A voice from Mars!

And it ain’t Marvin the Martian.

First, here is a very cool hi-def telephoto shot taken by Curiosity, the newest of the Mars rovers.

The image of nearby Mt. Sharp was taken with a 100-millimeter telephoto lens and the 34-milllimeter wide angle lens of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument. Curiosity is headed in that direction, I think.

About that voice.

An audio message was sent from Earth to the rover on Mars, and then played back from there. Not exactly “One small step for a man, …” but it’s not nothing. It is the first time a human voice has made the trip from another planet. It was the NASA director. I’m just glad it was not Pres. Obama’s voice.

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  1. RichR says:

    Is that a real photo? I mean, most of the photos I’ve seen are computer renderings of the data the rover scans. It is not an actual photo. The NASA team has to touch it up and make it look real.

    It’d be cool if this is exactly what Curiosity is seeing.

  2. asophist says:

    Pres. Obama’s voice on Mars. . . Somehow, that seems like it would have been most appropriate. After all, don’t most of his ideas come from there (not to mention a good many of his followers)?

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