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  1. Gary Proffitt

    Gary Proffitt (January 05, 2014, 01:55PM )

    "Does anybody else share the same view that Mars will prove to be stranger in reality to the eye than it has historically in all our creative fiction?"

  2. Gary Proffitt

    Gary Proffitt (January 04, 2014, 05:06PM )

    One interesting possibility is that although this lake bed is now dried up and will of been for some considerable time, there may be trapped resource's of water under hardened layers of clay which might explain the high humidity that the rover has detected at night.This may also be the case at the mounds sites and mountain as well and though Mars surface is very dry there will be a water table deep underground between the permafrost and the hot core of Mars!

  3. Gary Proffitt

    Gary Proffitt (January 04, 2014, 12:04PM )

    Future planetary robotics designers will need to consider a different approach when tasking the many more complex objects of difficult terrain inspection and analysis and all the required scientific instruments,thermo-coupled device and electron microscope will add a lot of weight which will make the rover even less able to operate in terrains that may yield positive results, thus they need to separate certain tasks which can be achieved with remote sub-system robotics that can safely leave the rover, excavate and retrieve samples and imagery and return them back to the rover.

  4. Gary Proffitt

    Gary Proffitt (January 04, 2014, 11:56AM )

    Success will only come in the field of planetary exploration when we design the best possible tools for the job and though the series of rovers that JPL have developed and pioneered have been very successful we haven't addressed the individual logistics of fossil hunting, excavation, electron microscope inspection, adverse terrain transportation and many other requirements including having correct telemetry orbiters to handle the greater data needed to command and maintain such missions.

  5. Gary Proffitt

    Gary Proffitt (January 04, 2014, 11:26AM )

    Mankind must be very careful when considering venturing to any new heavenly body that may contain life, not becasue of the old myths of little green men but because of something much more dangerous in the form of super bugs that can withstand extreme environments because such lifeforms may be capable of beating all our immune defences and the biggest worry would be if individual nations would seek to find them out and use them as potential biological warfare agents. This may sound far fetched but it is in the realms of possibility therefore a potential great risk to us all.Take for instance the malaria bug on Earth that has killed more people in history than all the wars put together and still accounts for over two million deaths a year in warmer climates and that's just one strain of a super bug from home so the potential risk of an exo-planetary strain which we might have no defence from would be too great to even contemplate!

  6. Gary Proffitt

    Gary Proffitt (January 03, 2014, 10:24PM )

    Space men from Earth may indeed come to visit this Planet Mars one day only to find they are not the first nor last to bequest its presence relying only on a pressurised space suit "skin" and a hopeful gait.

  7. Gary Proffitt

    Gary Proffitt (January 03, 2014, 09:45PM )

    Of all the Mars imaging data that I have studied, this has to be the best indication that something truly "curious" has and may be active under the surface of Mars as this feature has been exposed by the shifting of a fair amount of Marian sand beneath the focus points...

  8. Gary Proffitt

    Gary Proffitt (January 03, 2014, 07:36PM )

    The bleakness of Mars is but a sign of a much worse future for our own planet unless we decide to change our current "modus operadi" as Earth's caretaker specie.

  9. copernicus

    copernicus (January 02, 2014, 03:52PM )

    Gary, nice image, but I think you are looking at it in the wrong scale, imagine the rover is a half mile away using the telephoto lens and looking down into this valley. These are certainly artificial structures but are much larger than you think. If you look at the image with this in mind you will see the entrances, structures, bridges etc. Keep up the good work!