NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Report #10


A NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover team member gives an update on developments and status of the planetary exploration mission. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft delivered Curiosity to its target area on Mars at 1:31:45 a.m. EDT on Aug. 6, which includes the 13.8 minutes needed for confirmation of the touchdown to be radioed to Earth at the speed of light. The rover will conduct a n

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  1. Historically there has been a lot of confusion about image color in space exploration. This is because NASA has a bad habit of releasing pictures intended for photographic analysis by scientists; like geologists, rather than the rest of us. The rest of us want to know what it would look like if we were standing there ourselves. But this is not what they often provide. Rather, than use color filters to make it appear as if it were under the lighting conditions of Earth, not the local environment.

  2. They do this because geologists can use their experience on Earth to look at the colors and guess what kinds of elements and minerals are present. That is why Mars is red; and really the only reason. It isn't really that red. Viking images are notoriously "red-shaded". The correct thing for stock photos, imo, is to use the local lighting conditions and only provide others when the viewer specifically requests that. imo, NASA has done a disservice by disseminating so many of these altered photos.

  3. I agree, but I think USG is its own worst enemy. I noted this on my reply about alteration of the color of photos. But they also do things like try to "over process" images to quell conspiracy, which just backfires. They did that with Cydonia by faking the pictures up b/c the guy at JPL was pissed about having to do the work. He should have been fired. Process in the nearest likeness to the real thing, as perceived by a present human being, and conspiracy fires wouldn't have so much gasoline.

  4. Correction, the "guy at JPL" might not have been with JPL. He was an image processor working for NASA or on contract for their services.

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