Nature

Kodiak

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Kodiak on Sol 104

A small mosaic of 2 overlapping Mastcam-Z frames at full zoom

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

 

Posted by u/KimCureAll

🔥 An American woodcock and her two chicks are searching for food together using a remarkably bouncy walk, which resembles a dance, that helps them stir up worms. The chicks are mimicking their mother’s actions as they motion forward and feel for the movements of worms in the soil with their feet.

 

sol 99 view

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The Perseverance Rover on Sol 99

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This image was taken by the Perseverance Rover’s Left Navcam on May 31st, 2021 (18.38°N 77.58°E). You can see patches of rocks and sand along with many signs of water and aeolian based erosion. The Perseverance Rover has traveled 0.45 km since landing on Mars in February and still has around 3 kilometers until it reaches the edge of the delta in West Jezero Crater. This means that, depending on the path it takes, it will probably be in early 2023 when the rover reaches its primary destination.

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Jezero_(crater)&params=18.38_N_77.58_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

Making Tracks

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Making Tracks: Another Drive on Sol 103.

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Latest Drive: Sol: 103, June 4, 2021

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p class=”_1qeIAgB0cPwnLhDF9XSiJM”>TL:DR Drive table

Sol Meters Feet Heading
103 24.192 ~79 ~Southwest

EDIT

Full Drive Data (uncalibrated)

Item Description / Unit Value Source
1 Drive distance (meters) 24.19 3
2 Drive distance (feet) ~79 3
3 Drive Heading Southwest 1
4 Site Index 4 3
5 Drive index 430 3
6 Total distance (meters) 448.58 6
7 Total distance (kilometers) 0.45 6
8 Total distance (miles) 0.28 6
9 Easting 4354511.439 6
10 Northing 1093203.102 6
11 Elevation (geoid) -2568.864258 6
12 Elevation (radii) -4252.157227, 6
13 Radius (meters) 3391937.84 6
14 Longitude 77.45119438 3, 6
15 Latitude 18.44299756 3, 6
16 Roll (degrees) 0.51597 6
17 Pitch (degrees) -0.142218 6
18 Yaw (degrees) -118.868337 6
19 Yaw_rad -2.07 6
20 Tilt (degrees) 0.53521 6
21 Map Quadrangle Canyon de Chelly

Notes

  1. This raw data is subject to revision by JPL as more accurate data arrives from the rover, or after calibration

  2. Raw data was taken from the mission JSON records and or the GeoJSON ‘Rover Interactive Map’ (linked below)

  3. Definitions will be added in future updates when I can get the official definitions of the fields used in the JSON and GeoJSON files


Sources

  1. Perseverance Rover Interactive Map: LINK

  2. On-line Json2Table converter LINK

  3. M20 Traverse JSON LINK

  4. M20 TRN Ellipse JSON LINK

  5. M20 Surface Site JSON LINK

  6. M20 Waypoints JSON LINK

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

interesting target

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Percy’s not short of interesting targets. These are from Sol 103 (zoom 110mm)

Very cool looking thing, don’tcha think?

 

curiosity on the move again

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On the move again after 16 sols. Drive on Sol 3136 ~SSW. Partial panorama with added compass points – credit NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

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Striated heron using a dead bug to fish for a more substantial meal.

Neato! Birds are simply awesome! So intelligent…!

Makes me wonder what cool stuff their dinosaur ancestors could do!

 

Drive on Sol 99

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Drive distance on Sol 99: 16.43 meters, 53.9 feet

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Latest Drive: Sol: 99, May 31, 2021

TL:DR Drive table

Sol Meters Feet Heading
99 16.43 ~53.9 ~SSW

Full Drive Data (uncalibrated)

Item Description / Unit Value Source
1 Drive distance (meters) 16.43 3
2 Drive distance (feet) ~53.9 3
3 Drive Heading South-southwest 1
4 Site Index 4 3
5 Drive index 218 3
6 Total distance (meters) 376.81 6
7 Total distance (kilometers) 0.38 6
8 Total distance (miles) 0.23 6
9 Easting 4354565.816 6
10 Northing 1093248.456 6
11 Elevation (geoid) -2569.197 6
12 Elevation (radii) -4252.623 6
13 Radius (meters) 3391937.38 6
14 Longitude 77.45216155 3, 6
15 Latitude 18.44376271 3, 6
16 Roll (degrees) 1.154141 6
17 Pitch (degrees) 0.360975 6
18 Yaw (degrees) -138.622112 6
19 Yaw_rad -2.42 6
20 Tilt (degrees) 1.209267 6
21 Map Quadrangle Canyon de Chelly

Notes

  1. This raw data is subject to revision by JPL as more accurate data arrives from the rover, or after calibration

  2. Raw data was taken from the mission JSON records and or the GeoJSON ‘Rover Interactive Map’ (linked below)

  3. Definitions will be added in future updates when I can get the official definitions of the fields used in the JSON and GeoJSON files


Sources

  1. Perseverance Rover Interactive Map: LINK

  2. On-line Json2Table converter LINK

  3. M20 Traverse JSON LINK

  4. M20 TRN Ellipse JSON LINK

  5. M20 Surface Site JSON LINK

  6. M20 Waypoints JSON LINK

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

mars sky

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Image taken by SkyCam on sol 99. Guessing they are stars?

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The SkyCam is a modified (flight-spare) HazCam from Curiosity Rover. Therefore, I think it would be surprising if any stars were visible in this frame. To resolve stars the exposure duration would need to be fairly long, if that was the case we would see all the bright spots tracking around the sky as Mars rotated (the camera is fixed to the deck and does not move).

I believe it might be able to resolve the Martian moons, possibly some of the brighter planets and maybe fortuitously capture an incoming meteorite. Most of what we are seeing is probably noise and cosmic ray hits.

I’d really like these to be stars and galaxies as one comment mentioned, but to me it seems unlikely. But hey what do I know?

I’d like to be wrong in this case 🙂

EDIT: I have added the internal ring (anulus) and other optical shields that would mask areas of all exposed SkyCam images. These areas are masked to prevent stray light from entering the camera. But we can see in the image shared that there are star-like features etc where there should be none. Look closely at the original image and we can make out the masked areas of the lens (they’re a little darker. Each SkyCam image also captures part of the mast, again that should mask light entering the camera from stars etc LINK

 

Secret Files on The Eye of The Sahara & The Lost Ancient City of Atlantis | Richat Structure Africa

Bright Insight
May 22, 2021

Bizarre Declassified CIA files on The Eye of The Sahara (The Richat Structure) – The Lost City of Atlantis, hidden in plain sight?

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YAY! Jimmy is back with some weird CIA files on the Richat and more new info on the structure and the region. Highly recommended! You can watch his three previous Richat videos right here.

 

“My Grandfather Knew What Happened In The Dyatlov Pass Incident” | Creepypasta |

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May 19, 2021

The Dyatlov Pass incident was an event in which nine Russian hikers died in the northern Ural Mountains between 1 and 2 February 1959, in uncertain circumstances. The experienced trekking group from the Ural Polytechnical Institute, led by Igor Dyatlov, had established a camp on the eastern slopes of Kholat Syakhl.

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This creepypasta (fictional horror story) is a spin on a real incident that happened called “The Dyatlov Pass Incident” which is still shrouded in mystery to this day.

If you guys are interested, this is a video explaining the latest plausible theories (backed by scientific research) as to what might have happened –youtu.be/43BDpdMq_Ag

This is very well done and on a topic I am enamored of… I simply couldn’t stop listening!

 

A new view of the Sunset on Mars.

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“A new view of the Sunset on Mars.” Credits: NASA/JPL Caltech

 

The Eastern Floor of Aram Chaos

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“The Eastern Floor of Aram Chaos”

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This image of Aram Chaos (3.112° N, 340.169° E), a heavily eroded crater east of Valles Marineris, was taken by HiRISE on September 30th, 2011. You can see a mesa surrounded by sand. Aram Chaos has been the subject of repeated HiRISE observations to understand dune field dynamics and the history of water on Mars – water from this region is believed to have flowed north billions of years ago and carved out the 2,000 kilometer long Ares Vallis channel system.

The width of this image is about 1 km.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Feature&params=3.112_N_340.169_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

 

Early morning Postcard from Jezero

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Early morning Postcard from Jezero [4308x2000px]

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Early morning Postcard from Jezero Processed by Damia Bouic

Text from her web page:

“This is morning on Jezero. It is 6:50 AM, we are on Sol 96, at Ls 51 (May 27th. 2021). Low solar ray lights are enhancing the landscape, the dunes, the rocks, of this Martian site. This panorama was taken with MastcamZ using a 110mm zoom.”

Details:

The postcard is a crop (4308x2000px) from the full panorama with added sky. The full size panorama (without added sky is available at this LINK

The full panorama uses 39 overlapping Mastcam-Z full zoom images and is 36212×2257 pixels.

Warning 14.5Mb image size.

 

KAGUYA taking “Full Earth-rise” by HDTV (Apr. 5, 2008)

JAXA | 宇宙航空研究開発機構
Mar 23, 2009

KAGUYA (SELENE) taking “Full Earth-rise” by HDTV on Apr. 5, 2008. Aspect ratio 16:9 and HD quality in English narration. (C)JAXA/NHK

Sweet!

 

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Shining Clouds on Mars

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With Perseverance rover and its pet helicopter currently stealing all of the Martian limelight Curiosity Rover has been biding her time watching the clouds roll in over Mount Sharp.

The fine, rippling structures of these clouds are easier to see with images from Curiosity’s black-and-white navigation cameras.

mars clouds

But it’s the color images from the rover’s Mast Camera, or Mastcam, that really shine – literally. Viewed just after sunset, their ice crystals catch the fading light, causing them to appear to glow against the darkening sky. These twilight clouds, also known as “noctilucent” (Latin for “night shining”) clouds, grow brighter as they fill with crystals, then darken after the Sun’s position in the sky drops below their altitude. This is just one useful clue scientists use to determine how high they are.

www.jpl.nasa.gov…

Who needs a helicopter when you’ve got clouds !

I hear ya, and this is beautiful, but I still love that helicopter!

 

Did This Person Encounter A Giant Spider On A Highway In Canada?

Unexplained Mysteries
Aug 19, 2018

Did this person encounter a giant spider on a highway in Canada? We take a look at this mysterious creature one man encountered in Canada.

Every year people witness things that they can’t explain. Whether it’s UFO’s or mysterious creatures these encounters don’t usually see the day of light. Recently we’ve talked about giant spiders in the congo but this person encountered a bug like creature in Canada. Eazer 27 from reddit said the following “I live on the West coast of British Columbia in Canada. I was driving my girlfriend back to her granddads house 2 towns over from mine which is about a two and a half hour drive. I had driven her home and spent the day visiting her family. This town she is from is right on the coast. After my stay I then began my trip home.

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Hmmmm.

I dunno. Could be. Thought it was interesting.

 

Giant Snake Congo 1959

BillST100
Sep 20, 2015

Colonel Remy Van Lierde DFC** (14 August 1915–8 June 1990) was a Belgian pilot and fighter ace who served during World War II in the Belgian and British Air Forces, shooting down six enemy aircraft and 44 V-1 flying bombs, and achieving the RAF rank of Squadron Leader. He returned to the Belgian Air Force after the war and went on to hold several important commands before retiring in 1968. Alleged encounter with a giant snake

On the episode of Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World entitled “Dragons, Dinosaurs and Giant Snakes,” Van Lierde claims that in 1959 he encountered a giant snake in the Katanga region of the Belgian Congo while returning from a mission by helicopter. He claims to have then turned around and made several passes over the snake in order to allow another person on board to photograph the creature.

Van Lierde describes the snake as being close to 50 feet in length. He claims it was a dark shade of brown and green with a white coloured belly. He claimed the snake’s head was 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, and that the jaws were of a triangular shape.

Van Lierde claims that as he flew lower for a closer inspection, the snake rose up approximately 10 feet, giving the impression it would have attacked the helicopter if it had been within striking range.

An old case. A wonderful case. The ONLY question there is regarding it is… What kind of snake is this?

No one knows, but many think it’s a Titanoboa, which supposedly went extinct long ago, but, we know how that goes. Especially in that environment. I think it quite likely that it is one of those, if not a similar species.

Research in the area is terribly difficult. Not many venture all that far into the Congo, or the surrounding regions, even the indigenous folks. It is nearly impossible to cut through most of the jungle there. Westerners can never get enough time to do it properly; and, there always seems to be a war of some sort going on.

Someday…

But, wait, there’s more.

The title was singular, but I have added this next video to put some meat on the post.

It features a segment on one of my all-time top heroes, the intrepid explorer Lt. Colonel Percival Harrison Fawcett, who happened to run into a rather big fella in the western Amazon back in the day.

Just so you know, Remy’s encounter is the final segment in this one, with two fine reports following Percy’s preceding it.

 

These People Claimed They Encountered A Giant Snake In The Amazon

Unexplained Mysteries
Aug 20, 2018

These people claimed they encountered a giant snake in the Amazon. We take a look at the sightings and encounters of giant snakes in the Amazon.

One traveler had this to say “During the 1970s when deforestation started I decided to visit the rain forest. Back then there was so much more to see and the wildlife was plentiful. I had always wanted to go here and being a amateur wildlife photographer made we want to do this even more. I have extensive knowledge in the environment and animals. I studied for many years at university and decided that after I graduated I would go to the amazon. I went with a friend who I had spoken to previously and they too were excited to go. It’s sad to see the state of the amazon now compared to when I went.”

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Thank you to CO.AG for the background music!

God, I absolutely love cryptozoology… even more than lost civilizations, or space exploration!

 

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“NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Shining Clouds on Mars”

This gif of clouds drifting over Mount Sharp was taken by the Curiosity Rover’s navigation camera on March 28th, 2021 (5.4°S 137.8°E). Cloudy days are rare on Mars but can happen anytime throughout the year – especially during winter. These are “noctilucent” (Latin for “night shining”) clouds; they owe their brightness to ice crystals which catch the sunlight as it fades over the horizon. Although faint, these clouds could be seen by the naked eye to an observer on the Martian surface.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Gale_(crater)&params=5.4_S_137.8_E_globe:Mars_type:landmark

 

Uranus

Photojournal: PIA17306
Source: Lawrence Sromovsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison/W.W. Keck Observatory
Published: July 11, 2004
An infrared composite image of the two hemispheres of Uranus obtained with Keck Telescope adaptive optics. The component colors of blue, green, and red were obtained from images made at near infrared wavelengths of 1.26, 1.62, and 2.1 microns respectively. The images were obtained on July 11 and 12, 2004. The North pole is at 4 o’clock.

Uranus

The two sides of the planet Uranus, as viewed in this composite image, by the Keck Telescope at near infrared wavelengths. These new images of the seventh planet from the sun promise to help scientists unravel the mysteries of the weather on Uranus.
Used with permission by: UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067
Photo by: courtesy Lawrence Sromovsky/UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center.
Date: 10/04 File#: scan provided

Link to source: solarsystem.nasa.gov

Simply spectacular.

 

The Xoloitzcuintli

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The Xoloitzcuintli is an ancient Aztec breed native to Mexico, once considered as guides for the dead on their journey to the underworld.

 

Find the Helicopter (Sol 92)

r/PerseveranceRover – Posted by u/paulhammond5155, Top contributor

Find the Helicopter (Sol 92)

Mars Perseverance Sol 92: Right Mastcam-Z Camera

Find the helicopter, and the dust devil 🙂

  • 25 frame mosaic
  • 13010 x 2130 pixels
  • NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired these images using its Right Mastcam-Z camera.
  • Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rover’s mast.
  • These images were acquired on May 24, 2021 (Sol 92) over a 5 minute period starting just before 1PM (local solar time)
  • Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Go here for the full size image. WordPress doesn’t play nice like that.

 

Glossy Ibis

A Glossy Ibis in Central Mississippi

Glossy Ibis and fren

And here’s the Glossy Ibis with a White-faced Ibis on the right.

Photos by u/shitshillelagh – Posted to r/whatsthisbird

 

Gaeotis flavolineata

r/PicsOfUnusualSlugs – Posted by u/KimCureAll

Gaeotis flavolineata is a partially transparent arboreal semi-slug endemic only to Puerto Rico whose bright green shell has evolved to become too small for it to retract into fully. Its highly reduced internal shell is calcified and covered with a flap of its mantle. It feeds mostly on leaves.

 

The Mount Kaputar pink slug

r/PicsOfUnusualSlugs – Posted by u/KimCureAll

Hot-pink slug, Triboniophorus, Australia

The Mount Kaputar pink slug is a species of giant air-breathing land slug with a distinctive hot pink hue. These 20cm slugs have only been found on Mount Kaputar in Australia.

 

Trying to locate his hideout

Erwin Saunders
May 19, 2021

Back to the woods to find the chap that shot me, with an arrow, 2 years ago.

God, how I love this man. There is a brief clip of a Pixie included in this one, from a previous outing.

 

A North Polar Crater

r/Areology – Posted by u/htmanelski

“A North Polar Crater”

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This image of a crater near the North pole (84.335° N, 120.393° E) was taken by HiRISE on August 20th, 2008. What you see here is mostly dry ice (solid CO2) which accumulates at the poles seasonally. This was taken in northern summer, when the seasonal CO2 ice cap is thinning, revealing beautiful red material on this small crater’s slopes.

The width of this image is about 1 km.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Geohack link: geohack.toolforge.org/geohack.php?pagename=Feature&params=84.335_N_120.393_E_globe:mars_type:landmark

This looks so cool. And intriguing!