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NASA Will Crowdsource Its Photos of Mars 66

tedlistens writes "NASA is asking the public to suggest subjects for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, its super powerful camera currently orbiting Mars. Since it arrived there in 2006, the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has seen more success than that lost lander, recording nearly 13,000 observations of Martian terrain, with each image covering dozens of square miles and revealing details as small as a desk. By letting the public in on the Martian photo shoot, scientists aren't just getting more people excited about space exploration. They're hoping that crowdsourcing imaging targets will increase the camera's already bountiful science return. Despite the thousands of pictures already taken, less than 1 percent of the Martian surface has been imaged."
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NASA Will Crowdsource Its Photos of Mars

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  • ESA Mars Webcam (Score:3, Interesting)

    by sznupi ( 719324 ) on Wednesday January 20, 2010 @05:57PM (#30838416) Homepage

    There's a similar thing going on for some time on ESA Mars Express mission, where public is invited to participate in obtaining, processing, etc. of images taken with a camera that was meant originally to observe Beagle separation. []

  • Find The Beagle2! (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 20, 2010 @06:47PM (#30839192)

    Kudos to the first person to find the Beagle2 (or the crater it made)

    Sort of like finding Waldo on a much bigger scale.

  • Re:First Priority (Score:2, Interesting)

    by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Wednesday January 20, 2010 @06:54PM (#30839260) Journal

    Is it really all that useful having 100,000 people with zero technical experience or knowledge looking at these pictures?
    We might be able to identify gross features, but the nuances will be glossed over entirely.

    But if it doesn't require any technical knowledge, NASA should start pumping out lesson plans and get school kids do the bulk of the dirty work.

  • Just do the rest (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Amorymeltzer ( 1213818 ) on Wednesday January 20, 2010 @07:56PM (#30840100)

    Are they trying to suggest that only about 1% of Mars is obviously interesting to Martian scientists? There's really nothing else they know they want to look at? Okay sure, the PR could be a good thing and they might get some cool suggestions, but honestly:

    - Pictures of the rovers
    - Pictures of the canals
    - Pictures of the mountains
    - Pictures of the ice caps

    Outside of that, everything is just "more red sand." Nobody really cares which small portion of the planet it is as long as they get cool desktop photos in a handy resolution (1680x1050, please). Do your own damn work and figure out what deserves to be photographed.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 20, 2010 @09:42PM (#30841086)

    What Einstein came up with "crowdsourcing"? I put that up there with "core competencies", "stakeholders", and "rightsizing" as jargonny business babble. If I were an evil overlord, I would instantly put to death any underlings who dared utter those terms in my presence.

    Yes, I think I need a hug.

  • Glass worms of Mars (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Nonillion ( 266505 ) on Thursday January 21, 2010 @03:59AM (#30843366)

    How about some hi res images of the glass worms of Mars []

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