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I would like to add my congratulations to all involved at Nasa, truly amazing stuff folks Wink

And thanks Gamekeeper for posting the fab photos. Now for the science!

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The $2.5 billion Curiosity rover landed on Mars late Sunday (Aug. 5 PDT) and carries 17 cameras in total in order to photograph the planet's surface. The cameras used to make the new 3-D images are hazard-avoidance cameras designed to spot obstacles in the rover's path.

For redundancy, Curiosity has two pairs of hazard-avoidance cameras mounted to its front and another two pairs on its rear. They have fish-eye lenses, according to a NASA description. Curiosity also carries a different set of navigation cameras on its mast to help plan drives on Mars.

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If intelligent life is found on Mars, it will be the first planet to have some...


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I'm following this with quite a bit of interest! If it all pans out this should be the most informative trip to mars yet, with all the gear it's carrying. The recent issue of Air and Space was a "Mars Issue" and it had several great articles about MSL/Curiosity.

I know this is in the off topic section, but could we get this topic stickied? With all the different news outlets it can get a bit confusing keeping track of it all, and this thread and its links has actually done a pretty good job of keeping up to date.


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Photo I scanned form Air & Space (Bottom) , showing the gear its' carrying. It also carries 17 cameras total, and at least 1 (maybe 2?) full color high resolution camera.

other picture of gear:


Today it also transmitted it's first from of the high resolution video of its descent:



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These are the first two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's "head" or mast. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground. Images released Aug. 8, 2012.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech



This is the first image taken by the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. It shows the shadow of the rover's now-upright mast in the center, and the arm's shadow at left. The arm itself can be seen in the foreground. Image released Aug. 8, 2012.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Ahh, home sweet home.

Way to go NASA!


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It's interesting that they decided to land the rover in the Gale crater that is about 100 miles in diameter and about 4 billion years old and that pieces ejected from an impact of that size could be what life on Earth came from.

Nice photo Gamekeeper, looks like the thin atmosphere allowed the skycrane rockets to easily leave their marks. Wow. A million things could have gone wrong with that complicated system but it all went perfect. Time to get that thing rolling.


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This is the first 360-degree panorama in color of the Gale Crater landing site taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The panorama was made from thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera. The images were taken late Aug. 8 PDT (Aug. 9 EDT) by the 34-millimeter Mast Camera.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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The distant blob seen in the view on left, taken by a Hazard-Avoidance camera on NASA's Curiosity rover is likely the impact cloud from the rover's descent stage after landing on Aug. 5 PDT, 2012. The cloud disappears in later photos.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Self Portrait


Here is a 360-degree image snapped by the Navcams. NASA has dubbed this image as being a Picasso-esque self-portrait of Curiosity. The cameras snapped pictures around the rover, while pointing down at the deck, up and straight ahead.

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Looks like we'll be seeing a video of the landing but it'll take time to process. This is gonna be good.
I found it in this article:
news.cnet.com/8301-113...sky-crane/


"It does eight frames per second, high-definition-quality video from the backshell coming off [all the way] to the ground," Theisinger said. "So it's a lot of data, it'll take a long time to get it back. But it should be a tremendous movie when it does."


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@ Morris, thanks for the heads up, that will be a great bit of vid.

@Gamekeeper, the pics are fab, please keep posting

Loving this thread folks. Exploration as it happens... Truly amazing.

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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows an area excavated by the blast of the Mars Science Laboratory’s descent stage rocket engines. This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.

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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows part of the wall of Gale Crater, the location on Mars where the rover landed on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT). This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera. This image of the crater wall is north of the landing site, or behind the rover.

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This color image from NASA's Curiosity rover looks south of the rover's landing site on Mars towards Mount Sharp. This is part of a larger, high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera. The image provides an overview of the eventual geological targets Curiosity will explore over the next two years, starting with the rock-strewn, gravelly surface close by, and extending towards the dark dune field. Beyond that lie the layered buttes and mesas of the sedimentary rock of Mount Sharp. The images in this mosaic were acquired by the 34-millimeter Mastcam over about an hour of time on Aug. 8, 2012 PDT (Aug. 9, 2012 EDT), each at 1,200 by 1,200 pixels in size.

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Ballasts Hitting the Surface, Close-Up
These before-and-after images show the effects of weights from the entry vehicle of NASA's Curiosity rover hitting the surface of Mars. These are enlarged images from the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter taken on Aug. 1 and 7. Arrows show the locations of the impacts.

This linear cluster of dark disrupted ground is about 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) from the rover. The length of this cluster is about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer). There are six impact sites, one for each of the 55-pound (25-kilogram) tungsten Entry Ballast Masses.

The images were acquired by the Context Camera at a resolution of 20 feet (6 meters) per pixel but projected here at 16 feet (5 meters) per pixel.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Morris wrote:
Looks like we'll be seeing a video of the landing but it'll take time to process. This is gonna be good.

This movie from NASA's Curiosity rover shows most of the high-resolution frames acquired by the Mars Descent Imager between the jettison of the heat shield and touchdown.

Curiosity Drops in on Mars in High-Res


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