This is the latest panorama released by NASA July 2012. It was assembled from 817 images taken between Dec. 21, 2011, and May 8, 2012, while Opportunity was stationed on an outcrop informally named 'Greeley Haven'. on a segment of the rim of ancient Endeavour Crater.
You know what would be really cool? If NASA launched a relay probe a few days after Voyager 1 and 2 crafts were sent out in the 1970s. This probe would have three times the amount of power and orbit one of the Outer planets.
If NASA attempted this plan we would've seen telemetry from Voyager 1 and 2 well passed our solar system.
I think it's incredible that NASA was able to successfully land Curiosity. (I know, this panorama was taken by Opportunity)
HUGE kudos for that, for sure. And if I had any say in how my tax dollars were spent, I would direct it all to science and technology.
I hope the new mission to mars actually gets some science done. No, it wasn't all that expensive compared to all of the useless things we typically waste money on like welfare and wars, but if all we're going to get is a bunch of photographs of the planet when we already know what it looks like, what was the point?
Didn't Spirit and Opportunity provide sufficient evidance that liquid water was once there? What more do they hope to learn by landing in another crater? The fact that it's an uneroded crater tells us that the water was already gone when it was formed, doesn't it? Why not shoot for some of the geological features that appear to have been formed by water erosion? At least you could look for microscopic fossils there.
If we lived on Mars and were trying to figure out if there was ever life on earth, what sense would it make to land a probe in Meteor Crater, Az?
You're comparing apples and exceptionally bad taste -DJ