Now there's a good idea a martian drone to scout the landscape from above, my clear up the mystery of other so called martian ruins.CommonMan":1bl27brc said:RATS! MeterorWayne said, it's a rock. Why can't they send a rover that can FLY. It can recharge when not in use. The satelites could spot objects then the rover could check them out. I'm sure if they put their minds to it they could build one that would work.
There have been proposals to send "hopping" probes to Phobos, which gets close to what you're describing. As MW said, what killed them was a lack of funds. Some of the plans may be incorporated into the upcoming Phobos-Grunt, however. AFAIK, Phobos-Grunt isn't going to hop around Phobos, though. It will pick one site and make just one hop -- back off of Phobos so it can return samples to Earth. It was hoped to blast off this year (the Wikipedia article still claims it will), but it's not going to make the window. It will have to wait until the next window, in 2011, assuming they can pull it all together by then. (It's got a complex web of international partners, who may or may not still all be involved, and whose individual governments can all delay the proceedings by that wonderful thing called politics.)CommonMan":lni48cms said:RATS! MeterorWayne said, it's a rock. Why can't they send a rover that can FLY. It can recharge when not in use. The satelites could spot objects then the rover could check them out. I'm sure if they put their minds to it they could build one that would work.
Archer17":10q1qe0m said:I dunno but I'll bet the farm it would have the word "hyperdimensional" in it.
jim48":31c408xq said:USA Today, August 5th: UFO enthusiasts have discovered a "monolith" on Mars, but the planetary scientists behind the images say balderdash. Taken in 2008, the imgage from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission depicts boulders strewn across a canyon near Mars' colossal Valles Marineris. "The structure closely resembles the black monolith that appears during key moments of man's evolution in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey," suggested a report Monday in Britain's Daily Mail. In fact, "the image they have is actually oriented incorrectly and when viewed with north up, one can see it's a boulder reflecting sunlight."
I wonder what Richard Hoagland has to say about this?
It seems like fiction and non-fiction is a thin line around here.MeteorWayne":15zvbgx5 said:He didn't forsee anything like these. He wrote about FICTIONAL, ARTIFICIAL monoliths, not natural features such as this.
And BTW, it was Arthur C Clarke who wrote the 2001 series....