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Mars Updates.
by DubiousForever
Aug 12, 2012 | 280 views | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
From PCWorld By Christina DesMarais  4 Updates From Mars

In the last week, little has captivated people more than Mars. Since last Sunday, images and news have been pouring out of NASA about Curiosity, the rover that will spend the next two years exploring the red planet, sampling geology and looking for evidence of microbial life.

Here are the latest updates involving the remarkable mission.

Geology That Looks Like Death Valley

Curiosity has transmitted back to Earth its first high-resolution color mosaic that shows the environment around its landing site on Mars. It shows a Death Valley-like landscape that includes a northern section on the crater wall where valleys believed to have resulted from water erosion protrude into Gale Crater.

A southern perspective shows the areas the rover will explore, “including the rock-strewn, gravelly surface nearby, the dark dune field and the layered buttes and mesas of the sedimentary rock of Mount Sharp,” reports NASA in an announcement.

This 79-image mosaic was compiled from images taken within about an hour on August 8 with Curiosity’s 34-millimeter Mastcam, but doesn’t include all of the 130 1200-by-1200-pixel full-color photos it captured—some of which have yet to be returned to earth, resulting in the black patches.

Where the Sky Crane Descent Stage Crashed

Some of the first images Curiosity captured included a strange cloud that set the blogosphere abuzz about what it might be.

"We believe we've caught what is the descent stage impact on the Martian surface," Steve Sell, NASA's deputy operations lead for Curiosity's Mars landing, told reporters Friday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)in Pasadena, California, reports Space.com.

Now, with the high-res images in hand, geologists are looking closely at the crash site that exposes underlying materials as well as an upper layer made up of rock fragments embedded within finer substances.

Curiosity Gets a 'Brain Transplant'

This weekend the Mars rover has been getting what NASA calls a “brain transplant,” a new version of flight software that’s better suited for working on the surface of Mars, such as driving and using Curiosity’s powerful robotic arm and drill. It will also give the rover better image processing ability so it can avoid obstacles while driving as well as go on longer drives.

The software upgrade began the evening of August 10 and should be complete on August 13.

It’s a pretty big deal considering the remote update is happening from 350 million miles away and if something goes wrong it could mean the last contact anyone has with Curiosity.

"It has to work," Steve Scandore, a senior flight software engineer at JPL, told Computerworld. "You don't' want to be known as the guy doing the last activity on the rover before you lose contact."

Other Mars News

While Curiosity wasn’t involved, Mars enthusiasts might like knowing that a UCLA scientist has discovered plate tectonics exist on the planet.

"Mars is at a primitive stage of plate tectonics. It gives us a glimpse of how the early Earth may have looked and may help us understand how plate tectonics began on Earth," said An Yin, a UCLA professor of Earth and space sciences and the author of the research.

Yin made the discovery by analyzing about 100 satellite images from THEMIS (Thermal Emission Imaging System), an instrument on board the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, and from the HIRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The surface of Mars is home to the longest and deepest system of canyons in the solar system—nearly 2500 miles long—and scientists have long wondered how it was formed. According to Yin, the long crack is where two plates abut.

"The shell is broken and is moving horizontally over a long distance. It is very similar to the Earth's Dead Sea fault system, which has also opened up and is moving horizontally," he said.

How to Keep up with Mars

NASA has dedicated an entire section of its website to its Mars mission and really everything you’d want to know about it is right there.

Otherwise, PCWorld’s Ian Paul has put together a thorough guide on how to track the Mars rover using a plethora of online tools. Check out Mars Rover Curiosity: A Complete Guide to Tagging Along Online.

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DubiousForever
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August 12, 2012
More to come.

Kill Grandma.
by DubiousForever
Aug 12, 2012 | 351 views | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Paul Ryan's plan for "fixing" Medicare.
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LiberatedWoman
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August 12, 2012
Quit being so generous with the cat food. You know that the baggers want old people to eat cat LITTER instead.

My apologies again for posting that picture. Of course, you should cat-egorically deny any involvement. LOL!

A Reminder.
by DubiousForever
Aug 11, 2012 | 332 views | 2 2 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Tonight at 6PM CDT it is the Houston Texans at the Carolina Panthers.  I am NOT available for any "on demand" meetings behind DQ or anywhere else...LOL!  GO TEXANS!
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LiberatedWoman
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August 11, 2012
I'm confused. I thought that teabaggers paid generously for on demand services?

Caturday Cartoons!
by DubiousForever
Aug 11, 2012 | 195 views | 2 2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Duck Season!  Rabbit Season!
Duck Season! Rabbit Season!
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Ahhhh, Caturday...LOL!
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LiberatedWoman
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August 11, 2012
Call Homeland Security. There's a Muslim walking on the street without her burka or male escort.

LOL!

Meet Paul "the Pimple" Ryan.
by DubiousForever
Aug 11, 2012 | 182 views | 2 2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Mitt Romney's No. 2...LOL!
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LiberatedWoman
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August 11, 2012
Actually I thought that he was Limbaugh's pilonidal cyst.

I wonder how many years of tax returns he had to provide Willard in the vetting process?

Romney Names No. 2 Paul Ryan
by DubiousForever
Aug 11, 2012 | 251 views | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
In an unprecedented move for a presidential candidate, Mitt Romney has named his feces Paul Ryan.  Said Romney, "I thought this might bring me closer to the common people."
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DubiousForever
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August 11, 2012
More to come given how full of it Romney is...LOL!

Tryg.
by DubiousForever
Aug 10, 2012 | 228 views | 3 3 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Illiterate and demanding Internet stalker.
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DubiousForever
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August 10, 2012
That's him, all gussied up to go to HellFire's suite.

Teabagger Dreams.
by DubiousForever
Aug 10, 2012 | 256 views | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Pretty In Pink!
Pretty In Pink!
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Vain.
Vain.
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Obvious.
Obvious.
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Wannabe Twins!
Wannabe Twins!
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Top Ten things displayed by the teabaggers this evening... 

  1)  Internet Stalkers.

  2)  Liars.

  3)  Anal Retentive.

  4)  Racists.

  5)  Fascists.

  6)  Wannabes.

  7)  Closet Homosexuals.

  8)  Ignorant.

  9)  Illiterate.

10)  Obsessed with obesity.

And it's not just this evening, it is day after day, page after page.  LOL@the hapless teabaggers!
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LiberatedWoman
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August 11, 2012
11) They are obnoxious a$$-holes.

ATTENTION POLICE! INTERNET STALKERS!
by DubiousForever
Aug 10, 2012 | 392 views | 6 6 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
ATTENTION LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT!  SEE COMMENTS BELOW.
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LiberatedWoman
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August 10, 2012
It should be easy for the police to locate Tryg as he races around town with road rage.

There's nothing better than irritating a teabagger who thinks he is tough chit. LMCBO!

Friday Nite Pint.
by DubiousForever
Aug 10, 2012 | 268 views | 4 4 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Oh yeah, that's the stuff...
Oh yeah, that's the stuff...
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Hurry up!
Hurry up!
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Man, I need a bigger TV...
Man, I need a bigger TV...
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Devoted fan...LOL!
Devoted fan...LOL!
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My apologies to any non-football fans out there, but for me a pint and the NFL go together...LOL! 
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LiberatedWoman
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August 10, 2012
Yes, while I enjoyed going to the games that year I also realized that it was much less hassle and way more comfortable watching the games at home. I also enjoy my preferred brands of beer in the refrigerator compared to the concession stands.

I'm certain that I'll be accused about lying though.

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