interesting target

Posted by u/paulhammond5155, Top contributor

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

Posted by u/paulhammond5155, Top Contributor

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


Posted by u/d3333p7

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!


mars sky

Posted by u/ShawnGreyling

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

paulhammond5155, Top contributor

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


So I was excited to see this post the other day, as I had heard some days before that it had driven off the lander… Only to be disappointed by what I found, which is below. It seems it has not gone anywhere yet. Maybe a meter? Sigh. Hope it gets better.

Posted by u/spinozasrobot

China’s Zhurong rover takes first drive on Mars…

Photos from the BBC article:

Looking down at the ground from on top of the lander.

Looking down at the ground from on top of the lander.

looking back up at the lander.

And looking back up at the lander.

Found r/ZhuRonga new subgroup on reddit. So new that as of yesterday afternoon they didn’t have a post yet! They did, though, pin this this vid on Zhurong’s instrument package as a header of sorts:

Tianwen-1 – Zhurong’s Instruments

May 14, 2021

It’s happening…. the Tianwen-1 Mission is about to touch down on Mars! The Zhurong rover – named after the Chinese god of fire, will attempt the landing on Mars. A historic event for China and planet Earth!

This god of fire is carrying some pretty advanced instruments to the Red Planet. These instruments will study Mars and send back valuable data for studying Martian climate and geology as well as exploring Utopia Planitia, a large plain within Utopia, the largest recognized impact basin on Mars with an estimated diameter of 3300 km.

So, in this video, Joe and Igor did a quick rundown of the instruments of Zhurong which are:

1) Mars Surface Compound Detector
2) Multi-Spectrum Camera
3) Subsurface Penetrating Radar
4) Navigation and Topography Camera
5) The Mars Surface Magnetic Field Detector
6) Mars Meteorological Measurement Instrument

And who knows, maybe “The God of Fire” will meet “Viking” on its Martian path.

Credits: Special thanks to tttian for allowing us to use images from their 3D model of the entire Tianwen-1 mission! Check it out here:………

Depicts: Artist’s impression of water under the Martian surface Copyright: ESA 2001. Illustration by Medialab…

Hey, ETA:

Further space news from China…

China Successfully Launches Core Module for Tianhe their long term LEO space station

posted by anzha in Space Exploration


A new view of the Sunset on Mars.

Posted by u/Bernard_Hunor_Deak

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


The Eastern Floor of Aram Chaos

Posted by u/htmanelski, m o d

“The Eastern Floor of Aram Chaos”

htmanelski, m o d

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:


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.”


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



NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Shining Clouds on Mars

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Registered: 8/16/2009 – Location: Valles Marineris – Mood: Transmogrified
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posted on May, 29 2021 @ 06:58 PM
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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.…

Who needs a helicopter when you’ve got clouds !

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


Giant Snake Congo 1959

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.


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.”

Thank you for watching!
Thank you to CO.AG for the background music!

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



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.


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:

Simply spectacular.


The Xoloitzcuintli

Posted by u/eskylabs

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


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.


tandem hoist

Special tactics operators assigned to the 321st Special Tactics Squadron tandem hoist into a CV-22B Osprey during a training exercise near RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, April 15, 2021.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Westin Warburton)


Maserati 200S


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Maserati 200S

Maserati 200S S/N 2405 de 1956 carrossée par Fantuzzi, conduite par Stirling Moss au Gran Premio Supercortemaggiore de Monza en juin 1956, vendue en 1957 à Lance Reventlow, qui la fit repeindre en blanc et bleu. Restaurée après un accident spectaculaire au Vanwall Trophy de Snetterton , elle fut ensuite vendue à David Lane qui lui donna l’apparence qu’elle garde aujourd’hui encore, avec sa livrée blanc et or. – source CLASSICDRIVER.COM.

Un grand merci à flhomaly pour ce beau dossier.

Source: frenchcurious

Lovely and smooth…


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.


massive sea monster caught on camera under oilrig yxu8xn3qs3071 colour corrected

May 19, 2021




it’s a deepstaria!!! they’re super rarely seen jellyfish as they live so deep in the ocean



This looks like our creature! Nice find! Rarely seen since discovery in 1967 and this operator got 6 minutes of great footage.



Bekim Dibrani

HOW COOL IS THIS?! One in a million shot of a blackbird catching a ride on an osprey’s (broom)stick in Michigan!

Credit: Jocelyn Anderson Photography


Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z Images Intriguing Rocks

r/PerseveranceRover – Crossposted by u/htmanelski

Rocks and Sediment seen by Mastcam-Z (April 27th, 2021)

r/Areology – Posted by u/htmanelski, m o d
“Perseverance’s Mastcam-Z Images Intriguing Rocks”

NASA didn’t say why they consider the rocks to be “Intriguing,” though…


Astronaut Saw a serpentine UFO in Space

Ancient civilizations
May 12, 2021

This video is an auxiliary to the article about the ufo in the form of a snake, which Musgrave saw in space.…

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I have always loved Dr. Story Musgrave. He is just so damn cool.

And, he completely nullifies the argument from the woo contingent that scientists hide and ignore unusual things.

As for this apparently new channel, Well, I like this video, but this thing is NOT a ‘UFO.’ It is a creature, dammit! Come on, now, seriously.


Elephant spears a half ton buffalo

r/natureismetal – Posted by u/itsybitsywilly

Elephant spears a half ton buffalo

Didn’t know elephants did that. Maybe it messed with the babies.


r/NatureIsFuckingLit – Posted by u/Hitzugy

🔥 Rhincodon typus using its filter feeding strategy to create a vortex near the surface and have an easy dinner.

(Credit: BBC America)