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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:25 AM

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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:36 AM

500K lines of code isn't all that much considering this vehicle is a kind of 3 in 1 vehicle (science equipment onboard for geologic, biologic and chemistry disciplines) and that it's possessed of an advanced level of AI so that it won't need to be guided every 10 inches of it's ensuing journey by someone driving it from Earth like the last 3 rovers.

This one is designed to be pointed at a spot and then it starts to roll that way, solving encountered obstacle issues along the way on its own. Also, for the number of experiments and apparatus, each one has their own program and protocols.

Taken in total, 500K seems kind of sparse.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

I sort of wish NASA would have converted (and tweeted) a few of the first photos from Curiosity with Instragram/hipstamatic.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 02:18 PM

So freaking cool! We have our shit that's already stalking Mars sync up and take photos of our new car size probes into the red fissures and crackies of the Red Planet! That's some bad ass work High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment!

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This view is one product from an observation made by HiRISE targeted to the expected location of MSL about 1 minute prior to landing. It was captured in HiRISE CCD RED1, near the eastern edge of the swath width (there is a RED0 at the very edge). This means that MSL was a bit further east or downrange than predicted.

https://hirise.lpl.a...msl-descent.php


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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 08 August 2012 - 11:57 PM

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Sunset on Mars.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:50 AM

I didn't think the sun would be that much smaller on mars; does it just look smaller in the photo or is that actually what I would see.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:04 AM

From what I remember earth is 1 AU (astronomical units) away from the sun... Mars is something like 1.4 and change AU away... not to mention Gale Crater is way up north on mars.. (is there a north? hmm) and the tilt is probably away.. so yeah.. it looks smaller.

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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:53 AM

when's the last time you looked at something further away than the last time you looked at it and it didn't appear smaller?
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:57 AM

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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:02 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 09 August 2012 - 03:04 PM, said:

From what I remember earth is 1 AU (astronomical unites) away from the sun


That's because an AU is the distance from the earth to the sun, the mean distance anyway :P
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:04 AM

Shhh.... It's been a while since I had to dredge up distances in space.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:39 PM

That's 0.000007 parsecs for those of you wondering how this compares to the Kessler Run.

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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:04 PM

12 parsecs IS a long way. 230 trillion miles...give or take a few.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:55 PM

FFS Han parsec is a unit of distance, not time!
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 10 August 2012 - 06:29 PM

I may be wrong, but I think that's the joke.
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