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The View from the Top of Husband Hill

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the hellooo-down-there dept.

Mars 184

chriscrick writes "After 14 months of climbing, the Mars rover Spirit has reached the summit of Husband Hill, 269 feet above the edge of the Martian plain. The panoramic view from the top is spectacular. According to lead scientist Steve Squyres, 'What field geologists typically do - and Spirit is a robotic field geologist - is you climb to the top of the nearest hill and take a look around so you get the lay of the land and figure out where you want to go.'"

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Spirit... (5, Informative)

PsychicX (866028) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468502)

Is right here. Read on! [wikipedia.org]

Re:Everything you ever wanted to know about Spirit (4, Funny)

lostchicken (226656) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468622)

The Wikipedia! The best karma whoring invention since Google.

Re:Everything you ever wanted to know about Gandhi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468640)



What will Gandhi say?

Re:Everything you didn't want to know about Gandhi (1)

Titus B. Otch (912256) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468862)

What will Gandhi say?

Not much, I suppose. However, the worms finishing off his jawbone might let out a burp or two...

Re:Everything you ever wanted to know about Spirit (1, Insightful)

uberdave (526529) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468681)

I don't see circuit diagrams. I don't see source code. I don't see blueprints. That site has almost nothing I want to know about Spirit.

Re:Everything you ever wanted to know about Spirit (4, Funny)

kiore (734594) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468800)

To comply with the GPL full source code was shipped with the rovers.

All you need to do is go up to Spirit and retrieve the CD in the left front hubcap.

BTW: while you are doing this, NASA would be grateful if you could bring back a few kilograms of assorted mars rock.

interseting (4, Funny)

schnits0r (633893) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468503)

Mars rover Spirit climbs on top of husband....husband rolls over a minute later and lights a cigarette.

WoW ruined my lifew (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468507)

But this first post saved it.

Beautiful Imagery (2, Interesting)

Nerd Systems (912027) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468510)

The imagery that is coming back from the Mar's missions has been truly amazing. Very detailed pictures documenting this foreign landscape. I noticed this took 14 months to climb to the top of this summit. What is the average speed these martian rovers are crawling at?

Re:Beautiful Imagery (4, Informative)

srw (38421) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468529)

Well, the odometer on Spirit is 3.0 miles and Opportunity is 3.56 miles, so, about 0.21 miles/month or 0.000287480473 mph on average.

Or is that not what you meant. ;-)

Re:Beautiful Imagery (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468561)

HA! Do you think I was born yesterday? Everyone knows that NASA has been driving the damn thing backwards to keep the mileage down.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (1)

Nerd Systems (912027) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468559)

Wow, that is really slow... Are they running this slow... to conserve batteries? Or are they just not designed to move at any rate of speed?

Re:Beautiful Imagery (4, Informative)

srw (38421) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468583)

Well, my reply was a bit of a joke. The _average_ speed is kept down by the fact that the rovers stop to take pictures, grind rocks, sleep, etc. The actual top speed while moving is 50mm/s or about 1/10 mph, still not a speed demon.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (2, Interesting)

Nerd Systems (912027) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468596)

Yeah, better to go slow, and assess the stability of where they are located, then go fast and face the possibility of tipping the rover over. "I've fallen and can't get up" takes on a whole new meaning from Mars. Very vivid pictures nonetheless, I wonder what megapixel rating the digital cameras inside these rovers are rated at. I assume very high, considering the extreme cost of each rover.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468665)

IIRC, all of the imagers are only 1024x1024.
You'll notice that the high res images are a mosaic.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (2, Interesting)

srw (38421) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468688)

They are 1MP. A good lens is more important than the number of pixels. This article [space.com] discusses the issue.

BTW, the CCDs are Canadian. :-)

Re:Beautiful Imagery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468758)

Aw, Jesus, this again. Folks, they stitch multiple images together to produce those detailed images. You do need good lenses, but good lenses won't magically make a 1 megapixel image into a 16 megapixel image. And unless you're talking about video, 1 megapixel resolution sucks.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (4, Informative)

Gogo Dodo (129808) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468700)

The rover has sensors that detect the tilt of the rover and will halt movement before it tips over. There's a whole section on NASA's website about navigation and the like [nasa.gov] .

The Pancam, the highest resolution cameras, have 1024x2048 pixel CCDs.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (1)

Brian4120 (897336) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468824)

One flip and DOH! another several million dollars down the drain. i found it interesting when the deep impact mission (also known as: Lets blow up something in space mission) actually worked. for one of the rare times in NASA history, they WANTED to crash something. that would have been funny if they missed.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (2, Interesting)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468631)

That's about as much energy as they can get in a day's sunlight, so there's no reason to make the engines really fast. The rest of the energy is used for things like running the instruments, transmitter, block heater, etc. Efficiency (in terms of both weight and energy use) and durability are far more important than having a hot-rod on mars.

BTW: Units gives me about 0.000224MPH. I'm using a start time of Jan 3/2004 (Yeah, and that's average time (including coffee breaks) not top speed.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (4, Funny)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468579)

the Mar's missions

I'm too shocked to make a proper grammar Nazi rant here.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (1)

Nerd Systems (912027) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468604)

Are we still in school? I think not... :)

Re:Beautiful Imagery (1)

Aranth Brainfire (905606) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468623)

Yes, we obviously all flunked out years ago. That English requirement is certainly keeping enrollment under acceptable limits.

Re:Beautiful Imagery (1)

Nerd Systems (912027) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468636)

I'm sorry my grammar skills are so horrible. Please visit my website, and make sure I didn't mess up anymore... http://www.nerdsystems.com/ [nerdsystems.com] I probably have tons of grammar mistakes... feel free to point those out to me as well. Thanks! Grammar Nazi I am forever indebted to you!

Re:Beautiful Imagery (1)

Kafka_Canada (106443) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468710)

Erm, well, it's not exactly grammar-related, but your gray-on-gray scheme is a bit hard to read...

Re:Beautiful Imagery (1)

Nerd Systems (912027) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468815)

Well, it is just something I am playing around with, not like it actually brings in any business right now... but it could in the future... I'm more then happy to take suggestions on best color scheme for my site... Any mambo templates you suggest? I am all ears! :)

Re:Beautiful Imagery (1)

tehdaemon (753808) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468669)

GOOD! ;-)

Re:Beautiful Imagery (2, Funny)

Bottlemaster (449635) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468601)

'What field geologists typically do - and Spirit is a robotic field geologist - is you climb to the top of the nearest hill and take a look around so you get the lay of the land and figure out where you want to go.'

Now once they figure out where to go, they can spend another 14 months climbing down the hill...

Full 360 picture (5, Informative)

srw (38421) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468511)

The picture linked is only a 90 degree field of view. The story mentions "horizon all the way around." The picture at http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/press/spiri t/20050901b/site_A_AD_ND_cyl_360-A592R1_br.jpg [nasa.gov] shows the full 360.

Re:Full 360 picture (1)

Alystair (617164) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468552)

Is there a full color picture available like the one shown in the story? It's fantastic and actually quite refreshing in comparison to the low quality photage they usually provide us civilians with :)

Re:Full 360 picture (3, Informative)

srw (38421) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468558)

There's a 240 degree in colour here [nasa.gov] .

I don't see a colour 360.

Re:Full 360 picture (1)

Kafka_Canada (106443) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468722)

Are those footsteps..?

Re:Full 360 picture (5, Informative)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468616)

A non-thumbnail [nasa.gov] size version of this panorama where the jaw droppingly spectacular dust devil on the left can be seen very clearly.

Re:Full 360 picture (4, Funny)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468692)

Jaw dropping? Check out the footprints on the very left.

Rumour has it the FEMA director was last spotted there.

Re:Full 360 picture (1)

GlasWolf (463510) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468805)

I'm half expecting a thin guy wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase to walk on, look at the camera, straighten his tie and walk off.

Re:Full 360 picture (1)

Anti_Climax (447121) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468743)

I count 4 clearly visible dust devils.

I wonder how common they are in that area...

Re:Full 360 picture (1)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468770)

Uhmm [arizona.edu] ....., very [nasa.gov] , VERY [nasa.gov] ?

Re:Full 360 picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468774)

THERE..ARE..5..DUST..DEVILS!!

Re:Full 360 picture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468786)

Posting a reply to myself anon to avoid karma whoring

With the differences in light levels between the stitched photos, I wonder how long it took for the full view to be captured. Could we be seeing the same dust devil more than once?

Re:Full 360 picture (3, Interesting)

ColaMan (37550) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468797)

Be aware that some mars photos of those devils might be one and the same. It might be just one that keeps popping up in frame as it's moving quicker than the camera taking the set of photos. For example, it looks like the shadow of the big devil on the left hand side is repeated a little bit in the next image - I guess you could get an idea of how fast they are moving from that.

awesome view (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468512)

what a great view, but what can we learn from it
fp

Re:awesome view (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468526)

That the surface of Mars is, like, red.

Re:awesome view (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468652)

well in the 360 black and white view i see a gang of dustdevils.. could they all form a tornado somehow? that would be nice..

Parking lots and a water tower (4, Funny)

twelveinchbrain (312326) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468514)

Surely those must be signs of life on Mars, no?

Re:Parking lots and a water tower (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468895)

well we have seen them on earth and there's no intelligent life here.

Quoth the article: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468525)

"What field geologists typically do - and Spirit is a robotic field geologist - is you climb to the top of the nearest hill and take a look around so you get the lay of the land and figure out where you want to go."

"I want to go to Mars."

The shadows are pointing in difference directions! (4, Funny)

TummyX (84871) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468538)

This is clearly a fabrication by the bush adminstration to divert attention from new orleans and iraq

/michaelmoore

No slashes on Slashdot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468628)

They are (C) Fark. /Should be an FAQ //Good pics though ///Got nuthin.

Re:The shadows are pointing in difference directio (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468632)

Well. If that's true then it's working. I'm feeling diverted.

Re:The shadows are pointing in difference directio (2, Funny)

Kafka_Canada (106443) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468703)

WHY HASN'T BUSH DETECTED LIFE ON MARS YET?! IS IT BECAUSE THERE'S NO OIL ON MARS?

Surely he could've at the least found some carbon-based life...

[Lameness filter is lame.]

(Actually, no, I guess it's not. If I hadn't been sarcastic in my post, I guess it would've done a good job of stomping out a lame Bush-is-evil whine.)

Well if nothing else (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468549)

those panoramic views make great wallpaper for my multi-headed workstation.

Re:Well if nothing else (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468607)

ScrewMaster, Panoramic dual-headed wallpaper is not a laughing matter. I do NOT play with toys.

George Bush doesn't care about black people (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468553)

George Bush doesn't care about black people
George Bush doesn't care about black people
George Bush doesn't care about black people

Mod parent down (0, Offtopic)

Penguinoflight (517245) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468568)

Inappropriate babble for a serious issue. Who's caring about those of us paying $3/gallon for gas in Florida? If you want help dont try to start a race war...

Re:Mod parent down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468578)

Penguinoflight doesn't care about black people
Penguinoflight doesn't care about black people
Penguinoflight doesn't care about black people

Re:Mod parent down (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468647)

Your mindless garbage should be stopped, of course it wont be.
I have many friends who have a black skin tone, and yes many of them have a african-american background (i.e. not oreos). I already read the article about the couple living in NO with 5 kids and a Chevy Cavalier. The man was only 25years old. What is wrong with this? This guy, and his wife are both radically irresponsible, and nobody stood up to take a risk when something needed to be done. He hurt his wrist on a window because he was too afraid to put the munchkins in his back seat and drive out of the floodzone. Now you tell me, who in their right mind would be afraid of driving their children out of a dangerous area when the state troopers have looting to worry about?

This family wasn't marked, they're just damn stupid.

Re:Mod parent down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468741)

what the hell are you on about? you are friends with black people who aren't oreos, and some guy (I guess black, or an oreo?) had 5 kids and a Chevy Cavalier, so there's something wrong with him? Do you need some form of medication?

Re:Mod parent down (0, Offtopic)

ValiantSoul (801152) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468646)

The cheapest today in my area of Ohio was $3.30 for the cheap 87 grade gas - which won't run in my car. I have to put in at least 91 grade, anything lower and the car doesn't run properly (even at 89 grade it sucks)

Re:Mod parent down (0, Offtopic)

stupidfoo (836212) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468769)

Gas up here in Minnesota jumped up $0.20 and was back down $0.20 within 24 hours.

Re:Mod parent down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468793)

In Canada it is at CND$1.20/l or US$3.75/gal at current exchange rate. Few days ago it was at $0.90/l so it is up about 33%. I guess without NAFTA the price in the US would be even higher..

Re:Mod parent down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468811)

We've been above $3 for 3 weeks here in Hawaii, now it's at $3.20 with a gas cap going into effect next week. That should jump it up to $3.40 at least.

Re:Mod parent down (0, Offtopic)

Titus B. Otch (912256) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468847)

The cheapest today in my area of Ohio was $3.30 for the cheap 87 grade gas [...]"

No problem, my friend. I'll bring Opec to it's knees! Just before it was launched, I duct taped a geopenetrometer on the backside of Spirit. I'm using my h4X0r3d RCA TV remote to survey Alien fossil deposits...

Soon, I'll be rich! Gold! Black Gold, I tell ya! muahahaha... muahahahahaha...

Re:Mod parent down (0, Offtopic)

[cx] (181186) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468846)

Quit your bitching in some parts of Canada its up over $1.50 per Litre.

And even with the sloppy exchange rate it's still $1.26 * 4 which is $5.04 per gallon for the equivalent price.

It sucks.

$5.04/gallon in Halifax.

What the??? (0)

zenneth (767572) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468560)

14 months and still no sign of a Starbucks? Are they losing their market or what?

Re:What the??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468598)

14 months and still no sign of a Starbucks? Are they losing their market or what?

But the three McDonalds it passed is a good sign. Now if they can find a Fries Electronics we can prove there's intellegent life. The three McDonalds has left that in question.

Re:What the??? (1)

Titus B. Otch (912256) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468910)

Now if they can find a Fries Electronics[...]

Fries Electronics? Indeed! I've heard of "burning in a system", but this smoking hot DFI motherboard is more than I reckoned for...

Why must it look so normal? (2, Insightful)

Hannah E. Davis (870669) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468575)

I am always amazed by just how mundane pictures of Mars are. I'm not sure what I expect to see... something different anyway. Something "alien".

But no matter how many times I look at these pictures (and others before them), part of me is always surprised to see red sand and rocky dunes that remind me of PEI and a dusky orange sky that looks just like that above any major city on a cloudy night.

Re:Why must it look so normal? (1)

THotze (5028) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468635)

The difference between PEI and Mars is that Mars might someday support the life of more than one human.

But its an interesting point.... they're 'pretty pictures,' but yeah, if these were B&W, a lot of people would had a had time knowing if this was a desert somewhere or another planet.

Science fiction, I think is to blame; always trying to make the fantastic (another planet with the possibility of LIFE that evolved totally separately from our own?) seem more fantastic (weird, semi-gravity defying spirey things on palnets that are all purple and green). I can remember a story from Arthur C. Clark that he wrote before we had any detailed up-close observations of Mars that centred around Mars not having hills or mountains... in a way, that'd almost be more alien.

But there is something to be said about the extraordinary (being able to see another planet IS extraordinary) looking ordinary to our eyes.... its proof we live in an amazing time despite all of our times limitations and problems.

Tim

Re:Why must it look so normal? (1)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468849)

Are these actual color pictures? From what I understand, most of the color pics coming out of NASA are actually B&W with the color added.

Re:Why must it look so normal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468653)

I see REI also! I'm surprised you also think of hiking equipment when you see this rugged terrain.

Luvin' some of that titanium cooking gear!

Re:Why must it look so normal? (1)

lightyear4 (852813) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468678)

Remove yourself from the context of your comfortable, padded chair and welcoming home. Transport yourself 80 million miles away through an airless void, and arrive upon a celestial artifact, a desert planet late in life. Stunningly beautiful in its own sublime way, isn't it?

Context is everything. Open your eyes and be amazed at what you might see.

Re:Why must it look so normal? (1)

Hannah E. Davis (870669) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468716)

Oh, I am amazed by it all, and I'm sorry if I implied anything different in my post. I just find it a wee bit unsettling that something "80 million miles away through an airless void" should look so familiar. One of my various life goals (many of which conflict with each other, so I know I won't be able to achieve most) is to work for a space agency. It doesn't really matter which one, I just want to contribute to space exploration in some meaningful way... and hopefully bring back more from Mars than pretty pictures and small amounts of data.

Re:Why must it look so normal? (3, Interesting)

BewireNomali (618969) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468702)

That's amazing. That same photograph just took my breath away.

It's wishful thinking, perhaps. but looking at the photograph and I imagine a place that once housed life. It might be the birthplace of life in our system and the seed planet for life on earth.

A dead planet once alive. Conservation of information.... the entire evolutionary record of that planet is in those rocks, that dirt. It's suffocatingly exciting.

And at once harrowing. It has no magnetic field to speak of. It must have had some form of one due to the clear volcanic/geological activity. What happened to it? When will the same thing happen here? If there was life there, did they just run out of time?

There are finite strictures on the amount of time ones birth planet remains hospitable to you. And if you don't figure out how to get off, how to survive in space and thrive, maybe you're doomed to die with your planet.

Some theories abound about why we haven't seen sign of intelligent life. my favorite espouses the notion that civilizations get wiped out by their own technology. What if the stricture is planetary? What if we don't see any intelligent signs because no species could survive the life cycle of their own planets?

It puts any interest in a next-gen ipod or the new google beta in perspective.

It's a great photograph. It fills me with that little kid feeling.... the one whe you look up a the sky and it feels like there's something there looking down at you, waiting for you to discover it.

Depressing (1)

drgonzo59 (747139) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468775)

But then again, what is the meaning of it all? We are just flying around in a huge universe on this little planet. To each one of us, does it really matter if the Earth will blow up 1000 years from now or millions of years from now? I, you and everyone from today will be dead.

I get all philosophical at 2 am in the morning I guess... Seeing a picture from Mars makes me think how big the universe is and how short our lifetimes are. Then it all of the sudden seems somehow too trite and silly to worry whether I should buy a green or a blue car or what grocery store to shop at. In the next 100 years, I'll probably be dead and gone, so what is the point of it all...

Exactly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468844)

We are so insignificant on a cosmic scale, so what's the point of it all?

The point is to be happy, to live a life without misery.

That's the meaning of life!

Weird color balance (1)

MrBoombasticfantasti (593721) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468841)

What amazes me is the weird color balance. Yes, I know Mars is supposed to be red, but why is the sand orangy-red while the rocks have a blue-ish tint? Did the sand not come from eroded rocks?

Load up your favorite image manipulation package (Picasa works well) and pick a nice neutral color. There are several things in the picture that should be white. After doing this, the picture is way, way better. Then up the color temperature (there is still to much blue) and presto, a better picture.

wonderful shot (1)

eggman95 (718643) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468577)

what an awesome picture! does anyone know how long these rovers are supposed to stay operational?

Re:wonderful shot (1)

srw (38421) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468593)

They were supposed to stay operational for 90 days. I guess they're past warranty by now.

The Official High-Res + Wide Angle Image (5, Informative)

kernel_dan (850552) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468582)

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA04184.jpg [nasa.gov]
From the catalog [nasa.gov] page
This approximate true-color panorama was taken by NASA's Spirit rover after it successfully trekked to the top of "Husband Hill," in the "Columbia Hills" of Gusev Crater. The "little rover that could" spent the last 14 months climbing the hills in both the forward and reverse directions to reduce wear on its wheels.

This breathtaking view from the summit reveals previously hidden southern terrain called "Inner Basin"(center), where team members hope to direct Spirit in the future. The rover left tracks to the left point toward the west, the direction Spirit arrived from. The peaks of "McCool Hill" and "Ramon Hill," both in the "Columbia Hills," can be seen just to the left and behind Inner Basin.

The mosaic is made up of images taken by the rover's panoramic camera over a period of three days (sols 583 to 585, or August 24 to 26, 2005). It spans about 240 degrees in azimuth, and was acquired using 51 different camera pointings and three camera filters (750, 530 and 480 nanometers). Image-to-image seams have been eliminated from the sky portion of the mosaic to better simulate what a person standing on Mars would see.

Re:The Official High-Res + Wide Angle Image (2, Interesting)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468827)

Waaaauu! :D Look at those solar panels! Almost no dust at all! What wasn't mentioned in the article is that Spirit's power output is now back up to ~930 Watt hours/day, the same as it was on landing day. The rover is now being shut down every day in the afternoon, no so it doesn't run out of power and die, as was the case around a year ago, but to prevent the electronics box from OVERHEATING!! Wildly successful doesn't even begin to describe the rover missions at this point :)

Re:The Official High-Res + Wide Angle Image (3, Interesting)

BewireNomali (618969) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468858)

we should mass produce the rovers using the same specs and retrofit with geographically specific tools. We can send up more at a time and have standing teams exploring in real time, as we're doing now, amassing data.

Yuck (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468606)

It looks like a gigantic open pit mine or a rock quarry. Other planets tend to be ugly as hell.

Summer trip? (3, Funny)

xerid (235598) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468613)

Wow, this looks very close to i picture I took during my cross-country trip a few years ago.

summer trip image [johnmanko.com]

.

Re:Summer trip? (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468620)

Heh heh heh. That's good. Really, that's very good. Heh. Heh heh.

Re:Summer trip? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468707)

Hi John, you have a great surname, "manko" -- ever wondered what manko means in japanese? vigina/pussy. So your name is in fact "John Pussy", or "John Vigina"! wow!

Re:Summer trip? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468943)


Pffft. That's got to be a fake. There's no Circle K in the shot.

(If you've been to Phoenix, you know what I mean).

Surface Composition (2, Insightful)

Nerd Systems (912027) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468615)

I wonder what the surface composition on these hills is? I know it has taken a long time to climb up to the top. Is this because the surface of Mars is slippery and the rover slides down as it tries to come up, or is the surface hard enough for an easy ascent? It looks like from the picture as if it is a mix of sandy type surface and some hard.

Re:Surface Composition (3, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468651)

It's taken such a long time because the 440 cubic inch V8 with the four-barrel carb that was supposed to power the rover threw a rod, and the thing has been running on solar panels ever since.

I f**ked three women tonight... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468618)

At least, in the world of .jpg.

I am a total badass.

Poor design.... (1)

BHAX (865190) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468621)

Maybe future robotic missions to Mars will include a loogie ejection system.

Roving Mars by Steve Squyres (5, Informative)

sizzzzlerz (714878) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468650)

This fascinating book [amazon.com] by the one of the creators of the Rovers as well as the principal investigator of the science mission is an absolutely fascinating tale of the tortured process leading to the birth of these explorers. He then documents the first 90 days on Mars with an almost day-by-day description of the events as they occurred. Highly recommended!

....it's not news..... (-1, Troll)

XO (250276) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468720)

....it's not news, it's slashdot.org!

Unfortunately.. (2, Funny)

jesser (77961) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468759)

Spirit let two of her fingers get in front of the lens, ruining an otherwise breathtaking photo [nasa.gov] .

Steve Squyres (0, Offtopic)

convolvatron (176505) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468801)

is there anyone else here who remembers this man's
earlier tenure?

Wow.. (1)

qa'lth (216840) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468817)

I can see my house from up here!

Re:Wow.. (1)

ColaMan (37550) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468897)

So can I :

You are here [nasa.gov]

On Mars it's very hard to find water... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468838)

While on Earth you just have to visit New Orleans.

Rendered? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13468876)

Is it just me or does this image look rendered as hell?

martian city (1)

binarybum (468664) | more than 9 years ago | (#13468886)

Well, there is clearly a city in the proximal valley of that picture. However, it looks primarily like empty parking lots.
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