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We Never Forgot About Mars
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/...d277bc5be7
This Could Be The Real Reason Earth Doesn't Look Like Mars: Life, Oxygen And All
Quote:When iron oxidizes it binds oxygen to iron, 
an efficient and long-term process to remove oxygen from the atmosphere. 
If Earth's crust were comprised of 35 percent iron, 
a large percentage of oxygen from Earth's atmosphere would be bound in iron as it begins to rust. Whip

Therefore, the lack of iron at Earth's surface is a large reason Earth doesn't look similar to Mars: 
red, barren, and lacking oxygen.

The research team focused on a discrepancy whereby more iron is removed from magma 
the thicker the crust it has to travel through. Hmm2

The team reasoned there is likely some process to remove iron from magma, 
as it travels through continental crust.

They argue that the process of removing iron is related to garnet, a common mineral on Earth, 
and commonly seen as the reddish mineral found in granite countertops. 
As molten rocks travel through Earth's crust on their way to the surface, 
it appears the temperature and pressure along with an abundance of garnets produce iron-rich garnets,
which are too heavy to continue the journey to the surface. 
This process efficiently removes iron from the Mantle melt.

The team notes that if iron were not removed before reaching the crust, 
the iron would suck the oxygen out of the atmosphere, leaving Earth to resemble Mars.

What's quite incredible is the impact this small chemical process taking place kilometers in the Earth 

has on the surface. 
Without the removal of iron, 
Earth could quite possibly look like Mars, lacking oxygen, red, and barren of life.



there may be a flaw in their reasoning note this comment:

Quote:The research team focused on a discrepancy whereby more iron is removed from magma 

the thicker the crust it has to travel through. Hmm2


Well Mars has an extremely thick crust, so whatever process happens here,
as iron moves from mantle to crust,
must not be happening on Mars.
Must have something to do with Mars mantle.

They are missing a big chunk of data as to what really is happening on Mars,
while they speculate what happened on Earth.
Nonetheless they have definitely touched on a prospect of what is going on.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Data Release 45

The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce a new delivery of
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data for the following instruments:

 CRISM
 CTX
 HiRISE
 MARCI
 MCS
 RSS
 SHARAD
 SPICE

There is no derived gravity data in this release.

In general, MRO Release 45 includes data collected from
August 9, 2017, to November 8, 2017. The release includes
HiRISE data from February 2, 2018, to May 6, 2018.

To access the above data, please visit the following link:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...0601.shtml

To access the latest PDS Data Releases, please visit the following link:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...ease.shtml

All available PDS data may be found at:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/data-search/

For further information, see the PDS Home Page:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/

The PDS Team
Mailto: pds_operator@jpl.nasa.gov
Phone: (818) 393-7165

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Thanx Wook keep them honest while you're up there Angel

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The rock with a NOTE stuck to it, sol 1669.  I gave follks here a 3D view I am now giving ALL sol 1669 views that show the "noted-rock" because as you go to "Parent Directory" you can scroll through ALL sols for highlighted stitched together mosaics for viewing on ANY sol they have put there. Doesn't mean there isn;t more since I have YET to see a COLOR version of this area and I've gone all the way to sol 1690 and I can tell they MOVED the rover before taking a COLOR image of this area.  Though it is part of a NASA COLOR movie about Curiosity's journey.

https://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data/ms.../SOL01669/

Seems a bit odd that NO color images were taken of this noted-rock. Pennywise   Beat_deadhorse Shemp Arsespank

Wook please keep after these Joker Pokers in their dreams Angel

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I recall that "note image".
… then there's that "floating spoon image"...
among other "things"...…
heh...forgot what I was thinking...
...some kind of unknown glue substance?
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I was making a reply to kalter when the site went BONKERS trying to put an EMAIL I got from several people from JPL !!!

Did I crash the system in the middle of that reply ???   Cry

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1st I posted TWO 'new' images they sent me an email on in the HiWish thread.  They were ALREADY in the June "special releases' as I noted when getting the email and going to the pages and seeing I had ALREADY opened the browse images, then I copied each image number and downloaded all the data including the JP2's & color.

Now back to "noted-rock" I sent a small query about to the team and this was what I got back. To open the IMG images you need free version of NASAview..NOT HiView.

Hi Robert,


Here is some info from one of the MSL folks. Hope this provides some insight. Unfortunately, we aren't sure, from our perspective, what this could be.






Looks to me like he's referring to:


https://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data/ms...0252M1.IMG


or


https://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data/ms...0252M1.IMG


where there is indeed an interesting artifact on a rock which kinda 
looks like a playing card stuck there.  It's in both images as well as 
their R-eye counterparts so it's real, whatever it is.


I don't see any mastcam imaging of it.


I *think* it's the same rock as we see in 1666:


https://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data/ms...0299M1.IMG


at ~line 139 samp 670 but I'm not 100% sure.  If so, there is a mastcam 
of the same rock:


https://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data/ms...2_DRXX.IMG


at ~line 281 samp 191 but it's seen from the other side, the "card" 
artifact is not visible.


Ahh, it is visible on the *next* drive too, sol 1671:


https://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data/ms...0254M1.IMG


but alas, no Mastcam.  I believe you can still see it on the *next* 
drive, face-on even:


https://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data/ms...7753M1.IMG


at ~line 276 samp 776.  But also, no Mastcam.


The next drive (sol 1673, drive 1386) you can still see where it should 
be but it's just covered by a foreground rock.  Still no Mastcam.  After 
that it fades from view as we drive away.


So there are two different locations where it's visible in Navcam, but 
it looks like there is no Mastcam coverage.







Thanks,
Jordan


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name: Robert H Williams
email: rhw007@twcny.rr.com
phone: 5182366733
affiliation: Mars Citizen Science
Topic: sol 1669 rock with note atached
comments: https://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/data/ms.../SOL01669/ loook at any of the 3D or 2D black and white images you'll see a rock close to the rover with a WHITE SQUARE 'CARD' attached to it. No ZOOM image, No color image. In fact in subsequent sols Rover moves from this site 62 to 63 so the note CANNOT be seen anymore. It cannot be hidden anymore, where are the COLOR 3D ??? Mickey Malin doing another 1998 'Catbox"?
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Before I put MY reply to ALL of them I want to quote a VERY IMPORTANT FACT !!!

Quote:where there is indeed an interesting artifact on a rock which kinda 
looks like a playing card stuck there.  It's in both images as well as 
their R-eye counterparts so it's real, whatever it is.

So why didn't the team get ANY color Mastcam images ???

Here's the reply I sent to ALL of them at JPL:

Hello Jordan,
Thank You for an answer. I really did not expect one.

Why isn't the MASTCAM used for the 360 degree and also does MASTCAM have 'colorized filters' that show up in some of the shots?

To SEE this thing hanging there and having NO COLOR or CLOSE-UP of the artifact is actually MISCHIEF on the Dr Malin is something he has done before with 1998 "Catbox" of the ORIGINAL Press Release to the Media.

https://mycommonsenseparty.com/2016-imag...-image.jpg

Of course EVERY media outlet & NASA/JPL said see...nothing but a "PILE OF ROCKS" however when PROPERLY processed it doesn't even look like other Global Surveyor Images:

https://mycommonsenseparty.com/2016-images/mjcFace.gif

Seems there has been a LOT of "pasted material" since 1998 put onto this artifact.

To NOT zoom into that WHITE SQUARE / RECTANGLE hanging on that rock at site 62 is beyond cowardice; it is equal to misuse of taxpayer money for private reasons.  Absolutely NOTHING to do with RESEARCHING EVERYTHING that Curiosity sees and goes.

You are going to send a Nuclear Rover in 2020 with a helicopter but Cydonia area is NOT one of the landing spots.
Why not?  It has running linea, i.e. water.  NOT Dr Nicky Hoffman's CO2.

Why not send the Rover to where Elon Musk is going to Land, although I noticed in the Special Releases for June there are NO Elon's targets in that release.  They may be in the full release I haven't had time yet to look through everything.

To MANY of us Mars Civilian Scientists like Keith Laney (who has DONE a WHOLE lot of work for you) thinks the 2020 Rover should land somewhere where it can be MOST useful!!!  Helping Elon Musk land at the SAME latitude as Cydonia, the ONLY quadrant on Mars where the word "Enigmatic" in the description since 2005.  Before that...that was the ONLY word for its description.  That would be useful to REALLY land in Cydonia and RUN scans on ALL the monuments and see if there is steel, aluminum, iron, or other artificial elements.  Who knows there WAS two nuclear blasts as Dr. Brandenburg has proven with the Viking launders finding Xeon^128 which ONLY is created in a Nuclear explosion.

https://mycommonsenseparty.com/2017-vide...ndburg.mp4

Maybe that's why there are weird archeology all over where Curiosity has ben going and Keith has been doing Gigapans showing closeups of everything he can get the raw data to stitch together.

I would like an answer WHY didn't Dr. Mike Malin, or why the NASA/JPL hierarchy tell him to take a CLOSE-UP image of this note on the rock?  If Malin moved it on without telling anyone, I highly doubt that because I've read the process of tasking the Rover with uplink time with the MRO, choosing what camera is going to be used, its target and timing, heat, power, sun angle etc. as a TEAM effort.

What would be an HONEST answer as to WHY there is NO close-up of the thing; and NO COLOR of the thing?

With all respect, and I could use over hundred or so different acronyms of NASA/JPL; but I am not.

I would really like an answer to WHY this artifact was NOT taken with Mastcam in COLOR and 3D.  You have a 3D in Black and White but none in color.  Honestly WHY NOT?  Also why not send the #2020CydoniaRover?

I am glad we have a space program, but it has been a bit dishonest to those of us out here who really CARE about getting off this planet:

MCSP & OCSP Theme: The Light, Millennium, Windows of Heaven, Let Me Fly, I'm on Fire by Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship   29 min

https://mycommonsenseparty.com/theme-mcs...07_123.mp3

Awaiting some honest answers.

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And then I see HMF go BONKERS and I'm thinking Holy Shit did I do that just by mentioning Keith's name?

So no I'm not a 'Thought Criminal' if anything it's the Just Plain Liars who are.

As I stated I went over the procedures that the MSL team goes through for every Sol

Let's jump 200 sols from 1669 to Sol 1869:

https://an.rsl.wustl.edu/msl/mslbrowser/an3.aspx

Activities are planned out way ahead of time and note that both Mastcam and Navcams are USED after an auto drive of about 18 meters.

So Still I ask WHY didn't SOMEBODY zoom in on the "card" in COLOR or even Black and white?


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Bob...what I forgot to say
had to do with a "crust"
on Mars' surface seen by MER
some years ago.
At the time, the only idea I had
was how to make such a crust
for fried chicken,
by coating with a shake n' bake mixture
of corn meal and parmesan cheese.

That's what I meant by an actual glue substance...tholins?
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Well the JPL folks and there were 7 of them who replied in ONE email who stated that since both left and right camera 'saw' the 'playing card' it WAS REAL !!!  Not just a 'pile of goop' or some lens flare or something mundane.

All I am saying is that NOT getting a close up, even in B&W was malfeasance in scientific exploration wasting Curiosity $$$ !!!

And at same time the ONLY quadrant where its ORIGINS:ENIGMATIC is MORE important than ANY other site for this rover to land!

#2020Cydonia Rover !!!

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Mars Exploration Rovers Opportunity Data Release 56

The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce Release 56
of Mars Exploration Rover data.  This release includes data primarily
from Sols 4861 through 4950, rover Opportunity (MER1/B), instruments:

 APXS
 Atmospheric Opacity
 HAZCAM
 MI
 NAVCAM
 PANCAM
 SPICE

Correction: there is no RAT or Rover Motion Counter in this release.

There is no Radio Science data in this release, and no more
Mini-TES or Moessbauer data is expected.

To access the above data, please visit the following link:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...0626.shtml

The following special services are provided for accessing MER data:
 MER Analyst's Notebook: http://an.rsl.wustl.edu/mer
 Planetary Image Atlas: https://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/search/mer-opportunity

To access the latest PDS Data Releases, please visit the following link:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...ease.shtml

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Odyssey Data Release 64


The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce a new delivery of
Odyssey Data, Release 64, for the following instruments:

 GRS
 THEMIS
 RADIO SCIENCE (Release 189)
 SPICE

The gamma sensor component of the GRS instrument suite no longer returns
data. The HEND and neutron spectrometer components continue to operate.

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 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...0702.shtml

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For further information, see the PDS Home Page:
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Just came across this video -- searched for the link here but did not find it.  Apologies if it has already been posted:

Planet Mars
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Here's another interesting one:






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHfBGhgiBCQ

Wook out for a stroll Angel

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(07-09-2018, 07:25 PM)slidika Wrote: Just came across this video -- searched for the link here but did not find it.  Apologies if it has already been posted:

Planet Mars



I flashed through as quickly as possible, rapidly picking a few seconds every few minutes.
That is so it isn't painful to watch and endure the entirety of most of these videos on Mars.
Go to just a tad before 19 minutes,
and then see his:
"bio-entities straddling flying vehicles",
and,
that will give you good reason to not go any further.
Or,
just turn off the volume as you hop skip and jump about, and then out, of the video.
There were some interesting landscapes presented with anomalies.

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V - There certainly were some things that I considered dubious.  However, there were some interesting things, too.  As usual, some winnowing by the viewer is needed.
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This one is for Wook

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/mar...e-for-life
more at the link
Mars has a giant hidden lake. Could there be life in it?
Science Jul 25, 2018 11:03 AM EDT — Updated on Jul 25, 2018 1:36 PM EDT
Located at the edge of a more than three-billion-year-old ice cap covering Mars’s south pole, 
the region known as Planum Australe 
would rank high on any list of the Red Planet’s least-interesting locales. 
Frozen, flat and featureless, 
it seemingly offers little more than windblown dust and drifts of crystallized carbon dioxide f
or any aspiring explorer to see. 
Unless, that is, one could somehow peer deep beneath its frigid surface 
to the base of the ice cap some 1.5 kilometers below, 
where a lake of liquid water nearly three times larger than the island of Manhattan may lurk.

Discovered by a team of Italian scientists using three year’s worth of data from the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS) instrument on the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter, the potential lake is at least a few meters deep, and might be a fixed, steady feature of the subsurface. If confirmed, this would be the first-known reservoir of liquid water on present-day Mars—a keystone in the search for past or even present life on the Red Planet, potentially offering fresh clues about how Earth’s neighbor so profoundly transformed billions of years ago from a warmer, wetter world to its current freeze-dried state.

Announced today at a press conference in Rome, the results are detailed in a study appearing in the July 26 edition of Science. Although this is just one detection, the team wrote, “there is no reason to conclude that the presence of subsurface water on Mars is limited to a single location.”

“The presence of a body of liquid water beneath Mars’s south polar cap has various implications, 
opening new possibilities for the existence of microorganisms in the Martian environment,” 
said Sebastian Lauro, 
a study co-author based at Roma Tre University in Rome. 
“Moreover, it provides a valuable confirmation that the water that once flowed abundantly Whip
over the Martian surface in the form of seas, 
lakes and rivers filled the voids in the subsurface.”

For the past 12 years MARSIS has mapped the Martian underground using beams of low-frequency radar pulses, which can penetrate up to several kilometers beneath the surface. Although they pass relatively unscathed through most substances, these pulses reflect back up to the spacecraft each time they encounter boundaries between different materials, such as the interface of ice and bedrock.

That reflection is particularly strong at interfaces with liquid water, 
and shows up as a distinctively bright spot in visualizations of the data. 
Following up on preliminary detections of bright spots beneath Mars’s southern ice cap dating back to 2007, 
the Italian team reprogrammed MARSIS to employ a more intensive scanning mode, 
then surveyed Planum Australe 29 times with the instrument between 2012 and 2015.

The team then spent almost a year analyzing the data, 
and another two years writing their paper and attempting to rule out non-aqueous explanations 
for what they had seen.

Billions of years ago, Mars was a much more Earth-like place where water pooled in seas, carved enormous canyons and bubbled from hot springs. Life, many astrobiologists speculate, may have had no difficulty getting started there. But early in its promising existence the planet somehow lost its way, transforming into a desiccated orb of dried-up ocean-, river- and lakebeds. Robotic missions to the planet’s surface still find surprising echoes of that bygone time, such as patches of water-ice frost forming on rocks as well as water droplets condensing like dew on a lander’s leg. Orbiters, too, have glimpsed what might be rivulets of waterflowing down sun-bathed crater walls at the height of Martian summer.

ESA’s Mars Express has used radar signals bounced through underground layers of ice 
to identify a pond of water buried below the surface. 
The bright horizontal feature at the top corresponds to the icy surface of Mars. 
Layers of the south polar layered deposits – layers of ice and dust – 
are seen to a depth of about 1.5 kilometer. 


Guitar

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yep, he'd have loved that for sure...
On a satellite I ride. Nothing down below can hide.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Data Release 46


The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce a new delivery of
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data for the following instruments:

 CRISM
 CTX
 HiRISE
 MARCI
 MCS
 RSS
 SHARAD
 SPICE

There is no derived gravity data in this release.

In general, MRO Release 46 includes data collected from
November 9, 2017, to February 8, 2018. The release includes
HiRISE data from May 6 to August 1, 2018.

To access the above data, please visit the following link:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...0831.shtml

To access the latest PDS Data Releases, please visit the following link:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...ease.shtml

All available PDS data may be found at:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/data-search/

For further information, see the PDS Home Page:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/

The PDS Team
Mailto: pds_operator@jpl.nasa.gov
Phone: (818) 393-7165

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Keep those releases coming ... please

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For waiting until a STORM to do so many Cydonia images seems to me a bit cynical in this latest release.

For the ONLY Quadrant that STILL has as Map Legend "Origins:Enigmatic"  and even one your guesses states "pasted material" aka you photo shopped images !!!

Naughty

BAD:   Never Anomalies Shown Anytime / Just Paint Layers   Whip


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Seems Opportunity needs some rejuvenation or face extinction !

NASA gives Opportunity rover a deadline to wake up, or be lost forever
Edited time: 2 Sep, 2018 09:33 

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A global dust storm on Mars is threatening the planet’s longest-living robot, NASA’s Opportunity rover. The machine has been in hibernation since June to wait out the storm and now NASA have given it a deadline to wake up.

The US space agency has given the rover a 45-day deadline before giving up on the robot, which has been exploring the Red Planet for 14 years. Skies are finally starting to clear over Mars following an epic sandstorm, and mission managers are hopeful that the rover will attempt to make contact soon.

The sun is breaking through the haze over Perseverance Valley, and soon there will be enough sunlight present that Opportunity should be able to recharge its batteries,” said John Callas, Opportunity project manager at JPL, in NASA’s latest update on the rover.

However, if the robot is silent for 45 days after the storm subsides, the team will be “forced to conclude that the sun-blocking dust and the Martian cold have conspired to cause some type of fault from which the rover will more than likely not recover,” said Callas.

Quote:Thanks to a planet-wide dust storm, NASA hasn't heard from its Opportunity rover since June 10—a worryingly long time. https://t.co/XoFEdOeWuU
— Marina Koren (@marinakoren) August 24, 2018

At that point our active phase of reaching out to Opportunity will be at an end. However, in the unlikely chance that there is a large amount of dust sitting on the solar arrays that is blocking the sun’s energy, we will continue passive listening efforts for several months.”

If the golf-cart-sized vehicle can’t get enough sunlight, its batteries may brown out or lack the electricity needed to power the heaters to protect the machine’s electronic circuits from Mars’ blistering cold.

The Opportunity rover was only scheduled to last for three months, but has been exploring the Red Planet for over 14 years, clocking up more than a marathon worth of Mars miles. A global dust storm has been raging on the planet for nearly two months. The rover fell asleep on June 10 and has yet to wake up and “phone home.”

Quote:The Opportunity rover was only supposed to work on Mars for 90 days. It's been almost 15 years. Think about that for a second. It survived one dust storm but this last one has been a doozy. We need to wait for the rover to wake up. #WakeUpOppy#SaveOppy
— Shannon Stirone (@shannonmstirone) August 29, 2018
While dust storms aren’t an unusual occurrence on Mars - the planet is shroud in a red haze of dust once every couple of years – but NASA says this is “one of the most intense” storms ever recorded.

This is the worst storm Opportunity has ever seen, and we’re doing what we can, crossing our fingers, and hoping for the best,” said Steve Squyres, a planetary scientist at Cornell University and leader of the rover mission, in a recent Planetary Society blog.

The robot is battling a killer weather combination with the extreme dust storm, which is blocking light to its solar panels and coating it in a fine dust, while also fighting -100 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. Together, they can reduce the rover’s ability to store and use electrical energy, while also shrinking and snapping electronic circuits.

The longer the robot goes without generating the electricity needed to charge its batteries, NASA says the batteries could “brown out” and the rover will join the defunct likes of Spirit, the Opportunity rover’s near-identical sister machine.

Quote:I second @doug_ellison's sentiments. Everyone is bringing their best to this fight. And we'll throw in the towel ONLY when we've exhausted every possible avenue to recover @MarsRovers. https://t.co/R62HQsgxIw
— Michael Staab (@AstroStaab) August 25, 2018


READ MORE: Curiosity rover snaps stunning selfie during dust storm on Mars (PHOTOS)

Spirit stopped communicating with NASA during an extreme Martian winter in March 2010. Engineers attempted to regain contact with it for more than a year afterwards, before they eventually gave up and left it to join the plant’s growing pile of space debris. 

However, “there is reason to be optimistic,says NASA, as the storm appears to be weakening, meaning that sunlight may have time to peak through the dust and give the rover a much-needed boost. But even if Opportunity does wake up, it’s still “not out of the woods” as “there's a real possibility the rover won't be the same.”

The rover’s batteries could have discharged so much power – and stayed inactive so long – that their capacity is reduced. If those batteries can't hold as much charge, it could affect the rover's continued operations.”

Source: https://www.rt.com/usa/437408-mars-oppor...-deadline/

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Mars Exploration Rovers Data Release 57

The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce Release 57
of Mars Exploration Rover data.  This release includes data primarily
from Sols 4951 through 5040, rover Opportunity (MER1/B), instruments:

 APXS
 Atmospheric Opacity
 HAZCAM
 MI
 NAVCAM
 PANCAM
 RAT
 Rover Motion Counter
 SPICE

There is no Radio Science data in this release, and no more
Mini-TES or Moessbauer data is expected.

To access the above data, please visit the following link:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...0928.shtml

The following special services are provided for accessing MER data:
 MER Analyst's Notebook: http://an.rsl.wustl.edu/mer
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NASAView 3.18.0 Release

The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce a new delivery of
NASAView, version 3.18.0.

This is a maintenance release of NASAView which includes a fix to properly
run on Mac OS-X High Sierra platforms.

For more details, please see the Release Notes section of the NASAView
documentation.

 To access the Nasaview software, please visit the following link:
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 To access the latest PDS Data Releases, please visit the following link:
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Odyssey Data Release 65

The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce a new delivery of
Odyssey Data, Release 65, for the following instruments:

 THEMIS
 RADIO SCIENCE (Release 189)
 SPICE

The gamma sensor component of the GRS instrument suite no longer returns
data. The HEND and neutron spectrometer components continue to operate.
That data will be available soon.

To access the above data, please visit the following link:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...001b.shtml

To access the latest PDS Data Releases, please visit the following link:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/subscrip...ease.shtml

All available PDS data may be found at:
 https://pds.nasa.gov/datasearch/data-search/

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 https://pds.nasa.gov/

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[JAXA:0588] Joint Statement with CNES and DLR regarding Martian Moons eXploration

October 3, 2018 (JST)

On October 3, National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced a joint statement with Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and German Aerospace Center (DLR) regarding Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) currently under the initial study at JAXA.

To follow "MASCOT," a small lander jointly developed by DLR and CNES onboard the Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2," JAXA, CNES, and DLR together conducted studies of a rover to be onboard MMX and agreed that it would be jointly developed by CNES and DLR.


Joint Statement announced by

Hiroshi Yamakawa
President, JAXA

Jean-Yves Le Gall
President, CNES

Pascale Ehrenfreund
Chair of the Executive Board DLR

Reference links for further information:
https://cnes.fr/en
https://www.dlr.de/dlr/en/
http://mmx.isas.jaxa.jp/en/index.html
http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/en/missions/spac...e/mmx.html

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I think Wook Angel  is hanging out with these folks too.  Phobos has a 2001 MONOLITH, he may be stuck in there; until someone gets an image close enough he can escape and have it recorded as weird wonderful strange and scientifically PROVEN that this living thing is REAL !!!

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Want to wonder and follow uncurious-Curiosity in TOTAL 3D:

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/


While I haven't gone through to try and see Sol 1669 where the WHITE CARD was nailed to a rock...no COLOR images were acquired by the Tricky Mikey Malin 'Team' as the JPL team I sent the image to and got the message back that INDEED the object was VALID AND REAL, but as far as they knew, MSSS did NOT do what ANY HONEST scientist would have done...FULLY image the thing.

Anyhooo 3D browsing the path of Curiosity from your desktop now available.

If you happen to see Wook Angel   don't forget to say hello.

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...
not certain where to put this tidbit of info, so perhaps here is perfect


https://www.space.com/42115-mars-rover-o...later.html
Opportunity Rover Still Silent on Mars, 4 Months After Epic Dust Storm Began
Quote:Opportunity hasn't made a peep since June 10. 
Around that time, a developing dust storm shrouded its environs in darkness, 
preventing the solar-powered rover from harvesting enough sunlight to recharge its batteries. 

The Martian dust storm grew to envelop the entire planet 10 days later. 
But by late July the maelstrom was abating, 
and the sky continued to clear over the following weeks. 
By Sept. 11, conditions near Opportunity's locale — 
a valley on the rim of the 14-mile-wide (22 kilometers) Endeavour Crater — 
were good enough that the rover team ramped up its hailing efforts, 
kicking off a 45-day "active listening" campaign

there's still been nothing from the six-wheeled robot. 
If the clock runs out on Opportunity, 
NASA will reassess its recovery plans and efforts, agency officials have said. 
But engineers and technicians will continue listening for a ping from Opportunity 
in a more passive mode at least through January, mission managers have said.

The venerable rover may be dead, 
done in by a combination of the darkness and the bitter Martian cold. 
Without any power, after all, Opportunity cannot run its onboard heaters. 
But there is still hope, even at this relatively late date.

"It's possible that a layer of dust deposited on the rover's solar panels, 
by the recent global dust storm is blocking sunlight that could recharge its batteries. 
No one can tell just how much dust has been deposited on its panels," 
NASA officials wrote in an update yesterday (Oct. 11).

"A windy period on Marsknown to Opportunity's team as "dust-clearing season" — 

occurs in the November-to-January time frame and has helped clean the rover's panels in the past," 
they added. 
"The team remains hopeful that some dust clearing may result in hearing from the rover in this period."
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News | October 15, 2018
Scientists to Debate Landing Site for Next Mars Rover
 






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Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles later this week to present, discuss and deliberate the future landing site for NASA's next Red Planet rover - Mars 2020. The three-day workshop is the fourth and final in a series designed to ensure NASA receives the broadest range of data and opinion from the scientific community before the agency chooses where to send the new rover.

The Mars 2020 mission is tasked with not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life. The landing site for Mars 2020 is of great interest to the planetary community because, among the rover's new medley of science gear for surface exploration, it carries a sample system that will collect rock and soil samples and set them aside in a "cache" on the surface of Mars. A future mission could potentially return these samples to Earth. The next Mars landing, after Mars 2020, could very well be a vehicle that would retrieve these Mars 2020 samples.
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"The Mars 2020 landing site could set the stage for Mars exploration for the next decade," said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "I'm looking forward to the spirited debate and critical input from the science and engineering community. Whichever landing site is ultimately chosen, it may hold the very first batch of Mars soil that humans touch."

The workshop begins with an opening address by the lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, Michael Meyer. After project status, engineering constraints, and site-assessment criteria are discussed come the presentations. Fair warning: Expect plenty of technical jargon as terms like biosignatures, geochemical conditions, impact deformation, biogenetic potential, olivine lithologies, and serpentinization and its astrobiological potential roll off presenters' tongues.

"We have been doing these workshops in support of 2020 landing site selection since 2014," said Matt Golombek, cochair of the Mars Landing Site Steering Committee from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "At our first workshop, we started with about 30 candidate landing sites, and after additional orbital imaging and a second landing site workshop, we had a recommendation of eight sites to move forward for further evaluation. There were so many great locations to choose from, the whittling-down process was tough. This time around, with four finalists, it promises to be even more difficult. Each site has its own intriguing science potential and knowledgeable advocates."

Champions for four landing options will take their turn at the podium, presenting and defending their favorite parcel on the Red Planet. It is one more site than was expected after the completion of the third workshop, in 2017, where three locations on Mars were recommended for consideration - Columbia Hills, Jezero Crater and Northeast Syrtis.

"At the end of the workshop in February of 2017, there were only three sites on our radar as potential Mars 2020 landing locations," said Ken Farley, project scientist of Mars 2020 at JPL. "But in the ensuing months, a proposal came forward for a landing site that is in between Jezero and Northeast Syrtis. Our goal is to get to the right site that provides the maximum science for Mars 2020, and this new site - dubbed 'Midway' - was viewed as worthy of being included in the discussions."

On the final day, after all presentations have concluded, workshop participants will weigh the positives and negatives of each site. The results of these deliberations will be provided to the Mars 2020 Project, which will incorporate them into a recommendation to NASA Headquarters in Washington, where final selection will be made. The announcement of the Mars 2020 landing site is expected to come by the end of the year.

"I have attended all the workshops so far, and none have disappointed when it comes to intelligent advocation and lively debate," said Farley. "But this is what science is all about - the cogent and respectable exchange of ideas. The passion of the participants shows just how much they care about Mars exploration. They know they are playing a key role in the process, and they know how important the landing site for Mars 2020 will be."

Mars 2020 will launch on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July 2020. It is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.

The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing site on Mars, determine the habitability of the environment, search for signs of ancient Martian life, and assess natural resources and hazards for future human explorers. Scientists will use the instruments aboard the rover to identify and collect samples of rock and soil, encase them in sealed tubes and leave them on the planet's surface for potential return to Earth on a future Mars mission.

The Mars 2020 Project at JPL in Pasadena, California, manages rover development for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. NASA's Launch Services Program, based at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch management.

For more information on the workshop, go to:
https://marsnext.jpl.nasa.gov/workshops/...018_10.cfm

For information on how to listen in to workshop presentations, go to:
https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/landing-site-workshop/

For more information on Mars 2020, go to:
https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

For more information about NASA's Mars missions, go to:
https://mars.nasa.gov

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Remember it is still remains the ONLY quadrant that states: "Origins: Enigmatic" that was it until 2005 then they added several guesses including "inliners of pasted materials" which I perceive as "Photo-Shopped" 

Malin had a way to alter pixel heights, from the "Catbox" to now the the nostrils, eye balls, SOLID lines for helmet, now there but not as defined as well as nose ridge. PASTED materials.

They still do not have ANY specific geological, or other NATURAL mechanism for this region.

If it doesn't go there same latitude Elon Musk is going, it's a WASTE of taxpayer $$$ and Scientific Cowardice.

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My Letter to President Trump:
I like your 5% plan, spending money WISELY with Common Sense validity. The #2020CydoniaRover is sadly NOT going be its NASA's 'chosen' landing zone. Yet this Quadrant is the ONLY Quadrant the USGS states in the Map Legend since early 1960's Stated This “ Origins: Enigmatic” PERIOD !!! Until 2005 they added several “guesses” but still let the “Origins:Enigmatic” with their 'guesses'. One even can be construed as 'Photo-Shopped': “Origins:Enigmatic but likely inliner of pasted materials” There still remains NO, geological formulation NATURALLY conclude HOW this area was formed. No vulcanization, plate tectonics, sedimentary, glacial, impacts, no geological reason is given. NONE !!!
Cydonia is at 40 degrees latitude, same latitude Elon Musk going to land only several longitudes WEST of Cydonia. Well within driving distance. Seems Elon is a lot smarter than NASA has been. Cydonia is where the two Viking images of this area found many “Enigmatic” formations. The most famous ones are Ares Face, D&M, and the one I found Smoking Pyramid like Egypt's Giza.
I would request that you issue an executive order to MAKE NASA land this rover to land in Cydonia. There is LIQUID WATER below the surface in Cydonia in daytime it is 70 degrees F at ground level, liquid running linea, are also there. PLEASE ask NASA to explain why this rover is NOT going to the ONLY quadrant on Mars where it has NO IDEA for Natural Geological formation of this area. It is the MAIN point of my main site. Next week they are going to meet to try and choose from 3-4 other sites where they ALREADY know how that quadrant was formed. Seems waste of $$$ to NOT send it where NASA & USGS does NOT know how this region was formed.
https://mycommonsenseparty.com/
Thank You for your time, diligence and work you are doing. And hope this page reaches your eyes to read.

Ninja Assimilated 

Who else here is going to write the President to try and FORCE NASA to make this REALLY HAPPEN ???

https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

#2020CydoniaRover


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