely NOTHING out there on that red dust ball the size of the earth.

If I stop to think about that fact, some cold shivers go over my spine, rubbing my nose in the fact that we're really really really really fucking lucky to even exist.

Its like man (1)

maroberts (15852) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895960)

So very .... red! ....and sandy! .... with rocks!!!

I'm not trying to be rude (especially given the demise of the British lander), but the terrain looks a bit like the Sahara desert - pretty featureless in all directions. What are they going to do for entertainment when they've sampled a few rocks and sand? Looks like you have to to travel miles for any difference in scenery.

Its ALL LIES!! (0)

commonloon (543695) | more than 10 years ago | (#7895969)

We haven't landed on Mars!! NASA is showing us pictures of their 1st moon landing ever through a red filter!

All that money spent to get the probe there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7895993)

...and the Photoshop guys at NASA can't align the individual frames properly so that we can have some nice clean images to use on our desktops.

desktop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7896007)

cool... is there any picture 1280x1024 that can be used for my background ?

thats one small step for aibo (1)

highwaytohell (621667) | more than 10 years ago | (#7896012)

ok so we've landed on Mars. Ok all the pictures are red. Big deal. Unless anyone has been to Mars and knows the geological structure, air patterns etc, then complaining about red images is a little strange. Its a great moment in history where we get to see the landscape of another planet in detail, and will probably never happen again in our lifetime at least. Complaining about it is missing the point.

A view of the images as seen by Mission control (1)

bckrispi (725257) | more than 10 years ago | (#7896013)

Another view. [azcentral.com]

Nice (1)

RightInTheNeck (667426) | more than 10 years ago | (#7896017)

The photos are great and interesting and I personally eat this stuff up whenever its released, but it always brings up the same question in my mind and I never can manage to dig up the answer. Does NASA release everything they have and toss it all on the table for all to see? Is it NASA policy that they release every single photo and piece of information they get about everything they do? Do they publicly say that they have the right to withhold certain things from public consumption? Obviously there are certain military things that would fall under national security, but speaking strickly space exploration and expecially these mars missions, do we get to see everything they get to see? I'm not talking conspiracy tin foil nonsense here. I'm just talking is it NASA policy and the way they do things.

Pretty Disappointing... (2, Funny)

Niello (572850) | more than 10 years ago | (#7896018)

Where are all the chicks with three boobs?

Flowing water on Mars, I doubt it ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7896020)

Just look at some of the photos and see how small-grained the sand is, it is almost like powder at some spots. The flow marks we have seen on some earlier satellite photos are probably caused by powder-like movement of these small sand particles.

It is not my intention to gate-crash this party folks, but my optimism about flowing water on Mars has deflated like those air bags.

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