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Originally posted by black_suburbans
-everyone with 5mpixel cellphones
-nasa cameras are the size of small suitcases and have 1024x1024 B&W resolution
anyone buying this BS? There shouldn't be a single fuzzy tiny picture anywhere. To think with our technology even in consumer products and were relegated to 1024 res cameras on these probes is downright laughable. I'm quite sick of all the nasa BS and them keeping everyone in the dark.
[edit on 2-6-2008 by black_suburbans]
"The first step of unstowing the arm, expected to occur this afternoon, involves moving the scoop towards the arm with the wrist joint, which will release a spring-loaded pin that kept the arm restrained during Phoenix's August launch and Sunday landing, Goldstein said."
Has NASA screwed us again?
It seems that yet again the good folks at NASA are keeping all the good data for them selfs and giving us poor quality thumb nail shots from there current taxpayer funded mars phoenix mission. This seems to be the status quo policy even in an era of Internet access when there is no reason that everyone should have equal good access to the scientific data. I like many people followed the mars phoenix mission and eagerly awaited confirmation of its successful landing and first pictures returned by the lander. I was really impressed that NASA released the first pictures to the Internet site almost as fast as they received them and i could buy the fact that the first pictures returned were small thumbnail shots due to the fact the lander needed to communicant its health and status and then preform a concert of motions to open its solar cells, lock onto the orbiting MRO and MGS to relay its data to earth. Now however mars phoenix has completed most of its mission health checks and seems to have a pretty good data transfer and connection with earth. I really was hoping to see much more impressive images then we have seen so far. And after staring at the photo of the spring looking artifact in more then one image lead me to wonder way no one from NASA had mentioned it or even acknowledged it was there, and they seemed to even be moving away from it or cropping it out of there images. This very well may be something from the lander but there are also other very possible explanations for it, like a fossil or maybe even newly discovered form of life, and after all isn't this what all of this is about anyway, the search for life or the record of past life on a planet or moon other then our own. It truly would be a wonderful discovery and totally change history as we know it. I have included an image of some Crinoid fossil's that i have found locally where i live. The fossil's that I have found are pretty poor condition due to the weak matrix that they are found in, however these are a good example of what I'm used to seeing and have trained myself to look for. I have taken this picture with an rather old digital camera by todays standards, it is only a 2 mega pixel camera and not a very good one at that. I'm really disappointed with the images that are being released from the mars phoenix if you will compare them to its older sibling mars rovers you will understand what I'm talking about when it comes to image quality and resolution. Below you will also see standard spring and bolt designs that you can compare with images from the mars phoenix. I would hope NASA or the University of Arizona will investigate this more openly and with better quality images, after all this mission was paid for with taxpayers money and I believe that we should be privy to just as good information as the scientist running the mission.