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"Something" is cleaning the mud off of the rover!?

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posted on Dec, 22 2004 @ 11:03 PM
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Originally posted by LadyV

"Something" is cleaning the mud off of the rover!?


The link you provided never says mud, only dust, and it could easily be swept away by wind...




posted on Dec, 22 2004 @ 11:36 PM
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Just out of curiousity, which rover is the one in the crator?Wouldn't wind clean off both rovers? unless the one in the crater is protected from the wind.



posted on Dec, 23 2004 @ 10:24 PM
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Originally posted by thecry
Just out of curiousity, which rover is the one in the crator?Wouldn't wind clean off both rovers? unless the one in the crater is protected from the wind.

www.newscientist.com...

This article explains it some. (Found it over at Slashdot)

...Why is it that I have an image of a large grey with a duster in his hand, dusting off the rover and giggling before taking off for home?



posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 07:30 AM
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Huston we have a serious problem,

We are using 3d studiomax, and we have difficulty to render some dust.
We simply didn't thought of dust, while dust might be a simple way to close this damn never ending program, which is allready during to long. Perhaps send us also a sandstorm.

And how far are you people with the melting CO2 polar cap simulation? Because now actually some people start to think there is water, having Mars rotating it's poles would mean that the current co2 poles would melt and therby, we get the same kind of rock erosion.
Luckily some scientist also support that idea of polar rotating.
They found evidence of earth doing that, and so mars may not be differnt

Please let us now if it all can be done with 3d studio max.
As if not then we might realy need to send a person there.
And we all know that's out of the budget of the next president who will probaply not support us by that kind of money bush promisses us now.
Well we don't think he will be pressident then, we cannt put him in space suit (although it would solve politics here).

And ohyeah we lost the california desert movie, the one where amstrong forgot what he should have said about our militairy and ended up with small step for... (well you know how populair the movie then became.) Can you send us a copy again plase as we need some digital resampling of the shadows. And also put in some effects of rocket ground erosion.


hehehe,




posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 08:07 AM
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Originally posted by thecry
Just out of curiousity, which rover is the one in the crator?Wouldn't wind clean off both rovers? unless the one in the crater is protected from the wind.


www.newscientist.com...

Taken from the above link


But the mystery of why only Opportunity has been cleaned remains. The answer might lie in the nature of the two rovers' missions. Spirit has been prospecting in an area called Columbia Hills, while Opportunity has been exploring the wall of Endurance crater


The fact that only one Rover has been cleaned renders completely invalid the theories perpetuated by the likes of thelibra and chris mcgee that the electric charge generated by the solar panels is holding the dust on, clearly the process you described would clean the dust from both rovers, but this is not the case. Perhaps people should actually read up on a subject before projecting completely inaccurate speculation like the abomination below.



Originally posted by thelibra
Well considering that the gravity of Mars is less than that of Earth, and there isn't enough moisture in the air to make the dust cake onto the rover, dust is attracted to electrical charges, and there is proficient wind on Mars, my theory is this:

At night, the rover shuts down, the electrical charge on the metal disperses, no longer pulling dust to it. The wind, which is there all along, blows the dust off the rover much more easily than it would on Earth because of the lighter weight, and the lack of moisture.

Seems pretty cut-and-dry to me.



posted on Dec, 26 2004 @ 07:33 AM
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Hey, chill out, we're just tossing a few theories around. OK, they proved to be wrong but there's nothing wrong with speculation.



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