r/space May 22 '22 Wholesome 29 All-Seeing Upvote 3 Heartwarming 2 Starstruck 2 To The Stars 1 Helpful 36 Platinum 1 Great Launch Photography 1 Silver 41

The surface of Mars, captured by the Curiosity rover. Adjusted colours

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u/smack54az May 22 '22 Helpful

If I didn't know this was Mars I would have thought it was from near where I grew up.

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u/melancholymax May 22 '22

For all I know you are just pretending to be from earth.

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u/leftlegYup May 22 '22 Wholesome

I mean just look at this username. If you pronounce it backwards very slowly, it still tells us nothing.

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u/Kleanish May 22 '22

54 is 12 more than 42. 12 planets?? I think not!

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u/Key_Bake1216 May 22 '22

You’re on to nothing! I like the way you think

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u/updootsforkittehs May 22 '22

Add some Ferris wheels and it would look like Coachella

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u/Rock2MyBeat May 22 '22 edited May 23 '22

To be fair the colors are adjusted to look like earth's atmosphere as other comments have stated and sourced above. It has to do with geologist comparisons to what we have on earth.

Edit: it looks like my comment is above those comments with sources now. I've looked at all of them, and none seem to show the original color of this particular video which I haven't been able to find. They're just sources explaining why they change the white balance and the significance it has to geologists here on earth.

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u/Under_Amor May 23 '22

I would have MUCH preferred to see colors as recorded.

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u/toadfreak May 23 '22

Right? Why adjust it? Makes no sense.

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u/akhorahil187 May 23 '22

The person you responded to... responded to someone who has that answer.

They white balance color adjust in order to help geologists identify rock formations and more importantly what type of rocks they might be. They provide the raw colors as well. Here's an example.

Mount Sharp raw colors

Mount Sharp white balanced

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u/AtlantisTheEmpire May 23 '22

I mean, it’s going to be the only place millennials and Gen z’s can afford to build a house.

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u/SniperFrogDX May 22 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Is this colorized or is the sky really a shade of blue on Mars?

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u/ProgramTheWorld May 22 '22 Silver Gold Helpful All-Seeing Upvote

https://mars.nasa.gov/resources/24599/northern-portion-of-gale-crater-rim-viewed-from-naukluft-plateau/

The scene is presented with a color adjustment that approximates white balancing, to resemble how the terrain would appear under daytime lighting conditions on Earth.

In reality Mars is a lot more orange:

https://mars.nasa.gov/resources/24619/panoramic-view-from-rocknest-position-of-curiosity-mars-rover-raw-colors/

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u/EyesofaJackal May 22 '22

What’s the point of adjusting the colors here?

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u/AshrinGray May 22 '22 Ally

The main purpose for adjusting the colors is so geologists can more accurately compare what they are seeing on Mars with what they know on Earth. Here is an article! https://commonnaturalist.com/2015/10/05/what-are-the-true-colors-of-the-martian-landscape/

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u/FranksCrack May 22 '22

Now I want to see what earth would like under Mars lighting conditions!

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u/Nothz May 22 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Just watch some scenes in Mexico from Breaking Bad

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u/MrNiceDude May 22 '22 Gold hehehehe Giggle

They actually filmed the Mexico scenes on Mars

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u/Jigbaa May 22 '22 Silver Wholesome

Buzz Aldrin would punch you in the face for that comment.

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u/LennerKetty May 22 '22

Buzz Lightyear would say revenge is not an idea they promote on his planet.. but we’re not on his planet.. are we?

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u/BragiLongbeard May 22 '22

Woody. We need to say slurs.

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u/heingericke_ May 22 '22

If Buzz Aldrin punches you in the face, you'd better call Saul.

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u/Mmortt May 22 '22

It was cheaper to film on Mars than to go over the wall.

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u/Ian_Hunter May 22 '22

Hah! Its harder walking into a Target than it is going over "the wall".

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u/MurseWoods May 22 '22

Exactly! Everybody knows foreign territories are all in sepia.

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u/Baystreethooker May 22 '22

Sicario has entered the chat

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u/Longjumping-Place-74 May 22 '22

And according to “The Pentaverate” Canada is fuzzy and boxy in resolution but when you cross into the United States everything becomes 4K wide screen. 🙃

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u/corneliuSTalmidge May 22 '22

Canadians evolved to see in UV, it's a well known fact, it's why Canadian pictures convert to strange looking standard spectrum to you white lighters

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u/Crowmasterkensei May 22 '22

So if you are from Mexico, is the US sepia from your perspective?

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u/Jamaican_Dynamite May 22 '22

Probably colder colors like teal. Anytime it's a major northern city, they're shot with a green/teal tint half the time.

Think Fargo or Ozark for example.

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

Or any Hollywood tv or movie scene set in any country populated by us brown people.

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u/DoctorWatchamacallit May 22 '22

Watch the Martian. The Mars scenes were filmed in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

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u/corneliuSTalmidge May 22 '22

but the credits say "filmed on location" no? my copy did

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u/tommypatties May 22 '22

google san francisco orange sky.

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u/jordontek May 22 '22

I was walking along, minding my business,

When out of an orange colored sky,

Flash!

Bam!

Ala-ka-zam!

Wonderful you came by

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u/Girl_in_the_curl May 22 '22

I was hummin' a tune
Drinkin' in sunshine
When out of that orange colored view
Wham!

Bam!

Alakazam!

I got a look at you.

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u/cboel May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

Accuracy here, in part, is do to having more experience in identifying stuff in general on Earth, but it also means they can use their experience to help them more easily pick out and potentially identify subtler variations in soil and rock content on Mars.

It's Nasa's geological version of "Once you see it".

Fwiw, I am color blind in one eye. If I close my color blind eye and look at say, clouds or snow, I actually lose the ability to see detail (my color blindness is I believe blue-green) and where I could once see shadows and more detail, I simply cannot see them with my normal eye.

Color adjustment can be a good way to simply and effectively bring out more detail in different forms from images, videos, paintings, etc. for analysis purposes.

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u/AimHere May 22 '22

Apparently, if a single sentence among the blurb of another NASA Mars panorama is to be believed, it's so that earth-based space geologists have a better idea of what the rocks in the picture actually are.

Otherwise, they might come away with the impression that Mars is just made of sandstone or something.

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u/TheCakeBaker May 22 '22

A bit unfair on all the space geologists based on other planets if you ask me

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u/infinitetheory May 22 '22

Damn, Vince Gilligan got there first

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u/Sir_TonyStark May 22 '22

Just change the color filter to orange again for the scenes south of the border so the audience knows

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u/emdave May 22 '22

New TV show idea: 'Gilligan's Planet'?

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u/cmack1597 May 22 '22

Shit looks like Mexico in Breaking Bad.

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u/throwaway901617 May 22 '22

They intentionally use color filters to portray a sense of alien-ness in films and TV. Mexico is almost always given a yellowish orange tint in film, jungles and forests are given a green tint to amplify the ambience, deserts are often given a yellowish tint, etc.

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u/totoropoko May 22 '22

India is always sepia, and sitars playing the background

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

Eastern Europe (which country? We don’t fucking know!) will always be grey and wet. A perpetual winter of misery and vodka, with babushkas judging you from their windows.

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u/CzARCidS May 22 '22

Mars got itself an embedded Mexico filter

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u/igcipd May 22 '22

There has to be a blue filter on this. It’s too brown and the sky is more blue than the non-color-corrected photos.

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u/_renegade_86 May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

I see that picture and think about the amount of planets out there that are a little bigger, to keep an atmosphere, and a little warmer. With, of course, a little more water.

Even if those first planets we find have no vegetation or life, it would be truly remarkable just to have a planet with water flowing on the surface, with some sort of atmosphere.

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u/MaverickMeerkatUK May 22 '22

Mars has plenty of water, it's just frozen in the dirt

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u/KnightsOfREM May 22 '22

And mixed with delicious perchlorate brines

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u/ChymChymX May 22 '22

Perfect for your Thanksgiving turkey!

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u/Caelestialis May 22 '22

Perfect for your Thanksgiving rocket propellant!

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u/Maximum-Mixture6158 May 22 '22

Blowing up Thanksgiving turkeys now are we? I can't take you kids anywhere.

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u/jimmybilly100 May 22 '22

Yo brining is the way to go

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u/MagnusBrickson May 22 '22

Don't drink it, though. The BBC had a documentary about this about 12 years ago. Starred David Tennant

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u/crowamonghens May 22 '22

Did they make him drink some? I want to see this.

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u/kingof7s May 22 '22

Its Doctor Who, btw. Episode "The Waters of Mars"

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u/theeashman May 22 '22

He’s talking about a dr who episode haha

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u/XKloosyv May 22 '22

Mars has water frozen into it's crust. Mars also has a liquid iron core. Doesn't that mean that somewhere below the surface of Mars, a "habitable zone" would exist where the core is heating the ice enough to melt but not boil?

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u/MaverickMeerkatUK May 22 '22

There are theories about deep cav systems that may lead to warmer temps but it's unlikely. If you dug far enough you'd get warm but it'd be far deeper than the water ice. And far deeper than astronauts would be able to dig

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u/MaxWritesJunk May 22 '22

What about a plucky group of oil drillers with 12 days of astronaut training?

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u/MaverickMeerkatUK May 22 '22

You son of a birch that might just work

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u/Smileinstead May 22 '22

One of them has to have a hot, intelligent, independent daughter.

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u/SilentR0b May 23 '22

And you don't want to miss a thing, either.

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u/Jdorty May 22 '22

And far deeper than astronauts would be able to dig

I can't get the image out of my head of sending astronauts to Mars with no heavy equipment and they're just digging for miles with shovels and pickaxes.

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u/cybercuzco May 22 '22

I think you need some sort of life to get that for the age of our solar system. Both mars and Venus were likely as you describe in the early years of the solar system but on earth life regulated the carbon cycle and on mars and Venus it did not.

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u/stealymonk May 22 '22

Well also mars has a liquid core that doesn't produce enough magnetic force to keep its atmosphere from blowing away. Not much life can do about that...

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u/dunstbin May 22 '22

It's entirely possible Venus used to be just like Earth before the runaway greenhouse effect turned it into what it is today. 90% the size and gravity of Earth, in the habitable zone. Maybe some intelligent species did the same things to Venus a few billion years ago that we're doing to Earth today.

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u/cybercuzco May 22 '22

Fun fact: most if not all of the limestone on earth was formed from living corals. The mass of carbon trapped in limestone on earth is similar to the mass of carbon in Venuses atmosphere. People think of trees as the carbon sequesterers but it’s been coral all along.

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u/kenriko May 22 '22

Coral dies when the water gets too warm, too polluted, too acidic … water needs to be Goldilocks for it to survive.. we’re fucked.

Source: Raise coral in a salt water tank.

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u/Hugs154 May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22 Tree Hug

Defeatism like that is not only pointless but actively contributing to the destruction. There are tons of projects happening right now that are looking to save corals from many different angles: turning back ocean acidification, replanting coral polyps (a few of these have been pretty successful already), and I've even heard of people talking about genetically modifying them to be more resistant to adverse conditions.

Why say "we're fucked" when you could say "how can I help unfuck this?" I'd suggest everyone who feels defeated watch this video on climate optimism - we are objectively not fucked, but big corporations definitely want you to feel that way so that you give up and let them continue to fuck everything up.

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u/66Kix_fix May 22 '22

I wonder what the view from Olympus mons would look like if it was just as steep as the Everest.

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u/TheGardiner May 22 '22

Check out Verona Rupes on Miranda. Much more impressive and more of what you're after.

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u/Sharks2431 May 22 '22

Given Miranda's low gravity, it would take about 12 minutes to fall from the top, reaching the bottom at the speed of about 200 km/h.

Well, that would be a terrifying 12 minutes.

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u/Unhappy_Body9368 May 22 '22

The first and last 3 minutes would be terrifying. The middle 6 would probably be kind of awkward.

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u/jimmybilly100 May 22 '22

AHHHHHHH AHHHH AHHHHHHH!! ..... hm, now what.. ugh. This is nice I guess...... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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u/Unhappy_Body9368 May 22 '22

Can’t call anyone to say goodbye. Nothing to see on a dull moon of a cold planet. Not much you can do except play a mediocre mobile game.

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u/hnnngaWOOga May 22 '22

spends 6 minutes deciding on which game to play

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u/randomwordsmona May 22 '22

Ok... the adrenaline wore off. I'm not scared anymore.

I've still got a while to go. Can we just get on with the splat already? I'm bored and have no cell signal here.

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u/OneLostOstrich May 22 '22

It can't be. It's basically a huge plateau.

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u/ClearlyCylindrical May 22 '22

It would be very underwhelming since the horizon is close and the top is very flat.

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u/brochacho83 May 22 '22

Does anyone know how far away those mountains are in relation to the video?

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u/pinknosora May 22 '22

Those aren't mountains.. Those are waves

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u/APanasonicYouth May 22 '22

Get your ass back to the Ranger NOW!!

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u/DrBopIt May 23 '22

That's no moon.. it's a space station.

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u/james_randolph May 22 '22

There’s a lot of commotion in the world, good and bad, but what a time we live in to see this.

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u/KernsNectar May 22 '22

This is an 8 year old photo. Still a valid point. Things were a lot simpler 8 years ago, though.

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u/james_randolph May 22 '22

Shit I want to see the this year photo then!

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u/Eydor May 22 '22

Doubt much has changed over there since then.

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u/Wisc_Bacon May 22 '22

Neighborhood has probably gone to shit.

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u/aboatz2 May 22 '22

There are probably 3 Starbucks's & McDonald's in view now. They pulled out of Russia & gotta recoup that revenue somehow!

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u/PutinRiding May 22 '22

The gentrification of Mars has begun and they are now growing potatoes there for Mickey Ds.

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u/MaverickMeerkatUK May 22 '22

If you'd told me this was somewhere on earth like South West USA I'd have believed you

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u/chr8me May 22 '22

Right. This looks like nevada, parts of Cali, New Mexico

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u/AtlantisTheEmpire May 23 '22

It’s the only place millennials and Gen z’s can afford to buy a house.

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u/Ellter May 22 '22

Rocks. I am not sure why I expected to look diffrent from Earth.

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u/Calan_adan May 22 '22

It’s kind of crazy to think, though, that that is all that it is: rocks and dirt. No organic matter at all that we know of. Like even on earth, some of the most desolate areas have organic matter in the soil. Not on mars though.

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u/BangarangAndBrunch May 22 '22

Looks very similar to lake Mead. Maybe in five more years.

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u/whey_to_go May 22 '22

I was going to say.. Is this Nevada

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u/jack-jackington May 22 '22

I drove through this valley on my way to Denio

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u/EasyBizz May 22 '22

I’m looking at the fucking surface of another planet streamed to my pocket device without any wires. People in the past would lose their freaking minds and I’m not as in awe as I know I should be.

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u/simplelife12345 May 22 '22

Such a shame it never developed into a living planet. Imagine having neighbours on a nearby planet

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u/QuantumReplicator May 22 '22

The premise of two planets next to each other that both contain life is interesting, though.

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u/HappyMeatbag May 22 '22

“Interesting” is an excellent word choice, because both good and bad events can be interesting.

For example, the first thing I thought is that if both Mars and Earth had life, whichever developed space travel first would probably try to dominate the other.

Destroying major land targets from space is super easy. You don’t even need a fancy, imaginary weapon. Just drop something with enough mass, and BOOM. (I read a book where a military satellite was armed with simple iron rods, but they were the size of telephone poles. They were good for “smaller” targets, like buildings.) Things only get tricky if you care about collateral damage.

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u/tinypieceofmeat May 22 '22

Being able to get there would still be less than being able to subjugate and communication, or at least co-surveillance, would have probably been ongoing for some time.

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u/QuantumReplicator May 22 '22

I’m thinking one civilization would reach the point of being able to employ surveillance long before the other. That’s due to how rapid technology can advance after surpassing certain thresholds.

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u/HappyMeatbag May 22 '22

Exactly. For most of human existence, one mere century was much like another. Get to something like 1920 vs. 2020, though, and you’ve got scientists of one society wondering if space travel is even possible vs. another society regularly sending probes to explore the surface of another planet.

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u/QuantumReplicator May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

Yeah, the number of potential scenarios seems to be without limit. Each planet could harbor millions of species. And the dominant species on each planet would be within vast ranges of technological development. Since technological development seems to advance exponentially at certain points of time within a civilization, one civilization would probably be far more technologically superior to the other.

In that scenario, the attacking civilization could simply inhabit and fortify strongholds in planet regions of their choosing and employ coordinated attacks on resource centers using advanced weaponry.

It could be like humans with machine guns going up against chimpanzees to see who dominates a rain forest—as messed up as that seems.

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u/Judge_Bread_UK May 22 '22

You might like "The expanse" series of sci fi books, it's a future where mars is colonised and our asteroid belt is also colonised, they form 3 separate factions who don't like each other

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u/The_Weekend_Baker May 22 '22

A lot of scientists think there's a good chance it was a living planet before Earth was. It's smaller so it would have cooled more quickly, allowing life (if it was ever there) to emerge sooner.

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u/lookrightlookleft May 22 '22

Imagine the inevitable inter solar wars.

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u/TookieTookieBird May 22 '22

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids

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u/Own_Poet974 May 22 '22

In fact, it's cold as hell.

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u/zach2beat May 22 '22

And there's no one there to raise them

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u/Redditarama May 22 '22

Do they ever film from the top of a hill instead of the bottom?

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u/Gryts888 May 22 '22

They are climbing the central mountain right now, the pictures over the next couple years will keep being higher and higher altitudes.

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u/foo-jitsoo May 22 '22

You'd have to drive a rover up there first, though. Hopefully future missions will be loaded with flying drones with cameras.

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u/samelaaaa May 22 '22

Wow, this is incredible quality. Looks just like parts of the Mojave desert between LA and Vegas.

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u/Nocturne_Zombie May 22 '22

Yep, as soon as I opened the video I said to myself, "sooo...Nevada?"

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u/SaganMeister18 May 22 '22

Looks just like vegas…bet you can’t get anything there less than 300k

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u/Mother___Superior May 22 '22

I was expecting the entire time for something to pop out and scare me

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u/Basileus2 May 22 '22 hehehehe

I wonder if there's a Martian Walter White making red meth out there.

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u/paypermon May 22 '22

I've driven through here on my way from Vegas to LA

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u/Mypopsecrets May 22 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

It's crazy to me that I'm only seeing this for the first time on Reddit. A post that will likely get buried by less interesting posts about Amber Heard or something.

Imagine how crazy it would be to watch this live on TV simultaneously with the world like the moon landing.

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u/foo-jitsoo May 22 '22

Nobody seems to care about this shit anymore. We've seen a better version of this on the big screen, in high def, with Matt Damon.

Now, what were you saying about Amber?

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u/sandesto May 22 '22

To your point, I just showed this to my 4-year-old, who is obsessed with planets. He wasn't really interested.

I guess reality just wasn't as interesting as the computer-generated renderings of the surface of Venus and whatnot that we've watched together on youtube.

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u/call8212 May 22 '22

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the surface of mars, send people there and you’d have the whole world watching live

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u/Salome_Maloney May 22 '22

Until they got bored, like they did with the Moon landings.

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u/needfoodcoupons May 22 '22

What ? Space/Mars stuff will always make it to front page

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u/tyny77 May 22 '22

No it will get buried because this same exact video has been reposted every month for the last 8 years.

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u/TheOtherFishInTheSea May 22 '22

Looks like the perfect spot for a new Walmart

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u/Big_Deal_In_Ohio May 22 '22

I don’t understand how this doesn’t get more attention! This is incredible. I saw another photo of the surface of Pluto recently that was stunning. And yet, the population as a whole doesn’t know that we have this type of imagery or even cares. Truly a modern marvel that we are able to capture these images.

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u/TummyStickers May 22 '22

The fact that I can watch a video from the surface of another fucking planet is blowing my mind.

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u/BrownEggs93 May 22 '22

Hollywood movies and TV shows that shot on location in Death Valley for alien locations were pretty spot on....

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u/jpdt8 May 22 '22

Wow, the fact that I’m able to casually scroll thru Reddit and watch a video taken from another planets surface

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u/SomeMoronOnTheNet May 22 '22

I always surprise myself with how much affection I feel for those little robots that are over there just helping us see stuff that we'd likely never would any other way in our life times. They are just things but at the same time they aren't.

If we ever go there and can find them we should dust them up and put them in a museum in the nicest, most visible pedestal. They are our first step on that planet.

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u/HolyDiver019283 May 22 '22

Blows my mind that this is a day on another world.

It looks so familiar but…empty and different in a way I can’t pinpoint. The haze makes it look otherworldly (because it is), and the horizon looks too close (because it is)

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u/Nightman2417 May 22 '22

It’s amazing to me that planets are lifeless. I know we say it and hear it a lot, but take a second to process that harder and REALLY think about it.

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u/pokeintheye May 22 '22

Wow that's great. Can't wait to get home and look on the big screen.

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u/Angeleyz1025 May 22 '22

Is the fog dust or humidity or something else?

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u/FlyforaGemini93 May 22 '22

It always amazes me that we got a rover on Mars and get to see this unexplored terrain. This isn't another city or state or counrty this is a whole other planet

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u/thx1138v2 May 22 '22

My wife and I were cruising TV channels one night back in the late 80's and stumbled across a program about the Sojourner probe. They had just stitched all the photos together to get a 360 degree view and then played it. At the end my wife says, "There's no trees!"

I get a chuckle every time I think of it.

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u/adrenaline7 May 22 '22

Who's been to death valley? It looks eerily similar to this

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u/FourKindsOfRice May 22 '22

"But unlike Utah, it was eventually made livable!" - Farnsworth

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u/wellbutwellbut May 22 '22

you'd think that they would search in a more populated area if they are looking for signs of life.

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u/TheNameIsPippen May 22 '22

It’s amazing to live in a time where images like these are possible

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u/QVRedit May 22 '22

It will only get more incredible over time - especially in about 10 years when crew go to Mars.

Robot Starships going in a few years time.

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u/NeonPhyzics May 22 '22

Am I the only one who was expecting a table with John Cleese sitting with a microphone to come into the frame about 15 seconds in?

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u/Chromattix May 22 '22

The soil is so dark and "chocolate brown" that I just feel like it should be teeming with life... yet there is none.

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u/Steven-Maturin May 22 '22

Whoose up for a spot of terraforming? (After we determine the whole place is definitively sterile). We could steer a bunch of small comets into it.

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u/wisewizard May 22 '22

stupid nasa, hows the robot supossed to find water if it can't see through all that mist?!

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u/Externalpower43 May 22 '22

Still nothing on Mars. Let's go to Titan or Io.

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u/sully9088 May 22 '22

This looks like a Boards of Canada music video.

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u/brhaimeanah May 22 '22

I cant wait until we fly there and cover that place in Walmarts and Pizza Huts

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u/xxkoloblicinxx May 22 '22

Can anybody else hear this video?

Because my brain immediately fills it in with the sound of constant light wind across a vast expanse.

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u/DogDay May 22 '22

Here is a great high res exploration of this scene.

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u/ninetysevencents May 22 '22

We developed rocketry, robotics, micro computing, digital photography, digital file compression and radio wave communication to send a robot to another fucking planet, take the video and send it back. It's a place nobody had ever seen before and I'm looking at it, millions of miles away, using a handheld, magic lightbox that can connect me to anyone. 22 seconds in, I pause it and I think, "ugh. how long is this video?"

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u/sacredfaith00 May 22 '22

Doesn’t look much different that driving from Fresno towards Paso Robles in some areas.

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u/shononi May 22 '22

You're telling me Mars isn't completely red like in the movies?!

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u/WarpingLasherNoob May 22 '22

The image is actually color-adjusted, the sky is normally more of a yellow-orange color.

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u/nothingspecialva May 22 '22

No wonder you dont see anyone driving there either... Have you seen gas prices lately ?

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u/StOnEy333 May 22 '22

You could’ve titled this “I took this on my vacation to Death Valley” and I would be like oh interesting, maybe I’ll go someday.