Watch: Ultimate Mars Challenge

by Nancy Atkinson on November 17, 2012

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The PBS special “Ultimate Mars Challenge” that aired this week in the US is now available on YouTube. The production crew did a great job capturing the challenges of putting this mission together, and included scenes from building and testing the rover here on Earth to the nail-biting landing to even including some of the most recent images and discoveries from the mission.

Note: if the video above doesn’t play in your country, try going to the PBS NOVA website and watching it there. You can read more information about the episode here. As we mentioned previously, some of the mosaics and panoramas put together by Universe Today writer Ken Kremer, along with his imaging team partner Marco Di Lorenzo, were used in the PBS show. Congrats to Ken and Marco! Below is one of their images that was used:

Curiosity looks back to her rover tracks and the foothills of Mount Sharp and the eroded rim of Gale Crater in the distant horizon on Sol 24 (Aug. 30, 2012). This panorama is featured on PBS NOVA Ultimate Mars Challenge’ documentary premiering on Nov. 14. The colorized mosaic was stitched together from Navcam images. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Ken Kremer / Marco Di Lorenzo

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

dovhenis November 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Time to accept that dark E/m and Higgs YOK !!!

Energy-Mass Poles Of the Universe

Again and again:

The universe is a two-poles entity, an all-mass and an all-energy poles.

Singularity and the Big Bang MUST have happened with the
smallest base universe particles, the gravitons, that MUST be both energy and
mass, even if all of them are inert mass just one smallest fraction of a second
at the pre-Bing Bang singularity. All mass formats evolve from gravitons that
convert into energy i.e. escape their gravitons shatters-clusters, becoming mass formats in motion, i.e. energy. And they all end up again as mass in a repeat universal singularity.

Universe expansion and re-contraction proceed simultaneously.

Graviton is the elementary particle of the universe. The gravitons are compacted into the universal inert singularity mass only for the smallest fraction of a second, when all the gravitons of the universe are compacted together, inert, with zero distance between all of them. This state is feasible and mandated by their small size and by their hence weak force.

The Big Bang is the shattering of the short-lived singularity mass into fragments that later became galactic clusters. This is inflation. The shattering is the start of movement of the shatters i.e. the start of reconversion of mass into energy, mass in motion. This
reconversion proceeds at a constant rate since the big bang, since the
annealing-tempering of singularity and the start of resolution of gravitons.
The release of gravitons from their shatters-clusters proceeds at constant rate
due to their weak specific force due to their small size.

Gravity is propensity of energy reconversion to mass.
Inflation and expansion are per Newton.

Since the Big Bang galactic clusters are losing mass at constant rate. Mass, gravitons,
continue escaping at constant rate from their Big Bang fragments-clusters thus
becoming energy, mass in motion, thus thrusting the clusters. Constant thrust
and decreasing galactic clusters weight accelerate the separation of clusters
from each other. Plain common sense.

A commonsensible conjecture is that the Universe Contraction is initiated following the
Big-Bang event, as released moving gravitons (energy) deliver their thrust to
other particles and are collected by and stored in black holes at very low
energy levels steadily leading to the re-formation of the Universe Singularity,
simultaneously with expansion, i.e. that universal expansion and
contraction are going on simultaneously.

The conjectured implications is that the Universe is a product of A Single Universal Black Hole with an extremely brief singularity of ALL the gravitons of the universe, which
is feasible and possible and mandated because gravitation is a very weak force
due to the small size of the gravitons, the primal mass-energy particles of the
universe.

Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
http://universe-life.com/

Aqua4U November 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

This is a ‘must see’ show for anybody with even a casual interest in space exploration! Of course, I was hoping to hear some ‘earth shattering’ news about life on Mars… maybe soon?

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