APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

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APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:06 am

Image Mars: Shadow at Point Lake

Explanation: What if you saw your shadow on Mars and it wasn't human? Then you might be the robotic Curiosity rover currently exploring Mars. Curiosity landed in Gale Crater last August and has been busy looking for signs of ancient running water and clues that Mars could once have harbored life. Pictured above, Curiosity has taken a wide panorama that includes its own shadow in the direction opposite the Sun. The image was taken in November from a location dubbed Point Lake, although no water presently exists there. Curiosity has already discovered several indications of dried streambeds on Mars, and is scheduled to continue its exploration by climbing nearby Mt. Sharp over the next few years.

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Beyond » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:14 am

Ahh... The Shadow knows. But he's just not telling... yet.
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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by neufer » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:33 am

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APOD Robot wrote:Image Mars: Shadow at Point Lake

Explanation: What if you saw your shadow on Mars and it wasn't human?

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Ann » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:36 am

neufer wrote:
APOD Robot wrote:Image Mars: Shadow at Point Lake

Explanation: What if you saw your shadow on Mars and it wasn't human?
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Photo: NASA
Oh my goodness me, I'm Curiosity! :o :shock:



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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Nobody » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:48 am

It losts a mirror along the tracks :lol2:

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by MargaritaMc » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:53 am

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16563

The link above (from following the " pictured above" link on the Apod text) takes you to the 360° scrollable image that this image was taken from.

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by mugsy » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:38 pm

In this picture it looks like some of the rock has an appearance of shale type. Flat layered rock requires water to produce this type of material.

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by neufer » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:43 pm

On the first part of the journey
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
And the sky with no clouds
The heat was hot and the ground was dry
But the air was full of sound

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I've been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain
La, la ...

After two days in the desert sun
My skin began to turn red
After three days in the desert fun
I was looking at a river bed
And the story it told of a river that flowed
Made me sad to think it was dead

After nine days I let the horse run free
'Cause the desert had turned to sea
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
there was sand and hills and rings
The ocean is a desert with it's life underground
And a perfect disguise above
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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Keyman » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:11 pm

In the lower left, the 'front bumper' of the rover has "Curiosity" spelled out, but it appears to be cut and shifted in the middle. Am I correct in assuming this is a 'defect' caused by splicing together the pieces of the mosaic?

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Boomer12k » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:34 pm

Jeff Foxworthy Martian humor.

"You might be a rover, if you saw your shadow on Mars, and it wasn't human!"

"glorkle, glorkle, glorkle,"....Martian laughter from the audience.


Nice Picture.

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by neufer » Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:29 pm

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Boomer12k wrote:Jeff Foxworthy Martian humor.

"You might be a rover, if you saw your shadow on Mars, and it wasn't human!"

"glorkle, glorkle, glorkle,"....Martian laughter from the audience.


Nice Picture.

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Joe Stieber » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:01 pm

I notice a vague, brighter glow on the soil near the shadow of the camera, which would be the anti-solar point. This appears to be from the “Opposition Effect” (as opposed to a “Glory” or the “Heiligenschein”).

More about it from Atmospheric Optics: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/atoptics/oppos1.htm

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Ralph A Bauer » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:20 pm

The picture looks like stone from the bottom of a lake. Would be great to go there and examine first hand. rab

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by neufer » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:25 pm

Ralph A Bauer wrote:
The picture looks like stone from the bottom of a lake.
  • Good Point :!:
Ralph A Bauer wrote:
Would be great to go there and examine first hand. rab
  • Isn't that what Curiosity is doing :?:
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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by winsond » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:45 pm

Rocks at the bottom right of the frame look like slate.

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by nicodemus » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:37 pm

mugsy wrote:In this picture it looks like some of the rock has an appearance of shale type. Flat layered rock requires water to produce this type of material.


Because these "flat rocks" are parallel to the surface, I wonder if they are ferricretes such as occur in iron rich arid soil here on earth.

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Anthony Barreiro » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:04 pm

APOD Robot wrote:... Curiosity has already discovered several indications of dried streambeds on Mars, and is scheduled to continue its exploration by climbing nearby Mt. Sharp over the next few years.
The official designation for that peak, as determined by the International Astronomical Union and reflected in the title of the linked wikipedia article, is Aeolis Mons. While the JPL Curiosity Team has been calling Aeolis Mons "Mt. Sharp" in honor of the deceased geologist Bob Sharp, this is only an informal usage. Perhaps this apod caption could read, "climbing nearby Aeolis Mons, informally called Mt. Sharp, ... ." Here are the IAU naming conventions for Mars.
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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by moonstruck » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:19 pm

Oooh... I thought I saw a couple of arrowheads.

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by neufer » Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:09 pm

moonstruck wrote:
Oooh... I thought I saw a couple of arrowheads.
http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2013/02/04/englands-king-richard-iii-found-under-car-park wrote:
England’s King Richard III found under car park
Reuters | 04 February, 2013

<<Richard III, depicted by William Shakespeare as a monstrous tyrant who murdered two princes in the Tower of London, was killed fighting his eventual successor Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field in central England in 1485. In one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of recent times, a team from the University of Leicester said evidence showed that a skeleton found last year during excavations of a mediaeval friary under a parking lot in the city was indeed that of Richard. Academics said DNA taken from the body matched that of Michael Ibsen, a Canadian-born furniture maker in London who genealogists said was the direct descendant of Richard's sister, Anne of York. The skeleton showed signs of injuries consistent with wounds received in battle; a bladed implement appeared to have cleaved part of the rear of the skull while a barbed metal arrowhead was found between vertebrae of the skeleton's upper back. While the findings may solve one riddle about Richard, the last Plantagenet king of England remains a complex figure whose life, made famous by Shakespeare's history play, deeply divides opinion among historians in Britain and abroad.>>
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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Canadian Grandma » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:18 pm

Curiosity sees shiny protuberance --"Oh, oh! down periscope."

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Beyond » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:37 pm

That "thing" in the upper center of neufer's picture, greatly resembles the business end of a ballpeen hammer. At least to me.
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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by MargaritaMc » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:44 pm

Click to play embedded YouTube video.
If you are curious about Curiosity, this is an interesting video.

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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by saturno2 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:16 pm

At this point I see the texture of the surface of Mars as a very fine powder and solid in layers.
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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Sam » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:20 am

neufer wrote:England’s King Richard III found under car park
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Re: APOD: Mars: Shadow at Point Lake (2013 Feb 05)

Post by Ann » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:54 am

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What if you saw your shadow on Mars
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