Aug 9 - Mars Panorama: Curiosity Rover Sends Back 1st 360-Degree Color View (PHOTO)

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Aug 9 - Mars Panorama: Curiosity Rover Sends Back 1st 360-Degree Color View (PHOTO)
 

 
ASADENA, Calif. -- The photo-snapping rover Curiosity returned another postcard from Mars on Thursday – the first 360-degree color panorama of Gale Crater.

Scientists admired the sweeping vista. In the distance was the base of Mount Sharp, a three-mile-high mountain rising from the crater floor, where the six-wheel rover planned to go.

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"It's very exciting to think about getting there, but it is quite a ways away," said mission scientist Dawn Sumner of the University of California, Davis.

Though it's the sharpest view yet of the landing site, the panorama was stitched together from thumbnails while scientists waited for better quality pictures to be downloaded.

Since safely landing Sunday night, Curiosity has dazzled scientists with peeks of its new home that at first glance seems similar to California's Mojave Desert. The initial pictures were fuzzy and black-and-white.

Earlier this week, the rover raised its mast containing high-definition and navigation cameras that have provided better views.

The car-size rover remained healthy and busy testing its various instruments. Several pebbles landed on the rover's deck next to its radiation sensor during the final seconds of landing as it was lowered to the ground, but project managers said the stones posed no risk.

Curiosity "continues to behave basically flawlessly," said mission manager Mike Watkins of the NASA Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the $2.5 billion mission.

Over the weekend, the rover will take a break so its computers can get a software upgrade in a process similar to a laptop having periodic updates to its operating systems. The upgrade will take several days. Data download will continue during that time, but the rover won't be doing anything new.

During its two-year mission, the roaming laboratory will analyze rocks and soil in search of the chemical building blocks of life, and determine whether there were habitable conditions where microbes could thrive. As high-tech as Curiosity is, it can't directly look for past or present life; future missions would be needed to answer that question.

Curiosity arrived on Mars Sunday night after traveling more than eight months and 352 million miles. Because of its heft, it couldn't land using air bags like its predecessors. Curiosity made a precision landing, relying on a heat shield, supersonic parachute, retrorockets and cables that lowered it inside Gale Crater.

Since the thrilling landing, the pace on the surface has been deliberately slower.

Curiosity is the most complex interplanetary rover ever designed, and engineers are taking their time performing health checkups. The rover will not make its first drive or move its robotic arm for weeks.

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SwizZy 74 heat pts74
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Or does Nevada look like Mars? What did you expect Mars to look like
 08-09-2012, 11:28 PM         #3
One Gud Cide 
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 SwizZy said:
Or does Nevada look like Mars? What did you expect Mars to look like
bright red
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GetuOne 73 heat pts73
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White people
 5 years ago '12        #6
Melle 52 heat pts52
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how do you successfully send a rover on a 58 million mile journey? just saying....


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 5 years ago '08        #7
stlcardinals19 32 heat pts32
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 otherside said:
how do you send successfully send a rover on a 58 million mile journey? just saying....
 08-10-2012, 02:51 PM         #8
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need to get more half sky/half land shots
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deziking 81 heat pts81
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Lets get some people up there start a civilization.
 5 years ago '09        #10
Al Goody 48 heat pts48
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 dtf12 said:
anyone else thinks that looks like Nevada?
You know NASA just sending pics of Arizona
 5 years ago '07        #11
JohnDoe 207 heat pts207
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 08-10-2012, 05:56 PM         #13
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I wonder if the people on Mars believe in Jesus
I wonder if they know you're a f*ggot.
 08-10-2012, 06:20 PM         #14
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 lifeundthescope said:
I wonder if they know you're a f*ggot.
I wonder if they know you're a f*ggot.
 5 years ago '08        #15
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LOL this is it? a half a.ssed pic of something are all familiar with eh? since the 50's we have been conditioned to believe Mars looks like this.

I'm willing to bet this sh*t is not Mars at all.... It's just all one big scam.. a 3 billion dollar scam and bullsh*t propaganda.
 5 years ago '08        #16
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 JohnDoe said:

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so empty
 5 years ago '10        #17
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This thing can't take video? I wanna see this rover rover around and show some video. Our technology is way too advanced and it cost too much money to just get a picture.
 08-10-2012, 07:25 PM         #18
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 RustyLorcin said:
LOL this is it? a half a.ssed pic of something are all familiar with eh? since the 50's we have been conditioned to believe Mars looks like this.

I'm willing to bet this sh*t is not Mars at all.... It's just all one big scam.. a 3 billion dollar scam and bullsh*t propaganda.
Bro.....There's telescopes you can buy at toys'R'Us that can see what Mars looks like
 08-10-2012, 08:31 PM         #19
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im callin bullsh*t on this one
 5 years ago '05        #20
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blood...

how dope is that tho..

humans doin the damn thing... HELLA DEEEEEEEP in the universe...
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