More awesome stuff from Mars!

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  1. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    First off we have Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images of the Phoenix lander on the ground, as well as the discarded parachute, heat shield and backshell.

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    Next we have one of the most awesome pics I have ever seen, the lander parachuting to the surface with Heimdall crater in the background!

    The actual picture is a lot bigger than it shows up as on the board, if you save it or right cick and select "view image" in firefox you can see it full size.

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    Just to get a sense of scale, here is a topographic map of the area, the cater in the pic is the one near the center right of the picture, the landing area is inside the black circle.

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    Damn dude, thanks for the update. I was keeping up with it this weekend. I'll keep myself tuned to this thread for more news on this. Those pics are amazing.
     
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    Whenever I see a space related thread, I know it's Dark Convoy. I appreciate it though, I always find the stuff intriguing.
     
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    So it landed in a crater?

    Fail.








    Just kidding.
     
  5. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    It landed downrange of the crater, the rover Opportunity however did land in a crater, a rather small one too - almost like a 300-million-mile interplanetary hole-in-one.
     
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    Awesome post DC.

    Well done. Space travel is amazing and the technical challenges that have been over come in context is amazing.
     
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    Blunticon The Oddjob

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    I watched on the news today in the Hospital, pretty damn cool. Everyone was glued to the screen when it came on.
     
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    So, all the awesome pics are from a satellite that's already there?
     
  9. Dark_Convoy

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    These particular pics are from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, it is one of three satellites in orbit around Mars.

    There are lots of pictures from the Phoenix lander (the one shown parachuting to the surface in the large pic) here: http://fawkes3.lpl.arizona.edu/images.php?gID=0&cID=8

    We also have two additional rovers still operating on Mars, the twin robot geologists, Spirit and Opportunity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Exploration_Rover
     
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    That's still pretty crazy. Maybe in the next 40 years we'll be on another planet and I'll be telling my kids about how I experienced the Mars landing.
     
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    Wow man they aced that delivery
     
  12. Liege Prime

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    And all the kids will be telling us how it was all staged by the government and really took place in New Mexico.
     
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    CdnShockwave The Prince of Poses TFW2005 Supporter

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    Thats absurd. Everyone knows Arizona looks more like Mars than New Mexico.
     
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    Aaron Master of Crystalocution Moderator Content Contributor

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    If I ever get to Mars, I'll tell my kids someday that I came there with a cardboard box, a shotgun, and a bottle of vodka. Just tell 'em "the natives were pissin' me off."
     

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