ols 751 through 753 this week promise some exciting new imagery from Curiosity. Already published to the Google Earth archive is the latest telemetry from Sol 752 (taken yesterday) which will be used to create a further upload (I’m separating the presentations into two files for this event; one called 752a, the other, 752b). These will illustrate further a detailed look at the geography of the region now being called simply ‘the Amargosa Valley’.
According to Curiosity Rover scientist Lauren Edgar:
“A short ~30 m drive on Sol 753 should put Curiosity in a good position at the Pahrump Hills. Sol 754 will consist of 2 hours of untargeted remote sensing, including ChemCam calibration activities to prepare for the Pahrump investigation, and a Navcam movie to monitor the atmosphere.”
Edgar promises further science mission plans for the Pahrump Hills region and beyond will be known very soon.
ecently, I announced the release of a personal project on my blog – the delivery of ongoing Curiosity Rover data to Windows desktops using Google Earth (in Mars data mode, sometimes referred to as ‘Google Mars’). Now, it’s possible to deliver this same information to the Apple iPhone and Android smart phone audiences using the Google Earth app for those platoforms. Insturctions on how to setup the Google Earth app to do that, step-by-step follow below:
How to view Curiosity Rover (MSL) Mars geodata using the Google Earth app on a SmartPhone:
- Load the Google Earth app
- Select menu icon, top right-hand corner of Google Earth UI
- Select ‘Settings’ from pop-up
- Scroll down & select ‘Databases’ from Settings menu
- Databases menu appears, with “Default” radio button selected. Select menu icon, top-right-hand corner of UI.
- Select ‘Add’ from pop-up
- Enter Database URL dialogue box appears. Enter http://khmdb.google.com/?db=mars into the dialogue’s textbox and click ‘OK’.
- The database address now appears beneath “Default” in the databases menu with its radio button selected (make sure).
- Click the ‘back/return’ button from the phone’s UI (at the bottom, in the Android version).
- Google Mars should now be visible.
- Return to the smartphone’s browser & visit the Curiosity Rover data page: http://ross613.apprefactory.ca/mars-curiosity-rover-msl-in-google-earth/.
- Click the entry for the current Sol & select the Google Earth app if/when prompted to select a smart phone app to load the data with.
The Google Earth app should automatically centre Google Mars on the location of the latest data summary.
Step-by-step video: here.
SL, or (simply) the “Curiosity Rover” is being watched differently today than yesterday thanks to a new tool: Google Earth. The premiere GIS technology offering from Google is now helping NASA’s JPL answer questions about what the latest rover on the red planet is up to by displaying information about the path the rover has taken, its projected path, where it has stopped, when, for how long and it has been up to while otherwise seemingly halted. Thus the tool is serving not only as a tracking tool, but a news platform about curiosity.
There needs to be (for now) user-led updates to a file hosted on “The Ross Report”; the personal blog of The AppRefactory Inc. President, but there’s always room for improvement.
To find out more, visit the dedicated blog page for the project here and keep checking back for updates, every Martian Sol!