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Mars Lander Instrument Waving In the Martian Wind 46

Posted by timothy
from the more-proof-of-fraud dept.
Matt_dk writes "This series of images show Phoenix's telltale instrument waving in the Martian wind. Documenting the telltale's movement helps mission scientists and engineers determine what the wind is like on Mars. On the day these images were taken, one of the images seemed to be 'out-of-phase' with other images, possibly indicating a dust devil occurrence."
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Mars Lander Instrument Waving In the Martian Wind

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 16, 2008 @02:20PM (#25403927)

    This series of images show Phoenix's telltale instrument waving in the Martian wind. Documenting the telltale's movement helps mission scientists and engineers determine what the wind is like on Mars.

    On the day these images were taken, one of the images seemed to be "out-of-phase" with other images, possibly indicating a dust devil occurrence. Preliminary analysis of the images taken right before and after the passing of this possible dust devil indicates winds from the west at 7 meters per second. The image taken during the possible dust devil shows 11 meters per second wind from the south.

    These images were taken by the lander's Surface Stereo Imager (SSI) on the 136th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Oct. 12, 2008). Phoenix's telltale is part of the Canadian Space Agency's meteorological package on the lander.

    The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

    Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University [nasa.gov]

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  • Mars, atmosphere (Score:3, Informative)

    by Haoie (1277294) on Thursday October 16, 2008 @02:38PM (#25404129) Homepage

    Many seem to forget that Mars does possess an atmosphere. Therefore, has wind and other 'weather' phenomenon.

    Just not anything we can breathe, mostly carbon dioxide.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 16, 2008 @11:25PM (#25408653)

    Deja vu. But I distinctly remember the term "gelsacs" and something about them being pierced. Ah... I can't take it.

    K'Breel is a /. meme going back at least as far as 2005 [slashdot.org]. Any Mars thread on Slashdot, and particularly, any thread referring to the activities of any Earth-based probe must have at least one post of this nature. Google "K'Breel", "gelsac", "Council of Elders", and so on.

    The root of the meme is TripMaster Monkey [slashdot.org], who spawned it, and he probably spawned it years before the 2005 post I found (yo, Trip, if you read this -- post a link to the first one!). But to cut a long story short, if he's not around to do it within the first 5 minutes of a Mars thread, it's basically incumbent upon the first slashdotter to recognize his absence, to fill in for him.

    The meta-root of the meme is that Mars (being more massive than moons, comets, and the other sorts of things we've made soft landings on for the past 20-30 years) is a little more difficult to deal with, so the odds of any given spacecraft making it are understandably slimmer. Since it can't be our fault that our probes don't make it (we humans, for example, would never be so stupid as to use Imperial measurements instead of metric...), it's reasonable (in the gallows-humor sense of the word "reasonable") to presume there must be Martians shooting our probes down. And as long as we imagine a bunch of bewildered and hostile Martians, we may as well give them a voice. Hence, K'Breel.

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