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The New Mars Rover (Curiosity's) Landing Site - Video Lecture

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posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 08:50 AM
Here is a lecture by Dr. Matt Golombek, who is a NASA/JPL geologist working on the MSL mission, talking about what makes Gale Crater (the destination of the new mars rover 'Curiosity') so interesting to science

In short Gale Crater was chosen as the landing site because of the presence of clay material, which form in a neutral (non-acidic) watery environment and the presence of sulfates, which also indicate water. In addition, there is a mountain in the middle of the crater -- dubbed "Mt. Sharp" -- that perhaps has billions of years worth of exposed strata that can be studied by Curiosity, which can help give a geological history of Mars.

For those of you strictly interested on the possibility of life on Mars, Dr. Golombek discusses his "wildest dreams" of finding signs of ancient colonies single-celled organisms (in fossils called "Stromatolites"), and (only mostly-jokingly) he talks about his even more wildest dreams of finding a fossil in the strata of Mt. Sharp.

Here's a link to the video; It's about 1 hour long. The first 37 minutes is basically about why Gale was chosen over the others. The last 22 minutes or so is about what they expect to see once they get there.

Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Landing Site - Gale Crater

So if you don't have an hour, and just want to know about the types of science NASA is planning to do at Gale Crater, then just watch the last 22 minutes -- although the first 37 minutes is worthwhile too, if you have the time.

edit on 8/5/2012 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)

posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 09:36 AM
Great Info!

I must have slipped dimensions again, could have sworn the Rover was lost on entry, or could have just been a dream.

I am all excited now, and I hope it lands alright as I have been anxiously awaiting this for years!!!

posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 10:21 AM
People dont get it yet

The Disclosure is tonight when the Mars Rover land
we will have live feed with clear image from a big very advanced rover

The time of disclosure is indeed happening

people though that thousand of ships would be visible in the sky
an alien warning that if the government dont disclosure .. they will come

the meeting was discussing what exactly they will do
where will they drive the rover .. directly on the face of mars ?

apparently there is a big colony of reptilian on Mars
they are the one helping the mad elites
i think we will have a big show tonight .. it will be better then in 69
no one landed on the moon because they were stricktly denied to land
look at my signature from Carpenter to understand

Now the image will be REAL and FROM MARS

im quite excited for tonight .. have a good show everyone

posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 10:21 AM
curiosity killed the cat.

posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 10:25 AM
reply to post by Ben81

and if nothing is there?? no reptiles no buildings just dry arid landscapes?

posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 10:26 AM
reply to post by Soylent Green Is People

My predictions are 100% wrong, so to help this Mars Rover land safely I am predicting that there's no way in hell it's going to survive the landing.

Let me be wrong again! Let me be wrong again! Let me be wrong again!

posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 10:30 AM

Originally posted by WanderingThe3rd
curiosity killed the cat.

but satisfaction brought it back.

I do so hope we get that satisfaction.

posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 10:45 AM

Originally posted by choos
reply to post by Ben81

and if nothing is there?? no reptiles no buildings just dry arid landscapes?

Then someone doesnt want the full disclosure to happen and will give us only the boring images
there is strange structures on Mars because a long time ago
the aliens there were living like humans on earth but something destroyed much of the surface
and they had to go underground

this rover has been flying to mars since 2008
the first and smaller rovers were for the government and nasa
to view for themself the big truth before anyone else on the planet
but this rover unless its destroyed by something or an accident
i think they will disclose that Mars was once habited by an inteligent beings on the surface
maybe they will drive directly the rover underground so we can see humanoids living there

its only speculation until we see for ourself TONIGHT
for the first time in human history.. a very modern robots with AI will land on Mars
and its happening 5 months before the 21 december
it will land on Mars and show to the world info they have been hidding for decades
maybe also hidding the fact that they already knew and just discovered at the same time has everyone else
watching the rover landing

posted on Aug, 5 2012 @ 01:04 PM
reply to post by Ben81

Meh. I'm more interested in the real scientific value of Gale Crater than I am any wild speculation about there being buildings on Mars.

Gale Crater show signs of clay materials being present. Clays are only known to form in neutral water. This image shows signs of sediments being deposited symmetrically on either side of fractures in the highlands of the mountain in Gal Crater. That material in the highlands seems to have been deposited by water, which (along with the clay) could indicate that Gale Crater was once a deep fresh water lake.

Cemented fractures and symmetrical deposits:
(and yes -- I see the straight-line fractures, but fractures like this are common in nature, and don't mean "alien-made")

Clay and sulfates:

Also, the alluvial fans on the edge of the landing site seem incredibly interesting. These alluvial fans could have been deposited by water, and those deposited materials are worth looking at.

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