APOD: Curiosity on Mars: Still Life with Rover (2012 Aug 18)

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APOD: Curiosity on Mars: Still Life with Rover (2012 Aug 18)

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Image Curiosity on Mars: Still Life with Rover

Explanation: What does the Curiosity rover look like on Mars? To help find out, NASA engineers digitally synthesized multiple navigation camera images taken last week into what appears to be the view of a single camera. Besides clods of Martian dirt, many of Curiosity's science instruments are visible and appear in good shape. Near the middle of the rover is an augmented reality tag intended to enable smartphones to provide background information. Far in the distance is a wall of Gale Crater. As Curiosity will begin to roll soon, its first destination has now been chosen: an intriguing intersection of three types of terrain named Glenelg.

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Post by bystander » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:06 am

Curiosity's first destination and first laser target
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Post by ta152h0 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:06 am

Looks flat and an easy drive, no training wheels required. Is that whitish thing mid upper left a parachute or part of the rover ?
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Post by RafaC » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:06 am

I'd say it's just a reflection on the top of the antena. The parachute and backshell landed several hundreds of meters away.

I am curious about the virtual reality tag . Can anybody elaborate a bit more on it?

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Post by Case » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:46 am

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Post by APODFORIST » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:30 am

This picture shows an alien world - the mountains of the crater rim are fantastic, though they seem a bit over elevated in this mosaic. Black and white makes it more beautiful.

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Post by K1NS » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:08 am

RafaC wrote:I am curious about the virtual reality tag . Can anybody elaborate a bit more on it?
Me, too. What are they talking about? Little green men with iPhones?

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Post by neufer » Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:08 pm

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Post by bystander » Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:47 pm

RafaC wrote:I am curious about the virtual reality tag . Can anybody elaborate a bit more on it?
K1NS wrote:Me, too. What are they talking about? Little green men with iPhones?


Curiosity Looks Away from the Sun

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.

The navigation camera is used to help find the sun -- information that is needed for locating, and communicating, with Earth. After the camera pointed at the sun, it turned in the opposite direction and took this picture. The position of the shadow helps confirm the sun's location.

The "augmented reality" or AR tag seen in the foreground can be used in the future with smart phones to obtain more information about the mission.

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Post by neufer » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:48 pm

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Glenelg

Post by neufer » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:09 pm

http://astrobob.areavoices.com/?blog=78068 wrote: Curiosity rover ramps up for road trip to Glenelg
Posted on August 18, 2012 by astrobob

<<Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to Glenelg we go! Scientists with the Mars mission have chosen Curiosity’s first exploration destination, a little place nicknamed Glenelg (after a village in Scotland) near the base of an alluvial fan of sedimentary rocks, dirt and sand. Alluvial fans are common on Earth as streams flowing from mountains or canyons gradually spread out and deposit rocks and sand in great fans onto the flatter plains below.

Curiosity landed near the base of a similar fan-deposit on Mars; scientists will drive the rover further downhill to where the water might have collected. They’ll be looking for things like salts that are dissolved by water but later precipitate as solids when the water evaporates.

Glenelg. Notice anything peculiar about it? It’s a palindrome, a word or phrase that reads the same way in either direction. Fun examples include “kayak”, “evil olive”, “tangy gnat”, “radar” and “Oh, cameras are macho”. NASA folks selected Glenelg because the rover will be visiting the area twice – both coming and going – before it turns around and heads to the base of Mt. Sharp.

The rover will travel 400 meters to the east-southeast of its landing spot to reach Glenelg; its first drilling target will be a section of layered bedrock (likely sedimentary rock deposited by or in water). Prior to departure, the team in charge of ChemCam will zap a 3-inch rock 10 feet away named N165 with a powerful laser. The resulting spark of vaporized rock will be examined with a spectroscope to determine the minerals that make up the rock. The rover will also exercise its wheels in the coming days before moving out.>>
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Post by Gord Davison » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:37 pm

At the Astronomy picture of the day site they say "Near the middle of the rover is an augmented reality tag intended to enable smartphones to provide background information." Does anyone know what they are trying to say here? As far as I know there are no celluar networks on Mars and no cell phones to access them.

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Post by slyman » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:54 pm

^i think it was used before it was sent to mars.

it's funny the terrain in the background almost looks cg haha

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Post by quigley » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:03 pm

Can anyone tell me why Mt. Sharp did not erode over the eons as did the rest of the crater's sedimentary deposits?

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Post by neufer » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:55 pm

quigley wrote:
Can anyone tell me why Mt. Sharp did not erode over the eons as did the rest of the crater's sedimentary deposits?
My best guess is this:
  • After the crater was created the lowest spot (where the mineralized water pooled) was just around the central crater peak.

    Consequently, the hardest, most mineralized, sandstone developed right around the central crater peak including those last layers lain well above the original crater rim.

    When the inundation period finally ended the softer sandstone above the original crater rim dried up and blew away leaving only a hard sandstone mountain covering/encrusting the original central crater peak.
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Post by JohnD » Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:07 pm

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RafaC wrote:I am curious about the virtual reality tag . Can anybody elaborate a bit more on it?
K1NS wrote:Me, too. What are they talking about? Little green men with iPhones?
The "augmented reality" or AR tag seen in the foreground can be used in the future with smart phones to obtain more information about the mission.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
That's not "Near the middle of the rover"! That's on the front bumper!

Any road, here's how it's used:
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Post by JohnD » Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:20 pm

I'm more interested in the many discs placed on the rover, about same size as tag, with four quadrants on.
They look like this
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This guy is interested too, but he's even further out than Curiosity.
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Re: Glenelg

Post by bystander » Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:23 am

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