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NASA has published a long and detailed explanation of just how its Curiosity rover managed to take a self-portrait. The agency has posted a video, which we've popped at the bottom of the story, and lengthy text explanations of the way it assembled the shot below. NASA says “Curiosity held the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager ( …

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Obviously Chuck Norris took it.

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Sir

Speaking of the bearded wonder I was watching Expendables 2 the other night, I hadn't looked at the cast list so was very surprised to see him walking down the street after saving Sly and his buddies.

It really did elicit a loud "No, Fucking, WAY!" :D Awesome.

Is it me or does his beard look like a spray tan applied through a stencil?

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A legend indeed :-) He's on TV non stop here stateside advertising the total gym, much rarer to see him in a movie. It's sad to see him reduced to that. I hadn't noticed the beard but now you mention it, it does have that gi joe spray on look. Got to give him credit for staying in such good shape!

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After he made his opinions perfectly clear, it is probably for the best if we just let him fade into obscurity.

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Whatever

We know curiosity was faked because the aliens are already here and it's an easy way to funnel bribery money to our hidden overlords. Apollo faked? Old news

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Photo caption... "NASA should no better"?! 0_o

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@fLaMePrOoF

no or know

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Not good enough

The NASA denialistas will just say that "recreating" the photo is easy enough as all NASA had to do is just drive it back from the desert to the lab and take a few more snaps with the rose colored filter removed. Unfortunately they will require first hand proof of actually seeing Curiosity wave at them from Mars through a high powered telescope while they are physically standing on the Moon and I'm not sure that will be good enough.

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For pity's sake. Given Neil Armstrong managed to see JFK through a sniper scope from the moon well enough to shoot him dead, I think we should be able to easily see Curiosity from Earth using a simple pair of binocular. Yet we can't. Explain that!!

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We _will_ be able to see Curiosity from Earth with binoculars. Have patience and remember Armstrong could only do it because the scope was aimed 6 years back in time.

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"For pity's sake. Given Neil Armstrong managed to see JFK through a sniper scope from the moon well enough to shoot him dead, I think we should be able to easily see Curiosity from Earth using a simple pair of binocular. Yet we can't. Explain that!!"

That must have been one heck of a shot! Not only over the 240,000 miles from Moon to Earth but also six years back in time. Truly, Armstrong was a hero!

Colin

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@Colin Brett Re: Not good enough

"That must have been one heck of a shot! Not only over the 240,000 miles from Moon to Earth but also six years back in time. Truly, Armstrong was a hero!"

A super hero, in fact.

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Simple

The camera is detachable and has a self timer. Curiosity simply set the timer, detached the camera, set it on top of a Martian post box, rolled back into frame and waited for the shutter to go click.

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Or it brought its own mirror. Flipping the result in any image processing programs easy

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You Fools!

Clearly these are images of the rover reflected in the shiny hull of the flying saucer it is currently investigating.

That explains the distorted image, AND the announcement NASA were going to make and then pretended was just about clay or whatever.

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How long is Rovers arm? These shots look like they were taken from quite a distance.

Is the arm in question in the composite shot? If so, explain how it could take the shots of its own appendages.

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Wide angle lens, something @ 14-20mm would get a lot in so the arm doesn't have to be that long, and there's some really good panorama building software that'll remove most of the lens aberrations and exposure differences if you can take sufficient pictures with enough overlap.

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i think that it is about 2 metres long, so plenty long enough to take some good shots at arms length.

There is a video of the movements here:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=156880341

it looks like quite a few of the shots were originally taken upside down and then composited together. but i think that you can see from the animation how the arm could articulate to keep itself out of the shots.

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Why are they pandering to morons?

Let them cling to their conspiracy theories. After all, for many it's all they have in the world.

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Re: Why are they pandering to morons?

Yes, they were born with nothing and still have most of it.

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Sod the Curiosity pic...

...I want an explanation of the floating lady with no legs.

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Re: Sod the Curiosity pic...

The what?

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Re: Sod the Curiosity pic...

The what?

The lady on the left side of the recreation pic. Her legs are missing from the knees down.

And take a look at the top half of the orange step ladder. Someone must have been having a sly fag when that part was being exposed.

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> an explanation of the floating lady with no legs

She was going to blow the whistle on the whole sound-stage "Mars Trip" so they used Curiosity's laser to zap her, from the bottom up like a good old-time witch burning (it's actually the only part of the lander that works, since rayguns are all that the DoD puppetmasters ever bothered testing). They decided to release this photo as a ghastly warning to all others who oppose the Illuminati.

Now if you want a load of ghostly aberrations try doing a photo montage of a room with a couple of small bored children waiting for Daddy to quit pfaffing around - end result was like Ghostbusters played by midgets, fragments of kids fading in and out all over the show. Stitching software needed a few nudges but luckily it's mostly relying on edge detection & I took generous overlaps.

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As usual-

The angle makes the rover look far more svelte that it actually is...

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I fancy a trip to Mars, where on Earth is it?

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http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/8237

Talk to the saucer driver. He's on break.

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Isnt it on iOS maps??

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Surely the nature of our near planetary neighbour is just a tad more interesting than learning how a nuclear-powered, laser-equipped space tank takes selfies?

beautiful! Love the writing on this site sometimes

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i think i see Obama's Birth Certificate taped to the back of the robot and it's giving off all the wrong shadows suggesting it's fake.

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Yeah not a proper sexy pout though, it'd have to be one of those stupid duck-faced pouts girls today seem to do all the time.

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surely it just asked a fellow tourist to take a snap for it?

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a waste of NASAs time

There is a flat earth society FFS. I thought it was a piss take but there are people who believe the earth is flat.

Wasting time trying to justify these images is lost on some people.

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If the earth wasn't flat, how could curiosity VISIT THE OTHER SIDE? EXPLAIN THAT!!

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Re: a waste of NASAs time

Out of curiosity (pun intended) what do Flat Earthers have to say on the subject of satellite television and the curvature of the Earth as seen from any high flying commercial aircraft?

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

Sir Runcible, you really don't want to know. Really you don't. They have a site. With a lengthy list of forum posts. Can't be arsed to check it out again so you'll have to giggle it. But be warned; you will lose your mind and the will to live if you actually go and check it out. They have many, many answers to anything you could care to throw at them, and skeptical posters are treated with amused tolerance. I'm still trying to spoon my brains back in from my last visit.

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Re: a waste of NASAs time

I suspect NASA know that there are a hard-core who will never be convinced even if you rubbed their faces in Martian dust whilst giving them a spacesuit wedgie.

The point is that potential converts (who might otherwise be convinced by a 'no way this could have been taken on Mars' argument) have an alternative - and correct - explanation.

I guess they've learned from all the nonsense that sprung up around the moon landings with regard to shadows and fluttering flags, and so on.*

* what I love about conspiracy theories is how they require the conspirators to be both superhuman geniuses and complete cretins - they build a convincing moon set, but then decide that a gentle breeze and some extra lighting would improve the ambience?

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> a spacesuit wedgie

Pure poetry, thank you kindly! Now once I am crowned Mongo, Emperor of All Barsoom this will certainly be my favoured method of execution

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It looks photoshopped.

You can tell from some of the pixels.

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Shouldn't that be

Martian Scorsese?

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"That the agency has recreated the shot with the earth-bound test version of Curiosity could be a sign it is keen to prove the shots are easily achievable"

Or people could just download the bloody raw images that Nasa VERY KINDLY provide us all

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=84&camera=MAHLI

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/?s=85&camera=MAHLI

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So NASA have started to troll the consiracy nuts. Brilliant.

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Looking forward to a shot of a few plastic figurines of Dzeta Reticulians that Curiosity set up from the contents of a secret backpack.

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hmmmmmm!

Looks a bit like timanfaya national park to me lol

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It's the Moon that's fake!

Everyone knows the Mars landings are being faked on the Moon, which is ITSELF a fake, the biggest fake and running joke in the history of art and ... history!

THERE IS SIMPLY NO PROOF OF THE MOON! Every depiction of it is a fake. FICTION - DEPICTION! SEE? They both contain the letters 'ICTION' which is a Rosicrucian CODE! SHEEPLE! WAKE UP! Your Government is conning you! EVEN THE SKY LIES - because the sky is owned by COCA-COLA-IBM! What you see in the sky is just the reflection off geese! ORBITAL MIND-CONTROL LASERS, MAN!

The best way to fight the conspiracy theorists is chaff: put stuff like this on web pages, and the nuts start to believe it.

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That's not chaff, it's David Icke's next blog entry.

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Conspiracy Confirmed

O2 WiFi is taking orders from Big Brother. Access to conspiracy link is blocked!

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What really happened

"That's one small...er, leap... for the world.. AAHH DAM DAM FKKIT!"

"No problem Neil we can do another take, remember light and bouncy luvvie as you come down the ladder"

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In this day and age, seems perfectly reasonable to me.

Nasa spent a fortune on Curiosity, then uses its camera to take piccies of itself in the nude, which appear on Facebook, courtesy of NASA.

The "Yoof of today" spend a fortune on a phone with a camera. Then what? They photo themselves and post the piccies on Facebook, often in their "Birthday suits".

Surprised we didn't see "Wish you were here" caption. Oh, sorry, wrong spacerock.

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