Saturday, August 11, 2012

Identifying Visual Objects Using Google Mars

  Using the ruler tool in Google Mars one can identify and locate objects seen in the panaramas. One example is a northern peak along a heading of 345° and 77.3 km distant which checks with the angle shown in the annotated panarama. Coincidentally the channel for the alluvial fan is also along the heading. There is a small peak along a heading of 61° that appears to be 13.9 km distant and one can tell that it is a lot closer than Gale Crater's Rim because it is less obscured by haze. The lowest point on Curiosity's side of Mt Sharp, which I labeled the Sump, is also along 61°.

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