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    Amazing pictures from Mars

    I've posted this in the Skeptics club also, but this is an amazing first for photos from space. Even if you're not an astronomy geek like me, I think you'll like this.

    Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is the spacecraft with the amazingly high-resolution HiRISE camera onboard. How high-res? Heh. Feast your eyes on this:
    This is an overview of Victoria crater as seen from MRO. But at the upper left of the crater… see that silver blip? Here’s a zoom:
    That silvery bump in the image is the rover Opportunity as seen from MRO in orbit around Mars!
    It’s a dream of every would-be armchair space explorer (that means me too!) to actually see our hardware on the surface of another world, and HiRISE has delivered. You can easily see the rover’s tracks off to the upper left, and even the shadow of the camera mast to the lower right!
    Incredible. Simply fantastic.
    Opportunity reached Victoria crater recently and has been taking amazing pictures from close up. Sometimes, though, you need an overview, too. Here’s the whole crater as seen by MRO:

    Gorgeous. Look at how the edges of the crater have collapsed in little landslides over the eons, and check out the detail on the dunes in the center.
    And Opportunity is right there! We can see it!
    Look what we’ve done!
    Can you even imagine what we’ll be seeing in the coming months?

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    Re: Amazing pictures from Mars

    hot damn that is pretty.
    and awesome.
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    Re: Amazing pictures from Mars

    That is really awesome Frogberto!
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    Re: Amazing pictures from Mars

    Man Id like to hit thoes dunes on my quad!

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    Re: Amazing pictures from Mars

    *shakes head in awe*

    Wow...that's just...wow.

    Thanks for sharing the pix, Frogberto.
    She did it!


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    Re: Amazing pictures from Mars

    That is positively fascinating, Froggy. I'm intrigued and impressed with what we're doing on Mars.
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    Re: Amazing pictures from Mars

    Next stop: Google Mars!

    It's a fantastic shot. We should try and get some of these type of shots over the moon.

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    Re: Amazing pictures from Mars

    neat. Thanks for posting the pictures Frogberto

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