posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 10:26 PM
Originally posted by baddmove
First pictures should be up within 4 minutes of landing..
hopefully they will be broadcast live also..
edit on 5-8-2012 by baddmove because: (no reason given)
The pictures will be taken
four minutes after landing, but those pictures would then need to be uploaded to the Mars Odyssey Orbiter,
which is acting as an information relay. The landing site is on the side of mars that will be facing away from earth, thus the need for the satellite
The problem is that four minutes after landing when those pictures are taken, the Mars Odyssey Orbiter could just about be out of range of the rover,
so the rover may need to wait for two hours until the mars Odyssey flies over the landing site again before it uploads the images.
If it does manage to relay the image to Odyssey within the first four minutes, that first image will be just a tiny low-resolution (64 pixel x 64
pixel) thumbnail of the ground directly behind the rover taken by the rear hazcam, and will look something like this:
If it is the second pass of Odyssey when the pictures are uploaded, then perhaps we will get to see a slightly higher-res image, but still not really
high-res (512 pixels x 512 pixels). The high resolution images will come later -- not on the first night.
edit on 8/5/2012 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)