a reply to: Moohide
Hello Moohide, I will be inviting you to a new group that is establishing for Mars Rover Image research.
If you want some good tips:
1. Check out Sol 108 and Sol 107: You will definitely see why, very fast.
2. I believe Sol 1840 is also somewhat interesting.
3. Check near Sol 1130-1140 for some of the best images, during this time period, a large CME from the sun blew away most of the solar radiation that
would normally bombard Curiosity. Thus, the images it takes in this time period have low noise ratios.
4. Check between Sol 900 - Sol 1300 for some of the best fossil search areas. This part of Curiosity's trip is along a MAJOR ridge line on Mars, and
has a lot of upheaved layered mantle on the surface, from past geological activity. Thus you get to see thousands of years of buried Martian debris in
the ridge embedment.
I've been looking through Curiosity Mast, ChemCam, and Mahli images for months. I come up with some interesting search methods, and I am currently of
the belief, that Mars DOES currently have a multitude of thriving ecosystems. It's not quite what we think of as life on Earth, but I'm pretty sure
that there are biomes of Mars that host happily living life forms. (Non-intelligence based) Likely similar to Earthly Epiphytes, Arthropods, Fungi,
Mollusks, Extremophiles, and algae/moss/slime equivalents. You need a good eye, as I believe much of the Martian ecosystem has evolved with
camouflage, and in many cases can ALMOST pass as regular rocks.
If you want to see my favorite Martian creature, that I have dubbed "Cotton Ridge Flowers" The Cotton Ridge Flowers on Mars look like this:
A dark tubular cylinder with an opening on the top that generally faces the sun. Around the hole are 6 triangular flaps. They range in height from
directly on the ground, up to 1-2 feet tall. They are often seen along ridges on Mars, and appear similar to a flower blooming on Earth, or a
Tardigrade's mouth area. Their occurrence is superfluous enough, for me to consider that they are an active species on Mars. When they are younger or
in their smaller states, they appear to be like a root vine or bush vine, as it appears many light colored head blooms gathered together, looking
almost like a honeycomb. Rarely, larger ones are clustered, but in general, the small ones are packed tightly, the larger ones are dispersed. I think
they may be a form of epiphyte that start out as clustered buds, before breaking off and being moved on their own. (Like a plant with a larval
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