mars terrain


Mars Rover Concept reveal at the Summer of Mars Kickoff Event at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The concept has been designed to handle the extreme terrain of Mars, so it has been equipped with a rugged suspension and 50-inch wheels that are “specifically designed to let the fine sands of Mars slip through.” The concept also has solar panels and NASA says it has been designed as a dual-purpose vehicle so it can be used as a scout or as a full research laboratory


So i made a shit typo and wrote rivier instead of river and i wanted to make an oc with that name so i just sorta fucking inspired myself of a dream i had and bingo these two were born:

- Rivier, a wingless riding dragon with the ability to camouflage and spit liquid nitrogen (this makes her an ice dragon lmao). Her fins are also fully mobile and they can be used as an expressive/threat display or to soak up sunlight.

- Jem, her rider, who is actually part of a group of feared raiders. They usually attack nomads and rob them of supplies, information, and more often than not they take their lives as well. Jem is also very mean. (her real name is actually Jeanne Marie but if you say it out loud she will wreck you)

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Learn more about the speed and final mission for Cassini, citizen science on Jupiter and more!

1. Cassini’s Two Speeds

Our Cassini spacecraft is blazingly fast. How fast? Well, that’s all relative. Learn about the need for speed in space navigation.

2. Daphnis, the Wavemaker

The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as our Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn’s rings on earlier this month. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained to date.

3. Cassini’s Grand Finale

The European Space Agency’s tracking antennas at New Norcia, Western Australia, and Malargüe, Argentina, are helping with crucial observations during Cassini’s last months in orbit, dubbed the ‘Grand Finale.’

4. Citizen Science—in Space

This image of a crescent Jupiter and the iconic Great Red Spot was created by a citizen scientist Roman Tkachenko using data from Juno spacecraft’s onboard camera. The images also bear witness a series of storms shaped like white ovals, known informally as the “string of pearls." 

5. 360 video: Rover Ride-Along in the Mars Yard

Get a robot’s-eye-view of the "Mars Yard,” a terrain simulation area at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where rover hardware and software are tested before being sent to the Red Planet. Ride alongside, atop and below the Scarecrow test mobility double for the Curiosity and Mars 2020 rovers.

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hellas planitia, mars, photographed by mars express, 23rd january 2014.

37 to 49°s, along 70°e longitude. central hellas planitia, some of the lowest terrain on mars (about 8km below datum). the bottom of the image shows the hellas chaos. 

notice dark sand dunes in the 3rd and 5th images. the channel coming from left in the 1st image is enticingly sinuous, but i’d hesitate to speculate that it was eroded by water.

composite of visible light images, but the colour balance is not naturalistic.

image credit: esa. composite: ageofdestruction.

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Learn about the science of photonics to create space communications, get updates on Juno, mining data from Voyager for new discoveries and more.

1. Carried on a Beam of Light

One of our major priorities  is to make space communications more efficient. While our communications systems have matured over the decades, they still use the same radio-frequency system developed in the earliest days of the agency. After more than 50 years, we’re investing in new ways to increase data rates while also finding more efficient communications systems. Photonics–generating, detecting and manipulating particles of light–may provide the solution.

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2. It’s No Joke: Two New Moons for the Seventh Planet

Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Uranus 30 years ago, but researchers are still making discoveries using the data it gathered. A new study led by University of Idaho researchers suggests there could be two tiny, previously undiscovered moonlets orbiting near two of the planet’s rings.

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3. Vortex of Mystery

As southern winter solstice approaches in the Saturn system, our Cassini spacecraft has revealed dramatic seasonal changes in the atmospheric temperature and composition of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Winter is taking a grip on Titan’s southern hemisphere, and a strong, whirling vortex has intensified in the upper atmosphere over the south pole.

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4. The Spiders of Mars

Ten thousand volunteers viewing images of Martian south polar regions have helped identify targets for closer inspection, yielding new insights about seasonal slabs of frozen carbon dioxide and erosional features known as “spiders.” From the comfort of home, the volunteers have been exploring the surface of Mars by reviewing images from the Context Camera on our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and identifying certain types of seasonal terrains near Mars’ south pole.

+ Learn more and see how you can join in

5. Better Safe Than Sorry

On Oct. 18, when Juno’s onboard computer entered safe mode, early indications were a software performance monitor induced a reboot of the spacecraft’s onboard computer, turning off instruments and a few non-critical spacecraft components, and it confirmed the spacecraft was pointed toward the sun to ensure the solar arrays received power. On Oct. 24, the spacecraft   left safe mode and has successfully completed a minor burn of its thruster engines in preparation for its next close flyby of Jupiter. The team is still investigating the cause of the reboot and assessing two main engine check valves. The burn, which lasted just over 31 minutes, changed Juno’s orbital velocity by about 5.8 mph (2.6 meters per second) and consumed about 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of propellant. Juno will perform its next science flyby of Jupiter on Dec. 11, with time of closest approach to the gas giant occurring at 12:03 p.m. EDT. The complete suite of Juno’s science instruments, as well as the JunoCam imager, will be collecting data during the upcoming flyby.

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“Extreme Human Conditions” | Bellarke | 800 words

For @thatweirdparamedicstudent. Happy birthday!

Summary:   “Why don’t you ever wear a shirt?”

When Clarke took a summer archaeology internship to beef up her Forensics module after the second year of medical school, she thought the day to day aspects would be straightforward: bunk with a handful of grad students and the two overseeing Professors, look at old bones, get sunburned, destroy her nails through constant contact with dirt and rock, and get through a shit-ton of reading. All in all the experience was living up to her expectations… except the bunking part.

Clarke hadn’t grasped full ramifications of spending twenty-four hours a day for six days a week (Friday was Drive Back To Town Day) with six other people. They bunked together, ate together, worked together, and exercised together. Monty liked to joke that they were probably the unknowing participants of a proto-experiment for Mars terrain habitation. Kane denied this, but Indra always stared flatly without answering. Room arrangements were binary: Indra had her own cordoned off area in a huge room that also slept Clarke, Raven, and Anya. Across the hall in men’s dorm were Kane, Monty…and Bellamy.

To understand why this whole situation periodically stressed Clarke out, you had to comprehend the heat. It was hot all the goddamn time. If she wanted a cool shower, she had to wake up at 4am for it. People wore just enough light fabric to keep the sun off, and half the evenings would end with the group’s wardrobe winnowed down to sports bras or general toplessness. Clarke was 98% sure this was an ongoing violation of some kind of workplace sexual harassment policy, but like most grad students she was too poor and too terrified of failure to ever voice her complaints out loud.

All this would have been tolerable but for Bellamy Blake’s jogging routine.

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1,284 New Exoplanets, and Tsunamis on Mars!

Using a new technique, astronomers with the Kepler space telescope have confirmed a whole bunch of new exoplanets. And other astronomers have announced that mega-tsunamis were probably involved in shaping Mars’ terrain.