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Curiosity Rover - Sol 1196 - Parallels and Cross-Rungs - MASTCAM

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posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 12:59 PM
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SOL 1196
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If one of the photog/Image experts could analyze this with better software than I have, it would be appreciated.

This appears to be a manufactured structure, some type of a "Ladder & Rung" assembly...
it reminds me of an overhead cable tray structure, in its form. (Annotated by the green oval....)
It has left drift lines over time in the accumulated micro-dunes downwind...





posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 01:37 PM
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a reply to: BuzzDengue
They look like rover tracks to me, unless you're referring to something else.



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 01:45 PM
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Curiosity's traverse map from Sol 1196 (the day the image was taken) shows that Curiosity's path curved around a bit, so that directly behind Curiosity (maybe 40 meters away) would be the Rover's trail left between Sol 1192 and 1194.



Link to Full-Sized Image

As you can see from the satellite image from above, between sol 1192 and 1194, the rover passed through some terrain where the sand from Namid Dune is spilling out over a more rocky area -- which is similar to the terrain in which we see that the "track-like lines" in question in the Rover image from Sol 1196 in the OP.

Therefore, maybe it's just the rover's wheel tracks.


edit on 1/14/2016 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 01:47 PM
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a reply to: BuzzDengue



Looks like a twisted railway line when you zoom in on it S & F



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 02:03 PM
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It is suggestive of a track... a reply to: stonerwilliam



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 02:07 PM
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In this picture, I see a few old car tyres buried in the mud. There's one which is less than half complete:

mars.jpl.nasa.gov...



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 02:08 PM
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a reply to: Devino

If you use the original and a good zoom, they appear 3-D above the surface.
I thought MSL tracks at first also but the MSL doesn't leave intermittent tracks in the soil... notice either side are not showing the pattern in soft soil. Maybe take a second look?



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 02:31 PM
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a reply to: BuzzDengue

Sure does look like twisted metal to some noob like me ,But those pictures are taken on Mars
so i must be wrong



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 02:34 PM
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At a range estimated at around 97 feet from the MSL, the object in question is not indicative of MSL tracks per the mission map.
If you employ zoom you can see it raised up above the surface. In addition, if it were tracks, they wouldn't be intermittent. Could you take a closer look?





posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 03:10 PM
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originally posted by: BuzzDengue
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People


At a range estimated at around 97 feet from the MSL, the object in question is not indicative of MSL tracks per the mission map.
If you employ zoom you can see it raised up above the surface. In addition, if it were tracks, they wouldn't be intermittent. Could you take a closer look?




The tracks look to me like they are in the sand that is on the surface -- not elevated above the surface. And they might be intermittent depending on how sandy or rocky the area is that the rover is driving over.

Here are some images from the Navigation Cams (Navcams) taken on Sol 1215. On Sol 1215, the rover drove back over the same area that it drove over on sol 1192 (when it was driving over an area of mixed rocky and sandy terrain that I talked about in my other post above).





Link to Sol 1215 Left Navcam images
Link to Sol 1215 Right Navcam images

Traverse map Sol 1216:

Link to Full-Size Traverse Map



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 03:18 PM
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posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 03:24 PM
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a reply to: Soylent Green Is People

On the mission map, no back-track exists at 97 feet away...



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 03:57 PM
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It looks like the rover's tracks, in one of the photos we see that there are two marks side by side.

I have to look for more photos.



posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 05:35 PM
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originally posted by: BuzzDengue
a reply to: Devino

If you use the original and a good zoom, they appear 3-D above the surface.
I thought MSL tracks at first also but the MSL doesn't leave intermittent tracks in the soil... notice either side are not showing the pattern in soft soil. Maybe take a second look?

I took a look again yet I see the same thing. Be careful not to over zoom as you’ll start to get pixilation which creates false artifacts that could cause a track to look like a raised rail. I have been tricked many times in the past by over zooming Rover pictures that create all kinds of artificial looking objects.

The intermittent tracks you see are probably due to different soil types, sand and more solid material like rock. I see tracks left in what looks like sand and not in areas that look more like solid ground. By the way, these features look like what I would expect rover tracks to look like. If research shows that the rover was there a few days ago then I think we have our answer.

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