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Curiosity at Glenelg: Just a Bizarre Landscape or Something More Intriguing?

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posted on Apr, 16 2013 @ 01:41 PM

Originally posted by PINGi14

It'd be interesting to see if these formations can be found in orbital imagery of Mars surface.

Apologies, I didn't really get back to that in my previous post!

Unfortunately, these rounded surface details are much to small. In both cases, we're talking about approximately 2-3 meters of maximum length. And on top of that they are not directly facing upward. With MRO's resolution of 70 to 80cm/pixel there wouldn't be much to recognize from the HiRISE orbital images.

And that's why we need a system called MArs Geoscience Imaging at Centimeter-Scale (MAGIC). With that, we would be able to spot a lot more things from orbit. Here goes a simulated illustration of what it would look like seen from Earth orbit:

And here's the PDF explaining the more technical imaging aspects of MAGIC. I'd say that would definitely be a gamechanger!

edit on 16-4-2013 by jeep3r because: text

edit on 16-4-2013 by jeep3r because: formatting

posted on Apr, 17 2013 @ 09:10 AM
Here's an update regarding what I meant when referring to feature 4 "The sunken rocks of Glenelg"

Original NASA/JPL source images: image 1 / image 2 / image 3

It's freely interpreted, just the rough idea, with my imagination running wild, of course!

P.S.: The situation looks a little bit like in the image linked below ...

edit on 17-4-2013 by jeep3r because: formatting

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