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Originally posted by OneNationUnder
why do they invest so many millions and billions and they only get black and white photos?
They might look like trees on Mars, but they're not. Here, groups of dark brown streaks were photographed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on sand dunes covered with light frost. At that time, the spring sun was melting carbon dioxide ice, revealing dark sand on the interior of the Martian sand dunes. When the melting occurs near the top of a dune, dark sand may cascade down, leaving dark surface streaks.
In other good news, Trosper said the indications are that Curiosity's electricity generator is making "more power that was expected." That's going to keep the rover operating longer, she explained, and added that the team was also able to resolve an anomaly that had been hindering the rover's weather-sensing equipment. She noted that the data shows temperatures around Curiosity are a little warmer than predicted, but they "are still looking at why."
Originally posted by Xterrain
What a waste of money. Why'd they land it there? If they were at all curious, they would have landed that sucker nearby those weird moving sand dunes with funky looking trees sticking out of them, one of those spots where water has moved sand in the past 10 years, or even one of those 'forest' looking areas with the lakes/water evidence.
Why they chose the utmost boring, pebble covered desert in the shadow of a really boring mountain is beyond me.