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Mon Jul 9, 2012, 06:24 AM

The Night Sky and Milky Way on Mars




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Reply The Night Sky and Milky Way on Mars (Original post)
Ichingcarpenter Jul 2012 OP
NoMoreWarNow Jul 2012 #1
flyingfysh Jul 2012 #4
NoMoreWarNow Jul 2012 #12
malthaussen Jul 2012 #2
jimlup Jul 2012 #3
VWolf Jul 2012 #5
bananas Jul 2012 #10
BlueJazz Jul 2012 #6
n2doc Jul 2012 #7
lastlib Jul 2012 #8
Fumesucker Jul 2012 #9
xocet Jul 2012 #11
joshcryer Jul 2012 #13
eppur_se_muova Jul 2012 #14
xocet Jul 2012 #15

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 07:16 AM

1. cool!

 

how come we don't have such photos from the moon?

Or have I just never seen them?

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Response to NoMoreWarNow (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:20 AM

4. This picture must have been taken at night on Mars

The Apollo astronauts were never on the moon during a lunar night, they were always there during lunar daytime. The sunlight reflecting off the soil and rocks would have been much brighter than the visible stars.

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Response to flyingfysh (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 05:05 PM

12. Maybe-- seems like they could have gotten the stars if they pointed up

 

and had the right light settings.

Further, why couldn't an unmanned probe get sky shots from the moon?

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:05 AM

2. I'd like to set up a homestead under one of those hills.

Well, if there were water, I would.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 08:17 AM

3. There is water!

Or at least there was water billions of years ago.

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Response to jimlup (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 09:07 AM

5. So you're saying

we need both a spaceship AND a time machine???

Jeez!

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Response to VWolf (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 12:35 PM

10. No, we just need a shovel and a heater, or a drill

A lot of Mars surface is frozen mud, and deeper underground it's liquid water.

Furthermore, we know that much of that water remains on that planet today as ice or frozen mud, with the soil of continent-sized regions of the planet assessed as being more than 60% water by weight. Not only that, scientists have discovered that Mars has liquid water, not on the surface, but underground, where geothermal heating has warmed it to create environments capable of providing a home for life on Mars today.

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We have found places where water flowed out of the underground water table and down the slopes of craters within the past 10 years. Indeed, we have detected methane emissions characteristic of subterranean microbial life emerging from vents in the Martian surface. These are either the signatures of Martian life or the proof of subsurface hydrothermal environments fully suitable for life.

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-06-29/opinion/zubrin.mars_1_martian-life-martian-surface-red-planet


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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:04 AM

6. Where I live, I'm lucky to see a 2nd magnitude star. Seems stores and home owners make..

 

....sure the sky is a white mess.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:09 AM

7. Must be unbelievable

Like being on a really tall Mountain, with no light pollution.

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Response to n2doc (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:23 AM

8. ...with a thin atmosphere....

Awesome view!!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 11:37 AM

9. Under the hurtling twin moons of Mars..

Amazing pic, thanks for posting..

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 03:03 PM

11. Interesting photograph....

Do you happen to have a NASA or ESA url for it?

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:17 PM

13. Do you have a source for that?

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 02:56 AM

14. This was posted on a blog, and to infer from context, is faked.

Apparently Squyres has expessed a desire to try a night photo:

SM: I'm trying to talk people into taking a picture of the Milky Way. It's likely too faint, but maybe I can figure something out. That would be glorious.

Which led to this remark ...

When I read what Scott wrote about wanting to photograph the Milky Way from Mars, I thought I should do something abiout it, so here Scott…


http://roadtoendeavour.wordpress.com/ (way down -- use Find on "Milky".




This has apparently never been released as an official photo by NASA, which I think it would be if authentic.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #14)

Tue Jul 10, 2012, 10:17 AM

15. Thank you for the information.... n/t

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