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  01 January 2004
Remarkable colour image of Mars

Nasa's Mars lander has just beamed back some truely remarkable high res colour images of Mars.

This is the first released. Apparently better images are to follow.

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gall...6a/PIA04995.jpg

WOW.. just WOW

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  01 January 2004
This really rocks!
Imagine standing there yourself and taking a photo like this one

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  01 January 2004
WoW! It's so cool to see that it's actually out there. Looks like you could walk around there.
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  01 January 2004
Woooooaw!Fantastic job, a really good texture!!!

Uh wha..What? It is Mars, the reel planet and It's an amazing landscape!
Really a hot pic!
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  01 January 2004
Well, i believe we'll live to see ourselves up there one day.
The way the technology advances, maybe by the time we are 60-70, a trip to Mars will be just a routine.
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  01 January 2004
Looks like Las Vegas 100 years ago

First structure on Mars will be a Resort Casino
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  01 January 2004
Quote: Originally posted by Dennik
Well, i believe we'll live to see ourselves up there one day.
The way the technology advances, maybe by the time we are 60-70, a trip to Mars will be just a routine.


a nice thought but highly doubtful. I'm sure people said that back in the 60's when we landed on the moon that was almost 40 yrs ago and we still haven't sent any physical humans to there and back yet
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  01 January 2004
Something fishy

I find something strange in the image, I just can't figure what.



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  01 January 2004
I read that they keep on adding to that image and that in a week it will be a full 360. The most intereting lookin rocks look like they are almost underneith the rover (at the bottom of the image).
 
  01 January 2004
Quote: Originally posted by mattregnier
a nice thought but highly doubtful. I'm sure people said that back in the 60's when we landed on the moon that was almost 40 yrs ago and we still haven't sent any physical humans to there and back yet


Uh... the 1969 Moon landing had two people walking around on the Moon and they are both back here on Earth. The Apollo program continued during the early 1970's with several other astronauts landing on the moon and returning to Earth.
But I'm just kicking at what you wrote, I'm sure you meant that we're not there in "force" with moonbases and routine flights and all that.
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  01 January 2004
Quote: Originally posted by mattregnier
a nice thought but highly doubtful. I'm sure people said that back in the 60's when we landed on the moon that was almost 40 yrs ago and we still haven't sent any physical humans to there and back yet


I think Matt's right. These current robotic missions, while expensive, are nothing compared to the cost of sending humans to Mars. I just don't see any country(s) justifying sending humans to mars in view of the expense required to do so.

I wish we could have attached a video cam to the rover to get a live feed from Mars, though (minus the 9 minutes or so for the transmission to reach earth). I realize there's not much motion activity going on, but it could run while the rover is moving. Guess they'd have to have some way to boost the feeble signal coming from that great a distance. Oh well.
 
  01 January 2004
I'm basing my prediction in the hope of a discovery that will bring things upside down in the propulsion technology. Something that will reduce the costs hundrents of times, and make such journeys affordable. I remember reading an article few years ago, about NASA experimenting with all kinds of crazy approaches to the matter, like using light beams to elevate small rocket models. I don't know what the progress is in this endeavor, but it would be very interesting to find out. This jet propulsion technology is getting ancient, so something new has to be invented some time soon.
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  01 January 2004
I know it's just a barren terrain with rocky bits, but I always get a really bizarre feeling when I look at something like this. That "I'm on another freakin' planet" kinda feeling.
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  01 January 2004
Too bad the link is down. I thought the sky on Mars was blue, only the dust/earth was red. Or is it because of dust storms? If it is it sure is dusty over there.
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  01 January 2004
Wow. Looks just like the last time we were there.
 
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