posted on Jan, 5 2013 @ 09:22 AM
Originally posted by Arken
So NASA/JPL called "Yellowknife Bay" before the rover reached that area....
Or Curiosity is the luckiest NASA Rover ever... or they were secretely already in that area...
I don't understand your puzzlement. The "knife" isn't yellow, and the "knife" isn't really a single object, but instead just the way various shadows
appear when viewed from this direction.
There are a lot of shapes of things that could be found in those rocks. Like the person above me said that he sees a pig. So if they would have
called if "Pig Bay", he could have said, just like you said:
"Or Curiosity is the luckiest NASA Rover ever... or they were secretely already in that area... "
Again, the various shadows that make up that thing that you believe looks like a knife are not one continuous shadow on the same plane, but rather
different pieces on different planes. So (considering your conspiracy theory), if NASA was secretly there in the past, they would need to be looking
from that very some spot, at the very same time of day (sun angle), with their camera at that very same height, and viewing it at that exact same
angle to see this "knife" (which, frankly, I can barely
make out as a knife -- and probably only because you put that notion in my head).
Here's the actual reason it was called "Yellowknife Bay":
The whole landing area was named "Yellowknife" because Yellowknife, Canada, is known by geologists as the starting point for many geological
expeditions to that part of Canada -- and area which holds a wealth of information to geologists:
The moniker is a tribute to the capital of Canada's Northwest Territories, a city that has long served as the jumping-off point for geologists
interested in studying North America's oldest rocks, scientists said.
"If you ask, 'What is the port of call you leave from to go on the great missions of geological mapping to the oldest rocks in North America?' —
it's Yellowknife," Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger, of Caltech in Pasadena, told reporters Friday (Aug. 10).
So it makes perfectly good sense why the landing area was named "Yellowknife". This smaller part named "Yellowknife Bay" of Mars' Yellowknife was
probably named "Yellowknife Bay" because if the way the topography suddenly drops off into something that looks bay-like.
Source of excerpt above
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