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  01 January 2004
NASA Releases 360-Degree Mars Panorama

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"Monday released the first 360-degree color panorama of the terrain on Mars that its Spirit rover should roll onto later this week.

A team of two-dozen scientists and engineers assembled the sweeping panorama from 225 separate images.


"The whole panorama is there before us. It's a great opening for the next stage in our mission, which is getting off the lander and out into this field," said Michael Malin of Malin Space Science Systems, a member of the mission science team.


NASA planned to cut a final cable to free the rover from its lander more than a week after touchdown.


The umbilical that supplies power and communications to the rover will be severed via programmed instructions sent late Monday or early Tuesday, officials said.


But the actual process of having Spirit roll down a ramp onto the dusty, rock-littered terrain of Gusev Crater was pushed back a day and was expected to begin late Wednesday or before dawn Thursday.

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http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html

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  01 January 2004
Yep, its pretty red allright.

Next time they shoot a rocket up there they'd better come back with some video's. Its a bit like a videogame preview. First you get the sneak preview with shoddy pictures. Then come good screens, followed by the video. After this you finally get to play with the thing.

Here's link to the 3d picture of the landin site by the way. To bad you cant view it in realtime 3d.
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Here's more
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  01 January 2004
Why aren't they actually landing in the icey region of mars...wouldn't that be much more interesting, to see what the ice is made of ? Or at least a spot where there is ice on a nearby hill for example ?
 
  01 January 2004
I can imagine the day when people log onto cgtalk to ask how the FX industry is on mars...give it a few years
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  01 January 2004
To answer the Q bout the location, this place proably had LIQUID water at one time. Meaning more chance of life. But I do agree, it's VERY anyoing that they choose boring looking spots to land. Think of the huge cliffs and mountains and canyons on mars! The places they pick are pretty boing compared.
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  01 January 2004
Quote: Originally posted by DirtySkillet
To answer the Q bout the location, this place proably had LIQUID water at one time. Meaning more chance of life. But I do agree, it's VERY anyoing that they choose boring looking spots to land. Think of the huge cliffs and mountains and canyons on mars! The places they pick are pretty boing compared.


Well since it involves 820 million dollars and years of work for many people maybe they 'd rather play it safe.
I saw this show on Nova about the team preparing the mission. Quite fascinating.
They had a deadline and they had to develop, test, check, test, check, re-test and re-check everything (down to some bolts while the rover was already packed away for 'shipping'.) And they were still nervous like hell when the rover was about to hit the 'boring' landing site.

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  01 January 2004
Yup, I saw that to. Jsut sayin....
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  01 January 2004
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  01 January 2004
Yes it is VERY red. No there is no life there... QUIt making movies about life on MARS!!! There is none... Ohhh... Sorry, forgot about Sci-Fi...
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  01 January 2004
Went trhough, did some filtering and came up with no hidden discoveries that may have been overlooked... Just avery distorted 3D view of mars...
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  01 January 2004
Quote: Originally posted by paintbox
Why aren't they actually landing in the icey region of mars...wouldn't that be much more interesting, to see what the ice is made of ? Or at least a spot where there is ice on a nearby hill for example ?


Nasa did send a probe to the polar region, the aptly named Mars Polar Lander. However, "Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 were lost at arrival December 3, 1999." >>link<<

Also, I believe that the polar caps are mostly frozen carbon dioxide (dry ice) although there's probably significant water ice there as well. But look, for example, at the terrain they'd have to land one of these probes on. This is a 3d reconstruction of the north pole.>>link<<
In view of this, it's not surprising the polar probe was lost.

Edit: According to the info at my second link above:
The shape of the polar cap indicates that it is composed primarily of water ice, with a volume of 300,000 cubic miles (1.2 million cubic kilometers). The cap has an average thickness of 0.64 miles (1.03 kilometers) and covers an area 1.5 times the size of Texas. For comparison, the volume of the Martian north polar cap is less than half that of the Greenland ice cap, and about four percent of the Antarctic ice sheet.

I suppose they don't know absolutely for sure how much is water and how much is frozen carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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  01 January 2004
It just needs some neon lights

and Mars would look exactly like Las Vegas! Nothing but desert and red sand.
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  01 January 2004
WOOHOO!!!! Spirit finally rolls off its base. Here's a pic from the rear hazard camera looking back at the base. Now the real fun begins!

 
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