February 2, 2018

"The view from 'Vera Rubin Ridge' looks back over buttes, dunes and other features along the route...."

26 comments:

Drago said...

I just purchased property there...

On the good side...

madAsHell said...

It looks like Death Valley. Somewhere around Independence or Bishop.

traditionalguy said...

Looks like Utah to me. Those Mormons do all claim that they have a planet of their own coming

Gahrie said...

I'm much more impressed by the Opportunity rover.

tcrosse said...

Looks like Nevada, only nicer.

Curious George said...

And this relates to Muslims how?

madAsHell said...

As Drago point out, NASA is now in the real estate business.

Mike bruno said...

That's so cool. If it was green it would look as lovely as Santa Barbara county.

YoungHegelian said...

NASA should have had the video sponsored by 20 Mule Team Borax.

An association that tells you how damn old I am.

Bay Area Guy said...

Reminds me of the many road trips thru Barstow, CA.

Jake said...

I think this is fun

Mars=Greenland

Left Bank of the Charles said...

They white balanced the color of the rocks? Oh the caucasity.

Earnest Prole said...

It looks like Death Valley. Somewhere around Independence or Bishop.

Independence and Bishop are in the Owens Valley, but I take your point.

Dave said...

Looks just like Wyoming to me.

mandrewa said...

YoungHegelian: NASA should have had the video sponsored by 20 Mule Team Borax.

As chance would have it, I was just cleaning out a shed yesterday and found 5 boxes of 20 Mule Team Borax detergent booster.

mandrewa said...

I don't think many people have been paying attention, but there's a site, www.unmannedspaceflight.com, where this is being followed.

Under the Mars & Missions/MSL portion of that forum, almost every every image and rock the Curiosity rover has focused on over the last five years has been discussed in some detail.

Howard said...

Way back when I lived in a wonderful town called Cartago and this view reminded me of the view from our front window across Owens Dry Lake towards Swansea and the Inyo range.

For those interested in this landscape part of the western USA the must read is

Basin and Range

Howard said...

The Cerro Gordo Mine was located in the Inyo's across Owens Lake. In the late 1800's They would haul down ingots of silver down the mountain to the lake, loaded on a Steamboat to cross the lake to Cartago, then the 20-mule team would truck it down to Los Angeles.

The Godfather said...

If they didn't "white balance" the color, would it look like Barsoom? And would there be any Martian Princesses?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Interesting.. Mars? or Nevada?

:-D

Bill said...

Reminds me of my beloved Death Valley.

Fred Drinkwater said...

The white balancing is to compensate for the color of sunlight on the Martian surface, to make the landscape look like it would under (weak) earth sunlight.

Howard: I'm a big fan of John McPhee's geology books. My personal favorite is Rising From the Plains, about Wyoming.

Howard said...

Thanks Fred, I'll have to read "...Plains" My fav McPhee is Coming into the Country about Alaska from many different local viewpoints.

Earnest Prole said...

The Cerro Gordo Mine was located in the Inyo's across Owens Lake.

My first view of Cerro Gordo was from the east; we drove up to the crest of the Inyos from Saline Valley, parked the truck were a snowbank covered the road, and hiked down to the town.

mikee said...

https://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&hs=q85&channel=fs&biw=1680&bih=888&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=8wt2WtTMKeqKjwTxlI_QCw&q=book+cover+for+Martian+Chronicles&oq=book+cover+for+Martian+Chronicles&gs_l=psy-ab.3...3468.10750.0.10904.25.19.6.0.0.0.192.1749.15j3.18.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..1.0.0....0.M6J6EzAbctc

Daniel Jackson said...

White Balance is to remove unrealistic color casting in an image so the whites appear white, the blacks appear black, and the mid-tone (18% grey) is grey. Generally, photographers meter the central grey to get the image in balance. Astronomers regularly white balance their images to remove the color casts created by terrestrial security lights.

This statement: "to aid geologists, colors in the image are white balanced so rocks appear the same color as the same rocks on Earth." What is this? Some sort of PC disclaimer? Do the laws of Light change on Mars and are not the same as Earth bound laws of a similar phenomenon?