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Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater Spotted From Orbit 99

New submitter kc123 writes: "The team that runs the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has released a photo showning a new impact crater on Mars, formed sometime early this decade. The crater at the center is about 30 meters in diameter, and the material ejected during its formation extends out as far as 15 kilometers. The impact was originally spotted by the MRO's Context Camera, a wide-field imaging system that provides the context—an image of the surrounding terrain—for the high-resolution images taken by HiRISE. The time window on the impact, between July 2010 and May 2012, simply represents the time between two different Context Camera photos of the same location. Once the crater was spotted, it took until November of 2013 for another pass of the region, at which point HiRISE was able to image it." Reader astroengine adds some more Mars news: "On Thursday at 3:41 p.m. EST (20:41 UTC), Mars rover Curiosity beamed back a photo from its rear hazard avoidance camera (Hazcam). In the shot we see wheel tracks in the downward slope of the dune bridging "Dingo Gap" with the peak of Curiosity's eventual goal, Mount Sharp, on the horizon. This can mean only one thing; the one-ton robot has successfully conquered its first Mars dune! Curiosity has also taken a picture of Earth."
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Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater Spotted From Orbit

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  • by WillAffleckUW ( 858324 ) on Friday February 07, 2014 @03:49PM (#46189045) Homepage Journal

    Slashdot Beta craters faster and makes a bigger mess than even the one on Mars does.

    Kill the Beta with FIRE!

  • by emmagsachs ( 1024119 ) on Friday February 07, 2014 @03:50PM (#46189051)

    Mr. Moderator, brothers and sisters, friends and enemies: I just can’t believe everyone in here is a friend, and I don’t want to leave anybody out. The question tonight, as I understand it, is “The Slashdot Revolt, and Where Do We Go From Here?” or "What Next?” In my little humble way of understanding it, it points toward either the pitchfork or the codefork.

    Although I’m still a Slashdotter, I’m not here tonight to improve my karma. I’m not here to try and change your karma. I’m not here to argue or discuss anything that we differ about, because it’s time for us to submerge our differences and realize that it is best for us to first see that we have the same problem, a common problem, a problem that will make you catch hell whether you’re a Troll, or a Shill, or a First Time Submitter or a Karma Whore. Whether you’re educated or illiterate, whether you live on the boulevard or in the alley, you’re going to catch hell just like I am. We’re all in the same boat and we all are going to catch the same hell from the same man. He just happens to be a work at Dice.

    Now in speaking like this, it doesn’t mean that we’re anti-Dice, but it does mean we’re anti-Beta, we’re anti-SlashBI, we’re anti-Slashcloud. And if Dice doesn’t want us to be anti-it, let it stop forcing Beta on us. Whether we are Trolls or Shills or Karma Whores, we must first learn to forget our differences. If we have differences, let us differ in the closet; when we come out in front, let us not have anything to argue about until we get finished arguing with Dice. If the late President Kennedy could get together with Portman and exchange some grits, we certainly have more in common with each other than Kennedy and Portman had with each other.

    If we don’t do something real soon, I think you’ll have to agree that we’re going to be forced either to use the pitchfork or the codefork. It’s one or the other in 2014. It isn’t that time is running out — time has run out!

    (And a thank you to arth1 [])

  • by illestov ( 945762 ) on Friday February 07, 2014 @03:52PM (#46189071)

    Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here [] so links don't get mangled!)

    On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

    If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this [] in a new tab. After seeing that, click here [] to return to classic Slashdot.

    We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
    We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott []

    Moderators - only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
    Commentors - only discuss Beta [] - Vote up the Fuck Beta stories

    Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.

    -----=====##### LINKS #####=====-----

    Discussion of Beta: []
    Discussion of where to go if Beta goes live: []
    Alternative Slashdot: [] (thanks Okian Warrior (537106) [])

  • by tim_dion ( 144829 ) on Friday February 07, 2014 @03:53PM (#46189085)

    Link is wrong. Beta sucks too.

  • Wrong again (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CheezburgerBrown . ( 3417019 ) on Friday February 07, 2014 @03:57PM (#46189121)

    Will beta correct the wrong link in the article? Didn't think so

    fucking beta

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 07, 2014 @03:58PM (#46189125)
    I don't care about beta anymore. Deleting posts and modding down stuff that they don't care is MUCH WORSE - THAT'S whats really killing slashdot.
    So farewell. See ya at reddit.
  • by Arker ( 91948 ) on Friday February 07, 2014 @04:01PM (#46189157) Homepage
    Beta is so pretty, I love how they use these wierd little boxes with cryptic codes inside instead of graphics, and manage to fit 20% of the information on the page while still wasting the entire right third of the screen on empty space. And refusing to load any comments sure is a time saver! With nothing but the usually erroneous (and only semi-intelligible) blurb to see, and no ability to reply, the hour or two a week I currently waste on slashdot will certainly be spent doing more productive things in the future.

    Thanks Dice!

  • by edibobb ( 113989 ) on Friday February 07, 2014 @04:10PM (#46189227) Homepage
    I'd upvote this if upvoting wasn't broken.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!